There are a number of interesting bicycle related programmes on TV at the moment and available to view on BBC iPlayer.
BBC4 – The Ride of My Life
Author Rob Penn travels around the world collecting handbuilt parts for his dream bicycle and charts the social history of one of mankind’s greatest inventions.
BBC4 – Britain By Bike
Clare Balding sets out on a two-wheel odyssey to re-discover Britain from the saddle of a touring cycle. In a six-part series, Clare follows the wheeltracks of compulsive cyclist and author Harold Briercliffe whose evocative guide books of the late 1940s lovingly describe by-passed Britain – a world of unspoiled villages, cycle touring clubs and sunny B roads. Carrying a set of Harold’s Cycling Touring Guides for company and riding his very own bicycle, Clare embarks on six iconic cycle rides to try and find the world he described – if it’s still there. Her first journey takes Clare to the rugged and beautiful Atlantic coast of north Devon – from Lynmouth, scene of Britain’s worst flood disaster in the early 1950s, to Ilfracombe via Little Switzerland, and a hidden silver mine whose riches probably helped England win the Battle of Agincourt.