There's nothing quite like the feeling of getting on a new bike. You go along to your local bike shop, pick out the one you want and get yourself measured up. But if you already have a bike, do you really need another? N+1 or N=1? Our social media feeds are filled with new products. … Continue reading You probably have enough bikes…
From the dawn of mankind our species has been hell-bent on destruction. Someone always wanted what someone else had and would find ever more elaborate ways to take it from them. We owe much of our technological prowess to our need to destroy. We would pump ever increasing sums of money into military research & development in the hope of coming up with something that would strike a killer blow to our 'enemies'. By some happy accident, some of it had commercial uses.
As a society we've become very good at overlooking the costs of many things, whilst quibbling over every last penny of others. One thing we are especially good at brushing under the rug is the cost of motoring, not just to our own wallets but to society as a whole. We're going to need a … Continue reading Counting the cost of casualties and inactivity…
Bicycles are versatile machines, capable of being used for everything from shopping, to touring, to professional racing. However, whilst a bicycle may unite the different disciplines, the needs of riders are usually very, very different. The right tool... To the untrained eye a bicycle is just a bicycle, but look deeper and there may well … Continue reading Tools for the job…
The folks at Uneven Earth tracked down and re-published this essay from 1973 by André Gorz, a philosopher and journalist. It's as relevant today as it was back then. People rushed to buy cars until, as the working class began to buy them as well, defrauded motorists realized they had been had. They had been … Continue reading Something to read: The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth
When confronted with the prospect of investing in cycling, one of the common retorts is that not everyone can ride a bike. It's very easy to say, but much more difficult to back up with facts. The first mistake is assuming that everyone can drive, just because you can.
It has been a surreal couple of days. Cycling has been thrust into the public consciousness once again, but for a good reason this time. Our man Geraint.
Whilst not strictly about cycling, as users of sustainable transport we have a role to play in making our world a better place. This rather fascinating piece in the New York Times is required reading. Grab a coffee, perhaps utilise your browser's reader feature (because the white text on black is tough on the eyes) … Continue reading Something to read: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change – The New York Times
The new Nextbike hire scheme has official launched in Cardiff and most of Cardiff's inner city areas now have at least one station. If you live or work in Cathays, Roath, Grangetown, Cardiff Bay or any of the other locations coming online as we type this, you can go and rent a bike. So, how do you get started?
There are two words that are often used interchangeably when it comes to cycling, 'Encouraging' and 'enabling'. Both are positive-sounding words beginning with the same two letters and ending with the same three, but that is where the similarities end.