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About ddraver

A Cornish petroleum geologist living in the Netherlands. Expect some stories about travels, comments of the perils of being an ex-pat and some mindless ranting/musing on cycling.

A Flemish Adventure

As I rolled over in bed for the second or third time too many on Friday morning I pondered the famous psychology experiment by Walter Mischel where a group of kids were offered a Marshmallow and then told that they … Continue reading

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A Dutch…Adventure?

adventure ədˈvɛntʃə/ noun an unusual and exciting or daring experience verb  engage in daring or risky activity What is adventure exactly? I think to most people an adventure requires a certain amount of remoteness. Mountain biking is more adventurous than … Continue reading

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A weekend with the Rapha Core range

This piece was written for bendelaroubaix’s blog – https://roubaixcycling.cc/ – where a myriad of other reviews, written by another keen amateur cycling in the real world. Drop him a visit. For 2016, Rapha have released their ‘Core’ range of clothing … Continue reading

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A German Adventure

Living in The Hague, as I do (again) Germany is a relatively easy train ride away. Down to the far south of the Netherlands takes about two and a half hours and costs under 30 Eur (+6 for the bike). … Continue reading

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Musings on London Cyclo-commuting

So tonight was my first commute to work on the bike, 6 years after leaving London after uni. I ve put some of my early thoughts below:- 6 years out of London (3 in the UK, then 3 in The … Continue reading

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On the Subject of Belgian Mountain Biking, pt 1

(admission – almost none of the photos in this are mine – thanks Google Image) Welkom/Bienveue So I ve just got back from 4 days mountain biking in Belgian Ardennes near the towns of La Roche en Ardenne, Malmedy and … Continue reading

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Fun on a 29er

So, having heard all about these new fangled big wheeled 29in Mountain bikes, the opportunity arose to test ride one of them for the first time. To give you some balance, I ll quickly run through what I ride usually. I have … Continue reading

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