The next Spokes Ride will be on Sunday 21St August 2016. Meet 09:30am outside Usher Hall.
Destination Scottish Borders. Distance will be around 95km (58 miles). Bring a picnic lunch.
Please check your bike before the ride, i.e. tyre pressure, chain and brakes. Bring some money for lunch, emergencies and possible café stops or post ride refreshments. Don't forget snacks to keep your energy levels up and a drink to consume en-route.
Don't forget to bring a small toolkit to fit your bike and a spare inner tube in case you get a puncture. It is much easier to replace the tube than to repair a tube, especially if you have a slow puncture.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain
Welcome to SnowCycle, a website based on cycling and skiing.
This website has some reports and photographs from the Spokes Sunday Bike Rides that I lead. If you're interested in coming along, we meet on the 1st Sunday of the Month at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road at 10am. If you live in Edinburgh, and want to come along (there's no joining fee!!!!), let me know by using the contact form.
Spokes is the Lothian Cycle Campaign, and operates in the Council areas of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. See Spokes for more info.
I have also added some details of winter holidays I have made, as well as adding photos from these trips.
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A wonderful bike ride to Dunfermline, Fife. Weather was lovely, 25 people turned up for a ride across the Forth Road Bridge to Pittencrieff Park.
"Now freedom, for most, is just a word, like toast" ~ That's All, Seasick Steve
Yeah, I did say Aberlady, but Mother's Day got in the way, so we went to Ormiston, still in East Lothian. 22 people turned up for a quite lovely Spring ride. It was dry and a little cool, but there was a little brightness in the sky. Spring was here, and so were the views.
"The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn." ~ Robert Burns
13 people turned up on a cold, day. The forecast was OK, but I would rather it was sunny, then the cold wouldn't matter too much. But it wasn't that bad as there was no rain, and the natural lay of the land would shelter us from the slight breeze. So there was some hope that while the sky was grey, the forecast was grey, we might actually get some sun.
"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour." ~ John Boswell
8 people turned up on a cold, wet day. The forecast wasn't good, cloud in the morning, heavy rain in the afternoon. Reality was a little different, it was light rain when I got to the Usher Hall. I wasn't expecting anyone to cycle back to Edinburgh, quite a few were wondering what time the trains from Linlithgow to Edinburgh. Actually at 40 minutes past the hour as it turns out, not twice an hour as originally thought.
"Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again." ~ Bill Morgan, Jr.
14 people turned up on a cold day. The cycle paths still hadn't thawed out, so a road route was chosen, and as it was the first ride of the year, on the second day of the year, the route would be short. I also anticipated delays to people turning up for the ride, so we did not leave until 20 past. The worst path was the cycle route at Roseburn / Ravelston.