Time To Cycle

125 cyclists stopped over in Brighton on Sunday evening. They arrived late afternoon at my church, Brighthelm, where there was a reception for them, a meal and overnight accommodation. Most were cycling from London to Paris, to arrive there at the end of the COP21 climate summit. Like the other pilgrims (see my last post,Continue reading “Time To Cycle”

Along life’s cycle-path, remember to stop and smell the sea

My daily ride to work has to be one of the best, if not the best commuter routes in the world. The sea looks different every time.  Even on dull, damp, autumn mornings, it’s something worth looking at. It’s so easy to rush by it.  I may be late for an appointment.  There’s stuff toContinue reading “Along life’s cycle-path, remember to stop and smell the sea”

Why don’t I get out into the countryside more often?

On Monday, it was my day off.  My older son (just back from university for Easter) and I set out on our bikes.  We went down to the sea-front, along the eastern arm of Shoreham Harbour and crossed at the lock gates.  At Shoreham, we turned up the old railway line, now a trackway, andContinue reading “Why don’t I get out into the countryside more often?”

Get thee behind me, shiny new bike

Here is Mrs Mabbsonsea’s shiny new bike.   It was fair enough. Her old one, which had carried each of our 3 children and all sorts of baggage as well as Mrs M herself over its 18 years, had stopped co-operating. Here, by way of contrast, is my bike:   It’s just over a yearContinue reading “Get thee behind me, shiny new bike”

Out with the old, in with the new

This past week I had to say goodbye to two faithful old companions. The first was my fault.  At Easter, I took my lovely 6-string guitar out into the driving rain to play at an early morning outdoor service.  It’s never been the same since, and in particular, won’t keep tune.  So, after 25 yearsContinue reading “Out with the old, in with the new”

Cycling is the future

Three cheers for Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome! The media here is talking about the greatest sporting achievement ever – an over-statement, surely, but the performance of these three outstanding British cyclists in the Tour de France cheers the hearts of ordinary British cyclists like me.   Maybe if I were 20 yearsContinue reading “Cycling is the future”

Life in the bike lane

Life in the bike lane … … take it at your own pace. … stop and admire the scenery. … stop and chat to an old friend (or make a new friend). … see the world from a different level. … slightly separate yet at the same time part of the general flow. … the sunContinue reading “Life in the bike lane”