More like Southend-THROUGH-Sea!
In true bank holiday fashion, it's pissed down all weekend. Noah is out looking for wood as I type. I managed to get a few dry laps of Richmond Park in on Saturday before getting soggy and doing some damage to my back. I finally fitted the 135g Selle Italia SLR saddle that's been in the cupboard for 18 months and I'm guessing the position change and too much effort up the hills messed up the old spine.
Naked Cyclists Take to the Streets!
On June 9th, 2007, cities around the world will experience the exposed joy of the world's largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture. It's time to stop indecent exposure to automobile emissions! Hundreds of cyclists will ride in various stages of undress, reclaiming the streets as sexy, self-propelled citizens. Raw Naked Bicycle People Power!
The Vancouver ride starts Saturday, June 9, 1:00pm at Sunset Beach (corner of Beach and Bute).
By resolution 2994(XXVII) of 15 December 1972, the General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day, to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. That date was chosen because it was the opening day of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (in Stockholm, 1972), which led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
50,000 people did critical mass in Budapest.
Published April 23, 2007 by All Hungary News
The "Critical Mass" (CM) bicycle procession held in Budapest during yesterday's Earth Day celebrations drew upwards of 50,000 participants, which organizers say made it the largest such event in the world, writes origo.hu.
When those at the front of the procession had already crossed the Pet?fi Bridge to Buda and the Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) back to Pest, those at the end were cycling - or rollerblading, driving wheelchairs - under the Lánchíd on Pest's lower embankment.
Well I got my act together and submitted my Long Line of Cars video (second version) to the Bicycle Film Festival. Its only a couple minutes long so I figure it has a good shot of finding its way in somewhere. If you have a film of youself, the cut off is March 1. Anyway, if you haven't watched it you should. Its about life, death, love, disaster, salvation... no wait that was another movie. Nope, this one is about going fast on a bike and passing a bunch of slow motorists.
So I suspect many of you are wondering where in hell are the regular updates... well I have been rather busy the past month traveling and attending a conference on mark-recapture statistical techniques. So far I have been to Australia then popped over to New Zealand to give a talk and submit a paper. Good fun, although I have had to fit some work in as well.
Anyway... hang in tight. At some point I will post up what a fun article from Carlos a fixed gear frame builder and some pictures for the Melbourne velodromes.
From the largely amusing Surly bikes blog
Fat Squirrel Season
Everybody knows that squirrels store nuts for the winter. They store them in the ground, probably up in trees and they eat them to get a nice fat belly for the winter. But what I notice most about squirrels this time of year is that they are particularly slow, sluggish, indecisive, unpredictable and psycho.
Case in point, I'm riding my bike in a quiet residential neighborhood this morning (with a 100+ pound trailer in tow) and I see a squirrel walking her dog. She's stopped on the corner of an uncontrolled intersection while the leashed dog sniffs around. From a distance, I ring my bell to get her attention and we make positive eye contact. Knowing it's fat squirrel season, I have my fingers on the brake levers as I approach. About 12 feet before I enter the crosswalk, the squirrel decides that her and the dog are going to test their right of way across the street. I skid the rear wheel and start drifting sideways, just barely missing squirrel and pooch. You know when you're skidding and all you can think of is "did that squirrel want to commit suicide?" but you're glad you have brakes and skills to spare it's life.
So there has been a bunch of discussion on recent rides about bike bling... colour matching and various ways of making your ride that 'little bit more special'... Well after I stumbled on something interesting I thought I'd compile a list of gold bling bikes/bike parts...
It should be noted that I am actually not a fan of gold parts... but it seems like the endpoint of showing off bling (outside of diamond tipped cogs/chainrings... which i haven't seen yet).
The fork legs are 3/4 length GOLD plated, with real gold, NOT gold paint. This was a feature on a limited number of Brian Hayes A.I.S. Track Team frames, to commemorate the Australian Team winning gold on the Track at the Olympic Games. From here...
Well I now have been in Guatemala for a week and quite the week its been. So far I have climbed and overnighted on a Volcan Actatenango (3976 m or 13,041 ft), been on numerous tours in various city thanks to some contacts. Hiked around the lake district (Lago de AtitlÃ¡n). Traveled on numerous chicken buses with another Canadian couple (one who is currently living here). But today takes the cake. Today, I had to fight off a swarm pick pockets in the Xela market.