My mid-life crisis Pashley

For more than half my life I have wanted a Pashley. When I lived in Cambridge as a 20-year-old I saw people cycling around on these magnificent-looking bicycles. I couldn't afford one myself back then and later I became a parent and needed the station-wagon equivalent of bikes, a Bakfiets. I still love my Bakfiets… Continue reading My mid-life crisis Pashley


A Swedish engineer has invented the PodRide, a fully enclosed electric bike, and has raised his goal of $30,000 through Indegogo to bring it into production. It looks great but it would be more appealing to me if there was a family version with room for kids. For this reason I prefer the Elf.  … Continue reading Bicycles

Dressed for the destination, not the journey

This YouTube video comparing cycling in Holland with cycling in Britain is truly wonderful and well worth watching. What is particularly interesting is that it wasn't always this way in Holland. They used to have the same problems we have with traffic and air pollution but a spate of child deaths sparked protests and so began the start of policy which… Continue reading Dressed for the destination, not the journey

The helmet brigade

Once when I was cycling home from school an overweight woman yelled out to me, "Where's your helmet, Mum?". I might have been wearing the Hövding at the time, I can't remember, but that's beside the point. I could have replied with, "Why aren't you exercising, fatty?", but I didn't because that would have been rude… Continue reading The helmet brigade

A rant … feeling better already

I have just read the most extraordinary articles and need to have another rant to calm myself down. A friend of mine in Christchurch hinted that there had been some objections to building bicycle paths in the city and so I searched to find out more. Big mistake that was! I should not have read… Continue reading A rant … feeling better already

First-world kid problems, owls, and cargo bikes

This morning I found Daniel sitting on his bed looking very forlorn and crying to himself. I immediately asked him what was wrong and he said, "I can't find a good mod". A mod is an add-on for the computer game, Minecraft. This is definitely a first-world kid problem 🙂 There was an event on… Continue reading First-world kid problems, owls, and cargo bikes

Cycling in Auckland part 2

Cycling on the footpath sucks. It really does. I've just returned from cycling Elizabeth to kindergarten and I've started cycling on the road for parts of the trip now. In fact, when I'm on my own cycling home I use the road almost the whole way. Why? Because the footpath is difficult to navigate. It's… Continue reading Cycling in Auckland part 2

Opinions are great, except when I disagree with them

Opinions are great. I love listening to people's opinions more so than the boring nothings of fence-sitters. Ok, so I'll be the first to admit that sometimes people's opinions rile me but there's something challenging about that as it forces me to question what I think. For this reason, I like listening to RadioNZ's The… Continue reading Opinions are great, except when I disagree with them

Phones calls, traffic, the bridge and beards

Daniel, who is 7 years old, got his first phone call the other day. I answered the phone and heard a young boy politely introduce himself and then ask to speak to Daniel. Completely stunned, I handed the phone to Daniel who was just as surprised as I was and then I heard them discuss… Continue reading Phones calls, traffic, the bridge and beards