Theatre Thursday: L.A. Backdoor dirty pleasure

The promise of adventure is all around us. Whether you live in Los Angeles or the Himalayas, opportunities to get outside present themselves to anyone with the right pair of eyes. For Ty Hathaway, this opportunity takes the form of the Angeles National Forest. Follow along as he shows you the City of Angeles that you won’t find in any guidebook.

New Year Resolutions already 2 and a bit weeks late

Apparently, if you write down your goals you are more likely to achieve them.

Well apart from Dryanuary (no booze for January) which I already failed at ….

Fine. I’m gonna put that to the test. Here are my new years resolutions, reinforced with a lovely Talisker 10 year old malt (or Scotchliscious and those west of the water would say) and captured with screen grabs and a leap of faith.

Invest in that touring bike and plan some trips to make it really count.

Increase or improve my Strava KOM and PR status (but not if i have to finish a segment inside my own home) 

Not shy away from the Sufferfest turbo sessions

Complete the eTape Caledonian and Pennines with proper training under my belt

Have a bikeFit – to make sure that I improve position, power delivery and comfort

Do at least one mountain bike marathon race this year with close buddies and do the longer distance option (normally 85km and 2000m+ of climbing)

Remember not to be a bad name for cycling (red lights etc)

Campaign and lobby for our two wheeled lot and complete the free Bike film I promised

Sail up the inner hebrides over summer.

Don’t leave the organisation of that sail until the last minute.

Kitesurfing – don’t always jump on port tack only – embrace the learning curve of jumping to starboard (and the occasional smack down)

Ride more. Kitesurf more. Sail more. Run more

Ride more…..Ride more…..



Here are my Strava breakdowns for last year . now I need to beat them –  update will go HERE

Make friends with me on Strava here and I promise to support you …


How did you sleep last night

Been thinking I have not been sleeping well lately – not helped by the fact I came in from my 40km ride last night at 9pm. Always takes me a bit to switch off.
Have a app called sleep cycle which monitors your sleep pattern by picking up how much movement you make during the night to determine your moment of deep sleep. I woke at 3:30 for a drink of water then up at 6:50.
Monitoring over a few days gives you quite an insight into what you do at night and how that affects training.

Stupid bikes: lever me alone

The High Torque Cruiser can offer many benefits as well as the first bicycle with an integrated on-board computer. The frame is wide enough to include electronic devices such as an ipod, head lamp or touch screen computer which could illustrate cardiovascular health and vital signs while exercising on the machine. This technology has a lot of potential and like other bicycle technology, it continues to evolve. But most importantly the bicycle stands out because of its unique frame structure.

What they don’t show is it going around a corner – would not be able to pedal then … terrible in so many ways. I am all for design and innovation. Love the move to 29ers … internal hubs, disc brakes, suspension,  belt drive …. but this is  as they say in Eurovision ‘Nul Points’

Slow run this morning and gloomy outlook at winter

it’s been a strange week since the jedburgh half marathon my motivation to exercise has waned slightly in the intervening period – I’m finding it difficult to resolve myself to the fact that winter has once again set in. one of the plans to overcome this lack of enthusiasm is to buy myself a bike trainer for using indoor during the winter.


Part of me thinks that buying a garmin HR monitor is not the best option and I should spend my money more wisely one that gets me fitter and that I will be working out on every night here in the house.
I am no expert on bike trainers there is a fluid version which is a supposed to be quite realistic and then there is also a Lemond version which gets rid of the back wheel and prevents wear and tear on my beloved pinarello. The real expert on all things Roadie is desertroadie (occasional writer on the blog) so I will have to bother him soon to get his opinion on which is the best.

The actual truth is I will probably buy both as the foot pod calibration is once again out on the fr60 – my run this morning seemed to be a very slow 9.11km but mapping it later it seems to be at least 9.5km. My supposed quick fix at the running track to make it 100% accurate (was 25m over in 5km) has now made it worse …. Will get there eventually. The great thing – well another great thing on the list of great things about the garmin 910xt – is the fact that the gps can auto calibrate the foot pod whilst getting a good signal meaning that the foot pod is highly accurate at those time when gps gets sketchy. This dual gps / foot pod thing is also something the polar rcx5 does …. Which I bore myself saying – I would have bought had the belt been ant+ …. But that is a rant against suunto and polar I have been having for a while now.


Cycle commuters healthier than those that drive or take the bus

bike commuters

from the great

Commuting by car or public transport is bad for your health, that’s the not very shocking conclusion of a Swedish public health survey in to the commuting habits of 21,000 people which has been published in the journal BMC Public Health

The snappily titled “Detection Relationship between commuting and health outcomes in a cross-sectional population survey in southern Sweden” was carried out by researchers from Lund University gathered information on full time workers aged between 18 and 65 in southern Sweden. In a press release explaining their findings Erik Hansseen from the university’s division of occupational and environmental medicine said:

“Generally car and public transport users suffered more everyday stress, poorer sleep quality, exhaustion and, on a seven point scale, felt that they struggled with their health compared to the active commuters.

“The negative health of public transport users increased with journey time. However, the car drivers who commuted 30 – 60 minutes experienced worse health than those whose journey lasted more than one hour.”

While most of this might seem confirmation of the staggeringly obvious the Lund researchers say that all might not be as it seems. They point out, (we’d like to imagine while leaning forward at their desks and pressing their fingertips together before possibly taking their rimless glasses off for a quick polish), that some of the health outcomes might relate to the economic circumstances of their research subjects as much as their chosen methods of commuting. Thus poorer people might be more likely to commute by public transport, but their health would also be adversely affected by the very fact of being poor. However the economic argument doesn’t necessarily explain why cyclists and walkers are healthier other than the active nature of their commutes. While in the UK cyclists are generally slightly more affluent than the general population that may or may not be true for Southern Sweden. Pedestrians are likely to be drawn from all economic strata of a society.

That they say, probably while staring out of the lab window at a fiord (do they have those in Sweden – ed), might also explain one of the seeming anomalies of the research, that commuters who drove for over an hour to work were more relaxed and less stressed than those that drove for under an hour. This they posit could be down to the relaxing nature of driving through Southern Sweden or the fact that people driving longer distances could be more affluent, high achieving males who didn’t really have very much to worry about anyway.

The Lund researchers conclude that more research is needed to tease this knotty one out. Well fancy that.

Brompton on a rest day: Kryptonite 3000 review

Brompton getting rear spoke replaced so a mtb Klein commute today. Area where I am doing the edit is notorious for getting bikes pinched so brought all the locks in.

Cables throughout the wheels frame and metalwork and then krypto lock around the cable and frame. Hopefully still there at 6pm



Bike was still there


This is a very strong lock, or certainly locks strong. This is the principal advantage of this lock; what follows are the various small limitations which determine whether or not this high level of security is a worthwhile investment.

At 2kg, the lock is heavy, though this is clearly advertised. Weight is necessary to security, though does place a certain class of customer at risk of entering into a false economy / dis-economy: the lock is heavy enough to make a swanky new alloy-framed bike weigh as much as a steel-framed one, a consideration which might make the other advantages of having a high-quality bike (especially one intended for commuting rather than exercise, when the lock can be left at home) less economically worthwhile.

In short, this lock is strong, but Kryptonite haven’t succeeding in tempering this strength with much utility.

The modern ‘wallet’ tourer – spotted

Spotted in Switzerland near the Gotthard Tunnel. We had pulled off the motorway as all the cars were queued and didn’t look like they were going to be moving. With 2 tired girls in the car I pulled off looking for somewhere to camp, after a fruitless search and turning down two ‘Osteria’ on the grounds they were overpriced and really just third world in quality we stumbled across a small Best Western Ski-lodge hotel. Clean rooms and a good shower.

In the morning I spotted this gent and his wife at breakfast and wondered how he kept his lean physique as he tucked into his 6th piece of bread. Coming outside as we were leaving I realised – they were ‘wallet touring’ carrying little and stopping at hotels and lodges on their travels.

Like I said this chap was with his wife but she is excluded from the photo on the snobbish line that her bike fails to make the mention grade ….

He was riding a lovely Seven Titanium bike specced up with standard campag kit. Love the look of the gloves and what looks like Brooks leather bar tape. Sadly only had time for one photo then we were winging our way north…

M74 Bike and Hike – Glasgow, Scotland – SUNDAY 22nd MAY

The M74 Project Partners and the Contractor are making the M74 Completion route available on Sunday 22nd May 2011 to allow a one off opportunity to see the route prior to opening by cycling, walking and running along the route.

Prior to the June opening of the motorway a charity event is being held on Sunday 22 May involving walkers, runners and cyclists.

The event will start at the west end of the new motorway, at the Shields Road Car Park, Scotland Street, Glasgow and take participants onto the motorway to do an “out and back” walk, run or cycle to Polmadie Road (4 km round trip) or over the full length to Fullarton Roundabout (14km round trip).

The event is limited to 20,000 participants and will offer an ideal opportunity to raise funds for charities.

You can enter here

 Now finished – see the day from own view HERE

Sweet doccie on Bike Couriers

Apparently a student doccie that the guy made in 1997

bike couriers in London – wild time, wild skills, wild luck. Back when the capital was a dangerous place to commute – I lived in London 1995-2000 was scary with blacks cabs seemingly on a hunting mission.