Amplifier First Aid

It’s been a little while but I decided to write this one up in the hope that it’ll be useful to someone who might otherwise decide to get rid of a perfectly good piece of kit. N.B. I am no electronics expert so if you’re planning on doing something like this, make sure you consult … Read more…

The football fan’s guide to the Tour de France

It’s over. At least for the next four years, football is taking a European detour on its long journey home (2022 anyone?) as the England squad take the short flight back from Russia. In France meanwhile, 170 professional cyclists are embarking on the 3 week Tour de France – the pinnacle of the cycle racing … Read more…

The wrap up

A sticky heat has descended on London and as I sit here attempting to write job applications, what better way to spend my time than writing something else about cycling. I’ve been home just over a week since my journey to the US and I miss it already – The smooth, silent roads, the feeling … Read more…

Big Sur

N.B. My Strava for this ride can be found here! Over a tour of a few thousand kilometers, it’s easy to lose track of a hundred or so as part of the accounting process. An afternoon spent on the beach or in the brewhouse is paid for on credit in the form of a hypothetical … Read more…

North California

Outside the cover of the headland, frantic whitecaps zip across Trinidad Bay. On the beach meanwhile, the wind is reduced to a cooling breeze as pelicans dry their wings on the rocks and tourists kayak between rafts of seaweed. As I sit to ruminate on lunch (vegetarian frittatas washed down with cups of organic coffee … Read more…

Portland

The woods at Cape Lookout State Park come right up to the edge of the sea. In the right spot you can sip a cup of tea and feel the little flecks of spray on your face as the waves thunder up the rocks. Nestled in the carpet of ferns that cover the ground are … Read more…

Washington

Sitting on the grass at the Ecola State Park viewpoint, the last few days blur in to one. The steep, winding road up to the park entrance has done my legs no favours but as I look out over the sands and surf of Cannon Beach on the left and towards the Tillamook Lighthouse on … Read more…

The Depart

A day late but close enough: As per my usual approach to travel, I’m sat in Heathrow Terminal 3 flicking through the pages of Spring and Kirkendall’s “Bicycling the Pacific Coast, 4th Edition”, forced finally to do some planning and to turn my attention to the issue of where I’m going to be sleeping for … Read more…

The start of summer ft. WordPress on Docker

The first day of warm spring weather in London is always one of mixed emotions for me. I’m something of a fair weather sportsman and cruising over Waterloo Bridge in shorts and a t-shirt is a welcome change from the damp leggings and luminous hi-vis that is winter riding in the UK. On the other … Read more…