Archive for January, 2010


Sea to Summit Compression Sack

Saturday January 30, 2010

Here’s a great bit of kit: a Sea To Summit Compression Sack.

I’ve been trying to sort out one of my cupboards and I’ve always struggled to store my sleeping bag – I very rarely use it but it’s handy to have around.  It’s quite a bulky warm bag I have continually failed to tie it up or pack it in a small and convenient way.

A friend stayed the night, earlier this month, after a night of beer and laughter around town and his sleeping bag was in one of these compression sacks.  I watched, the following morning, as he rolled and packed the sleeping bag into the sack and then with a few pulls on the straps it shrunk to a fraction of its size.

I had to get one and I’m glad I did.  It cost £11 over on Amazon and I’ve just packed the sleeping bag up and it’s ready to be stored.  It creates a neat, tight bundle which is far easier to store than when I simply used a piece of string around the bag’s middle.

I bought the large size for my sleeping bag and Sea To Summit say that this will compress 20 Ltr down to 6.5 Ltr.

Sea To Summit have their own website with lots more kit, many products which may prove useful for those long bike rides…


First Cycle Of 2010

Sunday January 24, 2010

I broke the Trek out this afternoon and went out for a leisurely ride.  Covered just under eight miles, looking around and taking in the changes around the town.  There’s a new Premier Inn being built near the M2 motorway bridge so I had a quick look at that from the bridge and then down at ground level, not sure when it is scheduled to open but it’s popped up quite quickly over the past month or so.

I got up to just short of 30mph on one of the down hill sections and it was great to be out with the wind in my face after having been off the bikes for such a relatively long period of time.

This was my first outing in 2010, hopefully the first of many.  Now I just need to plan my major rides and excursions for the year and spend some more time in the saddle.


Must Free The Bikes

Wednesday January 20, 2010

The bikes haven’t been out this year!  I must free them soon…

Need to charge the lights and get the bikes ready to go at a moments notice.



It Just Keeps Snowing

Saturday January 9, 2010

Lots of snow.  Snow and more snow.  The roads and pavements around here have been pretty bad over the past week as the UK suffers under the cold weather.

I really do need some snow tyres on the bikes!

Took a (slow and careful) walk out yesterday and stumbled across the Kent Air Ambulance just sitting in the park.  Somebody out enjoying the snow, sledging, had had an accident and was being treated by the emergency services (hope that person is going to be okay).  There were around five police cars, an ambulance and the air ambulance in attendance.  I took some shots of the helicopter and the police cars (after the patient had left for the hospital).

Photos from the walk over on Flickr.

Air Ambulance

Lights, Aerials and Snow


Happy New Year!

Friday January 1, 2010

The Passing Of TimeHappy New Year!

This post was pre-written as as the clock ticked over to 0000GMT I was (will be) enjoying some alcohol and some pleasant company!  😉

Good luck for 2010, both with the cycling and with life in general.  It’s a new year and so many opportunities to get out there and do exactly what you want to do.

Oh, this photo is one I took earlier today (New Year’s Eve), I’ve called it ‘The Passing Of Time‘ – it’s over on Flickr.

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