Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beating Type 2 diabetes with cycling

A few years ago writer Simon Elson was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and quite naturally this came as a bit of a shock.  So what did Simon do next?  Did he sit with his head in his hands and despair at the diagnosis?  No he did not, he got on his bike.

Simon has now published a book detailing how cycling has helped him manage his diabetes, and we think it's book well worth reading whether you're new to this disease or if you've developed your own methodology for positive living after diagnosis.  Here's a few words from Simon introducing his new book:

A few years ago as an overweight 40 year old with Type 2 Diabetes I decided to take charge of my health by eating healthily and cycling. I started by commuting to work, I now cycle wherever I need to go. Here's my story that includes helpful advice (whether diabetic or not) on sugary foods and healthy eating. It's a concise book written in a light hearted manner.

Buy 'Sugar Beat: How I controlled T2 Diabetes through cycling' at

Buy 'Sugar Beat: How I controlled T2 Diabetes through cycling' at

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Dunwich Dynamo - what to pack?

Not sure what to pack for the Dunwich Dynamo?  Well here's what I'm taking with me this year, although if this year's ride is anything like those I've done previously I won't be needing any of this stuff!

Dunwich Dynamo packing list:

Sub-crossbar bag

  • Chilango hot sauce
  • Phone / GPS battery booster
  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • 3x AAA batteries
  • 2x Mini-tangfastic
  • Half-tube High-5 Zero (lime!)
  • 6x zip ties

Top crossbar bag

  • Cleat bolts
  • iPhone in waterproof case
  • Debit card
  • High-5 Energy bar

Saddle bag

  • 2x Inner Tubes
  • 3x Co2 cannisters
  • 1 Lenze tool kit
  • Swiss army knife
  • Latex gloves

Elsewhere on the bike

  • Zip-tied to the back of the bike are a pair of budgie-smugglers so I can have a swim at Dunwich!
  • CREE light
  • 2X battery packs for CREE light
  • 1X CREE torch zip-tied to stem
  • Garmin
  • 2x bottles