Here’s a experimental timelapse video shot on my new GoPro. It uses the default setting of a frame every half second and I then compiled the thousands of pictures using Microsoft Movie Maker. The result isn’t too bad.

The London Fixed-Gear & Single-Speed forum is holding the first Tweed Run this Saturday, January 24th, describing it as a social ride with a bit of style.

Riders will be gathering for 2pm in Hanover Square and heading down to H Huntsman & Sons on Saville Row to begin the ride. The route will be a fairly leisurely ride through London. No need to pack Kendal Mint Cakes, the ride will include a stop at a tea shop at Tour de Ville for mid-ride fortitude, and will finish at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club for refreshments and cheer.

Proper attire will of course be expected, so dapper gents and elegant ladies, polish off your lugged steel beasts and prepare your best outfits. Suggested attire: woolen plus fours, harris tweed jackets, flat caps, fair isle jumpers, alpaca coats, merino wool team jerseys, cycling skirts and perhaps a jaunty cape for the ladies, cravats or ties for gentlemen, and of course a hip flask of brandy.

Be sure to dress with a bit of panache, there will be prizes awarded for:

Most dapper chap
Most dashing dame
Best moustache (open to both men and women, of course)
Most enviable period bicycle
The Doff of The Cap award for most civilised behaviour on the day

There will also be a spiffing tombola draw for some lovely prizes benefiting bikes4africa, an organisation that refurbishes bicycles and gives them to rural African schools so that students who live far away can get to school.

A big doff of the cap to those who have donated the marvelous prizes: Hudson’s Hats (The Bonk), What Goes Around Comes Around (JD), Ved, The Chap Magazine, Brooks Saddles, Hendrick’s Gin, Geo F. Trumper, David Saxby’s, Dashing Tweeds and Rapha.

Tally ho!

Motorbikes in bus lanes

January 6, 2009

Motorbikes can now legally do something that most have been doing regardless. For the next 18 months motorcycles can use London’s red route bus lanes despite more than 4,000 London Cycling Campaign members signing a petition asking the mayor to reconsider the measure.

The mayor says extension of the trial will depend on “motorcyclists using this privilege sensibly and [on the fact that motorcyclists] do not do anything that undermines the confidence or compromise the rights of cyclists”.

Let’s see if the trial does in fact improve safety and reduce congestion.

LCC chief executive Koy Thomson said: “Putting motorbikes in bus lanes will not reduce motor traffic and will likely undermine the Mayor’s targets for growth in cycling. The Mayor has set this up as a trial and it is vital that it is properly monitored and evaluated.”

LCC has set up a page where you can submit comments and report any incidents. There’s also a link to the TfL site to report comments there too.

It has taken twelve months of regular cycling to virtually get me from my home in London to Meiktila in Burma.

That’s a grand total of around 11,000 km (6,800 miles), around 60% of which was simply from commuting and the other 40% from having fun in Richmond Park, the North Downs or at a handful of sportives in England and Wales.

Bikeradar reports that Ridgeback is about to launch a campaign targeting tube commuters with two new ads.

While those who endure one of the 3.4 million journeys made every weekday are sweltering in poorly ventilated tunnels (where temperatures as high as 47 °C (117 °F) have been recorded), the rest of us will be enjoying the sunshine and seeing London at its best.

The 2000 train carriage ad campaign begins on 2nd June, is linked to the website and also includes a free light set offer.

London Freewheel Sep 21

March 5, 2008

Photo by coconinoco used under license

If sharing the road with thousands of other cyclists sounds like fun then you can register for this year’s London Freewheel here.

Many of the capital’s roads will be traffic-free and open only to cyclists.

The 2007 event saw more than 38,000 bikes descending on the city’s streets for the day.

Cyclists enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, picnics, stalls and cycling.

Dubbed as an ‘extraordinary day’, the event stopped traffic along 14km of the capital’s roads, turning the city centre into a bike friendly mecca for Sunday cyclists.

It all sounded like a little too much fun for me so I gave it a miss.

We’ll see what happens this year.

Last night’s Top Gear confirmed that cycling is the quickest way to get across London.

From the episode description:

In an attempt to find the quickest means to negotiate the virtually gridlocked streets of the capital, we organised a race. Starting in West London, with London City Airport the target destination, our presenters introduced their weapons of choice:

James made the case for the car. Unfortunately, the car in question was the massive new Mercedes GL500, which, at 17ft long and 6.5ft wide, is surely the king of the Chelsea tractors. Next to arrive was a Lycra-clad Hammond, who would be travelling by bicycle – a state-of-the-art, £1,700 bicycle, admittedly, but a bicycle none the less.

Next, we wheeled in the Stig, armed him with an Oyster card and told him to use public transport. Finally, Jeremy arrived and announced he would be using the river – and a 225bhp racing speedboat.

In a shock result that could spell the end of Top Gear as we know it, the bicycle came first, then the speedboat, then the Oyster card, and finally the car. Ahem.

Preview clip here.

UPDATE [12 Nov]


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