Have musette, will cycle….


I was given a musette by my local bike shop as a ‘freebie’ one day, and I never realised how useful a bit of kit it would be. For those who don’t already know, a musette in the world of cycling is the small shoulder bag used in elite road races for handing out food to riders as they fly past.

On my long cycle treks, I keep one rolled up (the size of a tennis ball) and use it for buying food to carry to a camping spot. For everyday use, I use it for carrying anything from books to food and drink.

Today, I was able to wrap a 50 mile ride around doing some of the inevitable Christmas shopping, thus lightening the burden of the experience a little, and going to one of our delightful small local market towns, which seldom ever sees the mad frenzy of the Christmas rush. I can’t imagine the ugliness of shopping fever ever hitting the quiet, restrained streets of Oundle…..

As I worked my way around the streets, dozens of cars were parked in every available space (and places with  no spaces), tailgates wide open, suitcases, sports bags and musical instruments being piled into the back……and yes, term was finishing for Oundle School, and there was an eagerness in the air for making a quick exit, and getting back home.

I thought wistfully back to my own teaching experiences of term coming down……and alas, they are becoming  ever more distant memories. Oh dear………



About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on December 11, 2015, in Cycling UK, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Strange how our teaching days become such a distant memory. I remember everything in my life was ruled by the teaching calendar and now I have to check what the day’s date is! That would never have happened when teaching.

  2. That route looks strangely familiar!

  3. Jonathan Belbin

    Are you missing us Frank?!
    Your Oundle route is exactly the one I take. Not too taxing, always interesting and, actually, quite fast!

    • One of my favourites, Jonathan….it has contours, lots of open countryside, the inevitable head and tail winds and, of course, Fotheringhay……what more could you ask for?
      And…er…..miss you……? What can I say…..? 🙂

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