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A couple of nights ago I was sat in a golf club at a table of six. My husband and I had joined an octogenarian, Ken and his wife plus a couple we’d never met before. After sharing names, the […]

The Best Climbs in Gran Canaria

With last year being so annoying thanks to multiple injuries and enforced time off the bike, this winter I decided to treat myself to some time in the sun to make up for my time on the couch. Inspired by my […]

Finding Zen On The Trails

If you follow Dave’s blog Ride Everything, you might realise that the pair of us are feeling very lazy and ill today, so therefore this post comes at you straight from bed, with very little wit, humour or forethought! Annoyingly, […]

The Highs and Lows Of Cross Racing

  After my first ever summer of training a racing, when the crit season drew to a close I was left mourning the loss of an activity I’ve very quickly grown to love, so despite a couple of spirit crushing […]

Is My Battle With Training Won?

Several months ago I wrote a piece for the Brooks website about my battle with training. It was a kind of jokey piece, basically saying that I didn’t much like having to ride my bike in a certain way for a prescribed […]

A Female Frame Builder Speaks!

Unashamedly a feminist trying in my small way to redress the balance and to celebrate talented women, when I decided to write something frame building in the run up to Bespoked Handbuilt Bike Show, I purposefully set out to discover whether […]

Camille McMillan & Hartley Cycles at Bespoked

I first met photographer Camille McMillan at Eroica Britannia last year, where he cut a dashing figure swaggering around in a silk scarf shooting images and taking rides on a motorbike under the Brooks England banner. I was immediately curious […]

How To Get Faster

Or how not to… Read my frankly quite useless advice over on the Brooks blog. Or to paraphrase: do stuff because it’s fun and not because you have to. AKA Just give in and be slow.   Read on over […]

My Top Rides Of 2014

I must be getting old. Just like that, 2014 is over. I remember when I was a kid, the summer holidays lasted forever and Christmas always seemed an eternity away. I always hoped that those who told me ‘school days […]

Cyclists Are Weird

“Sometimes I wonder what on earth I’m doing. It’s cold, I’m tired and I need some time to relax and simply do nothing. But totally exhausted from a full week of work, I find myself pulling on lycra rather lounging […]

It Takes Two – Brooks England Blogs

I’ve just joined the Brooks England blogroll to share my tales of touring and adventure…so that means I’ve got my maps out and I’m plotting my next escapade. I’ve a few things in mind, all of which spell my kind […]

Charge Plug 5 Touring Bike Set Up

The Charge Plug 5, though not specifically designed for cycle touring makes a really top notch machine for ‘bikepacking.’ It’s made from strong and sturdy steel, has rack mounts and best of all, disc brakes. I know traditionally, touring bikes don’t […]

Women Of L’Eroica

My feet have barely touched the ground since I arrived back in the UK after my Italian odyssey with Met and Brooks. But myself and Mr Bikes N Stuff have managed to fire over some profiles of a particularly stylish bunch […]