Day 27 – 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 27

Snow, rain, sleet, hail sun. Repeat. What the what?


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We’re gonna need more tree huggers.

A big tree on tonight’s mini ‘adventure ride’.


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A design classic and an old banger?

After dodging horse poop and Deliveroos in the city I went out for a flat hour along the canal. The clouds were massing as I stopped at the vintage bus garage to take today’s photo, within a few minutes it was snowing again. I need some sun, this is getting very silly!


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mmm…pizza, beer, GT85

Some days you just need to grab a bike – find some people to hang out with – and ride that bike like you just don’t care what happens to yourself. Luckily, my no longer local bike shop, but still local to work – Keep Pedalling in Manchester – were having their 5th birthday party. Add in some international flavour in the form of the folks from Surly, toss in the guys from Ison Distribution and a ride + beer + cake + pizza festival was undertaken.

No crashes. Some tasty beer from Squawk Brewing. Cake and pizza. Train home. A decent end to a day otherwise plagued with meh.


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The only thing harder than taking pictures of deer on your ride…

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Honest, they are there.

…is spotting them in the photos afterwards.


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Just after the extreme gnar tech fest. Honest.

Another lovely (but perilously cold) short off-road faux commute this morning. The legs are definitely feeling a lack of days off at this point.


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Is that an old pair of boxers?

Given the schizophrenic nature of this week’s weather, if I’d been a sensible person I would have taken my waterproof with me this morning even though it was sunny when I left.  But I didn’t. And so I only have myself to blame for getting soaked in a sleety downpour on my way home. Once dry and warm I spent the evening in the garage, swapping cassettes and wheels from where they’d ended up back to the bikes that they should be on.

1, 2, 3 easy as A, B, C…

Three days. Three whole days. Time enough to fit in a small tornado, some lightning, a shower of frogs, and maybe a plague of locusts. Do locusts count as weather? Is Gore-tex locust proof? Which tyres give best grip in a shower of frogs?

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.

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