The Cool Shack…

This post isn’t about biking. Or bikes. Or camping, or long journeys. But don’t worry. There’s nothing in the small print that says stuff on here has to be about these things. I checked. This post does, however, involve surfing and skateboarding, some pretty cool kids, following your dreams and in a roundabout way, this blog. […]

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Where did the motivation go…?

[I’m using the (Un)Inspired Ramblings Facebook page to post some more regular updates and photos in between main blog posts here. You can find it here.] [Caution – this post may contain a small element of over-emotional soul searching. Please don’t read on if you think that will cause you to cry, get angry or […]

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A cheese-based strategy to travelling light…

My friend Anna (of A Night Outside fame) is about to head off to ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – 2,700 miles along the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. She has very little mountain biking experience and, in her own words, little interest in bikes or gear… So this […]

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so, when are you actually going to GO?

That is the question everyone is asking me. The question that, eventually, enters every conversation with friends. But seriously, Chris. When are you actually going to GO? When? A year or two ago I decided that I was going to take a break from work, rent out my flat and head off on some kind […]

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welcome to the wonderful Bunyan Velo

I haven’t yet felt the need to post links to other people’s writing but sometimes there are exceptions. Bunyan Velo first appeared a year or so ago, and when I opened Issue 1 it was as if I’d discovered a treasure trove that I had previously not even considered might exist. Compiled by Lucas Winzenburg […]

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the lifecycle

Since the little spark of realisation that it was apparently possible for vaguely normal people to travel long distances by bike – to cross continents, even! – appeared in my mind a few years ago, I’ve come across stories of many adventure cyclists that have slowly built the urge to go and do something similar. […]

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in search of lightness

I loved the ride to Switzerland but since that ride I’ve been curious about how to do things lighter. Less weight means less stuff and less faff. A simpler life and the ability to cover more ground with less effort. Cass Gilbert’s blog, While Out Riding offers the ongoing story of a guy riding dirt […]

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getting back in the saddle

I haven’t been sure how to write this post. I’ve been meaning to write it for a while. Not writing it has prevented me from writing any others. It’s not even important what I actually write here, or that anyone reads it, just that I write something and then move on. So I suppose I’ll […]

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psssssffffftttttt…..

Well, it had to happen eventually. After one thousand, one hundred and thirty something miles, I had a puncture. What kind of hardcore terrain did this, I hear you ask. Was it some kind of hardy alpine plant with vicious thorns? Or perhaps a nasty bit of jagged Jura rock? Errr…. No. I somehow managed […]

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1000 miles!

That’s all I’m saying

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the hungry cyclist

Just finished reading The Hungry Cyclist by Tom Kevill-Davies. It seemed fitting to have a biking book at the start of this ride, and I’ve heard mention of him before but not in any detail so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It turned out to be the brilliantly entertaining story of a twenty-something […]

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microadventures…

Al Humphreys has a theme running on his blog at the moment on Microadventures. The idea is to try to show people that they don’t need a long, expensive trip to somewhere exotic to have an adventure, and to inspire them to break out of the normal routine and go have an adventure in their […]

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new beginnings

Crikey it’s a while since I was here. A lot has happened since. I moved to London. I rented out my flat. I rented a flat. I started cycling to work and realised I quite liked it (mountain biking (badly) has been more my thing). I put my flat on the market. I started looking […]

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appreciation

At the moment, I live in the north east of Scotland. Some things about being here get me down from time to time: Its so far away from the rest of the country, from family and old friends. It rains lots. Its very grey (the ground, the buildings and the sky). The city feels small […]

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