Cycling the Mississippi

The Mississippi River is probably most famous for being the setting of some of Mark Twain’s most famous books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Born on the banks of the river, the writer spent much of his life there and even got his pen name from a term used the…


Cycling: my earliest (and best?) memory

Some of my friends have—or since I’m a bit sceptical let me say claim to have—memories from when they were two or three years old. I suppose it’s possible, though with the way my memory work that feels like an unreal occurrence. Most of my memories start when I went to school round the age…


Environmentalism and the bicycle

When bicycles first appeared in the late 1800s the Industrial Revolution was fully underway. Bikes allowed factory workers to get quicker into cities and allowed people to work at a factory in places they didn’t live. Unlike horses bikes didn’t require food nor did they take up so much space. In quite a few ways…


The 19th century bicycle and how it changed!

Whether it’s used as transpiration or leisure the bicycle is a major part of our lives these days. The bicycle is an invention that coincided perfectly with the Industrial Revolution, as it met the growing needs of people to go farther away in a shorter amount of time, and in a way it predicted the…


The unlikely story of how I started cycling

I was reluctant to start cycling years ago. There little that drew me to the sport: a sore backside, chaffing clothes in sensitive areas, burning muscles (though to which sport doesn’t that one apply?), profuse sweating, a hefty amount of equipment I would need to buy. And for what? All for a being able to…