Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Autumn Colours
October 30th, 2005

Went North to the Lake District yesterday for a bit of walking and fresh air. It wasn’t a fantastic day weather wise, but the rain kept at bay until we were in the car on the way back. The light was as always an uncertain factor, but the beauty of the autumn colours in the Lakes was no disappointment. Photos are up here.

Norway riding
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Truls from Norway posted a link to the great video above and I thought I’d share it here, because it looks ace. Each summer Truls and his mates arrange an informal get-together for readers at terrengsykkel.no. which is a bit like the Norwegian version of Bikemagic as far as I can tell. I registered with them in a bid to try and get more european IF owners signed up to the Owners’ Club. Apparenetly they’ve been doing these mini festivals for the last three years at a ski resort kalled Skeikampen. This year 80 readers spent three days on marevellous trails in the Norwegian mountains.

The team at Cyclingnews have managed to get their hands on some Spinner Aeris forks. Yep they’re light and costly and totally impractical for someone like me…

The Cyclingnews Mountain Bike pages also have details of the 2006 Temple to Temple. This is a race following the path of the ancient Mayans more than one and a half thousand years ago, it’s the world’s first bike race/tour linking the great temples of Lubaantun to Caracol, Belize. The race/tour kicks off January 29th, 2006, and runs until 4th of February, 2006. The 7 day, 750 km race takes challengers on and off road through rugged mountains, steaming jungle, caves, local villages, and Mayan ruins!

Dave Barter has been busy over at Phased. Looks like I now have some more trivia related to my birthday:

In 1939, Tommy Godwin entered the golden book of cycling as the greatest long distance rider in the world. He rode 75,065 miles in a single year to set an endurance riding record that will never be beaten. On October 26th 1939, Tommy rode into Trafalgar Square, having completed 62,658 miles, gaining the record with two months to spare. That wasn’t enough. He rode on through the winter to complete an astounding 75,065 miles in the year. Still that was not enough; in May 1940 after five hundred days of riding he secured the 100,000 mile record as well. Tommy dismounted his bike and spent weeks learning how to walk again before going off to war. More…

I’m not sure there is anything new over at Temple ov thee Lemur, but the Visible Mars Bar Project is a fairly good summary pf the weirdness involved.

Ace!
October 27th, 2005

It was my birthday yesterday. Lots of great presents including Lamb: Remixed. I didn’t even know it was out. It’s a great album though and I’m well pleased to be listening to it.

I’ve also had some good feedback:

From: Hans Kellner
Subject: Nice Site

Found your site through some twisted google trekking. But it’s a nice find with some good stuff.

Cheers!

Hans

I don’t share the same photographic talent as some, but I enjoy looking at other people good photos and trying to improve my shots.

Finding my Feet Again
October 24th, 2005

I’m on holiday. A bit of time off to get things back to normal on the home front. It’s hard to believe that I moved house almost two months ago and I’m still unpacking and finding homes for things. I upgraded the memory in the PowerMac too. Doubled it up and have to say there is absolutely no noticeable difference. I guess there’s no point getting any more then.

The last month has been a bit of a shocker on the rider front. Touch wood, I’ve been lucky, but chatting to the guys in the bike shop on Saturday it turns out that 3 people have been knocked off and killed or badly injured in recent weeks including Norfolk rider Zak Carr who was a customer in Harry’s when he was in town and Emma Davies who suffered a broken back after her run in with a car. With Chilly’s close shave and other interesting moments, it’s a big reminder that this is a dangerous time of the year to be out there on the roads.

I thought I should also give a heads up to Robin Sharman, who now does a great job of keeping people interested in bikes and riding and racing as he works in Harry Halls. Robin made some great breaks and had some top results this year including making the British Squad for the Worlds. Asked about the inclusion of Robin Sharman, manager John Herety agreed that Robin’s ride on stage 2 of the Tour of Britain was one of a number of factors in him being picked.

Robin currently leads the Premier Calendar and the GB Manager added “he’s also been consistent all year and having been on our under 23 program in the past we know what he is capable of. Robin gives 110 per cent and we had very good feedback from Roger during the stage he was away with Robin.” One thing is for sure, next season he’ll be gunning for more victories.

This is just in

From: Tyrrell
Subject: Giving it up

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted 10 dollars & asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you use it to gamble instead of buying food?” the man asked.

“No, I don’t gamble,” the homeless man said. “I need everything I can get just to stay alive.”

“Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”

“Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?” the man asked.

“What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?” exclaimed the homeless man.

“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.”

The man replied, “That’s okay. I just want her to see what a man looks like who has given up beer, gambling, golf & sex.”

I think I can expect some grief over that one. This one is from Kate

From: Kate
Subject: Inner Peace

I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me.

By following the simple advice I read in an article, I have finally found inner peace.

The article read: “The way to achieve inner peace is to finish off all the things you have started”. So I looked round the house to see all the things I had started and hadn’t finished …and before leaving the house this morning I finished off:

A bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine, the Baileys, three Bacardi Breezers, the Jack Daniels, the Prozac, some Valium, some cheesecake and a Box of chocolates.

You have no idea how bloody good I feel. Pass this on to those you feel are in need of inner peace…

Riding to Work Again
October 13th, 2005

I’m on holiday. A bit of time off to get things back to normal on the home front. It’s hard to believe that I moved house almost two months ago and I’m still unpacking and finding homes for things. I upgraded the memory in the PowerMac too. Doubled it up and have to say there is absolutely no noticeable difference. I guess there’s no point getting any more then.

The last month has been a bit of a shocker on the rider front. Touch wood, I’ve been lucky, but chatting to the guys in the bike shop on Saturday it turns out that 3 people have been knocked off and killed or badly injured in recent weeks including Norfolk rider Zak Carr who was a customer in Harry’s when he was in town and Emma Davies who suffered a broken back after her run in with a car. With Chilly’s close shave and other interesting moments, it’s a big reminder that this is a dangerous time of the year to be out there on the roads.

I thought I should also give a heads up to Robin Sharman, who now does a great job of keeping people interested in bikes and riding and racing as he works in Harry Halls. Robin made some great breaks and had some top results this year including making the British Squad for the Worlds. Asked about the inclusion of Robin Sharman, manager John Herety agreed that Robin’s ride on stage 2 of the Tour of Britain was one of a number of factors in him being picked.

Robin currently leads the Premier Calendar and the GB Manager added “he’s also been consistent all year and having been on our under 23 program in the past we know what he is capable of. Robin gives 110 per cent and we had very good feedback from Roger during the stage he was away with Robin.” One thing is for sure, next season he’ll be gunning for more victories.

This is just in

From: Tyrrell
Subject: Giving it up

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted 10 dollars & asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you use it to gamble instead of buying food?” the man asked.

“No, I don’t gamble,” the homeless man said. “I need everything I can get just to stay alive.”

“Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”

“Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?” the man asked.

“What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?” exclaimed the homeless man.

“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.”

The man replied, “That’s okay. I just want her to see what a man looks like who has given up beer, gambling, golf & sex.”

I think I can expect some grief over that one. This one is from Kate

From: Kate
Subject: Inner Peace

I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me.

By following the simple advice I read in an article, I have finally found inner peace.

The article read: “The way to achieve inner peace is to finish off all the things you have started”. So I looked round the house to see all the things I had started and hadn’t finished …and before leaving the house this morning I finished off:

A bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine, the Baileys, three Bacardi Breezers, the Jack Daniels, the Prozac, some Valium, some cheesecake and a Box of chocolates.

You have no idea how bloody good I feel. Pass this on to those you feel are in need of inner peace…

Cars are Expensive
October 4th, 2005

So the leaves are turning and the Howies Autumn catalogue has arrived. I guess summer is finally over. Howies have to be my favourite clothing company, but I’m not sure I know where they’re going. It used to pretty clear in the past, lots of nice stuff made out of environmentally sustainable materials like organic cotton and merino wool with natural dyes and socially responsible manufacturing. It’s not the cheapest, but it lasts well, it’s made well and you can have a reasonably clear conscience about buying Howies stuff.

The problem is they’re now doing lots of stuff made out of polyesters and other synthetic materials. Now while many of these are potentially sourced from recycled plastics, at the end of the day you can’t help thinking that you’d be better off with a nice bit of wool or cotton. How about silk? Any ways what it’s made out of is less of an issue than the fact they keep harping on about consumer debt and then sending out catalogues to people tempting them to buy the latest lovely things and add to the £1 million of additional consumer debt that Brits run up every four minutes. It’s a tricky one. Live, buy, consume, die?

Talking of such catch phrases the Designers Republic team have been busy. There’s a great new video they’ve produced for Citizen Bird. Check it out here – it’s part of a Coca Cola sponsored initiative.

So I’m feeling quite lucky to be alive after this little incident. Slow depressurization and then catastrophic failure at 80mph. Tasty. The advantage of low pro tyres is that you don’t loose too much control. So that’s another pair of Eagle F1’s then…

Going down

IMBA UK have redeveloped their site. I have to say I thought it was better before, but hey who am I to mention such things. I didn’t step up to get involved and the new site will feature: A revised “Routes” section, including a new Challenge Trails section with an interactive map giving links to appropriate websites and soon there will be a Paypal facility for merchandise and subscriptions.

Here’s an important notice that all riders need to get involved with and behind to support:

From: IMBA UK
Subject: MTB Byway campaign

MPs will be voting on the Natural England & Rural Communities Bill (NERC) on 11th October.

We can help influence MP’s to amend the Bill to allow mountainbikers to claim Restricted Byways (used to be RUPPs). The Rosedale case, and two recent Public Enquiry rulings have shown that the law discriminates against cyclists wishing to claim new routes after 20 years of uncontested use. IMBA is working with CTC to persuade Ministers to modify a clause in section 6 of the Bill to confirm that cyclists can claim Restricted Byways.

As time is short, the easiest option is to go here and “Open Up New Rights of Way for Off-Road Cycling” and click on “Join Campaign” and then “Lobby your MP”. Then just type in your postcode into the box under “Recognise My Right of Way” and the job is done. Alternatively, a more personal method is to send your own e mail to your MP. Go to this site and type your postcode into the “Postcode Search” box and then click on the subsequent e mail link. A sample letter can be found at the end of this mailing. Let us know of any responses.

And finally get behind the IMBA International Report Card. Yes it’s that time of year again. Last year, voters from the UK gave the Forestry Commission in Scotland a great confidence boost by voting Scotland the best international destination – so your vote does count! If you wish to record your vote for England, Scotland and Wales then you will have to do this on different days – only one vote per day.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides