I'm the editor of BikeBiz.com and Bikeforall.net and author of the forthcoming Bike to Work Book.
I've been writing about bicycles and travel for 24 years. I've written for newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent.
I started writing during an editorial internship on Bicycle Times magazine in 1986. A feature called ‘Off Road Reid’ - an early MTB column - was later transferred to Bicycle Action magazine.
I'm a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. BikeBiz.com, my then one-man website, came joint second with BBC.co.uk in the European Online Journalism Awards 2000 and was ‘highly commended’ in the B2B website category of the PPA Awards for Editorial Excellence 2004. In 2008, my blog - Quickrelease.tv - won the ‘best use of blogging’ award in the North East Digital Awards.
I was the founder (1997), co-owner and editor/publisher of On Your Bike magazine and website, a general interest full-colour quarterly magazine sold to EMAP Active of Peterborough in December 1999. I was also founder of BikeBiz trade magazine and BikeBiz.com, titles sold to Intent Media in 2006.
I was the presenter of ‘Chain Gang’ in 1994, a six part TV magazine programme from Tyne Tees/Yorkshire. Some bits are on YouTube.
I'm the author of Adventure Mountain Biking (Crowood Press, 1990); Complete Book of Cycling (contributor, Hamlyn 1997); I-Spy Bicycles (Michelin 1998); Discover Israel (Berlitz 1998); Lebanon: A Travel Guide (Kindlife 1995, book sold to Pelican USA in 1999); Classic Mountain Bike Routes of the World (contributor, Quarto Publishing, 2000) and Bike to Work Book (Commutebybike.com/Quickrelease.tv, December 2009).
I was the co-manager of the first ever British mountain bike team. This team competed in the World Championships in Avoriaz, France, in 1987.
I've travelled widely by mountain bike, usually solo, sometimes with Gil Bor, an Israeli mathematician.
I spent two years cycling - alone - through Europe and the Middle East (Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt) before starting at Newcastle University in 1986. My trips have included: Sahara desert (1987); Death Valley, USA (1990); Sonara desert, Mexico (1993); Malawi (1994); Lebanon (1994); and Iceland (1995).
In June 2008, I was honoured to be inducted into the MBUK Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, one of the first 20 inductees.
As well as Vimeo I'm on YouTube, too. By November 2009, there had been 1.95 million video views of Quickrelease.tv videos on YouTube. The top video has had 319,000 views. The top video for a client has had 133,000 views.