Archive | June, 2011

How to follow the Tour de France on TV, twitter, newspapers, blogs and podcasts

Pity Lionel Birnie. For the cycling journalist and regular Bike Show contributor, following the Tour means being stuck in a smelly Skoda with three other hacks for 5+ hours a day, living out of a suitcase, sleeping in tatty hotels with paper thin walls (if he manages to find a hotel room at all) and […]

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A Midsummer Misadventure with Dixe Wills (and a podcast bonus)

On a Midsummer’s Night Dixe Wills, travel writer and author of a new book on Britain’s tiny campsites, guides us on a ride from central London up the Lea Valley to a wild camping spot for a ‘sub twenty four hour overnight’. Various pitfalls ensure that little goes to plan. The new Bike Show jersey […]

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The Bike Show Jersey: Orders now closed

Richard Mitchelson and Milltag have designed a beautiful Bike Show jersey.

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Keep the Red Stuff In

In the studio is Bike Show regular ‘Buffalo’ Bill Chidley, who brings news of London’s burgeoning bicycle polo scene (note imminent rebranding as ‘urban bike hammer ball’). The London Open 2011 is on 30-31st July. Steve Evans, a bicycling paramedic from the Liverpool Century RC, gives some excellent practical advice on how to provide immediate […]

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Fix Your Own Bike

Community bike workshops are a beautiful idea. A place where anyone can learn the basics of bicycle repair by doing it for themselves with the help of volunteer mechanics – and have access to specialist bicycle tools. A stone’s throw from the Elephant and Castle, the venerable 56a food coop and radical infoshop has its […]

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Ride to the London Stone, 18 June 2011

I’ve agreed to step in to lead the annual Southwark Cyclists’ ride to the London Stone at Yantlet Creek in Kent. In bygone times, several stones marked the city’s geographical limits. We’ll be riding to the stone on the south bank of the downstream Thames. It’s an 80 mile round trip from the start at […]

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Cyclists! Welcome to London!

Here you see one of the Mayor of London’s flagship cycling policies, known as cycle superhighways. They’re great, aren’t they? They darn well should be. The first two cost £22 million. That buys a lot of blue paint. More here. And here.

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