I want to ride my bicycle

It’s not been a good week for cycling. Last week, I went out on my bike only to turn around after 2 miles with a bad knee, and I haven’t really been out since. Google, in their infinite wisdom have taken a disliking to cycling info, decreasing search results. I found a biography of Eddy Merckx so low, it was under  the 15th different option to buy a book online. I was annoyed so deleted the post, and moved it to my biography site, which is strangely doing quite well. Perhaps, when Google say they don’t want boring duplicate content, they didn’t mean you should start making jokes at the expense of famous Americans, even if you do disguise it with semi-antiquarian old English.

On the positive side, an investigation into the state of cycling facilities, has found, on average, the government spend about £1-£2 per person in the UK.  This paltry sum has also been found to discourage anyone cycling in the first place. Which, in government circles is widely believe to make life easier all round.

At least, we can rely on the local council. The freedom of information act, found that my local Oxfordshire county council spend 0.2% of their small transport budget on cycling. It brings a whole new dimension to the game, where does all  the money go?



Can you spot the 0.2% of the transport budget?

Gov, can you spare any change for a pot of green cycle lane paint?

Maybe, with the Welfare state reaching a total of £200 bn  the solution is to campaign for a new welfare benefit for cyclists.  After all, we are a disadvantaged social group with a pressing economic justification for subsidy. If the money isn’t there, we could just tax a few multinationals who fiddle their taxes from Bermuda. Google have lots of cash lying around in the Bermuda Triangle or so I here on the old t’internet.

I propose the cycling benefit be given to anyone who can prove they don’t drive to work, but rely on old fashioned pedalling.

If nothing else, it will go down well with the Daily Mail, who have always been strong advocates of preventative exercise rather than expensive health care for diseases of obesity.


My only cycling the past few days, has been pottering into town as a good old fashioned commuter. Occasionally letting rip across Magdalen Bridge, to test the old knee. I can still beat a few battered old mountain bike riders, which is all good news.

The other slightly irritating thing is that when cycling into town on a rather gammy leg, I can’t stop singing ‘I want to ride my bicycle

- meaning I want to ride my bicycle properly – i.e. at 30mph on a dual carriageway, unencumbered by all these traffic lights, pedestrian crossing, taxis doing u-turns in the middle of the road, and those 20mph speed limit things (which on a serious note are very good for urban traffic).

BTW: Great lyrics:  “I want to ride my bicycle”  though I don’t know the second line, so I find myself just singing ‘ I want to ride my bicycle’  I’ve got a feeling the song doesn’t get any better, and I don’t really want to look it up and be discouraged.

To be honest, how do you improve on ‘I want to ride my bicycle?’anyway?

Well, as they say down the trenches, chin up old boy,  and once more unto the mixed modes of transport, that is British roads.



12 Responses to I want to ride my bicycle

  1. jonty pritchard March 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    you think you have knee problems , i woke up this morning felt a pain in my right knee
    it got progressively worse as the day wore on strange thing !!! i had not done any riding
    or anything strenous to aggravate the knee ( still got the pain after 2 days ) OH THE ECCENTRICITIES OF GROWING OLD jonty

  2. Becca February 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I understand, 2 big mechanicals and a torn back muscle aren’t conducive to cycling :-( always when you actually to start training, never during Cakemas.

  3. John Gallagher February 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I see the 0.2% budget spend has been totally negated by selfish parking from the white-van man – double yellow lines and blocking the cycle lane.

    Also, much amused by your comment “… I can still beat a few battered old mountain bike riders …” – was it the riders who were battered and old?

    Keep up the blog – it’s a great read and I enjoy dipping into it a couple of times a week.

    • tejvan February 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      > few battered old mountain bike riders

      don’t know – a bit like – eats shoots and leaves

  4. Rich February 11, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    It’s a shame to hear that your knee problems have re-appeared. I too have been experiencing pain in my left knee for quite a few months, on and off, but has recently got quite bad.

    So I went to see a specialist and was told that I’ve stretched my cruciate ligament which is causing my leg to overextend and this is causing the pain. I also have weak hamstrings (compared to quads) and a slight imbalance between my two legs…so not dissimilar to your problems.

    It’s frustrating because it means my longer rides are having to be cut short. Thankfully I can withstand 1 hour of high intensity on the turbo/rollers!

    • tejvan February 11, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      are you doing exercises to strengthen hamstrings? good luck with 1 hour on turbo sessions!

      • Rich February 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

        Yes, I’m doing some Nordics and hamstring stabilising exercises to help strengthen them.

        My 1 hour turbo/roller sessions are kept mainly for intervals, threshold work etc. Similar to your posts about threshold training on rollers. Only problem is you end up in a sweaty mess!

  5. Hortoris February 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    ‘Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle

    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my bike
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride it where I like’

    A fuller quote from the Queen song to send the mercury soaring

    • tejvan February 11, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      excellent, it gets better

  6. pj February 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    next sunday, 17th.

    it will go away fairly soon i’m sure. cod liver oil. or the vegetarian equivalent, quorn liver oil.

  7. pj February 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    will we see you in frome on sunday?

    could it be that the epic winter miles might have caused some strain to the knee? didn’t this happen at the start of last season?

    too many questions, sorry.

    • tejvancycling February 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm #


      Unlikely, unless it gets better


      Not especially. I’ve had this problem quite regularly once a year. The problem occured ironically after a relatively light few weeks.

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