Outdoor Philosophy

Harnessing the power of adventure to inspire environmental action

Category: Cycling

All That Glitters

‘No to mining, yes to water and life.’ Cajamarca campaign slogan   I think Jennifer Rodriguez may be the bravest person I’ve ever met. 26 years old, with a young daughter, Jennifer was – and is – at the heart of the campaign to protect the small Colombian community of Cajamarca from the almost unbelievably…

How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle

First, choose your bamboo! Held upright in a wooded rack along a wall in the portion of East London warehouse that houses the Bamboo Bicycle Club, is a small forest of canes, loosely organised by length. We’re told to look for pieces with long, straight fibres, few blemishes, and no black lines. There’s a surprising…

Riding the Fred

I wrote this piece for The Adventure Syndicate about riding the Fred Whitton Challenge. It’s also about losing fitness; the truly horrible fear that it’s gone forever; the gnarly challenge of clawing it back; battles with ego and what riding bikes is really all about. Or what it’s about for me, anyway. The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who…