Wish We Could Ride Into This Photo


Tim Bird brings Yorkshire, England to Bicycle Quarterly readers. We eagerly anticipate every one of his adventures and stories. (The latest is in the Spring 2013 Bicycle Quarterly.) He immerses us in the landscape, culture and history of the countryside. I especially like the unique and storied names of towns, brooks, mountains and roads; I want to pull out a map and find each of them.

While we discussed ideas for future articles, he sent this inspirational photo. I feel like I just crested that hill and want to ride down that road. Don’t you want to be there, too?

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36 Responses to Wish We Could Ride Into This Photo

  1. Greg says:

    Beautiful! That photo. makes me think of the great old PBS show “All Creatures Great and Small” that was set in “the North country” of Yorkshire.
    Speaking of the latest BQ issue, I finally received mine yesterday. It seems to consistently arrive a week or more after folks far East of me receive theirs. Quite annoying, I must say. Oh well, carry on, my good man!

    • Rod Bruckdorfer says:


      We live in Baltimore, Maryland and I have not received the latest issue of BQ yet. It will arrive on the noon stage this month. 🙂

  2. germde says:

    Oh, to have such a vista before my wheel…

  3. Michael Thompson says:

    Reminds me of Hardknott Pass in the Lakes, tough climb but beautiful vista.

  4. Rod Bruckdorfer says:

    Mr. Bird’s first article, “A Day Out in the Yorkshires Dales” appeared in BQ, Vol. 10, No. 1, August 2011. I read his story twice and each time I had the same wish to ride in the Dales and perhaps transport myself into the settings of Frank Paterson’s lovely pen and ink drawings.

  5. Jeff says:

    Great photo and thoughts behind it.

    I hope that stage arrives here in Alabama soon!!

  6. James Cloud says:

    Put a cyclist in the photo and you have the setting and subject for a lovely Frank Patterson ink drawing.

  7. Matthew J says:

    Rolling green hills always draw me in. Really have to commend the Brits prohibiting bulletin boards and limiting the kind of development in this uniquely beautiful part of the world.

  8. Steve Green says:

    That’s why those of who were born there call it God’s Own Country!

    Tim Bird has also been published in Cycling World, a magazine mostly about touring.

  9. MattS says:

    Yes, I would very much like to be there, right now.

  10. Jon says:

    Yes I would like to be there even walking my bike up that 14% grade. Looking forward to the Spring Quarterly and another adventure in the Yorkshire Dales.

  11. Chris K. says:

    Have all copies of the Spring 2013 issue shipped yet? I haven’t received my yet and am wondering what’s going on? I expected to receive it by now. Just curious as I’m eagerly awaiting it 🙂

    Chris K.

  12. Pondero says:

    Yes. Very happy to hear about Mr. Bird’s recent contribution. I have read the prior story numerous times, and can hardly wait for my Spring issue to arrive in Texas.

  13. jonathan says:

    Looking forward to just such a view this summer. Was lucky enough to get into LEL and am quite excited experiencing randonneuring from the left side of the street.

    Hope you don’t mind but I just made this picture my new desktop. Positive imagery goes a long way.

  14. Harry Harrison says:

    I’m in France and received my BQ yesterday, I immediately read it cover to cover then went to my atelier and weighed my ‘front and rear seated weights’. 10 minutes later I had 50 psi in my front & 75 psi in my rear (Grand Bois 700 x 32’s ) doing rolling tests on the lane outside in my velvet slippers. For those that like a good read about English roads, I heartily recommend Roff Smith’s ‘My Bicycle and I’ blog.

  15. RickH says:

    Take away the road sign and it looks like an Olde World painting.

  16. Paul Ahart says:

    I’m a big fan of Tim Bird’s cycling stories, and hope to do one of those rides on one of my visits to my daughter (also an avid cyclist) who lives in London. While driving from London to Wales for Christmas 2011, I was practically crawling out the car window as we drove through the most impossibly green rolling country I’d ever seen. And I live in the Northwest! This recent Yorkshire story is wonderul, and certainly makes one yearn for fair days, open roads, and time for such travels. The colour photo at the top of this blog is almost more than one can bear. Truly lovely.

  17. Alexander says:

    By the way, a Frank Patterson book or run of prints would make a valid next project for you.

  18. Frank says:

    Wonderful picture. It is interesting to view it in the context of David Hockney’s work, see thisThe Bike Show piece from last year: http://thebikeshow.net/david-hockney-cycle-touring/

  19. Matt Sallman says:

    Read the article last night. Loved it!

    One question on the issue as comments are closed on that post. What version of Rubino did you test? The slick or tread version?


  20. Land of my ancestors, as it were.

  21. Michael says:

    Great photo and enjoyed the article.

  22. David says:

    Got my copy of BQ on Friday, and enjoyed reading both the extensive tire tests, and the Bird adventure report. Would you consider including a map with future ride reports? I would have had a much easier time following the Bird ride with even a simple map of towns and milestones in the area. Thanks for the interesting articles.

    • We are working on a way to generate maps to go with these rides.

    • Rod Bruckdorfer says:

      Why not make the story more of an adventure by plotting the route on ridewithgps.com or google maps.

      • The map would be useful only if it showed all the place names mentioned in the text. It is hard to provide that level of detail on a map that covers a long ride, and still fits onto a printed page.

      • Andy says:

        If it can’t easily fit among a printed page, maybe a reference to the website where you could post a more detailed map would be suitable. I have a much easier time following a cycling story if there’s a route that I can see to visualize the distances, especially if it shows topography too.

      • We strongly feel that the print edition should stand alone. The last thing I want to do when reading a magazine is having to get up and to a computer so I can get the additional information. As I said, we are working on this. It just requires more than just a simple pre-packaged solution from a GPS web site.

  23. Ford Kanzler says:

    Addressing the idea of “Wishing we could ride into this photo,” how about a photo contest and/or a Great Rides section with photos item for BQ, similar to My Favorite Bike? ‘Suggest these be visually-oriented with light copy.

  24. Yes, I like to do that one too!! We did something like this two years ago in Lincolnshire while doing some family history. Nicest people loaned us their bikes. Beautiful views in all directions. Rapeseed (Canola) was in full bloom. Pheasants along the road as in the Yorksire article.

  25. Daniel says:

    I wouldn’t mind checking out the view from the top of the hill then seeing where that road led.

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