Archive for July, 2011
Personally I think it is a bit too early to start writing off Mr Dodgy Steak, but it seems Planet X think he is finished and are dumping their special edition Selle Italia numbers before they are as fashionable as Rupert Murdock’s summer parties.
I love this animation. It shows Boris Bikes as they are hired and riden to new docking stations across one day last October. It shows conclusively that the bikes are being used for commuting – watch the numbers peak during the morning and evening rush hour. The bikes’ movement is shown as ‘tadpoles’ says the Guardian, but given Boris’ track record maybe the makers of the animation were trying to suggest something else.
Cyclebabble, the Guardian’s spin-off book from their usually interesting although often London-centric Bike Blog features one of my comments, in this case on the inadvisability of riding fixies without a front brake. Yep, Trois, that’s me -a rather pretentious name to accompany my icon photo of a Campag Comp Chainset.
At just under a fiver the book is a great read. However probably the most depressing comment is from ‘Raddit’ who argues that in the UK cycling is ‘owned’ by enthusiasts and that this ‘puts off most regular folk’. So there we are, it’s not the roads designed for cars, the excessively high speed limits, the appalling standard of driving by a minority of drivers – no it’s me enthusistically pedalling like crazy in my lycra on my way to work. If I stopped there would be more cyclists on the road, or one less. One of the two.