Having seen the end of Stage 4 in Bristol, we headed down to Hannah’s hometown of Crediton where an intermediate sprint on Stage 5 was being held on the high street. Photography was seriously difficult here, because the crowds were thick and due to the downhill sprint, the cyclists were probably doing about 50mph. I just […]Read more "Tour of Britain – Stage 5 in Crediton"
Stage 4 of the 2014 Tour of Britain finished on the Downs in Bristol today. Hannah and I went along to support, and got a spot about 300m from the end, by Sea Walls. We were on the outside of the bend on Circular Road so we’d get a good view. I won’t bore you […]Read more "Tour of Britain – Stage 4 in Bristol"
I’m a fan of cycling grand tours such as le Tour de France. This year I was lucky enough to be able to watch three stages of it in France. Needless to say, I took my camera but unfortunately I’m quite disappointed with the results. The reasons are (in descending order of importance) poor technique, poor […]Read more "Photographing le Tour de France"
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!"
For those that don’t know, I’m a cycling fan. Today, Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain set off from Exeter and meandered around Devon for 180km, before ending up at Exmouth. It was a roughly circular route, so we managed to see the race start at Exeter, pass by at Crediton, and finish at […]Read more "The Tour of Britain 2011 – Exeter to Exmouth"
The other day I was knocked off my bike deliberately by an impatient driver. I was cycling along a stretch of road where there were no parked cars. I was probably doing around 20mph, which is a fairly typical speed for a city cyclist on a flat road. Ahead, there was a line of parked […]Read more "Impatient drivers"
As much as I like fair weather, I’m not nearly so keen on fair weather cyclists. Fair weather cyclists are those who suddenly take to two wheels only when the sun is out. Typically I find them to be poor cyclists, both in their control of the bicycle (e.g. going in a straight line) and […]Read more "Fair weather cyclists"
OK, well not quite a stag party. But I did take a photo of a stag in Ashton Court. The focus isn’t perfect, because the grass in the foreground seemed to throw the autofocus. I guess it just proves their camouflage is effective 🙂 In other wildlife-related news, we saw a worm.Read more "Stag party"
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"