Cycling In Letchworth

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My bike sat in the shed for years until I finally decided to get it out and use it. I’m not a racing cyclist, I don’t go on long off road cycle rides. I use it for local errands, to go and get the shopping and for the school run. Having got the bike out I realise what I have been missing, exercising in fresh air is still as enjoyable as when I was young and local errands are completed in less time than it would take me in a car. But there is no denying that the roads are much busier … more

Three LEAFy months


Last January, we borrowed a Nissan LEAF for a seven-day test drive. The car impressed us so much that we decided to go ahead and buy one. Ours is an ex-demo model, registered in May 2014, and with 4,500 miles on the clock when we bought it (now nearly doubled…) Some readers will know me as a classic enthusiast. Our newest car before we bought the LEAF was a 1990 Mercedes. This came about less out of nostalgia for the past and more from my inability to see any step forward in car design sufficiently big to justify replacing what … more

To Norfolk in a Nissan Leaf


We recently took Nissan up on their offer of a 7-day test drive on the LEAF. Our first observation is that this is a really impressive car to drive. More than anything else, it reminds me of my old Jaguar XJ6; it has the same smoothness and silence. Of course, the difference is that Jaguar invested tremendous effort into disguising the effect of reciprocating pistons and escaping exhaust gases. Like every manufacturer since, they worked hard to make a crude process appear sophisticated. With the LEAF, there is nothing to disguise. The second observation is that you cannot expect to … more

Low Carbon Holidays – A round up of findings from January’s Transition Tuesday


Attendees at the Transition Tuesday event about low carbon holidays were asked to think about the best and worst aspects of holidays they’d really enjoyed and also those they’d really disliked.  Here were some of the suggestions which came out of our discussions, along with a bit of research done by one of our TTL enthusiasts! Please let us know in the comments section if you decide to pack a bag and head off to test any of these ideas. Cycling The North Sea Cycle Route goes through 8 European countries including England and Scotland. National Cycle Network … more

The Joy of Cycling


Many thanks to Frank Turner for his talk on bike maintenance and Tina Walker for her talk on road safety. We had a good turn out despite the Heritage Foundation having their Town Meeting the same evening! We heard how a well maintained bike feels like flying, that lovely feeling of freedom as you glide down a hill. That freedom is multiplied if you can fix basic problems yourself at the roadside. To sign up to Frank’s next bicycle maintenance course, get in touch. Tina is a cycle instructor and you can book lessons with her, either individually or as … more