Banging on about bikes

On Mobike’s Manchester demise

In June 2017 Chinese bike-sharing company Mobike selected Manchester and Salford as the first location in Europe to trial its app-driven dockless-bike scheme. Much fanfare surrounded the launch, both in the UK and the Far East, and it was of course...

On identity and the lunacy of Brexit

I start to write this on the return leg of a short break in Hamburg. Three lovely days were spent in this mighty maritime city, but the experience was tinged by an overwhelming sense of melancholy due to the thought that,...

On an overnight Pootle to Edale

Of all the fun things you can do with a bicycle, to me by far the most enjoyable is cycle touring: load up a couple of panniers, sling them on the bike and pedal off into the great unknown. My first...