Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

New ’round the world cycling record

Sep 29th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

James Bowthorpe is an adventuring bad-ass. He grew a better beard than Mark Beaumont, and also cycled around the world a good deal faster, besting Mark Beaumont’s record by a solid 20 days. While I’d rather cruise around the world at a good leisurely pace to see the sights and smell the flowers, there is something inspiring about folks challenge themselves to prove just how small our world is.

When in Amsterdam…

Aug 6th, 2009 Posted in U2 Tour | No Comments »


Despite knowing a couple of good folks living around Amsterdam, I failed to have a meal with a local while I was there. I did, however, find something just as relaxing that made me feel like a local myself: a bicycle.

My hotel was about 8km walk from the stadium where I needed to be for work, and logistics didn’t look good. Public transportation would take over an hour as I would have to head into the city then transfer, and it was too far to walk with the equipment I needed to take back and forth from the hotel for work. It looked like I would be taking some expensive cabs That is, until I saw a rack of rent-a-bikes outside the hotel. In a sew minutes I was cruising along some of the best bike paths that I have ever seen. I wound through the woods and over the Amstel, a very pleasant ride without a car in sight.

Seeing how well the infrastructure catered to my bicycle commute, I couldn’t help but think that the hold adage of “when in Rome…” The local infrastructure catered perfectly to my needs, I just had to act like a local.

Within Riding Distance

Oct 13th, 2008 Posted in tips, Trip Ideas | No Comments »

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A couple weekends back I rode my bike about 4 hours to spend time with my parents while they were travelling in Kent. Yesterday a couple of my friends and I rode about an hour to Richmond Park, where we got to see climb trees, see deer, and have a lovely picnic.

This type of bike outing is quickly becoming one of my favourite ways to spend a weekend, and so I’ve started mussing about all the different sights and adventures that are just a couple of hours outside of town. Drawing an ambitious circle of around 60 miles from my home, it looks like there is actually a plethora of destinations to choose from, including Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Thinking that this might just be unique to London, I drew put the same circle over Washington, DC. Turns out there scores cool places to go for a weekend out on bikes from beaches to historic battle fields.

So what’s within weekend riding distance from your home? Why not hop on a bike and find out.