Our pals at boneshaker magazine have produced another corker and it will hit the shops this week. We will have copies at the project too, discounted for members. Well worth a look! Here’s the blurb:
Issue 14 – our biggest and possibly our best yet. Alongside wry writing and fresh illustration from Stanley Donwood (yup, Radiohead’s go-to album artworker), there’s plenty of bone-crunching mishap, sunbleached adventure and thoughts from the road. Expect an almighty geek-out at the beauty of head badges, a meeting with Madrid’s master frame-builder, and an array of bonkers bicycle-related inventions from centuries past. It’s another wild ride…
Huzzah! What an awesome project! Fancy it? Then point your peepers thisaway….
An excellent little short about Bristol’s Cycle Festival. Already looking forward to this year’s one!
We love Demand Energy Equality. They really do rock. So we were pleased to hear that they’re now offering regular DIY Solar and Off-grid training workshops to the general public. All revenues from the workshops are reinvested into the community objectives of DEE, and used to build their capacity for the future. They are running both Build Your Own Solar Panel workshops, and off-grid system workshops where you can learn how to connect panels to off-grid systems of batteries, mobile phone chargers, lights and laptops. So why buy socks and chocolate for your family and friends this Christmas, when instead you could buy them a workshop with DEE?! www.demandenergyequality.org
A handful of us from the project had a cracking ride with Rob Penn, Bella Bathurst and Boneshaker Magazine last weekend. Starting at Rob’s place in Abergavenny, then up up and up the Gospel Pass for some seriously stunning views out towards the ‘Welsh Desert’. Then a HUGE descent and a gentle, undulating pedal back to Rob’s for a homecooked stew, yum! Whattaday
Life Cycle has been encouraging people to cycle for over 15 years, and one of the major reasons that many people cite for not being able to cycle is the lack of secure storage for a bike. The problem is particularly bad in rented accommodation as many landlords do not welcome bikes in their properties, and do not provide alternatives. Lifecycle have put together a series of comprehensive downloadable PDF guides to help tenants, landlords and anyone else wanting to install secure cycle parking at home. Well worth a look! Point your peepers here.
Great little short about a non-profit bike co-op in Jackson, USA.
This June I left Bristol. Sadly, this meant leaving the Bristol Bike Project behind. I was planning a cycle trip which took in the Pyrenees and Alps so thought I would leave my Bristol mark as I went. Next time you’re on top of any of the following mountains keep your eyes peeled:
Col du Pourtalet, Spanish/French border:
Col d’Aubisque, France (this one found a home next to a Look Mum No Hands sticker!):
Mont Ventoux, France:
The trip gave me plenty of chance for reflection, and I realised that I hadn’t only left the Project with a handful of stickers. First, and most obviously, my new-found mechanical skills came in handy en route as my rear derailleur was in an obstructive mood for most of the trip and also when a chain link snapped halfway up Ventoux. Secondly, I left the Project with an open mind about the world around me, particularly with regard to people I met on the road; meeting and working with such a range of people at the Project really opened me up to new experiences on my travels. Anyhow, here are some more pictures of stickers on signs:
Col d’Aravis, France (LMNHs turn up again):
Alpe d’Huez, France:
Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland:
Apart from just being fun to leave a mark when you’ve struggled to the top of one of these climbs, I thought it might be nice if Bristolians cycling the same route found some unexpected familiarity. My other hope is that it might spark a curious voyager to find out more about BBP and maybe even come down to visit, volunteer or donate.