Public service announcement

14th February 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Gentlemen, today is Valentine’s Day. Even if you dismiss it as a “Hallmark holiday”, do yourselves a favour and nip out in your lunch-hour to get the special person in your life a bunch of flowers, some chocolates or at least a card. Ladies, when the clot forgets that it’s Valentine’s Day – a) tell  [Read full post…]

Aberdeen Ghengis

12th February 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Following on from talk of the nicknames I use for my riding buddies when I write about them… Everyone knows what an Aberdeen Angus is: high-quality cattle that makes for good eating. A few days ago I was at a client’s site where the new boss – a lady from the north-east of Scotland, with a  [Read full post…]

The gang’s all here

11th February 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Great ride at the weekend. All the touring crew were there: Hogsback Harry; Tidy Tim and DA; Punchy Pete and Dale Caesar; Noddy and Big Ears. I know, listed like that we’re like the extras from a really bad Harry Potter film. From the bit that ended up on the cutting room floor. I use  [Read full post…]

Seasonally maladjusted

8th February 2019 by  in The Dex Files

I’m not going to make light of the very real struggles some people have with winter – what’s often called seasonally affected disorder. When the extra hours of darkness and cold get them down, when everything is harder than it is in summer. It’s a problem for lots of folk and they need a bit  [Read full post…]

Washerman’s blues

6th February 2019 by  in The Dex Files

One thing I will say about riding at this time of year: it does mean a lot of washing. Frankly, I’m getting a bit fed up of it. I like to look after my bikes properly and though it’s the work bike, rather than the pleasure bike, that comes out when the salt has been  [Read full post…]

Snow laughing matter

4th February 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Well, I think I timed that pretty well. I dodged the worst of the winter weather – thanks to the tax man. Not often he does something that helps… Like most self-employed people, the final week of January is a slightly anxious juggle of getting all those accounts you thought were in order actually into  [Read full post…]

Summer is coming

30th January 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Just thought I should add – after the winter-ish previous post – that the days are getting longer. We’re well past the winter solstice and summer will be here in no time. So even if you’re doing the sensible thing and hiding your pride and joy away for the winter (my S1000XR is safely under  [Read full post…]

Winter

28th January 2019 by  in The Dex Files

I’m not normally too bothered by winter, but this weekend’s ride wasn’t much fun. I don’t know if you were out as well. There didn’t seem to be too many bikes about. I guess it’s only fools like me who persist in pretending that riding bikes is always brilliant, no matter what the weather. There  [Read full post…]

Trendy drinkers

25th January 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Non-bike-post alert: what’s all the fuss about with gin? I’ve been kind of aware of it for a while. My friend the Hack is a fan, I’ve seen these “festivals” cropping up. Number One Son and his partner, Little Miss Sunshine, are both keen on it. Now The Fair Lady Scully has been bitten by  [Read full post…]

What would you do?

23rd January 2019 by  in The Dex Files

Just thinking about it: what would you do to get the money to make your biking dream a reality? Change jobs? Give up smoking? Give up drinking? Take the cash out of the family budget, so you’re all eating basics meals and the kids don’t get new phones? Sell a kidney, or a relative? I’ve  [Read full post…]

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