Author Archives: grahamrob

Lower Thames Ride

Sometimes the obvious isn’t that, obvious! Born and bred a Londoner I infrequently cycle there, in fact because of the obvious issues of traffic and congestion I’ve tried to avoid it.  However, there’s no getting away from the fact that … Continue reading

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Bluebell Ride

Most of my local rides go west.  There are a number of reasons for this but mainly I try to ride out against the wind and, as far as possible, return with it on my back – as the wind … Continue reading

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Redhill to Brighton

Who doesn’t like a day at the seaside and there’s nowhere more iconic location for that than Brighton.  I first cycled there in 1996 as a sponsored participant in the British Heart Foundation’s annual London to Brighton charity ride and … Continue reading

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Life on a bike-7: Speed

Soon after learning to ride a bike, speed probably becomes the next objective.  We’re all speed junkies, especially in our youth.  We may have already experienced speed in a car, train or plane but on a bike the experience is … Continue reading

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Redhill to Newhaven

I first undertook this ride in May 2009 on the first day on my way to Paris, since then I have ridden it often each year and refined the route a little.  The ride crosses the attractive Wealden countryside of … Continue reading

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My tents

My first tent was inherited from my Dad who, together with a collection of lightweight camping equipment purchased it in 1939, had a planned to go cycle touring in Europe.  Timing is everything in life and unfortunately shortly thereafter WWII … Continue reading

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Round-Up 2016

2016 marked the second year of Round The Bend, which is a personal record of my life on a bike.  In addition to the general commentary on cycling and various rides, this year I started two regular features in Round … Continue reading

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