It’s nearly 4 years since I last posted here. Due to a variety of reasons including health issues but also a number of time consuming projects I had got out of the habit of keeping my blogs up to date. As a result my always sparse readership has dwindled to nothing! This is not a problem. I don’t keep a regular diary but I have have found reading back through this blog has reminded me of a great deal I had almost forgotten. I remember the big things in outline but not the detail I wrote about them at the time. So I will resurrect and continue this blog as a personal record but if anyone else finds it interesting then that’s a bonus.
Given that this is a blog about cycling the updates will be largely about experience with my e-bike, now nearly 5 years old, my return to racing on Zwift and any health and fitness issues that cycling has had a bearing on. The benefits of cycling in the run up and recovery from my prostate operation have been covered enough I think. The big issue since then has been my hip replacement last August 2022. I’ll deal with each of these in turn in the next few posts.
Just finished dreading Emily Chappell‘s What Goes Around, the memoir of a London bicycle courier. I thought it was an excellent read and would recommend it to anyone. It’s not just about urban cycling and really more about psycho-geography and how multiple universes coexist (the economic, the political, the intellectual and the emotional) in the same geographical space as well as interlocking and overlapping human networks of relationships. The fact that she is a lesbian in the predominantly male world of bike messengers adds an additional invaluable level of insight. In the early 60s I used to commute into the centre of London everyday by bicycle from the leafy suburbs. In the late 60s I was a company rep working in the same areas Emily would mainly work in as a courier. In the early 70s I was a minicab driver in London for a while and, in the mid 70s in Leeds a motorbike courier so I recognised a lot of the culture and life of the free-wheeling wheeled piece workers and the raggle-taggle community they make up. I must admit to getting quite nostalgic reading the book. But then was then and now is now. She will be visiting the Pedallers’ Arms on March 8th to give a talk.