A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad


Strangford Lough

Two updates today - this one is from last weekend, and I’ve been meaning to write it up all week! I’m just putting up a quick note, hopefully with photos to follow tomorrow (as I’ve just realised I’ve left my camera cable at work). Last Saturday I made a trip to Strangford Lough, via Comber, and headed down the west shore of the lough. It was a great day for it: lovely cycling conditions, warm and sunny if a little breezy.

The route from Belfast to Comber is great - it’s on a quiet, disused railway path; the section nearest Belfast heads through cuttings lined with gorse, which is in flower at this time of year; it widens out becoming more open towards Comber.

From Comber onwards the route was on quiet roads, with great views through pine woods down to the sea, which does a very good impression of a lake - it’s something like 15 miles long, yet the inlet is only a quarter mile wide or thereabouts. Not so much to report I suppose from this trip - this post will be better with photos - check back tomorrow!

And the photos, as promised:






Lisburn, and other ramblings

I’ve been cycling a fair bit round Northern Ireland over the past couple of months; mostly, they’ve been quite short trips, so I haven’t really felt like they’ve warranted separate write-ups for each. But i thought I’d add something about them here, in general, so I don’t forget. [Read More…]


“Paddy’s Day”

“Paddy’s Day”, as St. Patrick’s Day is known here in Northern Ireland, seems to be an excuse for an entire city to get drunk simultaneously (and quite possibly, an entire island). I didn’t actually do a great deal of cycling yesterday - but I thought I’d add a bit to this blog anyway. In fact, I might start using this a bit more for non-cycling-related entries.

I did cycle a little bit, and hopefully Reuben doesn’t have a puncture as a result - there was a lot of broken glass around. It’s good to see people enjoying themselves, although as most people started pretty early in the morning (or the night before), by the time sunset came round it was obvious that many people were tired and irritable, with fights breaking out in the street and many lost souls looking the worse for wear - and plenty more looking lost.

Coming to work this morning was a very different sight, as you may expect; in fact, you know when you’ve hosted a big party, and decided to leave the cleaning up for the morning after? Well, imagine that but for a whole city. I think I saw almost as many bin lorries and street sweepers as cars on my way in this morning, cleaning up the detritus of a day and two nights’ worth of revelry.

Today I’m working on the outline strategy for a couple of new studies we’re planning; I also have a couple of meetings this afternoon about the reorganisation of the department, which could be interesting, or could be really dull…


Reuben’s First Day Out

So I took young Reuben for his first proper ride at the weekend. And, seeing as he seemed to have such a lovely time, I’ll let him tell you about it:

“I was so excited to be going out for a long ride! I’ve spent lots of time just commuting, and that’s ok, but it’s not much fun. Not compared to the promise of a Proper Ride at any rate, even if Aidan said this wasn’t going to be very long. (I have a feeling he might say that too often.)reuben1.jpg [Read More…]



It’s been a long, long time since I posted anything on here; far too long. I have done a bit of cycling; not very much, as I was in Congo (Dem. Rep.) for a few months. Although, I did find a bike there - of sorts - and I’ll hopefully summarise my travels there at some point.

But for now, the exciting news is: I have a new steed. His name’s Reuben Tricross (so yeah, I’ve given in to the whole naming bikes thing now; it’s just pragmatic when you have more than 3 or 4, afterall…). He’s matt black. Like the dark knight maybe. I’m looking forward to going off exploring with him, although right now I’m just trying to keep the salt off during my rides to work and back!