Thursday, November 11, 2004

Monday, November 08, 2004

Are you alright dude?

milescrash-500k.mpeg (video/mpeg Object) (Large MPEG file, obviously...).

That is one hell of a drop, dude! Was everything connected?

Treehugger: Sahalie Self Powered Bike Pedals

Treehugger: Sahalie Self Powered Bike Pedals

Public backs cycle network in lottery funding vote

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Public backs cycle network in lottery funding vote: "In a rare examination of public views on how lottery money should be spent, the �43.5m national cycle network - said to have saved 38m car journeys - was picked as the project which had made the biggest overall impact on UK life during the first decade of lottery funding."

Not that it comes anywhere near Darlington.

Hopefully, we'll get some useful bike lanes when the North Road project is completed (or be able to use the bus lanes) and the Central Park project off Haughton Road has a planned pedestrian/bike bridge over the railway which runs parallel to the too-narrow road bridge.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Back (again)

Just to let eveyone know: I'm going to be using Fred's Ears to blog thoughts and links again. (Links are over on the left-hand-side.)

I'll probably still post bike- and/or Darlington-related bits and pieces here, but more personal bike stuff over at my personal site, with a link to it from here.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

muddy Hell 2

muddy Hell 2
Originally uploaded by Mike Mc.

This photo was taken on the first ride with my new On-One Inbred. This is Percy Lane, heading south, about here.

As you can see, it was a fairly muddy ride, but the Inbred coped much better with the mud than my other bikes. The 2.25" Panaracer Cinder tyres shed even Darlington's clay well, and the huge clearances on the frame (particularly between the rear tyre and the front mech) stopped everything getting too clagged up, even with leaves on the ground.

I took a lot of photos which, when I get around to uploading them all, will be found on Flickr tagged as ride20041031.

My New Bike: On-One Inbred

My Bike: On-One Inbred
Originally uploaded by Mike Mc.

Well, here it is, eventually; my new On-One Inbred.

I'm really pleased with it so far, though had to replace the dodgy inner tubes ("Woods" valves - eh?) with some Slime-filled presta-valved ones, and have added a chainstay protector, Crud Catcher and Crud Guard. (And, the front V -brake has a broken piece that I need to email Brant about.)

More (muddier) photos to follow...