On the heels of the 20 is Plenty Campaign, London is embarking on making the Square Mile of the City of London a true speed restricted zone.

I love three speeds. Strida, just came out with a new folding three speed. I was intrigued. Then I found out that it was a sturmey-archer hub-based transmission, I was blown away.

Follow the review here.

Shit left on my bike ... the latest installment

And they couldn’t even be bothered to leave a couple in the pack.

The City of Gothenburg in Sweden is training 35 citizens to train others to cycle. Intriguing.

Sweden training bicycle coaches (ambassadors)

Momentum Magazine has a piece on living a life with a bicycle family. This is something I’m struggling with right now.




Saw this Dublic video and felt it was worth a share:

I’m not a huge safety freak, but last night I came across 5 cyclists riding sans lights in traffic. 4 within 30 seconds. One could make the argument – barely – that the illumination provided by street lamps is “good enough” to see by, however, its not good enough against the background of other vehicles with headlights. You are INVISIBLE if you ride without lights at night. Case in point below.

Photo courtesy of: easycycling.com riding at night without lights – Google Search

Now the rider above has the advantage of a slightly illuminated sky, but when it is the dead of night. The drivers eyes are directed to the headlamps of oncoming vehicles and not the shadows, moreover they’re looking at the lights which means that a driver’s night vision is going to be negatively impacted. They cannot see adequately to make out the unilluminated. They’re blind spots. Should they be? No obviously not, but  the only way you can ensure you’ll be seen (or rather have a better chance at being seen) is a source of light yourself.

I’m going to be referring back to this later. I’m being compelled to wear a helmet in order to encourage my children to obey a draconian law which has serious financial ramifications for me. My wearing a helmet is going to draw fire given my previous statements on them. I do not support their use. I object to the fact that I’ve been compelled to wear them. I will still continue to argue against them.

Why it makes sense to bike without a helmet — Howie Chong : Howie Chong

One tends to keep one’s life compartmentalized, however, recently my life changed dramatically. I’ve been gifted the care of two very bright happy children. So I’ve just gone from worrying about solo commuting to creating a life on two wheels for myself and les enfants.

I’m going to start posting about these experiences here, but suffice to say that for the moment we’re at an interesting crossroads.

For the first time in his working life Sheldon has had to get used to carrying more than just groceries.


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