Switzerland, Basel: Roche bikes

I recently had the opportunity to borrow a bike from Roche, the Swiss Pharma company. They have a large campus of c.12k people in Basel, Switzerland, and a pool of bicycles and e-bikes for employees and visitors to borrow. (not me...) Branded in company colours and logo, the bike was in good working order, clean, … Continue reading Switzerland, Basel: Roche bikes

Mokumono: another pressed aluminium bike!

A few posts back I discovered an interesting technique applied to bike frame construction, the use of pressed aluminium, welded together, to form a hollow structure, used on the Leaos Pressed E-Bike. The Leaos Pressed E-Bike However, it turns out this wasn't the first time this technique has been applied to a bike frame. In … Continue reading Mokumono: another pressed aluminium bike!

Gan solo…!

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/7B43/production/_118855513_mediaitem118855071.jpg (photo credit: Terry Blackburn) No, not a typo. All will be revealed below! Imagine my surprise when Twitter and the BBC News lit up this week with crowdsourced paparazzi spotting Harrison Ford in cycling gear, in Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland. It must be pretty creepy to be monitored and documented constantly (which I'm … Continue reading Gan solo…!

Helmet? Or no helmet?

Ah, the endless debate
 Whatever you choose to do, this funny short film from the Danish Road Safety Council is worth a watch.

Every cloud…

Once this covid nonsense is over, hopefully some things will change for the better. Might this period of major extended disruption act as a catalyst for improved sustainability and focus on collective wellbeing? Let's hope so! I'm certainly pleased to read that various European cities have bolstered their cycling infrastructure. There's a lot of low … Continue reading Every cloud…

Don Quixote riding against the windwills

Who doesn't like a David and Goliath story. And if you've ever experienced Milan traffic, you'll know what a champ this guy is. Triple parking anyone? 😆 ïżŒwww.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/09/im-often-faster-milans-bicycling-bookseller-takes-on-the-online-giants

Cilo Boulevard (late 1990s?)

I never liked city bikes. They're neither a road bike nor a mountain bike. Neither here nor there. An ugly, heavy, chimera mess. But then I grew up, realised variety is a thing (you can like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, or Oasis and Blur at the same time, or other bands that your … Continue reading Cilo Boulevard (late 1990s?)

Awesome urban bike architecture!

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/bike-blog/gallery/2019/jun/17/build-it-and-they-will-bike-the-second-bicycle-architecture-biennale-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Peugeot Oxford ladies’ bike (update)

So after some solid cleaning, trueing the wheels, cleaning and relubing the chain, faffing about reinstalling the basket (my goodness that was so much more complicated than I bargained for), and installing a new saddle, I think this little stray turned out quite smart after all. Not forgetting I hauled this out of a skip, … Continue reading Peugeot Oxford ladies’ bike (update)

Great infographics on improving urban cycling in Copenhagen

It's especially interesting to see a preference for urban cycling for convenience rather than altruism. Let's make altruism easy! Those Danes are keen on cycling, and funny too! Check out their cycling safety campaign video here (note not a single helmet in the above photo though...), and the Danish TV Tour de France 2021 coverage … Continue reading Great infographics on improving urban cycling in Copenhagen