Day 14 – 30 Days of Biking

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If you’ve not heard of it before, 30 Days of Biking is a personal challenge with a charitable edge. People pledge to ride their bike every day in April, and for every two that do, 1USD is donated to World Bicycle Relief. This year we have six riders attempting the challenge.

Day 14

All your healing vibes have worked, and Giles was back on his bike and got his ride in early, sending in his ‘Kindness’ piece. But then there was a distinct lack of kindness in Greg’s ride, and now Greg needs your healing vibes.


30 Days of Biking
Reckon that whole bottle of gin will fit in that bidon?

Yesterday I mentioned that, alongside my 30 days of riding effort, I was also attempting 30 days without sugar. Due to the horrified reaction this news provoked (mainly from Hannah) I am swiftly going to reassure you that it’s okay because I AM STILL DRINKING. To reinforce this message, today’s picture is of some gin (with bidon, because I cycled to the shop, obv). Rest assured, tomorrow there will be mountain bikes.


30 Days of Biking
Oh the irony.

Bike people are a pretty good bunch. Riding to Singletrack HQ this morning, who are vanning my bike up to Dirty Reiver, this sign got me to thinking. We’re great at sharing stuff, we’re great at encouraging each other, we’re great at supporting each other. Flat bars, drop bars, knobbly tyres, slick, geared or single speed, we ride bikes, we’re kind and we’re ace!


There’s no picture for today, although Greg did ride his bike. However, in the course of his commute along the canal towpath, he encountered a moped rider, who pushed him off his bike, and kicked him in the head. So, no photo.


30 Days of Biking
Shoe/bar tape & sock/pedal coordination not deliberate.

Poorly child parenting duties all day, and husband at work until past my bed time. This new GT Grade test bike came with Euro/Suicide brakes. I was going to risk it, but Barney came over all Parental And Concerned and swapped them for me. This resulted in some new and rather bright bar tape. I had a quick post fettle test ride up and down the road outside my house, but couldn’t go out of sight of my front door. Possibly the shortest ride ever.


30 Days of Biking

The traffic was terrible today #commuterhell.


30 Days of Biking
Looking out of the corner, not at it.

Thursday: ride to work, work, leave work, bike on train, ride to woods, ALine evening session (where I discovered I had bunny hop dyslexia).


To some extent, we expect to get injured riding our bikes. Falling off on the trails is often a sign you’re trying hard. On the road, we hope we don’t get injured, but the risk of collision with a car, or of a driver failing to avoid us, is one which we are ever aware of. But actual wilful physical assault, that’s not something to be anticipated. Sending best wishes to Greg, and hoping the police catch the, well, let’s just stick with moped rider (although other names do spring to mind). Greg is sore, and cross, but OK. And more importantly, he assures us that his new 2-day old bike is absolutely fine.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (3)

    The evil little (blank, blank, blank).
    I know that Mr Gregg could have used his extreme shaolin cycling skills and sparked the blighter out could by using his pump as teaching device of manners to the wrongdoer, but that would have delayed his journey.

    I am more than willing to use my pump and also allen keys and fivetens to express to the rouge that his behavior is very very naughty.

    Oh if only there was GPS coordinates or license plate number

    Wtf! Healing vibes to Greg. Nasty. Having had a misspent youth and the occasional being kicked about can empathise. Apart from the injuries there is the mental angst of wanting to replay the situation where the preferred outcome is kicking the toe rag and his poxy moped into the canal. Moving on is tricky post these kind of nasties. Healing vibes and lots of grrrr on your behalf.

    Thanks folks, am ok, jaw doesn’t work too well – but still rode Dirty Reiver at the weekend with the help of many drugs. Eating was…well it didn’t happen. Just fluid and some gels.

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