My name is Claire and I love to ride my bike. This blog is the place where I can write about life as a girl on a bike, Edinburgh riding and anything else bike that floats my boat. I don’t do lycra, am utterly appalling with maintenance and I am quite the opposite of fast. However, I do want to be an independent woman that can take care of my two-wheeled steed. I suppose this blog will chronicle my attempts to get there!

I’ve been pootling around the fair streets of Edinburgh since March 2012, when the daily bus commute just became too much. The endless traffic jams, sneezing passengers and constant shifting of Metros to empty seats took their toll and I decided there had to be another way. And of course there was. After a quick rummage at the Bike Station I emerged triumphant with a delightful old £80 bike that did me proud for a year and a half.

the boneshaker

The humble kick stand. Greatest bike invention ever?

This old love is still doing the rounds with friends to give them a taste of life on a bike and is an emergency back up, but I invested in a new hybrid in August 2013 on the Bike to Work Scheme and haven’t looked back since.

me and my bike

Step-thru frame, so I don’t look like I’m mounting a horse.

So I pretty much cycle everywhere, in all weathers and up all the Edinburgh hills (of which there are many). It’s wonderful and liberating and also extremely cheap. Oh, and very good for the leg muscles. So do join me on my bicycle adventures around the city and perhaps further afield.


  1. Hello Claire, as a fellow Edinburgh-based blogger, I’d like to invite you to a special event just for Edinburgh bloggers put on by Hidden Door Festival – a nine day transformation of a ‘Secret Courtyard’ in the Grassmarket into venues for cinema, music, theatre, art, readings, food and drink. Would you mind please contacting me via email so I can be sure you receive an invite? Thanks.

  2. Hey Claire,

    I hope you are doing great, love your blog 🙂

    I work for Shelter Scotland and I am in the process of planning a fundraising bike ride round the Scottish borders. The event is called the Borders Cycle Challenge and takes place on the 10th September, starting at Kelso Racecouse. There are 50 mile & 100 mile loops for participants to choose from. I wondered if this is the kind of thing you would be interested in? The event costs £35 to register and has a fundraising target of £250pp. If you wanted to put forward a team could look at discounts for you. Details of the event can be found at http://www.borderscyclechallenge.org.uk

    Any questions please do get in touch.

    Have a smashing weekend,
    Events Officer
    Shelter Scotland
    0344 515 2470

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