Published since 2009, Lovely Bicycle is an eclectic bicycling weblog featuring stories, reviews and miscellanea, with an emphasis on the classic and the handmade.
I began writing this blog as a novice and much of its early content documents my development as a cyclist. Re-learning how to ride a bike as an adult has been more rewarding than I can express. I have health issues that present challenges with balance and dexterity, but the more I cycle, the less I notice them. I continue to be amazed by how wonderful cycling feels.
Today the bicycle serves as my main form of transportation. A proponent of normalising utility cycling, I prefer to commute in ordinary street clothes, on a bike that is designed to make this easy and comfortable. I also enjoy cycling for fitness and sport - from roadcycling, to tackling unpaved terrain, and on occasion, randonneuring. I love fussing over vintage bicycles, obsessing over bicycle design, and collaborating on projects with framebuilders and accessory makers. Inasmuch as possible, I aim to promote independent craftspersons and small-scale manufacturers. The products I choose to feature here tend to reflect this.
Unless otherwise specified, I am the sole author of all content on Lovely Bicycle. Who is this "I"? I'm afraid that's on a need to know basis! But if you want the cliff notes version: a 30-something former academic with a background in psychology, neuroscience and fine art. Prior to 2012, I was employed as a university professor and policy consultant. I have since switched career tracks, presently working as a freelance writer and photographer. I am European born, multi-ethnic, multilingual, and have lived all over the world. In 2013 I relocated from Boston, USA to Derry, Northern Ireland, which is where I am currently based.
Please keep in mind that the commentary here is posted in good faith. This is a blog - not a reference guide, journalistic publication, or advice column. I am not an expert and we are all learning together. If you see something that you wish to correct or expand upon, feel free to post a comment.