Category Archives: Cycling

Moulton

A few weeks ago, while out on a bike ride, my second in command and I came across an unusual bike outside a bar.

It was roughly the size of our Bromptons, with a similar design. However the frame was built from multiple thin tubes, rather than the standard chunky tubes of our (and most other) bikes.

Last night, while half watching something on TV, an old clip from the 60s caught my eye. A very Brompton-like bike was being hailed as having a revolutionary design. Up until that point, I’d never heard of Moulton bikes, so I looked them up.

Their evolution has now resulted in this.

Which, apart from the colour, is pretty much the bike we saw a few weeks ago. The design’s a lot more advanced than our Bromptons’, but they’re a little more expensive. They don’t fold, the main reason for our Brampton purchase, but they’re reputabley light and fast.

I suspect I wouldn’t be allowed to buy one.

South Shields

This week, our Saturday bike ride took us to South Shields. We stopped off at Bill Quay for refreshment in the Cricketers, which has a great new outside seating area.

Cycling was a little weird at first; I’d switched from P type handlebars to an S. So the riding position was a little alien for the first half hour or so.

We didn’t stay long in South Shields, a pint in the Alum; a nice pub, but I’m not overly fond of it.

And the Steamboat, of which I’m very fond of.

After a last pint in the Address, a pretty strange bar, we caught a Metro home.

There’re some disadvantages to Bromptons, but I’m not regretting buying them. And we still have the mountain bikes should the need arise.

Distance

We’re trying to build up our cycling distance, with more cycling and less beer.

And we’ve made a pretty decent step towards that goal today.

After picking up a delivery from Team Valley, we headed to Swalwell, cycling up the Derwent Walk to Rowlands Gill.

After stopping off to eat in Derwent Park, we cycled (mostly walked) up the beast that is Busty Bank. Close to death, we stopped at Burton House for a well earned beer rest.

And then it was mostly downhill until we fell into the Marquis of Granby.

Where we had a couple of beers before calling a cab cycling home.

We’re now doing some gardening.

Fitness

I’m quite enjoying our drive to improve our (disgraceful) state of fitness.

Yesterday’s bike ride, while a little shorter than last week’s, was more stretching.

We cycled to the Schooner this time.

After food, we cycled across the Tyne to the Tyne Bar. Then to Arch 2 and the Cluny.

After a short bike ride into town, we stopped off for a rest at the Town Mouse.

And the Head of Steam.

And the Bridge Hotel.

There might also have been a nightcap in our local.

Cycling III

A longer bike ride today, down to Team Valley, then to the quayside, Ouseburn and back. Of course, we needed to stop for a rest now and again.

We rested at the Tyne Bar, the Cumberland Arms and the Cluny. We’re currently resting in the Bridge Hotel.

Crossing the high level bridge will probably be tiring, so another rest is scheduled for the Central.

Cycling II

I’ve found I can combine two favourite things. We’ve cycled to the Tyne Bar, then to the Ship for something to eat, then (walked) to the Cluny.

Afterwards, we cycled back along the quayside, folded-up the bikes, then caught a bus home to the Tuns.

Wish I’d bought one of these years ago.