Bike Show back on air on 14 May

After a refreshing break, the Bike Show will soon be taking back the airwaves. The new season starts on Monday 14 May at the usual time of 6.30pm: just after the Artrocker boys & girls have extracted their final sweat-splattered disc from the player before emerging, unwashed and somewhat slightly dazed, into the summer evening of Denmark Street.

The new season promises much – summer is always the best time to be riding a bike – and the opening show will include a look at the controversy over the numbers of UK cyclists killed on the roads by lorries. We’ll also be starting our coverage of the Tour de France, with an update on last year’s disgraced ‘maillot jaune’ Floyd Landis, whose US doping tribunal begins on the very same day. So, good cheerful stuff to kick off with.

Date for your diary: Symphony for Singing Bicycles: 7 July 2007

The Bike Show is organising a performance of Godfried Willem-Raes’s second symphony for ‘singing bicycles’. It will take place in the morning of Saturday 7 July, starting outside Scooterworks Cafe, 132 Lower Marsh, SE1 This is the day of the Prologue Time Trial of the Tour De France, in Central London, so it will be possible to take part in the Singing Symphony in the morning and watch the Prologue in the afternoon! Continue reading

Off air antics

I’ve been enjoying some time not making The Bike Show. This short and potentially humiliating film gives a flavour as to what I’ve been up to. Filmed on Easter Monday in the hills of Taragona, Catalunya. That’s me on the bike and my friend Ferran with the goatee. Fifi on hidden camera…

Vote for The Bike Show

I have to confess that I’m amazed and delighted at the success of The Bike Show’s podcast edition. Most listeners will be aware that The Bike Show is made for broadcast on Resonance FM, an experimental art radio station in London. However, thanks to podcasting, it is reaching a much wider audience, right around the globe.

So first of all, thanks again to Jon Oates, who first encouraged me to get my podcasting act together and held my hand while I flapped around trying to do it. This was back in May 2005, in the early prehistory of podcasting, before iTunes podcast directory, Ricky Gervais and all.

Since then, The Bike Show’s podcast has grown in popularity to a point where it is downloaded each week by between 1000 and 1500 subscribers! Almost all of this has been through word of mouth. I have done zero promotion as I’m too busy just making the show itself every week.

But I’ve been told that a good way to spread the word about The Bike Show is to vote for it on Podcast Alley. You can do that in a flash by clicking here. So far there is a grand total of 7 votes. The show deserves more than that, doesn’t it?

Thanks!!

Thanks to all those Bike Show listeners who’ve donated to the Save Resonance fund. The ten free copies of Rouleur Magazine have now all been claimed by John Paul, Denis, Henning, Wesley, Julian, Marc, Mark, Grant, Matt, Jesse and Tom. Copies will be on their way as soon as we have confirmed your postal addresses.

But we still need your donations, so even if there’s not a lovely copy of Rouleur up for grabs, all donations are very much appreciated.

Jack

The Bike Show’s Kieron Yates on BBC Radio 4’s Excess Baggage

Today’s Excess Baggage on BBC Radio 4 features reportage by Kieron Yates, the Bike Show’s very own intrepid stateside adventurer and long distance audax freak.

His epic ride down the Mississippi from North Dakota all the way to New Orleans caught the eye of the BBC’s Saturday morning travel show (or should that be ear?).

Click here to listen again to Excess Baggage. Fortunately today’s episode is presented by the charming John McCarthy and not the unbearably irritating regular host Sandi Toksvig.

If you’re interested in hearing the full story of Kieron’s fixed wheel American adventure as broadcast a few months ago on The Bike Show, here are the links:

Part one

Part two