“Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to” – Dr K.K. Doty

I find a great way to relax is to ride my bike. After many years of cycling on the road I now stick to back roads and trails. I am not trying to break records or bones for that matter; the emphasis is on relaxation.

I live for most of the year in England; yet I have spent a lot of time in Spain. Therefore, most of my rides are in these locations. However, the emphasis is on inspiring people to choose: scenic, safe and of course relaxing routes wherever they are.

  • Breathe

    30th October 2019 by

    “Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” — Gregory Maguire. This is the first post on my new blog. It is also the most basic, easiest and quickest way to relax. If you read only one of my blogs, if you remember only one thing, only one word; then let “breathe”… Read more

  • Moon walk

    19th July 2020 by

    A moon walk under the setting sun, to climb the green hills of home; then greet the Full Strawberry Moon of July. Inspiration for the moon walk You do not need to be an astronaut to do a moon walk. Being happiest and most relaxed whilst out in nature; I came to realise I was… Read more

  • Northwave Origin MTB shoe review

    20th May 2020 by

    A long term review of the Northwave Origin mountain bike shoe The need for a mountain bike shoe If you are new to cross country mountain biking; you will have come to realise that you need the stiff sole of a road cycling shoe but the ability to walk maybe long distances over unrideable terrain.… Read more

  • Forest bathing to relax

    28th April 2020 by

    The concept of ‘forest bathing’ or ‘shinrin-yoku‘; is literally walking into a forest, to open and submerse all your senses in nature. Forest bathing or ‘Shinrin-yoku’ A great way to relax, is to simply go for a walk in the woods. This has been given the term: ‘forest bathing’; because you are literally submerged in… Read more

  • Trusting to Relax

    17th April 2020 by

    When we are with people we can trust; we feel relaxed. Deciding who to trust and to what extent is a lifelong art. The importance and need to trust David DeSteno, states in his brilliant book: The Truth About Trust: “the need to trust implies one fundamental fact: you’re vulnerable.” A baby has no choice… Read more

  • Livin’ it up under ‘Lockdown’

    30th March 2020 by

    Routes to Relax whilst being housebound during the current world pandemic So a deadly virus has surprised us all and spread across the world at an astonishing speed. Many of us worry about jobs and money, restrictions on socialising and the great outdoors has been fenced in. Yet we must all count ourselves lucky to… Read more

  • Relaxing YouTube channels

    13th February 2020 by

    Ten channels to watch on YouTube to help you unwind and relax in this age of high speed internet and social media 1. Modern relaxation music An obvious choice is relaxing background music. With the aid of computers and vast music libraries; there is now an almost endless supply of electronic based relaxation music. One… Read more

  • Beating the winter blues

    10th January 2020 by

    Keeping relaxed and happy through a long cold winter Refreshing routes to relax The merriness of Christmas is gone now, only the bill remains; the winter solstice has gone but the nights are still long; the sun also rises but we keep spinning silently away from it!Yet do not despair; there is a route to… Read more

  • Driving to relax

    16th December 2019 by

    A few ideas to stay relaxed whilst on the road. A great cause of stress in day to day life can come about whilst driving a car. Most of us have to drive in order to get to work and be with family and friends. Yet this necessary activity does not need to be a… Read more

  • Food to Relax

    4th December 2019 by

    ‘You are what you eat’ as the saying goes; so if you want to eat and relax, then check out these ten foods that can help. Believe it or not; our moods, feelings and ability to stay calm are all affected by the food that we consume. There are times when you need more calories… Read more

  • Happy feet not cold feet

    22nd November 2019 by

    A summary of footwear options for the winter cyclist; with a review of Northwave GTX mountain bike boots Being able to stay warm on a cold day is so important for our well-being. In extreme situations, we can damage our extremities or weaken our immune system; which open us up to all kinds of infections.… Read more

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