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The October Joy Ride

October 29, 2012 in Bicycles, Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides

The October  Beg Bicycles Joy Ride was one of those lovely scenic bike rides that clears the cobwebs and makes you glad to be alive!  It really was a day of mists and mellow fruitfulness and yet again, a dry day!  Our Joy Rides have certainly been smiled on by the weather gods this year!

We met at Newnham Road car park and then cycled through the centre of Cambridge (avoiding dogs, tourists, pedestrians!) and then alongside the river, admiring the hustle and bustle of rowing activity on and around the riverside.

From there, we swished through the autumn leaves out to Milton Country Park where we stopped for tea and cake.  I enjoyed a large steaming mug of coffee and the gooiest chocolate muffin you have ever seen!  Well, we’d cycled six miles, so needed refuelling!  The conversation quickly turned to the merits of different cake and quite a debate ensued!  We were delighted to welcome to the ride Miss Sue Flay of The Secluded Tea Party so we definitely had an expert on hand for our baking and caking questions!

Following a lovely pitstop in the fresh air and a good chinwag, we made our way back from Milton Country Park to the centre of Cambridge and said our farewells.

The last Beg Bicycles Joy Ride for 2012 will be on Sunday 25 November.  Further details to follow – and hope we’ll see you!

Thanks to Sue and Esther for the images.

Bicycles and Country Living – in Islington

October 25, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Bike Candy, Cycling Accessories


We try to avoid it generally, but brace yourself. We are going to mention the C word.

Ah!  There it is, out in the open for all to see – and indeed, yes, summer really is only just over, but Christmas is a coming – in all its splendid, joyful, consummate glory!

Dare we say it, but some of our fabulously organised customers are already stocking up with BEG goodies – bikes have been ordered, helmets wrapped, bike baskets sent to Father Christmas…

But if you’d actually like to come and see us, try out a bike (they make amazing Christmas presents – particularly to yourself), see which helmet suits you, pick up a flask for Uncle Brian and procure a satchel for your hipster son/daughter/nephew/boyfriend (insert as appropriate), we are going to have a SHOP at The Country Living Christmas Fair in Islington, London!  The fair runs from Wednesday 7th November until Sunday 11th November, and has extended hours on the Wednesday for a gala evening, so you can always pop in after work.

Ho ho ho indeed!

You will be able to buy there and then from our entire BEG Bicycles collection and even better, we will be including our beautiful handmade willow baskets FREE with any bicycle purchase made during the course of the fair.

If you’d like to come, we are giving away TWO free tickets worth £13.00 each in a competition over on our facebook page.  Simply follow the link here and drop us a line to tell us…

I would like a BEG Bicycle for Christmas because…’

Joy Rides Cambridge… and Le Joy Ride Paris!

October 15, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides


Someone switched on Autumn all of a sudden, but there is still time for some lovely seasonal bike rides before the weather turns wintery!  We’ve got lots of great rides lined up in the coming months, including our regular Cambridge ride this Sunday (21st October).  Joy Rides also crossed the channel this month (Le Joy Ride Paris?) for a very scenic ride along the Seine, and we’ll be doing another one in November.  Details to follow for any Parisians who would like to come along.  Chapeau!

For the Beg Bicycles Joy Ride on Sunday 21 October, we’ll be meeting at 10.30am at the Newnham Road Car Park in Cambridge

From there we’ll be cycling through Cambridge and out to Milton Country Park, where we’ll enjoy a cuppa at the country park cafe before completing a circular route back to Newnham Road.  The ride is approximately 8 miles.  Really hope you can join us!

Don’t forget, you can find out more information about Beg Bicycles at and can read all about our previous Joy Riding exploits here!