Archive for February, 2010


Trek’s Birthday

Saturday February 20, 2010

One year ago today I bought my Trek 4300!

Where has that that year gone?

2010 should see some significant mileage racked up on this bike, I have some routes planned so keep watching for status updates.

This weekend I’m going to fit the new tyres and grips so it’s like the Trek’s birthday treat!!!

(My Trek Review is here)


Blog Down

Thursday February 18, 2010

This blog has been down for quite a while tonight, Thursday (around 2200 GMT). who host the blog was down therefore taking this and other blogs down with it.

Back up now.



New Bits For The Trek

Tuesday February 16, 2010

In preparation for better weather I’ve invested in some bits for the Trek.  I’m planning on some long rides this year and thought I’d upgrade the Trek to provide better performance/comfort for the longer road trips.

My last ‘long’ ride was to Hyde Park and back in one day, a trip of 77miles in total, last September.  During that ride, I got numbness and discomfort in my hands and the knobbly ‘tractor’ tyres fitted to the Trek weren’t ideal for long road rides.

So, as I said, in preparation for this year’s rides, I’ve purchased some new bits:

The current plan is to work on the bike this weekend, add the tyres and the grips, and then put in some local mileage prior to really hitting the roads for some long journeys.

More on these purchases and their installation over the weekend.


London In February

Sunday February 14, 2010

Ready, Steady, GO!Took a short trip into London yesterday to meet a friend from my home town who was visiting the area for the weekend.  I took the camera in so that I could have some time walking the streets and seeing what was happening.  It’s nice to walk around with a camera as it really makes you ‘look’ at what’s going on around you.

It was good to see a lot of cyclists around London’s busy streets.  There were the laid-back leisure riders, commuters and the more ‘fitness’-orientated cyclists.  I tried to capture some of the them (photographically speaking!) but I often missed them as I saw them too late.  I was trying to capture the motion and speed of the cycling by playing around with the settings on the camera… didn’t really work but I took a few interesting shots.

On the train home, I was sitting near a guy with a Brompton but he hadn’t folded it as the carriage had a wide area for holding bikes.  Nice bike though, smaller than my Dahon.

Photos over on Flickr (click here).

Downing Street


Sunday February 7, 2010

Things are looking good on my Internet connection – checked it this morning and the speed rating is high.  I pay for a 20Mb/s line with Virgin Media and that’s what I appear to be getting.

Thought I’d share this as it’s a useful way to to see what performance you’re getting from your Internet Service Provider.  Run your own test over on


Gordy’s Camera Straps

Saturday February 6, 2010

G11 And GordyI’ve been using a long neck cord on my Canon G11 since I bought it at the end of last year as I couldn’t find a suitable wrist strap.  The G11 isn’t supplied with a wrist strap so I’d been looking around the usual places (such as Amazon and eBay) but couldn’t find anything that I fancied.  Then I stumbled across Gordy’s Camera Straps whilst randomly browsing Flickr.

Other Canon users were discussing the benefits and quality of these straps so I visited Gordy’s website and placed an order straight away.

These are hand made leather wrist (and neck) straps which give you the security and support needed but with added ‘class’.

Made of California Latigo belt leather, which comes from range toughened steer hides, my hand made camera straps are tough, flexible, and pliable, with a natural luster that only improves with age.

Each strap is handmade by a little old man (that would be me), or my faithful helper Kim, from real natural cowhide that is not always uniform like plastic.

If the leather is good enough to hold up your pants, it’s good enough to hold up your camera!

The leather is served with .040″ (1mm) diameter polyester cord that is heavy duty and waxed for durability. [Extract from Gordy’s website]

When you order you can select the colour of the leather, the length, fitting type, string colour… to match the strap to your camera or tastes.   Another plus is that it only costs $18 (USD) – including international postage!  I ordered mine on the 24th of January, it shipped from Washington state (USA) on the 27th and was with me, in Rochester (UK), on the 2nd of February.

The quality is excellent and is a vast improvement on the mass-produced ‘string’ which it’s replaced.

If you’re looking for a high quality camera strap then your search has ended, look no further:

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