I virtually come from a cycling dynasty. My grandfather was a keen member of the Cyclists Touring ClubÂ and undertook some amazing cycle tours of the Alps all carefully documented in notebooks (unfortunately written in Pitman shorthand, so accessible only to my sister who learnt useful skills at school rather than how to parse a verb or declaim Learâs storm speech from Act III Scene ii). We have recently acquired a little book on the shelves of the bookshop, a reprint ofÂ a gem from 1923, The Modern Cyclist, and I often think of my grandfather when I see it. Alongside advice on choosing and maintaining your bicycle, are cycle routes in Britain and Northern France outlined for the cycle tourist. Should you fancy a wee spin from Dalloway to Dumfries this provides instruction on which trains to bring your bike up on and the best stages for the 264 miles.