Archive for February, 2009


Trek 4300 – Takes Up Space

Friday February 20, 2009

Update on the new bike situation: it’s huge and takes up a lot of space!

It’s definitely not a Dahon!  It doesn’t have the convenience of a Dahon.

I keep my Dahon D7HG next to my computer desk.  Tonight, the new Trek is in here too and it’s huge compared to the Dahon.  Having said that, it does look very cool.  It has a matt black finish and looks pretty mean.


Trek 4300 – It’s Here

Friday February 20, 2009

I collected my new Trek 4300 (2009) today from Evans Cycles in Crawley (near Gatwick).  It really does look nice in the flesh.  I’m happy today!

Bought a few additional ‘things’ whilst at the shop too, I’ll report on them over the weekend along with more on the Trek.

Nice shop and a really helpful Sales Adviser called Debbie (I think).


Folding Canoe

Thursday February 19, 2009

I want one of these folding canoes to take with me when I go cycling!  How cool is this?!!  Stick it on the back of the Dahon and cycle off, then do a spot of paddling and then it’s back on the Dahon to go home.  Fantastic.

Via: Uncrate

Link: Folbot


No Sign Of The New Bike

Tuesday February 17, 2009

Phoned Evans Cycles today for an update.  Nothing.  It’s not going to be here this week so this weekend won’t be off-roading fun for me.  😦

The (helpful) guy at Evans told me that it should be with me next week – barring any ‘problems’.  So hopefully I’ll have the new bike by Friday 27th.

It’s not nice having to wait in these days of ordering online and getting something delivered to your door the following morning.

“Not overly H.P.” – as a colleague of mine used to say.


Cycling in Rochester AND Rochester

Sunday February 15, 2009

Browsing this morning and I came across the site – a site for cyclists in the Rochester, New York State (USA) area.  This is of  interest to me as a resident of the ‘original’ Rochester in North Kent, England.

Reading through the site, I began to wonder if I would ever cycle in both Rochesters – would I?  Hmm…  Interesting.  Maybe.  One day. was started by Jason Crane to “…chronicle my adventures as a cyclist and bike commuter in Rochester, NY…” and from there it’s grown into what it is today with ten members of the RocBike Team

From my perspective, it’s interesting to see the differences between the two places.  Take a look at RocBike’s gallery and then a few of my ‘snaps’ from around Rochester, Kent.

I’ve bookmarked


No-Car Weekends

Saturday February 14, 2009

The plan is that I no longer use the car at the weekend.  Obviously there will be times when I will have to, such as when buying heavy items (lots of beer!) or travelling beyond the range of cycling – but that’s my plan.

Today as I was tackling the dreaded house work I realised that I needed some supplies so did I take the car?  No, the Dahon hit the streets.

Although I was tempted to just jump in the car, I wrapped up and unfolded the D7HG and cycled off.  Not only was this a far nice way to travel, it was also going to be greener, more relaxing and completely free.  Having the bike also meant that I wasn’t subjected to the annoyance of the usual Saturday morning traffic jams and the parking space hassle at the supermarket.

A quick walk around the shop and I was back on the bike with my purchases in my rucksack with my loaf of bread on the back rack.

This is where my Dahon excels and my Trek (still awaiting delivery) would not be suited.


Updated Header Image

Friday February 13, 2009

As I’m now a two-bike man, I’ve updated the DoD logo to include a reference to my new Trek 4300 which will take up residence here as soon as I get it from the shop – which should be next week if things go to plan.

I’m quite excited about it.

I’m making time to cycle more and my Dahon has been out quite a few times this month already.

(Edit: 14th February @ 1947 – corrected the third word.  Was ‘not’, should have been ‘now’!)


New Bike Ordered

Friday February 13, 2009

I ordered the Trek 4300 on Monday night – with it shipping to store (Evans Cycles), so I’ll need to collect it on the way home from work one night.

It’s going to be 7 to 10 days before it arrives at the store so I’ve got time to clear some space in my shed for it.  That’s the downside of the mountain bike: you need more space to store it.  Unlike my trusty Dahon who lives next to my computer desk – making it very easy to pick up and get out and about.

Trek 4300 review will follow soon after I get the bike!


Hello To Funafuti

Tuesday February 10, 2009

A big warm hello to my visitor(s) from the island of Funafuti!!!  I’d never heard of your island before today – another day of the Internet and another day of learning for me.

My visitor ‘mapper’ highlighted a visit at some point in time (but I don’t know when).

For others out there who know nothing of Funafuti, take a look at Wikipedia’s entry on Tuvalu, formerly know as the Ellice Islands.

What a great place to live!

Link: Tuvalu Islands

Link: BBC Country Profile – Tuvalu Islands


Thinking… Trek 4300 (2009)

Monday February 9, 2009

Okay, so I’m heading towards a Trek 4300 (2009) mountain bike.  A bike for longer rides and fitness in mind.

The Dahon is great for nipping into town for ‘supplies’ and leisurely rides around the area but it won’t necessarily get me fit.

The Dahon will fit into the car easily for trips away from DoD HQ whereas the mountain bike won’t.

Pros and cons to both bikes.


I think I might order the Trek now.

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