Me? On a Bike? You must be joking!   9 comments

Most of my friends know that I’m not a huge fan of cycling. As a cheap means of transport when I was too poor to afford a car it did the job. As a means of outdoor fun it just never quite buried itself in my psyche like walking and the rest of my madcap outdoor pursuits. I do own a very dated mountain bike a very sad relic in an age of high-tech machines, but its a rare occasion when I take it out.

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This could be changing however after a rather splendid little jaunt a couple of weeks back which I have to admit I rather enjoyed. When we were walking at Symonds Yat at couple of months back I noticed lots of cyclists on the south side on what must be an old disused railway line along the course of the river Wye. Perfect for the kids I thought so we hoisted all the bikes down there and gave it a shot

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After a reluctant start from my youngest (trying to get past the crowds and the cars at Symonds Yat out her off a bit) and some lunch the kids really got into the swing of it and we picked up a decent pace all the way to Monmouth and back.

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Only about 10 miles in total but seeing as L in particular has never cycled more than up and down our cul-de-sac before I was quite pleased at how well she coped. The weather was kind and stayed dry so it was a very pleasant and very different day out from the usual walks. The Forest of Dean nearby has loads of old disused railway lines from the coal mining days now used as cycleways so hopefully we can get a few more trips in before winter.

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I actually quite like cycling – there, I said it. Just don’t expect any major cycling tours from me!

Video works better than photos so enjoy the little compilation with a tune to remind you that it’s still August and still technically summer…

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Posted August 6, 2012 by surfnslide in Cycling, Family Trips

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9 responses to “Me? On a Bike? You must be joking!

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  1. Is the mountain bike in question really diddy?
    10 miles seems like a good ride – the railway tracks in the Forest of Dean are excellent – I ran a half marathon on some of them once. I also have fond memories of Monmouth – does it still have a small independent cinema?

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    beatingthebounds
    • Full size you cheeky git – dragging up a 20 year old story, how immature 🙂
      It was a decent ride out, nice and flat for the kids, all that cycling to and from the toilet block in Wales has rekindled my cycling enthusiasm, released my inner cyclist as it were. Not sure if Monmouth still has it’s cinema but it is a lovely old place

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  2. Loving the tune you choose!

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  3. *chose …..think my fingers went a bit happy on the ‘o’ then!

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