Archive for October, 2009

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The Challenge Has Started

Monday October 19, 2009

So, as I mentioned previously, I’ve set myself a challenge to cycle every road in Rochester.

Why?  There are so many streets and roads which I’ve never been down despite having now lived here for 12 years (wow, that’s a long time – hadn’t really thought of about how long I’ve been here).  So, I thought that this ‘challenge’ would be a good way for me to get out on the bike and also get to know the local area.

I had the day off work today so I headed out to the bottle bank with a load of bottles to recycle and I thought I’d make a start on the challenge.

Covered just over 7 miles and had a nice hour and a half of lazy ‘sight-seeing’.

I need to have a think about how I show progress in relation to this challenge.  I think it’ll be a map.  I’d ideally like to have a list of all the local roads/streets and be able to tick them off as I progress, but that’s not possible as I can’t find a (free) listing of the local streets.  I need to think a little more…

Dahon, Medway and Castle

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Brompton Designer Receives Royal Award

Saturday October 17, 2009

Brompton’s inventor Andrew Ritchie has been awarded a design award by Prince Philip – the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

Congratulations to Andrew Ritchie and the guys over at Brompton!  This is great news and highlights the world of ‘folders’ to the wider community.

Link: BBC News story

Prince Philip Designers Prize

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Welcome CraigsList Visitors!

Saturday October 10, 2009

Craigslist, the US-based advertising/community site, is sending a fair few visitors my way recently.

There’s a Dahon D7HG for sale in the SF Bay area (although it’s advertised as a D3/D7HG…).  Take a look if you’re over that side of the world and you’re looking for a Dahon.

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The Cycle Show, Earls Court

Saturday October 10, 2009

Bianchi MTB - NiceTook a day off work today to headed into London’s Earls Court for the 2009 Cycle Show.  It was nice to not have to wake up at the unearthly hour I normally do, instead I slept in and crawled out of bed around 0730.

A cycling friend arrived at 0915 and we walked off to the train station and headed West towards Victoria Station in the centre of London.  Although rain was forecast for later in the day, it was a mild and bright day – good for cycling!

The show was well attended but it wasn’t over-crowded.  It was the first public day of the show, Thursday being a trade-only day, and I suppose that Saturday and Sunday are going to be the busiest.  Most of the big names were there, Cannondale, Scott, Bianchi, Colnago, Specialized, Brompton…  No Dahon though.  Thinking about it, not all the big US manufacturers were there, such as Marin, Trek, Giant.  But the Europeans were.

Bikes ranged from under £100 kids’ bikes to £8,000+ road bikes.  My eyes were watering at some of the price tags and my credit card was screaming to get out of my wallet – but I controlled it!  I didn’t buy anything 😦

The high-end road bikes were incredibly lightweight.  I was really surprised at just how light bikes can be made these days.

Tiny BromptonI hung around the Brompton stand for a while taking a look at what was on offer.  These bikes are hand-made and to prove it they had a guy making bikes there, right in front of you.

It was the first time I’ve got my hands on a Brompton and it was very small and very light.  It was much smaller and lighter than my Dahon D7HG, but it was considerably more expensive too.  There were other folders on show too.  Moulton and Airminal were there, with the latter really catching my eye (but again, very expensive).

After a few hours of touring the stands, browsing the bikes and keeping my credit card in my wallet, we headed out for a few pints and a sit down before returning home on the train via Victoria Station.

More of my Cycle Show photos over on Flickr.

Airminal - I Wanted This!

Cycle Stunt

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Last Weekend – Alton Towers

Friday October 2, 2009
Alton Towers

Alton Towers

Only just getting around to sitting down and posting this, after almost a week!

Went away last Saturday to Alton Towers, a theme park near Nottingham.  Went with eight friends from my old place of work and we had a great time.  I’m not a theme park fan but I have to admit that I really enjoyed the rides and the day out with my friends.

The rides were fantastic and by far the ‘scariest’ was Oblivion – a ride which hangs you in mid air before letting your drop vertically into a darkened hole in the ground.  I left my stomach somewhere behind me on that ride!

We spent the day there before heading over to Nottingham for a night out on the town.  We were out pubbing and clubbing until 4am!  Fortunately I had Monday off work to recover…

So, no bikes last weekend, only thrills, excitement, beer and dancing!  And a hangover.

Pub Sign

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