Climbing rhythm …

Climbing rhythm – what is the best way to tackle those hills 
Reblog: I live in a hilly, no mountainous, part of the world. I climb a lot. Some short climbs. Some long. Ranging from 2-15 km in length. Most of these “How To” tips I already do but it’s good to be reminded.

Friday bike poster: Black Friday

Black Friday and wake up allied at the consumer society we live in ….. Then spend the next 30min in bed on the iPad looking at deals for things I don’t need. The only thing I do want (not need) is a small phone card wallet thing that fits the jersey pocket so I don’t keep on using sandwich bags.

But gasp …… Rapha has a sale ….. Safely ignored …. Brooks c15 cutaway …. Can’t find anything.

Weather grim not windy enough to Kitesurf so think it’s going to be indoor suffer fest base session. – London bike killer lorries

I agree totally with him:

London’s Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, has branded calls for a rush hour lorry ban a “distraction” that won’t save as many lives as protected bike lanes and safer lorries.
Responding to a 13,000-strong petition handed to City Hall on Wednesday, and following a unanimous London Assembly vote in favour of a rush hour lorry ban this month, Gilligan told banning lorries during rush hour may risk more pedestrian lives than the cyclists it could save, as well as causing an enormous backlash, and he says it is unlikely to happen.
This year seven of the eight cyclists killed in London died following lorry collisions. However, Gilligan said of 42 cyclists killed in the capital between 2012-14 only three deaths involved a lorry in the morning rush hour.
13,000-signature End Lorry Danger petition delivered to London’s City Hall
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The cycling commissioner told he feels a lorry ban would not be the best way to protect cyclists.
“I think it’s a distraction,” he said.
“I think the answer’s more segregated superhighways, better junctions, I think it’s the kinds of things we’re doing with lorries already to make them safer than they are now. It’s direct vision lorries – that’s going to be the next stage in the safer lorries scheme (link is external) to mandate that – and it’s general freight management activities.”
Gilligan says other tactics would include cracking down on dangerous operators, and consolidating freight movements so fewer lorries enter the city centre.
He said: “I think there’s huge scope for last mile services, for lorries to deliver to depots on the edges of the centre and for all the companies’ deliveries to be consolidated into one electric van.”
“At the moment you have vast numbers of lorries making trips for a couple of cartons of photocopying here, and a couple more there, and that’s pretty silly.”
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Where internet shopping has driven up the numbers of lorries delivering shopping to offices these could go to fulfilment centres at stations, similar to ones already used by online shopping giants such as Amazon.
He added a lorry ban would involve an enormous fight that Transport for London could eventually lose, both with businesses, and residents whose sleep would be affected if operators started delivering at night.
He said: “Even if we won… we might not save a single life because we might not get small reduction in the number of cyclists being killed but you might get a bigger increase in the number of non-cyclists being killed.”
More older people tend to walk after the morning rush hour, so it is sometimes argued they are more vulnerable to an influx of large vehicles at that time.
As well as calls from 13,000 signatories and the London Assembly, road safety campaign group, Stop Killing Cyclists, included a rush hour tipper truck ban among the manifesto pledges (link is external) it is asking of Mayoral candidates ahead of the London elections in May, which all five candidates answered either “yes”, or “maybe” in the case of Sadiq Khan (Lab) and Zac Goldsmith (Con).

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Gunboat – going going gone

Just when you thought there was an exciting brand out there …


In recent years, ultra-fast, ultra-sleek Gunboat catamarans have been among the hottest properties in the sailing world. But a series of setbacks during the past two years resulted in the North Carolina-based company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.

According to Gunboat founder and CEO Peter Johnstone, the high-profile company has been “quietly struggling” for the past two years, despite its boats receiving an avalanche of high praise from sailors and the sailing press. Johnstone lists the following issues as contributing to the firm’s downfall:

“The Chinese built Gunboat 60 series cost Gunboat a fortune to sort out. The Chinese builder has fought its contractual obligations to manage, support, pay and reimburse for the completion, rework and warranty costs. Gunboat felt an obligation to its customers and spent millions out of pocket, which proved to be a huge strain on our resources, focus and productivity.

The G4-01 Timbalero III found its limits while racing on the final day of Les Voiles de St. Barth last spring. She was righted, however, not long after the capsize.


“The G4 capsize in April, and the recent photo boat collision on a magazine boat test in Annapolis have thwarted sales of this series to date. The investment was made. The return is in the future.

“The abandonment of Rainmaker by her owner and crew certainly was not helpful to a new series. The Gunboat 55 is a great boat, and it will take time for that word to get out.

“The ramp-up of production in North Carolina took longer and cost more.”

The domino effect of so many problems during such a short period, Johnstone explains, forced him to seek Chapter 11 protection. But he is hopeful that the company’s current financial hurdles can be overcome: “The operations have shown a nice turn-around in the past few months. Boats are being built, and we are meeting our plan for operating the business and recovering through the Chapter 11 process…

“While the past two years have been the most stressful and difficult period of my life and business career, this period has also been one of enormous assessment and growth personally and professionally. I have learned far more from the failures than the accolades.”

I made a commitment …

Very good post …..

Three years ago I made a commitment to myself. I committed to commute by bicycle throughout the year, not just when it is warm and dry, or when it suited me. I committed to cycling to and from the office every day regardless of the weather. No excuses. Cycling was not new to me. After […]