Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Pedal Power
December 31st, 2007

Gster sent me details about creating electricity from bikes. As most riders know dynamo lights have been around for years and the latest versions are a long way from the ones that were mounted on forks or seat stays and ran off friction generated between a knurled roller and specially reinforced tyre sidewalls. The latest version from the likes of Shimano and Schmidt are very efficient and can be coupled up to some amazing light systems these days especially with the growth in LED lights.

The exciting thing is that when indoors bikes can be hooked up and used to generate electricity that can power all kinds of households goods with the right know how as these videos from the Italian press and You Tube show. So all I’ve got to do now is convince the boss that we need to change all the office furniture…

New Year Resolutions
December 31st, 2007

It’s been a few years since I made any real effort with New Year Resolutions so I’m going to lay them out now so here’s some bike related targets:

  • New full suspension bike
  • Special riding trip in the Alps
  • At least six rides with my Lakeland Partner
  • Easter adventure

I picked up a copy of the latest National Geographic yesterday and it’s packed with stunning photos and some interesting articles. The winter assault on Nanga Parbat was the feature that sparked my interest, but the most interesting article is the feature on High Tech Trash.

There’s a lot of written about how the Digital Age was expected to usher in an era of clean production, an alternative to smokestack industries and their pollutants. Yet the reality is that the use of heavy metals and plastics and a mountain of consumables that end up being produced every year means that although the waste mountains and issues of disposing of waste may not be local issues in the developed world, the waste is just ending up somewhere else.

The imagery and accounts of how metals are extracted from wiring and circuit boards for  resale and recycling are stunning and thought provoking. If you want to read more pick up the National Geographic or read a similar account in Elizabeth Grossman’s book.

Back to Being Good
December 20th, 2007

This week has seen the best thread on the Singletrackworld forum in I don’t know how long. It’s inspirational and a great way to look back on the year that we’ve had so far. Big up to Stuart for getting the ball rolling and sharing his memories from the year.

Bike Snob
December 14th, 2007

I’ll admit that until today I’ve never read a full post over at Bike Snob, but after the gilding the lily article I’m convinced that there’s some quality posts up there. Check ’em out. The content even gives Alex a run for his money. The NYC PistaDex is sheer class…

I was asked yesterday by some bloke in Holland called Randy what the whether was like here in Manchester. The answer was simple: Cold.  Almost as frosty as the reception certain members of the Singletrackworld community have received in response to their recent actions and accusations. I’m not 100% sure why but Mountainforce reminds me of some of the intelligent thinking types you get on xBox Live. The highlight of recent times has been a group of Americans on Halo 3…

Quote:”Veto. Veto. Veto. V-E-E-T-O-O. Veto.”
“Yeah Veto, Veto, Veto”.
“Yeah Slayer, that more like it”
“Yeah, like, WTF was that game anyway?”
“I don’t know, never played it before”.
“Hey any of you heard of this LAND GRAB game before?”

Oh, the irony.

Buffalo Season
December 11th, 2007


You know Buffalo season is here when it’s cold in the flat. One of those brrrr, get dressed quick days where merino just isn’t enough. My Buffalo is a 15 years old Big Face smock. The layers of pile fleece and pertex have the ability to generate near instant warmth and even when wet it’s tough old hide keeps you toasty. Without any doubt the best bit of mountain kit I have ever owned and I don’t intend to part with mine any time soon.

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