Next Spokes Ride

Sorry, but due to the COVID-19 Social Distancing and Lockdown restrictions all Spokes Rides are cancelled until further notice.

If you're feeling fine, go out for a bike ride and enjoy the fresh air.

Hope to see you when it's all over.

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Explanatory Trip to Aberlady

"Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked." - Jeff Pesis

The calm weather brought 30 people out on Sunday for the Spokes Ride to East Lothian. This time the weather forecast promised more than it actually delivered. It stayed dry, and wind free, a lovely cycle ride, especially in the morning. It can be a bit stressful leading a huge group, but I do try my beat to explain why we have to do something. I have enjoyed leading Spokes Rides over the past 10 years. I have met a good number of people, enjoyed your company


Busy month upgrading the computer, hence the lateness of this post. Not a problem in as a much as it all just slots together, its just getting the software to work on the new PC afterwards. I like the two aspects of technology. The simple technology of a bicycle, and the complex relationship of hardware and software the makes up a computer.

This typifies the two opposing social aspects of modern life. With a computer, I write emails to you lot to read, which I hope you enjoy. Of course I have no idea what your immediate reaction to what I write. It's a bit like talking in to a scarf, you know you're saying something, but feedback is muffled.

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." - Ernest Hemingway, By-Line


Spokes Rides are the opposite. Some of the emotions are real, and some are negatively tempered by our immediate experience, and we only realise what a joy the bike ride was, until we are home and warm. When you get an email from someone saying that they really enjoyed the bike ride, even the difficult bits, it is then I realise that I am getting things right. I have explained on numerous that we do not live in The Netherlands, and Scotland is not flat!!! Sometimes we will go up hills, so why not enjoy them.

The social aspect of a Spokes Ride, allows you to sweat and coast the contours of what is being said, as indicated by the emotions of the speaker in tone and body language. In the email, you only have a semblance of what is being said, recognising the “high hill”, and perhaps you are reading in to things that do not exist.

Emails can lack emotion, and can be easily misinterpreted. One email I wrote to a friend recently had that effect. Attempts to explain the email utilising another email is futile, and normally ends up complicating an issue that only exist in the mind. It is only when you meet in person that you can explain what you really meant.


"I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again." - Michelle Pfeiffer

Keeping that idea, this bit isn’t a nag, its friendly advice. The last Spokes Ride was quite fast in parts, but lunchtime in winter is to a schedule for the safety of the whole group, and not an individual. We have to get to the lunch venue by a certain time, as there are a lot of people who need fed. So the reason for the speed was two fold:

  1. Bikes not checked before the Spokes Ride.
  2. Cyclists not bringing lights, resulting in a mad dash home in the afternoon.
This is nothing technical, you do not need a degree in bike maintenance to do it. I have put this list on my website in the article Pre Bike Ride Maintenance. In winter, bring lights, not only for your safety, but also for the safety of others on the ride. If Michelle Pfeiffer can do it, so can you.

Warm Regards
Explore, Dream, Discover

Ride Statistics

Distance:       67.6km (42 miles)
Average Speed:  19.6km(12.2 mph) (Max 48.5 kmh)
Time on bike:   3 hours 25 minutes
Total Climbing: 482 m (1581 ft) (Max 156m)
Max. Temp.:     11 deg C (52 deg F)

Interactive Route Map

The map belows shows the route that we took on the November 2007 Spokes Ride. Click on Map to see the route in relation to roads, Hybrid to see the route with some roads and satellite photos, and Satellite to see the views.

Brief Route Description

Basically the route out followed NCN1. We took a detour at Duddingston Pk S, passing The Fort Retail Centre, then the back route under the A1 at Whitehill Mains rejoining NCN1 at the New University Campus at Musselburgh. We then followed NCN1 to the River Esk, headed south from here to Cowpits, joining the A6124 south of Inveresk. We then passed Carberry, turned left on to the BB6414 through Elphinstone. Then right on to a minor road, at the end turning right then left through Buxley to New Winton.

From New Winton, we followed a track to Penston, then the B6363 and a minor road to Gladsmuir. A quick along the A199, taking the second left on a minor road over Bangly Hill. At then end turning left down an A road to Aberlady.

The way back was along the coastal A and B roads to Musselburgh, from there, various routes home.

Snowcycle Events

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Spokes Sunday Rides
Sat May 09 @10:30 - 05:00PM
Sun Jun 07 @10:00 - 06:00PM
Spokes Sunday Rides
Sat Jun 13 @10:30 - 05:00PM
Sun Jul 05 @10:00 - 06:00PM
Spokes Sunday Rides
Sat Jul 11 @10:30 - 05:00PM