Archive for July, 2011

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DoD: Three Years Old

Tuesday July 26, 2011

Today, the 26th of July 2011, marks this blog’s third birthday!

Three years ago today I posted the very first post in my blog, a blog to provide other riders with information on Dahon bikes and primarily my experiences with these great machines.

Although I’ve so far failed to cycle this year (I know, it’s bad!!!) I still have the passion for cycling and my love of my Dahon is still strong – it’s just work is getting in the way more often! I just need to change things and readdress my work-life balance! (Don’t we all?!).

I hope the blog continues to help other cyclists.

Keep riding!

Dave

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New Royal Mail Centre – Strood, Kent

Sunday July 24, 2011

The Royal Mail’s new mail centre has sprung up out of the ground in Strood, Kent.  Easily visible from the Rochester side of the Medway, it’s due to be operational in 2012.

[Update, 24th Jan 2012: I’ve uploaded an aerial shot of the Mail Centre which I took in October (Click Here)]

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Folding in Beijing

Saturday July 23, 2011

Just got back from a week in Beijing with work.  My first time heading East and it was a great experience.  There are a lot of bikes there (as suggested by the song by Katie Melua!) and it was good to see that there were quite a few folders.

I’m not sure that I’d want to cycle around the city though.  There are wide bicycle lanes but junctions appeared to be a free-for-all at many times with pedestrians and cycles taking pot-luck with encounters with cars and lorries.

But all in all, a great city with very friendly and cheerful people.

More photos on Flickr.

A folder in Bejing

Chinese Coke

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Gerber Sport Multi Tool – UK streel legal?

Sunday July 3, 2011

I’ve had my Gerber Sport multi tool for a long time (bought from Heinnie.com).  These days it’s with me when I’m out taking photographs and I have carried it on me when out cycling too.  However, reading the letter of the law, it’s illegal to carry this multi tool in public due to it’s locking blade.

Today I removed the blade from the tool so that I could confidently carry it whilst out and about without fear that I was carrying an illegal blade.  I don’t use the blade that often so it’s removal isn’t too annoying.  The pliers and screwdrivers are the useful bits on the tool and now they can come with me everywhere.

To remove the blade, you just loosen and remove the bolt/pivot at the base of the blade.  Then you can pull the pivot out and the blade and two screwdrivers fall out – take note of the orientation of the bits at the pivot before attempting this!  I then replaced the blade (on the pivot) with two 1mm washers and put the bolt back on.  Perfect.  The tool still functions as in its original configuration but I no longer have the illegal locking blade.  An easy and quick modification which can easily be reversed if needed.

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MasterChef – Rap

Friday July 1, 2011

I am missing the BBC’s Master Chef programme but this made me smile today:

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