London to Bristol (part one)

bicycle_windowPart one of a ride from London to Bristol, in which presenter Jack Thurston is guided by listeners to the show. First stop is St Giles’ Church in Stoke Poges, home to the ‘bicycle window’ (pictured behind Jack and Denis Hartley, the Verger of the Church). One element of the window dates from 1642 and said to be the earliest ever depiction of a velocipede. The route passes through Willesden, Stoke Poges, Cookham, Henley-on-Thames before ascending the Berkshire Downs. Tune in next week for part two.

Photo credit: Michael Dunne


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No Bike Week: What happened?

nobikeweek A report on No Bike Week, in which a handful of courageous cyclists agree to abstain from two wheels for seven days. Find out what happened. And to read how the No Bike Week meme is evolving into something more akin to a direct action protest, check out No Cycle Day over at Crap Walking and Cycling in Waltham Forest and National Bring Your Car to Work Day at City Cycling.

Plus win a Cycle Film DVD of reconnaisance on this year’s Etape du Tour. And don’t forget to complete the Listener Survey.

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Southwark Cyclists Film Festival – tickets on sale now

We all love films about cycling, almost as much as radio programmes about cycling. The fabulous and unsurpassed Bicycle Film Festival comes to London but once a year and it’s a long summer before Brendt Barbur arrives from New York with his battered leather suitcase bursting with the latest in bicycle celluloid action. In the meantime, why not come down to the Southwark Cyclists Film Festival on Monday 15th June at the Shortwave, the new ’boutique’ cinema at Bermondsey Square. It promises to be a great evening, not least because I’ve helped to choose the films. Continue reading


antennaThe Bike Show emerges from its late spring hibernation into the bright sunlight of the summer season. This week’s show features a ride south from the Resonance FM studio to the southern limit of the station’s 5km FM broadcast signal at the Herne Hill Velodrome. With guests James Wilson, lecturer in radio at Glasgow Metropolitan College and Ed Baxter, programming director of Resonance FM.

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London to Bristol

The Bike Show is a London show, broadcast on Resonance FM, a London station. And despite the exhortations of the show’s worldwide podcast audience, we mostly cover things that are going on in this fair city. However, it has recently come to my attention that the UK’s numero uno cycling city is reputed not to be the nation’s capital, but its smaller west country cousin, Bristol. And believe it or not, I have never actually set foot in Bristol (its two railway stations excepted). So I thought it was about time I did pay a visit to find out about some of the bikey things going down in B-Town, as I have been told it is known to the cognoscenti.

So, I’ll be cycling from London to Bristol on the long weekend of the 29-31 May 2009. And I’d like to extend an invitation to all Bike Show listeners who live anywhere in between to join me for a segment and show me a few things of local interest. As it stands, the route is going to take in Stoke Poges (in search of a notable historical artifact), a night near the bare mountain of Silbury Hill, and a roll along the the byways of North Wiltshire, where I look forward to being guided by the Highway Cycling Group. That leaves quite a few gaps to be filled.

If you’d like to show me your patch, then please get in touch via email: bikeshow at resonancefm dot com.

Podcast only: Spring Classics Special Edition

The Bike Show may be off air, but come with us on a trip to Belgium, home of the Flemish hard men and De Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). Along the way I get a surprise tour of the legendary showers at the Roubaix velodrome (pictured left).

Photo credit: Garmin Slipstream

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The end of the road

It’s the end of the road for The Bike Show. Find out why in this special podcast only final edition featuring many Bike Show favourites including Buffalo Bill, editor of Moving Target, cycle sport correspondent William Greswell, London bike messenger Nhatt Attack, Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists, and Joe and Wes from the London Bicycle Repair Company.

Please note that this special episode was broadcast on 1 April and is what is known, in France, as Un Poisson D’Avril.