Braving the unseasonal weather, we headed out for the first bike tour of spring 2013. Although the season of bloom has officially started, snow is still covering the hills around Edinburgh.

The bike rides we offer in Edinburgh follow parts of an extensive cycle network that run like arteries through the city. They offer an escape from urban life, with beautiful greenery and diverse wildlife and are maintained mainly by either the council or by volunteers like Greener Leith (www.greenerleith.org.uk) and Edinburgh City Cycleways (www.innertubemap.com). Unfortunately, these paths are also subject to misuse and rubbish dumping, and need to be cleaned up regularly.

The Tartan Bicycle Company and family visited the Scottish Bike Show at the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow on Sunday – Had a fantastic day and got some great feedback about TBC from many of the organisations featured… Sustrans and CTC.

After several months of designing, scratching of heads and redesigning, we’ve at last got our printed material and the all important car stickers, ready to be distributed to the unsuspecting masses on the Royal Mile.

We take an afternoon off tour guiding and take our bikes into Edinburgh to join in on the long awaited Pedal on Parliament 2013, to promote safer cycling.