Crying through My Fair Lady and Hoss

I think I have a name for my new bike: Hoss. People under 40 probably won't understand the reference. It's even old for me except that I watched too much TV as a child. I blame my older sister: she was a TV addict and refused to play with me. We couldn't have survived without… Continue reading Crying through My Fair Lady and Hoss

Cargo bike options for older kids and adults

We've had Busby our bakfiets for almost 5 years now. He has been a fantastic investment and I've got so much use out of him. However for the past couple of years I've struggled as the kids are bigger and heavier than they once were. The hills are much harder than they used to be… Continue reading Cargo bike options for older kids and adults

Some cool things from the #cycling Twitter feed

  Before I go to bed each night I read the #cycling Twitter feed. There's some good stuff there. Here are some of the things I've seen recently. I thought this was very funny: a car drove into a high-viz shop. This is inspiring. There are 6 children on that bike! I thought I did… Continue reading Some cool things from the #cycling Twitter feed

A rainy autumn day on the bike path

We ran out of biscuits today which was potentially disastrous. My choice was either to bake some biscuits or cycle to Newton Dee to buy some more. Of course the virtuous thing to do would have been to cycle to Newton Dee to buy the *ingredients* and then return home to cook them but I'm not that virtuous. And so… Continue reading A rainy autumn day on the bike path

Ice-cream or kale, anyone?

On three separate occasions in the past month, pedestrians have called out to me asking for an ice-cream as I cycle by. Does Harald look like an ice-cream bike? Harald: Pashley Classic No. 33: Oh dear! So much for looking cool and trendy. Pak Choi. What a wonderful vegetable. I've been craving leafy greens recently and so… Continue reading Ice-cream or kale, anyone?

Bakfiets vs Butchers and Bicycles cargo bikes

I rode the kids to school in Busby today for the first time since March this year. Since then I've been cycling Harald each day. Here's a photo of Busby followed by a photo of Harald so everyone knows what I'm talking about when I say Busby and Harald. Busby: Harald:   Busby got sick in… Continue reading Bakfiets vs Butchers and Bicycles cargo bikes

I’m so cool … not

We were cycling through the centre of Aberdeen earlier and I was feeling great: the weather is perfect, people were staring and smiling at us thanks to Harald (my bike) and I was thinking how cool I must look. Everything was perfect. Then I stopped at some lights to cross the road. When they turned… Continue reading I’m so cool … not


The school playground saga continues and we're in the process of getting several quotes. Companies that install new playground equipment offer a no-obligation design and quote service and I met one fellow yesterday afternoon to show him the play areas and explain what we wanted. I told him that we can't have swings and slides and I… Continue reading Flatland

“You can’t carry big loads on a bicycle”, Really?

I love seeing the sorts of things people carry on their bikes. I came across this image today which was taken in Edinburgh (I think!) on the Edinburgh Cycle Chic blog. I think it would be a struggle to get that load into a car but it seems to be almost effortlessly sitting on top of that bike.

Edinburgh Cycle Chic

“You can’t carry big loads on a bicycle”, Really?

"You can't carry big loads on a bicycle", Really?

This box wouldn’t easily if in back of a medium sized car, you certainly could get it on a bus, yet here it is on the back of a bicycle. The humble bicycle has all the advantages of car as personal transport, but without the negatives. OK so you wouldn’t want to play a game of dodge the bus when carrying a load like this, so without high quality infrastructure most people are going to try it.

Recently there have been calls for reduction of congestion, air and noise pollution in the City of Edinburgh, well here is a means of personal transport that requires little space, produces zero emissions and is almost silent. It should be a total no brainer to promote cycling as transport and give space to enable people to travel with the lowest impact on the city.

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