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'Off the Bike' Stories

When I am not on my bike out and about leisure cycling somewhere, you can see what I get up to 'Off the Bike' here!

April 2, 2018

First blog post of 2018. I'm back...


This is my first blog post of 2018 as I have been using my spare time to write articles for football magazines, prepared and delivered a successful architecture photo talk to the Rochdale Photographic Society and also visited Riga i...

December 3, 2016

Back to Bavaria...


I have always enjoyed spending time in Bavaria in southern Germany. The region has always been a place where I can indulge in my favourite things such as train travel, 20th century history, football, picturesque towns and superb sausages! In fact, I'...

August 28, 2016

A Swifty Scooter City Adventure...


Ever since buying my Swifty Air, I have wanted to do one of my day trip 'tours' on the scooter in an area outside of Greater Manchester. After doing some shortish Swifty scoots around Cornwall to St Ives and Penzance from Hayle when I...

August 17, 2016

Rollerskiing with the Manchester XC Ski Club...

To the bystander on a cycle path or country lane, seeing a group of people replicating cross-country skiing with rollerskis could be seen as one of the best examples of British sporting quirkiness in action!

Whilst firs...

January 16, 2016

About the Kickbike...


The Kickbike is an unusual piece of equipment. It looks like a bike with the large front wheel, brakes, but is actually a scooter and has no other moving parts except the wheels and handlebars. It is actually more practical than a bike because you...

December 15, 2015

After the Vikingarannet in Sweden...


I visited Finland a couple of years ago on a tour organised through the Finland Tourist Board - Visit Finland. However whilst there, I found out that in Kuopio they organise an ice skating marathon on the frozen lake.

Since finding o...

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