End of the Year

My stats have crashed since I’ve not been blogging regularly. Having built up my readership to hundreds a day, I’ve watched my readership dwindle to forty to sixty readers a day in the space of three months. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve not been riding on a regular basis at all, the last major ride I completed was to Bristol in October. Since then I’ve only pootled to the garage and shops, with one ride out to a local hotel and bistro for an evening of eating and drinking with some chums from the village. That particular evening ended with everyone else having to walk back through wind and rain while I rode home, with reasonable stability, in my new orange poncho. The pressures of work combined with the short days have made it all too easy for me to let the rides slip. Now the season has turned, the days are getting longer, there are no excuses now.

Here are some photographs from the end of the year. And a promise that I will ride more in the New Year.

Bike tyre skidmarks in Calne, Wiltshire

Bike tyre skidmarks in Calne, Wiltshire

Not sure if you can see this, this lady had a great bike and front and rear wicker baskets

Not sure if you can see this, this lady had a great bike and front and rear wicker baskets

Shopper outside WHSmiths

Hercules Shopper outside W.H. Smiths

Some beautiful panniers that I spotted in London

Some beautiful panniers that I spotted in London

Zoe has customised her Trikidoo - here with a basket

Zoe has customised her Trikidoo - here with a basket

...and here is her coffee cup holder

...and here is her coffee cup holder

I will do one last ride before the end of the year.

Published in: on December 26, 2008 at 11:29 pm  Comments (2)  
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Moving Kids around Town with a Trikidoo

Now this is great. My colleague has just got hold of a Trikidoo, (just before the price went up as well), essentially a pedal rickshaw for children. It’s in a princess pink to please her two girls and it just looks great. She was determined not to use the car to drop the children off at school and nursery, but both locations are quite a reasonable walk from her house. In the forthcoming winter weather, the prospect of long walks in the cold with tired out children and a dog was pretty bleak. Now with this marvelous piece of pedal-powered people transportation, she’s going to find it so much easier and certainly much more fun.

Now my colleague is keen to customise this fine trike further, I have one of the famous Rivendell best bike bells in the world to give her, she’s looking into a front mounting basket for the doggy (at the moment he runs alongside) and a must for this caffeine addict, a cup holder. It already has a cargo bag under the back seat, but there’s loads of things that could be added – umbrellas, flags, extra bags – oooh, what about a trailer?

It certainly adds a much needed dose of cycle chic to the streets of Salisbury, it’s bound to be a talking point, and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of these around our towns soon.

And they're off. Note dog on left running alongside.

And off they go. Note dog running along side at the left.

Ting ting!

Published in: on October 24, 2008 at 6:48 pm  Comments (3)  
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