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The Return of Dave and Bob

I didn’t dare check the date of my last post – but I know it was quite a while ago.  Unfortunately life intervened with a combination of separation, divorce and ill-health (not unrelated to the previous two items). The result … Continue reading

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I thought recumbents were supposed to be slow up hills?

Yesterday I was out on a ride with my local club when I overtook another member who was going uphill on her upright bike somewhat slower than I was comfortable with.  As I passed her I heard a cry along … Continue reading

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Adventures with punctures in Welham Green… and Little Berkhamstead…and at home!

I’m particularly interested in finding a decent route from Barnet to the River Lea in order to work out a decent ride which can take in Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Hertford, Ware then down the River Lea and back home again … Continue reading

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My first ride with Barnet Cyclists

A couple of weeks ago I met up with Barnet Cyclists for the first time.  So far my recreational rides have been very much on my own – exploring the countryside north of Barnet and building up my stamina for … Continue reading

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From Barnet to Welwyn Garden City…and back

As we get into September I’m becoming all too aware of how few weekends we’re likely to have left this year with the sort of sunny warm weather forecast for today so, very unusually for a Saturday, I set my … Continue reading

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Using Sustrans routes for the first time – Barnet to St Albans via Hatfield

It was only in the last week or so of July that I really felt as though my bike legs were beginning to really come back after my 18 month post-accident layoff.  While I’ve focused on building up my strength … Continue reading

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Are you one of those paralympians?

As Bob and I were returning home from work on Friday we paused to let two women over the zebra crossing at the junction of Benwell Road and Drayton Park. “Cool bike” said one as they crossed over.  Just as … Continue reading

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