• I Bike London Christmas Ride

    After the success of their Parks and River Ride in November, I Bike London are organising a Christmas Ride. It will be a fun and sociable event, going along Regent’s canal and towards East London.

    The ride will start at 11:00am on Saturday 8th December, leaving from the Achilles Statue at Hyde Park Corner (postcode W1K). After heading up to Regent’s Park, the riders will join the cycle path alongside the canal in Camden and follow it all the way to the Olympic Park, before ending at the Britannia Pub in Victoria Park around 3pm (postcode E9 7BT).

    The pace will be relaxed and suitable for children, with breaks along the way. Mechanical assistance is provided if needed. The route covers 30 kilometres (18 miles) and is flat most of the way.

    At the end of the ride, the particpants are all invited to the pub to celebrate Christmas with some mulled wine (or whatever you like)!

    ROUTE MAP HERE: http://www.bikemap.net/route/1916096

    If you have any enquiries please feel free to contact the organisers on info@ibikelondon.com
  • Cycle Lifestyle 8 is here!

    Cycle Lifestyle, the free cycling magazine aiming to inspire non-cyclists and cyclists alike, is back with an eighth issue. Download it here, or view it in the browser on cyclelifestyle.co.uk.

    All the usual favourites are featured – including The Peddler, New Bike on the Block, and Give it a Go – as well as cycle poetry, tips on winter cycling, and a new column called My Favourite Cycling Street.

    10,000 paper copies of Cycle Lifestyle will be delivered to thousands of locations in London and beyond, including schools, workplaces, cafes, student unions, cycle shops, and more.

    It’s an exciting time for the magazine, with my book Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling recently published.

    Our mission at Cycle Lifestyle is to make sure that the good news about cycling, well-being and health is represented in the media.

    Please help us to spread the word by telling your customers, colleagues and friends about us.

    Best wishes – Ben Irvine, Cycle Lifestyle Editor

  • Lothlorien and the Lakes

    This weekend, I enjoyed a wonderful three nights’ break in Lothlorien Cottage in Kents Bank, Grange Over Sands.

    This pretty seaside town enjoys truly stunning views over the vastness of Morecambe Bay and the surrounding hills to the South, as well as easy access to the glories of the Lake District directly to the North.

    The purpose of my trip was to start work on a new book, following up on the recently published Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling. I also had the pleasure of meeting owner David Chadwick and his wife Pam, and their two kids Holly and Matthew whom I am pictured with below.

    The cottage was lovely, quiet and tidy, and comes highly recommended. And, of course, the clean air and rural calm of this beautiful region did wonders for my creativity and peace of mind. If I were a doctor I would prescribe a visit to the North of England at least once a year!

    Grange Over Sands is also a great place to cycle. There is something for everyone there. The countryside immediately surrounding the town varies from flat to mildly undulating, while the further you go into the Lakes, the more challenging the inclines become.

    If scenery is your thing, then a cycle tour to this region can hardly be bettered, and Lothlorien Cottage makes the perfect basecamp.

    Ben Irvine, Cycle Lifestyle editor

  • Call for distributors

    With Cycle Lifestyle issue 8 publishing in a few weeks, we're looking to increase the number of retailers and business premises which stock copies of our free magazine.

    Cycle Lifestyle appeals to employees and customers alike, and whenever we add premises to our distributors list, we can also (if you want us to) add them to our distributors map, showing readers where they can pick up a copy in London.

    Please get in touch and let us know your delivery address and phone number, and we'll make you an official distributor of Cycle Lifestyle magazine.

    info@cyclelifestyle.co.uk

  • Monocle interview

    Late notice, but... I'm giving a short interview tonight (24 Nov) at 6.30pm on the Monocle 24 radio station, about my new book 'Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling'. Link here:
    http://monocle.com/monocle24/

    Best wishes,

    Ben, Cycle Lifestyle editor

  • The Poetry Postie

    It's always nice to receive emails from people for whom the bicycle forms an unusual part of their life. I especially enjoyed hearing from Sally Crabtree, the 'Poetry Postie', who delivers 'poetic letters' or 'singing telegrams' on her rounds. Her work is a lovely example of the creativity that cycling brings. Now, if she could just sing me that bank statement I got this morning, everything might be OK after all...

  • Vote for Wheels for Wellbeing!

    Wheels for Wellbeing, a charity backed by National Lottery funding, has helped hundreds of people with disabilities in London to cycle using a wide variety of specially designed bikes. This video gives a flavour of the vital and wonderful work these campaigners do in extending cycling's accessibility - a goal which all of us at Cycle Lifestyle passionately believe in.

    Wheels for Wellbeing have been shortlisted for the National Lottery's 'Best Sports Project' award. Please take a moment to add your vote and help a dedicated group of facilitators and riders get the national recognition they deserve. Click here to vote!

  • Book signing in Heffers, Cambridge - Sat, 27 Oct

    I'll be signing copies of my new book Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling in Heffers bookshop, 20 Trinity Lane, Cambridge, on Saturday, 27 October, 2 to 5pm.

    Cambridge is probably Britain's most bike-friendly town, and is a beautiful place to explore on two wheels. Come along for a biscuit and a chat. For further info, contact info@oldspeak.co.uk.

    Best wishes,

    Ben, Cycle Lifestyle editor

  • Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling - author signed copies!

    Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling (Ivy Press), by Cycle Lifestyle editor Ben Irvine, is coming out this week. It is available now on cyclelifestyle.co.uk:

    www.cyclelifestyle.co.uk/einstein-and-the-art-of-mindful-cycling

    For a limited time, all copies purchased from cyclelifestyle.co.uk will be signed by the author.

     

  • A thousand words...

    Someone once left a comment on cyclelifestyle.co.uk saying that the site was too wordy. We do like words - but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand of them.

    That said, I'm not sure if a picture could explain why anyone would drive a car when riding a bike is a serious alternative. This is the billion dollar question. Literally - the answer is worth a lot of money to a lot of people.

     

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