Will West Sussex ever get cycle lanes?

If you live in West Sussex you will be aware that the county has so far managed to get into this new century without following the the rest of the counties of Great Britain that have, to varying degrees, put cycling on their agendas. Whilst the country may lag behind European states by at least…

The world has run out of bikes!

Billed as the most efficient machine on the planet, the bicycle started to gain popularity at the beginning of the last century and thanks to those early riders our roads were paved proving good news for the newly emerging motor vehicle market. Move on fifty years and the nation moved by bicycle. Such was the…

Whyte Bikes and the crazy world of the UK cycle market.

The bicycle market is very strange. After the financial crash it seemed that every distributor in Europe thought that the streets were paved with gold here in the UK and so their bikes arrived in their thousands. There were brands you may have heard of and many you hadn’t. The market had not grown so…

Call for WSCC to act now for safer roads

The West Sussex Cycle Forum have issued this press release calling for West Sussex County Council to act now to make our roads safer. People want to ride their bikes.  The West Sussex Cycle Forum calls for urgent action to keep it that way.   A surge in cycling since the COVID 19 lockdown began…

Covid-19 causes a boom in bike sales

The cycle market has exploded since the lock down. After several years of decline the market has turned around and in a big way. The ACT are reporting that there are at least 20,000 bikes ordered and paid for but still in boxes at shops without enough staff to build them. Southdowns Bikes has had…

Whyte Bikes & servicing

I am pleased to announce that I will be working with Whyte Bikes as a Click ‘n Collect Partner and service centre. I’ve been linked to the team at Whyte for as long as I have been mountain biking. Believe it or not that is 35 years. My first bike came from them when I…

Why do I ride?

I sometimes wonder why I ride. In fact on a recent road ride it started to bother me. I’d had a fairly tumultuous winter but rode as much as I could or wanted too. I’d given up on mountain biking in December.  The wet winter never affected my road rides as whenever I went out,…

It was fun while it lasted

Over the course of the last 14 years I am not sure quite what I have achieved. There have been beneficiaries from my investment although I don’t know who has gained the most. It is probably HMRC. The landlord did OK, as did the local authority, hopefully my staff gained more than just their wages,…

Worthing loves driving

Worthing is a wonderful town in a beautiful county. Or should I say it was. In 2006 James Brathewaite, the head of SEEDA (South East Economic Development Association) addressed most of our borough councillors and prominent local business owners in a packed Pier Pavilion. His opening statement shook the pier to its rusted iron foundations. …

That lovely feeling when you’ve ridden hard.

We had to get back in a hurry. We didn’t say anything. We didn’t need to. The three us had done this many times before. First one takes a pull then the next, never really changing the order. Every once in a while one might show signs of slight weakness or extra strength but we…