16 June 2008: From the Tropics to the Stones

The Bike Show is back for the summer season. This week’s show features two long rides: from Singapore to China with two small children in tow and a preview of Rolling to the Stones, a midsummer night ride from Central London to Stonehenge.

Plus music from Bucky: you can see the video version over here. The London Festival of Architecture has a fantastic programme of architecture and urban design themed rides coming up, running from a month starting on 21 June. Since being on air, Alastair Humphrey’s talk at Stanfords has sold out.

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Summer Solstice night ride to Stonehenge

If you like night riding (and who doesn’t?) but find the marvelous Dunwich Dynamo just a little bit too mainstream for your tastes, then look no further than Rolling to the Stones, a summer solstice ride to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge. I can remember as a child being able to clamber all over the stones but these days they’re fenced off and the summer solstice is the only day of the year when people are allowed to get among the 5000 year old bluestones to soak up the pagan vibrations. Continue reading

10 December 2007: How to Win at Roller-Racing

Roller racingReigning Rollapaluza champion and two-time ‘Raphapaluza’ winner Simon Jackson gives his tips on how to win at the frenzied sport of static bike racing. Plus a preview of the upcoming ITV comedy-drama series Bike Squad (aka “The Bill on bikes”) with Robert Collins of the Daily Telegraph.

Get down to the Bicycology film night on Thursday 13 December at the RampArt Social Centre, London E1 and of course to Rollapaluza IX-mas at the Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, London SE1.

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19 November 2007: Tales of the summer

The Bike Show returns for its winter season with guest in the studio Buffalo Bill reporting on this year’s Cycle Messenger World Championship in Dublin and Kieron Yates on taking part in the epic and grueling 1200 kilometer non-stop race from Paris to Brest and back.

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1 May 2007: Podcast special: ‘Stannerd’ comes out for cycling

The Bike Show is officially off air at the moment, but I couldn’t resist a podcast-only edition to discuss the Evening Standard’s Damscene conversion to the way of the bicycle. For years, London’s leading daily newspaper has been in thrall to unreconstructed petrolheads, but this week the paper has come out for cycling with a big front page splash on Monday and a series of double-page features during the rest of the week.

‘Buffalo’ Bill Chidley, a former London bicycle messenger who runs Moving Target Zine, tells it like it is, from trouble with heavy goods vehicles to running red lights. He is as bewildered as I am about the Standard’s volte face, and joins me for a look at the paper’s 12 point ‘charter’ for safer cycling in the capital. We a chat and spin a few 45s in the sunshine of my back garden.

(Normal Bike Show service will resume later in the month)

15 January 2007: Women bike messengers and a ride through a very long tunnel

Women bike messengers might cut a better figure on the roads than their grungy, bearded and tattooed male counterparts, but are the girls better at their jobs than the boys? The answer is yes, if a handful of London’s women bike messengers are to be believed. For details on the upcoming Roller Races, look here.

We also have Hugo Gladstone riding with the Stourbridge Bicycle Users Group on a ‘suburban secrets’ adventure that takes in the 2.3 km Netherton canal tunnel. Wooohh!! Echoooohh!!

And if you want to help the Bike Show and all Resonance fm’s unique broadcasting stay on the air…. don’t delay!

You can donate to our emergency fund quickly and painlessly here. Remember, all the programme-makers and engineers on Resonance are unpaid. We need to raise £60,000 now to pay for basic things like renting our studio (a damp and airless cave) and powering our antenna (a rusty coathanger tied to the top of a hospital). It’s not rocket science but without donations from listeners, it will all come to an end very soon.

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17 July 2006: Le Tour down le pub

This week’s show is a Tour De France special recorded at the Charles Lamb pub in north London. The Charles Lamb is one of the few places in London that is showing Le Tour this year. I am joined by Therese Bjorn, a former European Bicycle Messenger Champion and Matt Seaton, cycling correspondent at The Guardian newspaper. We watch the big Pyrenean stage of this year’s Tour, which features the legendary Col Du Tourmalet. Insightful commentary is interspersed with food, drinks and cheery French chanson on the 45s.

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