Category Archives: cycling

I wondered about buying a Garmin Cycling GPS – and then I thought: Why bother? /cc @dcuthbert

There’s this Garmin video that Dan Cuthbert pointed me at, earlier:

…and it’s timely because January sales are still on, and only yesterday I was perusing ChainReaction and ordering bits and bobs.

I’d been out on the MTB for an hour or so, exploring the heathland around Blackbushe Airport.

I had my Nexus 7 in a pouch running Google My Tracks – it recorded the whole thing, with much battery to spare, plus now appears to have options to Bluetooth-pair with numerous cadence and other sensors.

I’ve been round this loop of thinking before, of course:

…but the big problem last time was only having a phone upon which to run the apps; and when the GPS killed that battery, I would be phoneless.

Whereas MyTracks has clearly been updated since I last played with it, has better usability, and can run for ages on the Nexus’ huge battery; and I can pre-load several huge chunks of GoogleMaps onto the Nexus for offline consumption.

So – £160..£240 for a Nexus, versus … I dunno, £250..£380 for a Garmin with maps? The latter are waterproof / weather-hardened and toughened and all, but the former is cheaper, general purpose and not locked-in.

It probably depends on what you want to do with it / whether you are sprinting or touring / how little you are wearing… but for the moment I’ll take the Nexus with me.

Bike, camera, inaction! # When a Barrister on a Bike pursues a driver through the Courts

The conversation whilst stationary at the traffic lights was picked up crystal clear, word for word, including Lomas’s double admission that he had indeed just threatened to kill me. Any competent lawyer would know that here was compelling evidence of a Public Order Act offence.

I therefore Googled the telephone number of Hounslow police station and lifted the telephone. No, I could not report this matter over the telephone; I would have to attend any Metropolitan police station and fill in a road traffic form. No, this form could not be sent out to me and no, it could not be downloaded and sent in. No, there was nobody to whom I could send a copy of this video footage. If I wanted any action taken, I would have to attend a police station in person with a copy of the video.

I spent my lunch hour, as requested, walking down to Charing Cross police station clutching a CD-ROM containing a copy of my film. I waited 20 minutes in a queue of individuals reporting the theft of their mobile phones. On one wall was a list of telephone hotlines, for victims of a range of offences to communicate swiftly with the Metropolitan Police Force…

PDF at CTC.

Graham Williams reviewing the Windwrap WGX Fairing on an ICE Trike recumbent

Via ICE Trikes I found this blog post by Graham:

…and it’s rather cool. He writes elsewhere about his recumbent tandem:

March 2011, with the help of the BT benevolent fund I finally ordered A Greenspeed recumbent trike From Australia, Please see the link to their web site. The reason for such a change from solo Cycling to a Tandem is to reseeding eye sight , I am registered as blind as I have lost over 80% of my eye sight mostly from the centre of my eyes. I am still managing to ride solo with my Club the west Middlesex CTC see links. However it’s getting near the end and I’m getting ready for the time it will be too dangerous for the solo bike witch I will miss greatly as losing the independence just to go and get lost for a few hours on my own, or go touring with a tent around the UK. The Tandem will give me the tool to keep my cycling passion alive and my social life ticking over. My good Friend Adrian is the main Pilot / captain However it’s been modified by Greenspeed to take a large range of riding sizes for whoever wishes to take me out. I could not have achieved obtaining this tandem without BT and the charities BT contacted on my behalf. And I had one member of BT staff donate towards it thank you. And a big thanks you to the guys and girls at Greenspeed. This is a web site of its birth and journeys, of what I call my Thunderbird 2, in photos.

That’s commitment.

I must try fitting my old BMW fairing to the Trice.

To Encourage Biking, Cities Forget About Helmets – NYTimes.com

Kind of the definitive answer:

Before you hit the comment button and tell me that you know someone whose life was probably saved by a bike helmet, I know someone, too. I also know someone who believes his life was saved by getting a blood test for prostate specific antigen, detecting prostate cancer. But is that sense of salvation actually justified, for the individual or society? Back in New York I strapped on my helmet for a weekend bike ride in Central Park. But I’m not sure I’ll do the same two years from now if I’m commuting to work on a mature Citi Bike system.

Mr. De Jong, who grew up in the Netherlands, observes of Amsterdam: “Nobody wears helmets, and bicycling is regarded as a completely normal, safe activity. You never hear that ‘helmet saved my life’ thing.”

via To Encourage Biking, Cities Forget About Helmets – NYTimes.com.