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On My Own Two Wheels: Back in the Saddle at 60

On My Own Two Wheels: Back in the Saddle at 60 [Kindle Edition]

Malachi O'Doherty
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'And yes, I was a sixty-year-old man who wanted to be young again, and that’s laughable for there is no turning back the years, but I didn’t think it was funny. I wasn’t going to try and win the Tour de France. But I was going to try to do what I had been able to do at thirty. I was going to cycle whole days, successive days, along Irish coasts in the west, over the drumlins of County Down, and I was going to ride the horrendously steep Torr Road in north Antrim. I was going to be a boy again, and, what the hell, I was going to be a fitter, trimmer and happier old man at the end of it.’

Four years ago Malachi O’Doherty – writer, journalist and broadcaster – shook the cobwebs off the old bicycle parked in his backyard and found that he had grown too fat to ride it comfortably. He got rid of it. But in just a few months, everything changed. Malachi, approaching sixty, found that he had type two diabetes. On medical advice he lost over two stone . . . and rediscovered cycling – the frets, the struggles and, most of all, the joys.


About the Author

Malachi O'Doherty was born in Muff, County Donegal in 1951 and grew up in west Belfast. He is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Belfast, a contributor to BBC NI and regular writer for the Belfast Telegraph. Malachi is currently Writer in Residence at Queen's University, Belfast.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press (14 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BI1OLW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Muff, County Donegal Ireland, to a barman and a nurse who had met just after the war.
I grew up in Belfast, on a housing estate to the west of the city, in the shadow of Black Mountain and as a child played in fields and on building sites.
School taught me to read and write but had few attractions for me. A pity that, since I might have thrived under a decent education and saved myself the trouble of going the long away round to a sense of being educated.
Still, a life that was more ordered and purposeful might have deprived me of the chance to learn more about myself through the challenges of travel and the need to work in different areas.
I have been a teacher to Libyan soldiers, a ghost writer for an Indian guru and a freelance journalist in Belfast for the BBC and several newspapers.
My books reflect that diversity in my life. Much of my writing career coincided with the Northern Irish Troubles and I have written two books about that period, The Trouble With Guns - a critique of the IRA - and The Telling Year, a memoir of working as a journalist in the most violent year, 1972.
Two of my books address religion. I Was A Teenage Catholic recalls a Catholic upbringing and compares it to the years I spent in an Indian ashram. Empty Pulpits is a more analytical book about the decline of religion in Ireland.
More recently I have written about my father in Under His Roof. This was an effort to get to know and understand a difficult man. One thing I inherited from him was a love of cycling and that is the theme of my book, On My Own Two Wheels.
I have written some short fiction and my first novel is a self publishing venture on Kindle. Iscariot is a retelling of the life of Christ, in which he is two different people who are confused with each other, one a zealot revolutionary , the other quiet mystic.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of cycling and life 12 Jun 2012
By Reader
This book is the story of how a sixty-year-old man, who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, gets back on his bike and rediscovers the joy of cycling. Malachi O'Doherty writes really well both about his own personal experiences of weight loss and fitness, but also about cycling more generally, and conveys brilliantly the joy of being back in the saddle at sixty. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone, particularly cycling enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for anyone who loves cycling 11 Jun 2012
By Milo
This is a great story about an ordinary guy who gets fit and healthy and learns to love cycling again. Loved how the author got himself back on his bike and all of his trips until he was finally able to cycle about 80 miles a day. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good read and to change their life. And if you love cycling, it's a definite winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - the perfect cycling companion 28 Oct 2012
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Though it is a captivating read just for its descriptions of cycling through the Irish countryside in all weather, this book is at its best when it peels back "received" ideas about the value of cycling and tests them against the writer's own experience.

This testing the of ideal against the actual is a constant "itch that must be scratched" running through O'Doherty's writing -- it is what gives his viewpoint pieces such a recognizable force and focus -- and here he uses it to ask a simple question: "Why should I not find my own way to cycle that brings pleasure on my own terms?"

In O'Doherty's way of it, cycling is neither a sport nor or a mere mode of transport -- though he acknowledges the value of both conceptions -- but a third thing, on the face of it a simple pastime but one that can often, with the cresting of hill or the rounding of a bend, go much deeper, offering something like the experience of meditation, where the rewards don't come after the mastering of the lotus position but after the "hardening of the thighs."

In the telling of it, he reveals a philosophy that adds to his enjoyment of life, keeps his body fit, and lets his mind roam free -- all spoken with no malice to anyone else's reasons for going about on two wheels.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 16 Sep 2012
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Really enjoyed this book, it covers his cycling experiences from childhood to taking it up again as part of a health and fitness regime at 60.Like Lance Armstrong it's not just about the bike, there's quite a lot about growing up and maturing in Northern Ireland, there's a real sense of place to this book, highly recommended if you like being on your own two wheels just for the fun of it.
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What a really good read . Very good well explained how we are all different with bikes and how we all have different challenges .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad wee read 23 Mar 2014
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It maybe helped being local and recognising most of the places mentioned , an enjoyable easy read about tootling ( cycling) back to healthy lifestyle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my own two wheels by malachi o'doherty 13 Aug 2013
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What a fantastic read.
Malachi achieves a most pleasing and entertaining balance in challengingthe Type Two sufferers of the factual while at the same time his own experience throws down the gauntlet.
Discovering the book shortly after being diagnosed myself proved a personl epiphany.
It quite simply entertained me and changed my life all in one go!
I can't wait for the sequel.
Stuart King
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By Greerd2
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For anyone who has grown through childhood and early adulthood with their beloved bike and then moved on to other interests and drives in life, this is a great read to either get you back on a bike or renew and refresh your current love affair with 2 wheels. The story is well written and will make enjoyable reading wherever you pick it up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this read. Very entertaining
Published 2 months ago by murrier1
4.0 out of 5 stars ... do it -even when at our "advanced age" very funny.
Just shows that you can do it -even when at our "advanced age" very funny.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 2 months ago by Rosemarie Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a Read
Really well written and enjoyable book. Sadly I don't know Ireland that well so most of the place names I didn't recognise, but still a good read nonetheless. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andy
2.0 out of 5 stars Plods along
As I have cycled all the areas mentioned myself I stuck it out to the end. If it had not been about my own area I would have abandoned the book mid way through. Far too pedantic.
Published 21 months ago by philip mckee
5.0 out of 5 stars Cycling
Really enjoyed the description of coping with age and what it comes with. Malachi seemed to enjoy working out a practical way of coping. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Aa Mcfarlane
3.0 out of 5 stars A good general read
Full of personal background and memories as well as a feel for what it is like to travel around Ireland on a bike both now and in the latter part of the last Century! Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Suddaby
This is a man, entering his sixties, diagnosed with diabetis and takes up cycling to basically re-invent himself and make himself leaner and fitter to combat the condition. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jeremy Newby
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