Monthly Archives: January 2010

A bike radio station!!!!! WOOOO!!!

Look what I’ve found!!!
“Resonance FM” its called, and it operates in podcast form πŸ™‚ and I think it’s pretty good so far πŸ™‚

The Bike Show

Check it out πŸ™‚


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Just saw this article about a guy who’s built a skatepark in Uganda! It’s pretty inspiring stuff really, it just shows how much passion people have for their sports!

Photo: Marc Hofer

It would be kinda cool to build a skatepark…..

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New saddle update!

I went for my first ride on my new Charge “Bucket” saddle this afternoon, and boy was it a change from the old piece of useless cheap crap that was on there before! Really comfy, wide enough but not a sofa, and also the synthetic leather is pretty grippy, so no longer do i find my self sliding forward on downhill stretches. Β£20 well spent I think! πŸ™‚

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new saddle

so today I took my self down to my nearest LBS and bought the new Charge “Bucket” saddle in black
its apparently shaped on one of the old selle italia turbo moulds – it is very similar

haven’t had a chance to ride it yet but it sure does look sweet on my fixed gear.

Charge "Bucket" Saddle

the bucket in position...

my bike with Dad's Roberts tourer in the background

I will report back when I’ve had a chance to test it out

have a sneaking suspicion that my BB is about to give up the ghost so i might replace that soon, along with my headset….

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Did the commute in the rain today 😦
was not at all fun
very cold and wet

this is relevant πŸ˜› (not mine though)

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Cool vids…..

just thought i’d link some of my “likes” on vimeo πŸ™‚

cool Hutchinson Tyres ad

Gorilla Bikes in Paris

some dude skating in Japan

Geekhouse Bikes

Juliet Elliot stop frame.

hope these are kinda obvious why i like them, all got great style, well shot and just all pretty cool πŸ™‚

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Bike Magazines

I thought I’d write down some of my thoughts on that essential piece of printed fodder for the bike nerd, the bike “mag”. This is not meant to be an attack on any particular magazine but just a few thoughts.

In my experience – mostly confined to MTB publications – I find that most of the mags availableΒ tend to be glossy publications with the focus being on big flashy stunts, route maps, and of course the latest kit being reviewed. This Β of course all has its place, but I find that as the issues pass, there is a distinct lack of variety. Let us take for example the publication shown below, all three of the covers have quite similar cover shots, showing a model draped in the latest gear on a brand new shiny bike. I acknowledge the fact that this will draw in what could be termed “mainstream” readers, but do we really want to see this on every issue? The headlines are also fairly generic – “RIDE ON”, “BE A WINTER HARD MAN”, “LIGHT FEVER” etc… They tell you very little about the actual nature of the content of the magazine. Anther problem I have with this kind of publication is the lack of artistic merit in the production, the styles is always the same, with glossy banners and logo’s. I personally have lost faith in this kind of publication, as i find the predictability irritating and boring.

a certain well-known mainstream magazine……

I now move on to what personally is my favorite magazine, “DIRT” . This has what I consider the perfect mix of reviews, features, interviews and news stories, all presented in a unique and atheisticly pleasing way. If you look at the picture below you will see that all the cover shots are different in style with the only linking factor being that they’re all bike influenced, the titles are all different and imaginative, Β the taglines relevant to the articles inside. This mag is much more appealing to the eye and also has plenty of variety, the photos in particular are always in a much more artistic style rather than being documentary, this makes them often much more relevant to the article, and particularly in the case of race reports helps take the emphasis away from results. DIRT is now a monthly purchase for me.

a magazine favored by the author…

Of course this is where I throw a spanner in the works…. There is another type of bike publication I regularly purchase, the BMX magazine, although I myself don’t ride BMX. I find that the BMX mags tend to be produced on the whole in a much more artistic way to MTB mags, this I think could be due to the more underground aspect of BMX, where there is less focus on competition, but what ever the reasons are they are always enjoyable to peruse. They always feature amazing photographs and stories, and are an endless source of inspiration, both on the bike and behind the camera.

various Bicycle Motocross Magazines…

(It is of course worth noting that both the BMX magazines and DIRT are published by the same publishers, this perhaps could shed some light on to the reasons for these being my prefered reading matter.)

I hope this post was interesting… just realised that I’d been waffling on a bit….

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Did my first Fixed commute of 2010 today, this lax period is partly due to the weather, as the pic of my mtb during the snow shows.

My MTB in the snow 2 weeks ago πŸ™‚

my fixed gear on the station waiting for the train home πŸ™‚

(apologies for the rubbish pictures – i snapped them on my phone 😦 )

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Old Photos


some old photo’s taken in 2009

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My Bike

This is my bike, an unidentified British Steel Road frame (nervex lugs) built up with a variety of parts…

just my first fixed gear, a daily runnaround πŸ™‚

not very attractive but rides nicely πŸ™‚

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