Atlanta snow

Ah the car – and the car culture. Just one of the reasons I moved to a flat 7min walk to the girls school and easy reach by brompton to 90% of my meetings and work. Have the car still but only 5000miles a year now on long trips and the off equipment loaded film shoot. Will keep it until it dies and then I think I may get on a car share/ rent scheme

Yes we can do (almost) anything by bike!!!

Apart from all the misery it involves, it’s quite funny to see what a few centimeters of snow can do to a car based society. Due to the snowfall of the 29th of January people had to queue for up to 10 hours or even had to spend the night in heated supermarkets. Can’t imagine that – apart from my yearly wintercrash – a bike would be that slow in mild snowy conditions…


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I got up early to go cycling…

They market to the people who drive to go the gym – what a weird world we live in

Yes we can do (almost) anything by bike!!!

The truth behind getting up early to go cycling? It is striking to see how many car manufacturers use bicycles in the promo stands, commercials,…

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Don’t date a girl that travels

Lifted but I laughed a bit reading it – I have met a few souls like this.

Don’t date a girl who travels
Adi in Better Humans

She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.

Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She wont party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.

Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher. She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. But she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.

Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty. She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing.

Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.

She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.

So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go.

This article has resonated with so many women around the world and has been translated into over 20 different languages including Spanish (EU & SA), Portuguese (EU & Brazil), German, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, French-Canadian, Dutch, Greek, Danish, Swedish, Croatian, Estonian, Russian, Czech, European Spanish and Thai.

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Touring Bike Build #1

Touring bike build – perhaps it is the most ridiculous way to start this but I am planning to build up a touring bike for this summer – both to do light touring and potentially some harder and longer rides.

So today I bought …. Panniers … What the f*ck …. Why start there? Well only because I saw these on a website reduced to £44 for the set – good value well made ortlieb comparable Canadian made panniers. A 40 litre set …. Now I just need the frame, wheels, groupset, rack, stem, handlebar, seatpost and mudguards to go with them.

This could be a long process – going for yellow to keep me visible …. And this build is not titanium just to change my normal preference for riding material.

Wiggins and Froome to be a winning pair to contest Le Tour for SKY

When the Tour de France rolls out of Leeds on July 5, Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will fill whatever role Team Sky asks in order to be on that start line.

After making history as the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, Sir Bradley missed the 2013 edition because of injury. Team-mate Chris Froome took the win, and Wiggins is determined to line up next to the defending champion this year.

Sir Bradley and Team Sky are currently on a training camp in Majorca. He will start his season at the four-day Challenge Majorca race series on February 9.

Wiggins told Sky Sports News: “I’d love to be back at the Tour de France. That’s the long-term goal – to be part of that successful team.

“I missed it last year and had to watch it on the TV. When you see it from the outside then you see just how great the Tour de France is.”

“Obviously there’s a huge opportunity with it starting in the UK this year. Coming back as a former winner and it being there is fantastic.”

If Sky fields both Sir Bradley and Chris Froome, it will be the first time a team has rolled out two Tour de France winners from the same country since Pedro Delgado and Miguel Indurain rode for Banesto in 1993.

Sir Bradley said: “To be back at the Tour de France, back in the team in whatever capacity alongside the defending champion Chris Froome, two British winners in the Tour starting in the UK – it’s going to be quite an experience.”

“At this stage, all my winter training has been about hitting the ground running in the early races. I want to get off to a flying start as I did in 2012.

“I want to perform well in the early season. I’ve got some good goals early season, building up to the Tour of California in May. I want to start performing well out there in America.”

Dream bikes: Thompsons ti beastie in 650b


Thomson, by Lynskey
Long known for its limited but well-executed range, US-based component brand Thomson has been on an expansion kick lately. Having already grown the label to include a dropper post, as well as titanium and carbon fibre handlebars, Core Bike sees a titanium 650b hardtail added to the mix.

Built in the US by Lynskey, this is the first of a planned 3-model Thomson bike range. The Elite 27.5 is out now, with the Elite 29[er] due around Eurobike and Elite Gravel road bike launching in 2015 alongside the company’s Pave road-oriented dropper/suspension post.

Thomson Elite
The Elite 27.5 is only available as a complete bike, spec’d with a Thomson handlebar, stem, top cap and spacers, seat collar and internally-routed Dropper post. Adding to the US build theme are an MRP suspension fork, Cane Creek headset, and Oury grips. A full XTR kit and DT-Swiss Spline wheels round out the £TBC/$6,800 package. Four sizes are offered and with a 3.9lb frame the complete bike should weigh in around 23.5lb.

What cycling needs next – your personal drone (although unarmed so what is the point)

The product design firm that brought the world the Sony Walkman has unveiled a conceptual design of a drone that it says could help improve the safety of lone bike riders.

Drones have attracted a lot of attention due to their use by the military as well as strong rumours, neither confirmed nor denied by the Metropolitan Police, that they were deployed above London during the Olympic Games in 2012.

They were back in the headlines last month as a result of the news that is considering using them for deliveries.

That’s despite the fact that the unmanned aircraft have not yet having been approved for civilian use in the United States, although Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says it may be five years before they come into use.

But in a post on its Design Mind blog, the consultancy Frog highlights several potential civilian uses, included mock-ups of how they could look in action.

“This is our vision of a future where drones are not spies, weaponry or scary agents of evil; they can be trusted aids that assist humans tasked with doing some of the most dangerous work we know,” says Frog product development director, Cormac Eubanks.

And besides rescuing people trapped by forest fires or preventing avalanches, one example of that “dangerous work” appears to be riding a bicycle alone on the road.

“The Cyclodrone is a flying beacon that can be configured to fly ahead of and behind a bicycle rider on roads to improve visibility and reduce the chances of being struck by a vehicle,” writes Eubanks.

“The drone is paired to the rider’s mobile phone and flies along a predetermined path programmed before the ride.

“Sensors in the drone maintain a safe distance from the rider using a combination of an Infrared sensors and a WiFi connection strength.

“The large beacon on top creates a highly visible warning to cars for safer solo outings on narrow one-lane roads and a camera records dynamic video of each ride.”

One potential drawback, of course, is that the driver may be so mesmerised by the site of the drone, particularly if they haven’t seen one before, that they fail to notice the cyclist it is designed to protect.

And while the device might be suitable in open countryside with very little traffic, how would it cope in more built-up areas with heavy congestion including high-sided vehicles, with the cyclist often moving faster than motorised traffic?

Then there’s the issue of whether civilians can actually use a drone in the first place. As with many fields of technological development, the law is slow to adapt, and as the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) points out, rules surrounding use of unmanned aircraft were drawn up primarily with model aircraft in mind.

Highlighting that “there are no established operating guidelines so operators may not be aware of the potential dangers or indeed the responsibility they have towards not endangering the public,” the CAA says:

Operators of Small Unmanned Aircraft are required…to obtain permission from the CAA before commencing a flight in certain circumstances; these circumstances cover flights for aerial work purposes and flights within a congested area, or in proximity to people or property, by Small Unmanned Aircraft equipped for any form of surveillance or data acquisition.

On the plus side, the built-in camera could be a nifty feature – imagine being able to not just fancy yourself on a solo Tour de France break while you’re out riding on your own, but being able to watch aerial shots of your bid for glory afterwards?

And just imagine some of the near-miss videos that could pop up on YouTube from riders having a drone follow them on their commute.

There’s no word on whether the drones might ever see the light of day, let alone how much they might cost, and the Design Mind piece may be nothing more than a piece of blue sky thinking, for want of a better phrase – although certainly you could imagine them being used in the emergency situations highlighted.

Their use by cyclists is therefore fanciful, perhaps – but so too, 40 years ago before the Sony Walkman came along, was the idea that you’d be able to listen to your own choice of music through headphones while on the move.

If this doesn’t give you faith and hope in humankind then nothing will

18 years ago a slight lapse in concentration crushed Pascale’s dreams of surfing. With the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape; she can now call herself a surfer.

Pascale Honore & Tyron Swan

Film/Edit : Mark Tipple |

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Music : Halfway House, Apricot Rail |

What more is there to say other than HUMANS ARE AMAZING. Or should that be the unbreakable human desire to live and experience the world freely is. I ADORE this video. And how the surfer dude is so blasé about it too, it’s just what he does, because, why wouldn’t he?




Mixed messages

The frustration of being a cycling parent with a social conscience in a sea of cars

Hum of the city

Nearly every day on the bike I’m confronted with a mixed message. Most often, it’s the sign on a sidewalk curb cut that says “NO BICYCLES.” This wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that bicycle RACKS are placed on sidewalks, typically a good distance away from the only access, which is that same curb cut. The signs don’t say “no bicycle riding on the sidewalk, not even to get to the bike rack” although that would be annoying enough. Nobody is ever forced to get out of their car and push it on foot to a parking place. The signs say “NO BICYCLES.” That means that there is often no legal way to lock a bicycle on a bicycle rack. (There may also be signs insisting that I not lock my bicycle to anything that I could reach from an area where bicycles are legally allowed.)

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Exercise when feeling ill

Been avoiding a little cold for a while but it snuck up on me Tuesday pm after this little jaunt on the mountain bike

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a nice 45km poodle …. but as i was going around I felt tired a clear indicator that the body was already struggling. Two early nights and some lem sip later the snot is gone … and it is 5 a side footie night. Tried to get a substitute player but no one available so will just have to take it easy tonight (or at least try)

Quick metabolism curse – quick to go down but quick to get up …..

A Thin White Line…

wow spare the time to watch this

A Thin White Line is the story of the 2001 Iditasport adventure race featuring racers on foot, bike and ski as they challenge the 1000 mile Iditarod Trail in the Alaskan winter.

This was a solo production using the Canon XL1. I Can’t believe this is 13 years old now…a blast from the past!

Follow my blog on my participation in the race this year @


Doug turned me on to this movie about the 2001 Iditasport Race.

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Glasgow – another cycle unfriendly move – 5mph limits

besides EU funded projective routes that go nowhere (London road) now the council are taking nanny state another step further with a proposed 5mph limit in all parks …..

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The new rules would slow cyclists to walking pace and have been described as ‘ridiculous and unenforceable.’

As part of their Park Management Rules consultation, Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services want to encourage park users to enjoy parks and open spaces “safely and responsibly.”

Under the proposal, cyclists have been warned not to endanger other road users and will only be allowed to cycle on tarmac paths or roads, designated cycle tracks or mountain bike courses.

Already, the council is facing a backlash from cyclists, who say the speed cap will discourage people from getting on their bike.

David Brennan, cycling campaigner for Pedal on Parliament, has warned the speed limit could be unsafe.

He said: “Anyone who cycles knows it is difficult ­and actually quite unsafe to keep your balance on a bike at that speed. Even my four-year-old goes faster than that.

“This seems to demonstrate a wider attitude held by the council that cycling is just a nuisance.

“If you look at the new Fastlink transport routes, cyclists are a mere ‘shoe-in’ in the development, when only 50% of Glasgow households own a car.”

While bike speeds would be capped at 5mph, motor vehicles in parks would have a maximum speed of 10mph.

Jim Ewing, project manager for cycling charity FreeWheel North, agreed that the speed limit is unworkable.

He said: “This rule would definitely stop people from cycling in parks.

“I’m not aware of that many cycling accidents happening in green spaces which would bring this on.

“Why should cyclists be penalised any more than runners are? I think 10mph is a more reasonable limit for everyone.”

In November, the Evening Times told how Glasgow was ranked as one of the top performing councils in Scotland when it came to cycling.

The study, by Cycling Scotland, analysed the performance of every Scots council in developing policy to get more people on their bikes.

In October we revealed that the number of cyclists in the city centre has increased by 133% in the last five years to 7000 annually.

But cyclists on a popular commuter route in Kelvingrove Park said the speed limit could put people off taking to two wheels.

Carolyn Butler, 22, a dental student from Aberdeen, said: “I agree that cyclists should be more aware of their speed and people’s safety, but there are probably better ways they could improve it — like road signs or better cycle paths.”

Gregor McMillan, 41, an architect from Kilsyth, agreed that there would be better alternatives to the speed limit.

“It wouldn’t be so bad if we had better cycle paths. The ones we have on the roads on the moment have a lot of potholes.”

The move comes just months before work is due to start on a new, £10 million cycle route in Edinburgh, as a legacy to the Commonwealth Games.

A lot of work has been done in the city to promote cycling in the run up to Glasgow 2014, including the Connect 2 scheme, which helped to complete the Bridge to Nowhere over the M8 and connect cycle routes from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Central Station.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: “Parks and open spaces are also places where many different people visit to enjoy the outdoors, and therefore everyone needs to use these spaces responsibly and considerately.

“Rather than a prescriptive approach, Cycling Scotland recommends more of a focus on common sense, such as that found within the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and Scottish Canals’ Towpath Code of Conduct, to make sure that all users of Glasgow’s parks and open spaces adapt their behaviour to take consideration of others.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council insisted it was consulting the public before setting the new rules.

He said: “We want to get feedback from cyclists and other park users on the proposal.

“But above all, the rules aim to make the park safer for everyone.”

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