Thursday 8 March 2012

Monday 5 March 2012

Get a bus

On Saturday, just outside Lusk, Co. Dublin, a group of us were stopped beside the road, waiting for one of our colleagues to replace a punctured tube, when a man passed us on his morning walk.

In his broad Kerry accent, and in the friendliest tone, he uttered what has to rank among the all time great lines:

"Ah lads, would ye not save up and buy yourselves a bus."

Saturday 3 March 2012

A last act of generosity

I went out training with Ian Gallahars club, Dublin Wheelers, today.

They always stop at the same cafe in Ashbourne. This morning the owner announced that Ian had given her €50 three weeks ago to buy teas and coffees for the group the following Saturday.

For various reasons she wasn't there for the last few weekends so today was the first opportunity she'd had to spread his generosity,  4 days after his sudden death.

Almost everyone in the cafe knew Ian from his long and dedicated service to the sport. As you can imagine it was a poignant moment.

We all raised our mugs to a decent man before heading back out on roads he'd ridden so often, and so recently, himself.

Thursday 1 March 2012

Get in the Bike Lane - Postscript

After looking on Google Street View I'm now questionning the correctness of the Garda telling me to get out of the bus lane and onto the off road bike line on Mount Merrion Ave. (see

Look at this picture:

According to the signs there is an off road cycle track, shared with pedestrians, but the other sign says the bus lane is also for bikes. So was I within my rights riding in the bus lane or does the very presence of a dedicated bike path mean I HAVE to ride in it? But then again, that isn't a dedicated bike lane, it's a footpath/bike lane so which one takes priority?


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