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Simon's Cycle Shorts

Bicycles can talk you know!

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“Shhh…we’re going to see Nan.” Ever so quietly, little Sam reached up to the front door on his tip toes and undid the latch. There was a loud click as the door sprung open. He turned, put his finger to his lips and looked straight at me.

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Published on Amazon!

Simon’s Cycle Shorts are now available to buy in both paperback (£8.39) and Kindle (£2.99) versions from Amazon. HERE

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Now for something different.. Chop Chop

A piano is rented by a consumptive on holiday in Majorca. What did he expect?  HERE. This is the first of new set of stories told by pianos. From grubby jazz bars to the concert hall and your grannies back room, they’ve accompanied us through thick and thin for 300 years.

Coming soon!

One week to go before publication! On the 23rd of April Simon’s Cycle Shorts will be available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon.

29 short stories told by bicycles from 1899 to today – Simon’s Cycle Shorts is a fascinating compendium of cycling tales as told by bicycles and gives their eyewitness perspectives on events in history and everyday life.

All the bicycles in Simon’s Cycle Shorts have a story to tell whether they be ridden by spies, lovers, composers or professional riders. Did those politicians really meet on that day? Who was responsible for the crash, began the affair, won the race? What great moments in history occurred as the direct result of a simple bike ride?

Enjoy the ride!

If you know a ‘hard to buy a gift for’ cyclist or someone who might like little glimpses in history from the eyes of the bicycle, then go on, get them a copy!

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24 Hours

In the darkness he can just make out his forearms; flat, bare and relaxed on the bars and glistening with sweat; a powerful white light spears through the cables from beneath spreading its lumens across the smooth Shropshire tarmac; 14 hours in and 10 more to go. READ MORE

The Black Train

On the 2nd Sunday of July 2016 at the mountain resort town of Morzine in the French Alps I witnessed an event that could only be described as a miracle. A small band of men bound only by their loyalty to each other and their adherence to the cycling code, planned and executed the perfect bike race; READ MORE

Love in Waiting

Two Bromptons, similarly undignified, sat folded on Platform 2 – strike-bound victims making friends as their respective owners made civil conversation in the warmth of the waiting room.  READ MORE

Taken for a Ride

I might look like a tired old replica of Bernard Hinault’s 1985 Tour de France winning bike, but there is more to me than meets the eye. READ MORE

The Parish Counsellor

Erwin Rademaker told everyone he was a Dutchman but, within a few months of him arriving in the village, I realised that this, among other things, wasn’t true. READ MORE

Out The Back Door

I always know when it’s happened. I don’t have any strange sixth sense or anything like that; there are a couple of signs that tell me that all is not right. I first feel it when the back door latch lifts – the small hesitation of movement as the door opens because he’s resting on the handle. READ MORE

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