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…
Great video here from GCN, which should be required viewing for the men out there. Apparently there is a women's version in the works too.
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…
As part of the North Road cycle lane upgrade the builders have had to close off the gate which forms part of the Bute Park Commuter Route. Until the 8th September, access to the park will be by other means. The council has Tweeted the map below. Alternatives... They are suggesting using the entrance to … Continue reading Access to Bute Park at the Royal College of Music & Drama
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.
A good bag will make your commute a whole lot easier, but pick the wrong one and you could arrive at your destination with soggy belongings; a sore back; or even find yourself having to leave things behind.
If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Do bears defecate in the woods? If a Twitter user with an egg as their profile picture spouts bile at people who ride bikes, does it really matter?