Write Around

Writing (and taking photos) about cycling.

Also see


Cycling web sites

There are many racing/touring club sites and various attempts at putting wider facilities together. Here’s some less sport dominated:

Getting started

  • Bryan’s bicycle page Cycling etiquette, tips for novices …
  • Why Cycle provides ‘impartial advice for potential and new cyclists in the UK’. Includes a forum to ask your questions. Not bad at all, recommended for its intended audience and more.
  • BikeHub featured articles may have something useful.
  • Books: City Cycling (Aug 2007) from our favourite author on the practicalities of cycling, Richard Ballantine. “Richard guides the city cyclist through the pitfalls of riding in traffic, how to buy and maintain a good bike, safety and riding with confidence.” Buy from Amazon.co.uk. Cyclecraft: The Complete Guide to Safe and Enjoyable Cycling for Adults and Children (Paperback) by John Franklin.

Next Steps

  • Get Cycling (was Company of Cyclists) A business promoting ‘everything cycling’, and provides cycling promotion support services. Also an extensive and varied library of cycling images, Bike Try-Out Roadshows/Bike Culture Weeks.
  • Try Park Tool Co’s bike repair and maintenance section for advice on common problems (they’re American but that shouldn’t create too much confusion).
  • Campaign sites are featured on CycleMalvern blog.

Online Cycle Networks and News

There’s a few UK-based discussion forums/social networks on cycling that have arrived in thelast year or two.

Online cycling news and features

  • Bike Radar Sections on Mountain Biking, Commuting, Family cycling (although they do seem to overlap greatly).
  • City Cycling Online magazine which does what it says on the tin, but also gets out of town some of the time.
  • road.cc A bit of a road cycling focus, but good general coverage of ‘real’ cycling news too. Currently our preferred cycling news feed.
  • BikeBiz is for anyone in the cycle trade. News, features, product guides, trade directory, jobs, etc.

Touring and off-road

Writing and photography

  • Josie Dew: cyclist, writer and cook. News updates are worth checking out as tasters and in their own right.
  • BikeReader, ‘a riders digest’. Brilliant site – run by an American living in Britain, and has loads of UK stuff. An archive of essays, humour, links, etc. and photo section has much improved since our first visit.
  • VeloVision Quarterly magazine celebrating cycle culture and cycling innovations from around the world. You can read a sample edition online.
  • A to B Magazine Mainly for info on folding bikes, but also covers electric bikes, bike trailers trikes, trains and alternative transport. Online guide to what’s available, advice, sample edition online at Exact Editions. Want more on collapsing transport? Then go to The Folding Society web site.
  • Cycling photographer Brian Donnan is based in Cheltenham, so loads of localish bike pics, including ‘Hell of the North Cotswolds’ reliability events and a folding bike outing which I saw while out walking that way.
  • Joolze Dymond mountain bike events, cyclo cross and other photos.
  • Mountain Bike Girl – based somewhere in Britain.
  • Favourite bicycle related blogs: Dave Moulton’s Bike Blog, from an ex-frame builder who has moved to the US from Britain (has some good information/tech pieces too). Copenhagen Cycle Chic – cycle chic where cycling is just a way of life, or Copenhagenize – Bike Culture by Design. 

Cycle Miscellany

Retro Bicycles is based in Malvern, providing cycle-themed jewellery, hand crafted in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. The same people have also produced a photographic journal, in the form of quality postcard books, of their five year ‘Bicycle Odyssey’ taking in 22 countries and 30,000 km.

Companion Cycling A charity in south west London which enables people who are unable to ride “solo” cycles for whatever reason to enjoy the pleasure of cycling with a companion in the delightful and traffic free surroundings of Bushy Park. Also has Links page featuring specialist cycle suppliers.

Offroad Impact of Mountain Bikes A New Zealand assessment.

Malvern Star is an Australian bicycle maker from the early 1900s. Although now part of a larger firm, the brand was relaunched 2008.

Sheldon Brown’s Bicycle Glossary.

UK Cycling Web Ring Mainly those pesky racing clubs, but wider than that.

Unicycle.com Some unicyclists are even bonkers enough to do off-road stuff!

And so to off-road tandem enthusiasts at the Double Forte site.

Cycling past

Cycling before Lycra Thirties and forties cycling memories from Allan Nelson and parents.

19th Century Bicycle News Interesting selections from American archives. This book mentioned there sounds fun – Around the World on a Bicycle (from Amazon) – a late 19th century adventure on a penny farthing!

Sturmey-Archer Heritage.

Bodleian Library archive of bicycle posters, magazines etc. – browse through the images online.

National Cycle Collection in Llandrindod Wells, mid-Wales.

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