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The Spirit Of Adventure

Hey there,

What a glorious summer we're having so far! I really hope that, unlike me, you're able to get out on your bike and enjoy it. After all, summer is adventure time, so go have some bloody great adventures.

My collarbone seems to be healing as well as could be expected, but it'd be four to five weeks before it's anywhere near to full strength. The downside of that is that my fitness will be fading, as that's a long time to spend off the bike. I'll see if I can get some rides in on the turbo, to counter that.

Poor fitness and questions about the strength of my collarbone means I had to cancel my C2C and Hadrian's Cycleway loop. However, it's not all bad news: I'm planning on testing out my new Brighton Bimble route, over three mellow days.

As is my preferred method, it's a circular route, ending back where you started from. I'm actually extending it a bit, because I simply have to go and visit the Sovereign Light Café, Bexhill. Ever since I first heard the song of the same name, I swore I'd go visit it. After all, can you think of a better excuse for a bike ride?

As ever, this will be a Travelling Ouballies ride - yes, click the link to see what that's about, and how to pronounce it. That means the ride will be open invite, though I'll limit the numbers to around four or five people max.

I'm also working on a list of cycle touring friendly campsites (your help with it would be hugely appreciated!)

And finally, I started selling some rather funky cycling caps. It's an experiment, at this stage, and I may, or may not continue doing so. Time will tell.

This part's in bold, as I fear you might not read it otherwise. What are you up to? What adventures do you have planned? Simply reply to this email, and tell us.

Take it easy,

Will you be brave enough to click the Blast From The Past button, and see what old WillCycle post it takes you to?

The Good News

Canada has just announced a ban on single use plastics. This is an enormously big step forward in a world drowning in plastic, though sadly the detail isn't quite as excellent as the headline suggests. For starters, it's being phased in, with a full ban only becoming effective in December 2023.

Did You Know...?

Some people like to brag about the value of their bikes, but if you wanted to go down that route, you need to be able to compete!
The world's most expensive bike was the Trek Butterfly, designed by Damien Hurst, and ridden by Lance Armstrong during the 2009 Tour de France.
At auction, it sold for a stupid $500 000!

What Did You Miss On WillCycle?

But what about your privacy!!?

Is  live-sharing  your  location  always  bad? I recently created a Where's Will Now page. That page contains an embedded map. When I manually switch on live-logging, the RideWithGPS app on my phone will update that map, and anyone looking at it will be able to see my location. Some will think that in doing so I completely gave up my …
But  what  about  your  privacy!!?

Bampton Cycle Shelter

The Bampton Cycle Shelter
A  cycle  tourer's  dream What's a Bampton Cycle Shelter? Is it a new kind of cycling infrastructure? Well, yes, and no. Many cycle tourers, like me, prefer to wild camp when touring. Wild camping brings with it some challenges: for starters, in England and Wales, more often than not, wild camping is trespass. Though I obtained assurances that wild campers …

This edition's showcased T-shirts

Drop Bars Not Bombs

I've never sold a single one of these. Perhaps others are simply not as anti-war as I am?
Drop Bars Not Bombs


Coffee is important to me, and this design sums up the start of the day

Random Internet Link

Photoshop is such a powerful app that it's become a verb. However, Photoshop is also very expensive, especially if you only ever going to use it occasionally.
Photopea is a web site that offers much the same functionality, for free!
Go check it out at

Will's Unexpected Bike Hack

Summer's here, so you're probably lathering on sunscreen on rides in gloriously hot and sunny weather. Just ensure you don't apply sunscreen on your forehead, or any area above your eyes. If you did, you'd soon enough find a stinging mix of sweat and sunscreen running into your eyes, and that won't be fun.

Do you have any hacks to share? Well then, don't be shy! Simply reply to this email.

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