kitesurf Dunbar – sometimes everything is wrong

Forecast the night before not great but still worth trying it.

However the only thing accurate on this was the temp – stepped out the car and puddles were all frozen.

frozen in the car park

Beach is so great – well for beginners – most pure surfers head south of Dunbar for the rock reefs – but more closed in than here and less suited to kiting. But today was crap – was forecast to be 19-23mph but was barely 7 …. so had a long drive for a 5km walk.

looking east

Hail Circe (via )

looking ahead to a Yuba Mundo replacement ….. this could be the trick.

Hail Circe Apologies for the lengthy absence. A trip to Berlin has been the cause – more on that in a later post. However this is an article detailing my latest acquisition in cycling terms – a Circe Helios Tandem. I have posted before on this subject, but at the time was only considering buying one, then having ordered one – but as of today, I am the proud owner of a two seated bicycle! And what a fine machine it is too. I collected it from the workshop … Read More


Fat Frank tyre review

Fat Franks are useless – after the third puncture in as many months have put on schwalbe marathon plus tires complete with slime filed tubes. No good on the yuba although may put them on the Klein….


UPDATE: Since put on my Klein – see the look here …

Cold go away

Oh no big Friday is coming and my throat is killing me and snotty as hell. Not helped by filming in cold Barras and cycling and filming glasgow green yesterday.
Today filming Lau and Inge Thompson in Edinburgh and dreaming of long lie instead of being downstairs drinking Lemsip at 3:50am.
Going to have to disguise the cold otherwise will have spousal dispute regarding going into 2 degree water.

Power of thought ‘cmon spring into action.’

A spot of filming at Glasgow Bike Shed / Great courier bags

Just doing a video on the The Glasgow Bike Shed – to be edited and revealed sometime soon

yours for £300
brake for detail

Next door is TRAKKE makers of fine bags and pouches

…. custom and off the shelf.

made from coffee sacking

Goodbye Garmin

Not bad for a working week – working 7 days a week so fitting in the exercise is important. Trying to get over an hour a day of exercise – really want to lose some weight and get a bit quicker … my runs have been slow since the cold.

This is a goodbye to Garmin Training Log as well as moving on to Movescount the Suunto calendar and community page. Just sold the Garmin 405 to a pal and looking forward to trying out the Suunto T6C which should be waiting for me at home.

GPS Running and Biking apps for the iPhone a recap

screen grab

I did a brief review of apps a while back – thought it was time that I reviewed the ones that still stay on my iPhone …


I paid for this app – it is a great sub for a dedicated gps unit. It is very quick to pick up signals and lock on to the satellite signal. If you are buying an app as a dedicated gps then this is the one. For purely cycling or running there may be better.


See here


A more basic gps application. Screen comes up horizontal layout which is a better use of space on the screen. The top shows duration – centre shows speed with odometer below. On the left there is an average speed display and a maximum speed display. On the right is a trip display and a large  Start button which once pressed turns into a STOP button. Ease of Use is the primary benefit. Tracks can be saved and also uploaded to everytrail



A good gps unit equally good for biking or running. I have done 2 screengrabs. It is a vertical display on black background that is easy to read.

Vitals shows Speed and Distance and Duration. Good for cycling.

Stats Screen

Stats shows avg pace / avg speed and odometer


Downloaded for trial. Not one I will describe and recommend here.


Another good vertical display. Again more for bikes. Display shows Elapsed Time / Distance / Average Speed and Current Speed. Bottom half of screen is map display. Again this can be uploaded to GPSies where there are tools and tracks to share. While app is quite basic the website is versatile.


map screen

As it says on the app – running is in the name itself. Two screen displays – a read out of time avg pace and calories at the top and a map below.

split screen

Second screen shows /min splits. I believe in the pro version you can change this to /km splits. A good running app which will serve most runners well.








A really nice running app – I like the display and the readouts on this app – think it is the nicest app for running.

Display shows Distance / Time / Pace / Calories

Below it shows splits showing altitude climbed and /km splits. You can them email your route – it attaches a gpx file and also allows you to see the route in Google Earth.










Not so much a gps tracker as a track finder – finding routes in an area that you are visiting or living. Can display in vertical or horizontal format.