Over the past couple of years it’s fair to say that cycling has become my main hobby.
Like most hobbies it started out innocuously enough but quickly became a focus that consumed more and more of my time and thoughts. Safe to say I’ve been on a learning curve (and still am) and I often find myself reading an article and having to pause to look up what some of the terminology means. I now know what LBS* stands for, and have learned which group set each of my bikes has (yes I have three bikes now, with a four under discussion).
Looking back I can see I’ve learned a lot but I’m more than happy to admit that I’m still a very amateur amateur and I’m happy to remain at this level where the enjoyment of cycling remains being out on the bike, not learning what each and every doohickeys and thingamajigs is called. As I’ve gotten more involved with various cycling groups online I realise I am not alone in this too, and with many people turning to cycling through lockdown, or just turning over a new (greener) leaf this year I thought I’d pull together my own learnings and thoughts about cycling.
So over the coming weeks I’ll be publishing my own A to Z of cycling covering a variety of topics that are cycling related and including my own thoughts on this wonderful hobby, good and bad! It will touch on some of the items I’ve bought, challenges (physical and mental) that I’ve faced, and if nothing else will maybe help me understand more about why this hobby has landed so deeply with me.
I’m not going to be sticking to a schedule for these posts as, like cycling, blogging is a hobby that sits alongside the rest of my life and right now the main focus is neither blogging nor cycling but my 3 month old son.
I hope these posts will be of some use and, as always, I welcome comments and suggestions as we go. Look out for the first proper instalment soon.
* Local Bike Shop