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davidthedesigner
Interests: blue and orange.
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For the want of a bolt that had sheared off I've had to replace the whole seat post, and that had to be ordered and has taken a week to arrive. But I am now back on my mountain bike. Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at david the designer
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Two years into this recording of my rides thing and I'm finding it increasingly difficult not to repeat the same old images from my regular routes. So here's the first attempt at a different point of view. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at david the designer
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I shouldn't have commented on that massive housing development yesterday. Cycling past there on the way home today and the saddle mounting sheared off. Another walk home. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at david the designer
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We all have to live somewhere, I get that. And the price to pay probably means that green fields have to be sacrificed. But these are priced at between £305K to £645K, which I suppose is affordable to some. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at david the designer
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Life intervenes sometimes. Which means that it's more than two weeks since I last had chance to put foot to pedal. But today I was back on the saddle and cycling in the rain (in other words, an excuse for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at david the designer
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No punctures today, thankfully. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at david the designer
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Another day, another disused railway track. This one the Test Way. But on the return journey: a puncture. I've learnt the hard way that I have to venture out prepared for this. Otherwise it would have been an 11-mile walk... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at david the designer
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By the time I get to this stretch of the disused railway the way ahead is clear. Dogs - or more likely their owners - don't have the stamina to make it this far out of town. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at david the designer
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Despite my misgivings about the Meon Valley Trail, disused railway lines do make for excellent off-road bike tracks. No more so than on my most regular of regular routes. But the big drawback here is (or should that be are?)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at david the designer
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Well, that's it. The harvest is now in. At least for this field. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at david the designer
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The 2017 harvest has begun (in the far distance). Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at david the designer
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I took my regular route northwards today: I haven't done that for a few weeks now. The problem is nettles: at this time of year they're head high along my preferred off-road route. Which isn't much fun and it forces... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at david the designer
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I cycled the Meon Valley Trail today - in both directions. Some fine cycling on a weekday, when you mostly have it to yourself. But despite running through some really wonderful countryside, it's not very photogenic. Basically it's a tunnel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at david the designer
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Continuing the (sort of) religious theme, today I passed by the Bishop's home and office. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at david the designer
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Not for the first time, today I cycled past this wayside cross. It truly is 'wayside', because you're pretty unlikely to come across it by chance. It's off the beaten track, as they say. And it's dedicated to six un-named... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at david the designer
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In order of frequency my regular routes go south, north, west and east. This is west. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at david the designer
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I'm now well into my third year of this cycling lark, and when I cycle from home I'm restricted to three or four routes in terms of regular rides (which would probably be the case wherever I lived). But that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at david the designer
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The not-so-secret, secret garden. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at david the designer
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I've been to check up on my favourite tree today: it's doing splendidly, and clearly not bothered by the heatwave. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at david the designer
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Down in the New Forest today. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at david the designer
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I'm lucky to live in a small city: one where within a couple of streets from home there are open fields. Except that this open field will soon be 2,000 new homes. Eric Pickles decided that was a good idea.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at david the designer
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Flat out today. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at david the designer
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Back in the saddle after a 10-day break – that's due to the general election, since I'm what's called a presiding officer (which means I'm in charge of a polling station). It's why I never express any political opinions on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at david the designer
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The road home. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at david the designer
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A river runs through it. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at david the designer