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

Problems over the last few weeks…

Just a quick post to say that contrary to rumours, the Bike Show is not going fortnightly. The observant among you will have noticed that recent service has been interrupted, and this due to:

1. A near-catastrophic flood at the Resonance fm studio which pulled
everthing off the air for a few days (hence no new show on 16 October)

2. Me being stuck on a train coming back from north Wales last week,
and thereby missing the show.

I hope you’ll agree that these events are both very much in keeping
with the overall ambiance of the Bike Show, but I’ll do my best to
ensure they’re not repeated (as some of old shows have had to be to fill the gaps!)


Free tickets to the Cycle Show 2006

Thanks to the lovely promotions people at the Cycle Show 2006, we’re pleased to be giving away 5 free tickets to the UK’s biggest cycle trade fair, on this weekend 6-8 October at the ExCel Centre in Docklands. Plenty of Bike Show friends will be there, including Rapha and Condor who will be putting on a typically stylish stand. Plus lots of cycling groups such as the excellent CTC, who have just appointed Jon Snow as their new President, in place of Phil Liggett, who stands down after 10 years. Rumour has it that the mighty Eddy Merckx will be putting in an appearance on Saturday. Chapeaux!

Just send an email to saying which day you want to go. First come, first served.


The Bike Show is 2: party with us!

To celebrate 2 years (almost) of the Bike Show on Resonance FM, we’ll be having a party on 30 June, just after Critical Mass, and on the eve of this year’s Tour De France. What better excuse to raise a glass to the transcendental pleasures of the bicycle?!

DJ Jean-Marie (Continental Drift), DJ Helen Ladybody and DJ JoeBike will be spinning the sounds, there’ll be classic bike films on the screen, a free prize draw and pub prices on the liquor.

8pm-1am, upstairs at the Walrus Social, corner of Westminster Bridge Road and Lower Marsh, in the heart of London’s fabulous Waterloo.

Come and make bicycle radio!

Thanks to everyone who’s visited the blog, listened to the shows and posted comments. Your interest and feedback is always appreciated.

And should you wish to take the step from being a Bike Show listener to a Bike Show programme-maker, the door is wide open. We’ll be back on air from 12 June!

Resonance FM (the award-winning London radio station that broadcasts the show) is a non-profit station, and I am – like every single other Resonance programme-maker – entirely unpaid for my work. The Bike Show is just something I manage to fit in around other, non-bicycle, non-radio work. …which might explain why it’s a bit rough around the edges.

So if you’ve got a passion for the bicycle and like the idea of making radio, then drop me a line. If you’re in the London area I can lend any gear you might need and advise on technique – even if you’ve never touched a microphone before. New perspectives and different personalities can only enrich the mix and several listeners have already made fantastic features for the show.

So go on…you know you want to.


Dunwich Dynamo 2006 – Route Map!

The ultimate night ride is back for its 14th year on Saturday 8 July 2006, from 9pm to dawn on the Sunday morning.

The 120 mile route is from London Fields to Dunwich Beach, Suffolk. I have put the route online via the very cool Gmap-Pedometer site here (based on Patrick Field’s notes).

For more info on the Dunwich Dynamo see the FAQ by Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists and a nice account of the 2005 Dynamo at

The Bike Show featured the 2004 Dynamo, MP3 download or listen in Real Audio.