As a commuting cyclist, I rack up quite a few city miles on two wheels each year, and I make sure I get my bike serviced at least once a year. For years I’ve used Pembury Cycles on Gloucester Road (even though it is nowhere near my current home or workplace, I used to live […]Read more "Avoid “Pedal Bikes” in Bristol!"
The result of an idle thought. Dear Top Gear, I’m trying to imagine how a car would handle if mounted on bicycle wheels. I wager that some sturdy mountain bike wheels would take the weight of a light car, and that it could probably be driven forward. I bet the spokes would disintegrate as soon […]Read more "A letter to Top Gear"
As I cycled to work this morning, I had a crazy idea. It’s just daydreaming and will probably never happen, but it’s fun to think about. I’ve already posted this idea to the linux-audio-user mailing list in case anyone there has any insights on synthesising/sampling engine sounds. I want to measure how fast I’m turning […]Read more "A crazy idea"
You might wonder what there is to discuss about bike lights. But in my several years as an urban commuter cyclist, and with my fascination for toys such as bike lights, I’ve made some observations which might prove useful to other cyclists. What you need Before you go out and buy a light, decide what […]Read more "Guidance for cyclists on bike lights"
If you read my blog, you’ll have seen my recent review of my RSP Asteri 2 bike lights. I talked about making a bottle battery, and now I have. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos after the first couple of steps but never mind. What you’ll need I used the following parts, but you can […]Read more "Building a bottle battery"
Today my new bike lights arrived – a pair of RSP Asteri 2 LED lights. The manufacturer’s website has hardly any details and reviews of these lights are scarce, so it is practically my duty to write this review, for the benefit of anyone else who is considering buying them. Also note that the pictures […]Read more "Review: RSP Asteri 2 LED bike lights"
This week in Stu’s Tuesday Challenge we were asked to set a self-timer of 10 seconds, press the button, and get as far as from the camera as possible. This is me riding my bike through the 1/3-mile long Staple Hill tunnel on the Bristol-Bath railway path. It took quite a few attempts to get […]Read more "Tunnel vision"
The subject is missing from this shot. What is it? “This week, the subject is absent from the frame. This could be for various reasons – location: your subject is present but off to one side of the frame; temporal: your subject was present but has now gone.”Read more "Out of the frame"