‘I thought of that while riding on my bike.’ Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity.
Welcome to the ‘new look’ While Out Riding.
WOR began life as a blog, charting a bike journey south from Prudoe Bay, Alaska, through the American backcountry, along quiet backroads and dirt trails where possible.
When I left Alaska in the summer of 2009, I wasn’t completely sure where I’d end up; life has a habit of slotting into place when I’m on my bike, so I figured I’d let it take its shape. I’ve always enjoyed bike touring for this very reason: everyday living becomes more straightforward, funnelled through the simple act of spinning pedals. A bicycle is minimal and uncomplicated, so it’s fitting that riding is the perfect mind and body de-clutterer. The blog was a way of recording this extended journey for friends and family, and a chance to process everything I was seeing and experiencing.
That was then and this is now. As of March 2013, While Out Riding has grown into a website, built around the same blog but with lots of added extras – gear reviews, packlists, Q&As, features, route notes, a gallery and healthy recipes for hungry cyclists.
The core of the site is still the stories I post, except this new format will make it easier to navigate and use as a resource. And, photos will appear larger too if you click on them. There’s still some fine tuning and plenty of reorganising to be done; I’ll be trawling through old posts and updating them as and when. Right now, it’s mostly iPad ready but again, there’s a few details to tighten up over the next couple of weeks. Let me know if you spot anything major. Additionally, I aim to be more regular with updating my Flickr page, so check there for images that don’t make it onto the site. And, I might even be making the odd tweet too…
In terms of layout, a revolving carousel of images at the top of the page will link through to different parts of the site which I’d like to highlight – a new travel feature or a gear review, for instance.
At the bottom of the page, there’s a few links to companies who have helped me out over the journey, including Surly, Porcelain Rocket and Tout Terrain. I have one affiliate link too: Bike Shop Hub. Owner Josh Lipton has always offered me a workshop to fettle on bikes whenever I’ve passed through Flagstaff, AZ. If you would like to help support the running costs of this website, you can do so purchasing items through this link – which will earn me a 5% commission. It won’t cost you a penny, the prices are competitive, and most importantly, Josh has loads of hard-to-find touring and commuting gear in stock.
Enormous thanks are due to fellow cyclist Nick Robertson, for working countless hours, fielding my incessant questions and doing such a great job at designing the site – please check out his design studio, Hosie Scott. To liven things up, Nick’s other half, Chloe, has also weaved in some wonderful little illustrations, dotted around the site. And similarly, thank you Kevin Uwins for putting all the nuts and bolts together, fixing all the quirks, and building it in a way that I can understand it and update it. Hopefully I won’t mess things up…
Thanks too to everyone who has fed me, housed me, inspired me, checked in on the blog or left a comment over the years.
I hope you enjoy the new site,