Archive for November, 2009


The Pampered Dahon

Sunday November 29, 2009

Pampered DahonI do like my Dahon but I don’t really go over the top with its care – honestly!

It’s not relaxing after a hard ride, it’s drying off in the bath after cycling home in the rain last Thursday night.  I suppose that’s one of the downsides for keeping the bike inside the house: if the bike gets dirty, what do you do with it?

A funny sight though for visitors to my house when they pop into the bathroom.


Rochester – Night And Day

Saturday November 28, 2009

I decided to head out on the Dahon on Thursday night with my tripod strapped to the back.  I wanted to test out my camera’s night capability and the Dahon was the best method of transport for the job.

I had the bike kitted out with all my lights including the NiteRider MiNewt and I headed off into the darkness.  I managed to cycle 5 miles during the few hours I was out and got home just as the weather turned.  The last mile of cycling was in the rain but I was happy that I had a good ride and should have captured some good images.

Saturday afternoon I headed out again, this time without the bike but the camera attached in its pouch on my belt.  I was heading to Rochester Castle again, but this time I was going to go inside!  I’ve lived in the area for around twelve years and have spent a lot of time relaxing in the castle’s grounds but I’ve never done the ‘tourist thing’ and gone inside.

There’s nothing much inside, it’s basically a shell but it was worth paying the £5 entrance fee for the view from the top.

It was a very windy day and standing on top of the ancient building was breathtaking in more ways than one.  The sun stayed out long enough for me to take a few photographs and to look down on where I usually sit.

There’s been a castle here since 1066 so it’s got a significant history.  The first stone castle was built around 1087 by the same person that was responsible for the cathedral next door and also the Tower Of London.  For more info, click here.

More photos from my Night and Day trips can be found here, on Flickr.

M2 Motorway At Night (2)

Dahon, Gate and Tripod

Rochester Castle In November


CTC Gift Membership (Free Buff!)

Friday November 27, 2009

Free Buff headwear when you give a gift CTC membership!

Quote from the CTC weekly email newsletter:

“CTC Festive Gift Membership is the perfect present that lasts all year and it comes with a free Buff® worth £18. It is the ideal present for a cyclist as it includes all the benefits of being a CTC member. Prices for CTC membership start at just £12. To order CTC Festive Gift Membership, simply call 0844 736 8451, quote ‘Buff’, give us the details of the lucky person and we’ll do the rest! For delivery in time for Christmas please call before 15 December.”


Cycling At Night

Monday November 23, 2009

I was driving home from work tonight wishing that I could cycle instead of drive…

Unfortunately I cannot but my mind drifted back to my childhood and the Government safety campaigns of the 80s.  Thankfully Google and YouTube remember everything – even things which weren’t around prior to their conception.


Another Bad Weekend For Cycling

Sunday November 22, 2009

Another wet and windy weekend and again both bikes stayed in the house, warm and dry.

It’s quite frustrating but I’m sure I’ll be out soon.  I need to go to the bottle bank on the Dahon and I also want to get out for a ‘burn’ on the Trek – we’ll see if I can get out during the nights this week…



Saturday November 14, 2009

Wow, today the weather has been crazy.  I didn’t venture out on the Dahon and I’m glad that I chose to walk.  Some cyclists were out, but they soon dismounted and began to push…

Parts of the UK have been hit by winds up to 100mph and here in Kent the weather has been, and still is, pretty rough.

I walked into town today for a coffee and to drop off a suit for dry cleaning.  I could barely keep to my feet as the wind buffeted me as I walked.  On the walk home the heavens opened and unleashed a huge amount of rain.  I was soaked but it was nice to be out in the elements.  I like this time of year and the British weather was at its best (or worst) today.


Another Day Out In London

Saturday November 7, 2009

I had another (nice) day off work yesterday and headed into London.  It wasn’t a warm day but it was nice for November and at least it wasn’t raining.

Decided to visit the London Eye for the first time and the weather was good enough to give us a nice view of the city.  We were lucky as later in the afternoon the rain started and reminded us it was Autumn and England.

One biking-related thing to note, I saw a tour group from Fat Tyre Bike Tours – a nice idea and a great way to see the city.

Some more photos over on Flickr.

The City And A Pod

London Pride


Saturday Shopping

Saturday November 7, 2009

exOn a Saturday morning, the bike is far superior to the car.

Needing to wash some clothes, I realised I was out of the required ‘fluids’ so needed to head to the shops.  The sun is out today so I had no hesitation in breaking out the Dahon.

The roads around Rochester Bridge always get gridlocked at busy periods due to poor traffic planning around Strood so I figured that if I took the car, by the time I got to the shop and found a parking space I’d have finished the shopping if I’d travelled by bike.

I was right, it was gridlocked.  No problem for the Dahon though and the convenient cycle lanes!

It’s a great utility bike.


No Cycling – Weekend Away

Sunday November 1, 2009

No cycling again this weekend as I headed back to Pembrokeshire to see my family.  A great weekend away and very relaxing – it’s far nicer there than here in the South East of England!

Didn’t take either of the bikes so I hope to get out on them during the nights this week.

Some pics of Pembrokeshire over on my Flickr account.

Parking Sign

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