Archive for January, 2009


XBox and Wales

Saturday January 31, 2009

XBox Live updated the clothes for the Avatars recently and included some International Tops.  Nice to see that they didn’t forget Wales in this exercise (as so often happens!).

Thought I’d sport the very latest ‘fashion’ on XBox Live by donning the Welsh t-shirt.



Google Search Results – All Blocked

Saturday January 31, 2009

Odd!  Google is preventing me visiting any of the search results that it shows me.  Even is flag as a ‘harmful’ site – Google statement: This site may harm your computer.

Clicking on the link to the BBC gives you another Google page warning:

Warning – visiting this web site may harm your computer!

Whatever I search for I get the same result.  Very strange.  Has Google been hacked?  What’s going on?

Update@ 1502GMT: Other bloggers are seeing this too.  And judging by my visit count on this post, many others around the world are experiencing the same problem.

Update@ 1517GMT: Yep, now appears to be fixed.  Phew – life can continue!!!!  😀

Update@ 1817GMT: BBC News has reported on the outage.



Saturday January 31, 2009

I’m determined to get out on the bike this weekend!  I have things to do this morning and probably most of this afternoon but the bike will be out later or tomorrow!

However, people are talking about snow.  Let’s hope it doesn’t…

Time to check the weather via the Beeb.


Flickr: Epicurean Cyclist

Sunday January 25, 2009

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

Epicurean Cyclist

Epicurean Cyclist

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Medway Crane

Sunday January 18, 2009

A cold but sunny Sunday afternoon got me out on my bike for a short ride to get out of the house – my second outing this week.

Cycled around Rochester’s new riverside development and took a look at the refurbished crane on the river bank.  The area is just reclaimed land at the moment with a public footpath along the river bank, but soon the area will be redeveloped with homes and restaurants – take a look here for the development site.

Found out that my Nokia E51 mobile phone’s camera is not as good as my previous Sony Ericsson’s one.  😦  Took a couple of snaps of the crane.

Medway Crane In Winter


Helmet or Not?

Sunday January 18, 2009

Sunday morning browsing led me to the Bike Commute Tips Blog and a post relating to whether or not to wear a cycle helmet.

I  don’t.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time out cycling alone and with friends.  On road and off road, cycling gave me a sense of freedom when I was not old enough to drive a car.  It was great to get out there and have some fun.

I had a few ‘falls’ during that time and luckily picked myself up and carried on.  But during all that time, I never wore a cycle helmet – they just didn’t exist.  Now I’m older and (hopefully*) wiser, I still do not wear a helmet.

I know that there are arguments for wearing one but I decide not to.

What about you?  Do you wear a cycle helmet?

[* some might say as I don’t wear a helmet then I’m obviously not any wiser!]


CrankBrothers: Power Pump Alloy

Saturday January 17, 2009

As I was pumping up the tyres on my D7HG during the week, I began thinking that I could do with a new pump.  I’ve been using the Zorin pump which is in the bike’s seat post but I began thinking of pumps which have pressure gauges in-built which surely must make pumping the tyres an easier task.

I went to Halfords thinking of buying one of the floor/foot pumps but ended up coming out with a CrankBrothers Power Pump Alloy.  With space an issue at ‘Dave HQ’, hence the reason for a Dahon, I thought that the floor pump would take up too much space so the £25 Power Pump Alloy seemed like a good decision with it measuring in at just over 9″ long and 173g in weight.

The pump will inflate up to 130psi which is more than enough for the Dahon’s tyres.  The pressure gauge is a little under an inch in diameter and shows the pressure in both psi and BAR.  My quick tests against a mid-range digital pressure gauge showed that the readings from the pump’s gauge were accurate.

The pump has a dual head which fits both Schrader and Presta valves.  Included in the pack is a plastic case/cover which fits snugly over the dual head and the pressure gauge, keeping the important bits safe from knocks and dirt.  The case also doubles as the mounting fixture should you wish to mount it to the frame of your bike.

The pump works very well.  I deflated one of my tyres and then inflated as a test.  There’s a switch on the bottom of the pump which selects either ‘High Volume’ or ‘High Pressue’.  Starting out I used the high volume setting to get the most air into the tyre in the shortest time.  After a while, it became difficult to pump due to pressure now in the tyre, so it was time to quickly switch to the high pressure setting.  Now I could finish pumping and took the pressure up to 50psi.

The build quality of the pump is very high and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.  I’m getting to like the CrankBrothers, they make some great kit!  (Previously purchased the Speed Lever for puncture repair.)  So, if you’re looking for a good quality, small bike pump then look no further!

Update, 27th January: I’ve added some photos to Flickr of the pump to show some of the detail.


Little People – Photography With A Difference

Sunday January 11, 2009

I’ve been watching slinkachu’s work on the Little People blog for quite a while now.  It’s a great photo project which puts tiny model figures in relatively normal situations but on a very tiny scale.

Each ‘installation’ is place somewhere in London, photographed at the small and large scale, and then left there to fend for itself.  The image on the left is one of the photographs from the blog – visit this link to see it in its full glory.

The photographs are fantastically original and you can even buy a book of prints (either online or in the shops).


Advice On Cycles And Cycling

Saturday January 10, 2009

Looking for advice on bikes and cycling in general?  Take a look at the WhyCycle website for information on all aspects: from sizing and buying through to safety and transportation.

The site aims to provide impartial advice to UK cyclists but most of the information will be of interest to cyclists in other countries too.

Take a look.

I’ve also just found the CyclingInfo blog from Tejvan Pettinger which also has a wealth of information for cyclists – start off with the ‘best of 2008‘ post and 10 Reasons to Take Up Cycling.


Longest Journey On A Dahon?

Monday January 5, 2009

I want to set myself a goal for 2009.  Something that will make me plan, achieve and then be proud of.  I may not complete my activity but tonight after a glass of wine I feel like making a trip on my Dahon.  I’d like it to be a mini epic (for me, anyway!),  but this got me on to thinking…

What’s the longest journey completed on a Dahon?!  Not necessarily in one day, but concsecutive days of riding?  What have you achieved?

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