Friday, 22 August 2014

Bike Beatz Carnival Special// Calypso Rose, The Bicycle

The shops have been boarded up, fridges have been filled with Red Stripe, residents are deciding how much to charge people to use their toilets, police are perfecting their Bogle and us masqueraders are praying it doesn't rain on our feathers too much. IT'S CARNIVAL.

In honour of Carnival weekend here is the famous Tobagan calypsonian Calypso Rose with The Bicycle.



Westside Massive


Start your weekend with Panorama.
And here are some things that I see and so might you.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Pimp my ride// New handlebar tape

 My bike and I are really good at loosing earrings. I was replacing a lost bar plug for the 8,768,976,08th time and I realised my handlebar tape was a year old. My bike was well overdue a makeover. 


Just like tan lines, removing the old tape showed stripes of what the original colour was. Eww.


I decided to really go for it and used Michaux’s gold reflective leather tape to really bling it up. They also sell spare earrings so I should probably stock up.

It feels like a new bike.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Eileen Sheridan


Eileen Sheridan in 1954
I was nervous to meet Eileen Sheridan. Not because she is a cycling icon; having set all kinds of records, most notably in 1954 when she cycled from Land’s End to John o’Groats in two days, 11 hours and seven minutes. Not because I spent a freezing February day riding around in vintage cycling gear on a replica of the Hercules bike she rode pretending to be her for a documentary. I was nervous because I knew after meeting her I would want to cycle from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
Me being Eileen 


I went over for a cup of tea on my birthday morning. She actually lives just around the corner from where I went to school. We talked about everything from how I wished she had worn caps so I wouldn’t have been so cold during filming to our love of cycling, swimming, jewellery, how the make up artist managed to make my 2 feet of straight hair look like her short curly style with the help of 109 kirby grips, all the strange coincidendences that made us alike and led to me playing her. She showed me jewellery she has made, glasses she has etched, photographs and art she loves. The cup of tea turned in to a whole morning and the start of a great friendship.
Eileen and I at the premier of Come on Eileen at Look Mum No Hands


I took with me the bike that The Vintage Bike Cave had made especially for the film. I love riding that bike but it hates me. The little time I’ve spent on it I’ve had two puncture. TWO. As it authentically has tubular tires, I just don’t have the repair knowledge so The Vintage Bike Cave have loved me. I explained how I try not to get mad at getting punctures by believing they happen for a reason and are fate’s way of saving you from an accident you may have later or meeting someone you may not want to. Eileen’s thoughts on this were simply “I never really got punctures” What an absolute legend.

Eileen with the replica bike made for the film by the Vintage Bike Cave

And yes, as I feared I’m planning an End to End cycle. Just not on that bike.

Watch a clip of the film Come on Eileen by Anthony Collins here or head along to the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling for the next full screening which coincides with the start of the Tour de France.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

10 London Ghostsigns

Cycling around London you often see blasts from the past in the form of ghostsigns. I adore these hand painted advertisements that are slowly disappearing. 
The other day I was waiting at traffic lights in Notting Hill, talking to an old man on a vintage Raleigh Sprite. He described the ghost sign looking down on us as a 'faded echo of the past'. 
Here are some I've seen while cycling around town:
Brixton

Acton

Notting Hill

Lillie Road

Brixton

Ealing

Acton

Dulwich Road

Ealing

Islington

For more about ghostsigns check out Ghostsigns.co.uk

Sunday, 20 April 2014

How to cook an egg with an indoor bicycle trainer



I don't think I've had chocolate for breakfast since every day of advent. 

Enjoy the long weekend of egg puns, chocolate consumption and guilt induced bike rides.

Here are some previous I Speak Bike easter posts to accompany your chocolate coma:

Monday, 31 March 2014

Boombike

After watching this I'm hating my portable speaker for being the size of my fist instead of the size of my fridge.

I'd like to see this boombike nail Ditchling Beacon.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

From Hong Kong

I was just in Hong Kong. 
I went on planes.
I took the metro with my Octopus card.
I took trams that went almost vertically into the sky.
I took ferries with reversible backed benches.
I took a cable car into the clouds (fog).
I walked in Jackie Chan's steps and the gold glittery floor of the Hong Kong Exhibition & Conference Centre.
I took Christmas coloured busses and I even rode the world's longest escalator.

But no bikes.

So I did what I always do when I miss my bike, I take pictures of other bikes.

Hong Kong doesn't quite have the cycling culture we have here in London. The only bikes you really see are delivery bikes and even they are scarce.

I came home and it was spring in London. Still, I managed to bring a bit of Hong Kong's magical fog back for my first commute back through London.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Bike Beatz// Y.N.RichKids, My Bike

It's moments like these that make me think I'm too old to own a BMX. 

Mine and my BMX's combine age is more than Y.N.RichKids' put together and they have more members than So Solid Crew. A reference they are too young to get. 

Also, are kids into panpipes now? Really? I'm out.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Velo-times Day

Love, love, love.
So this is the one day of the year when you can tell people you love them. When is the day you get to tell people you hate them? Like really sit down over dinner and go for it, hate them in their face. Go speed hating.

 Here are some love links:
Check me out on the Cycle Chic Blog going on about how awesome tandems are.
For a Valentine's weekend filled with bike porn head to the London Bike Show.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

From Chile


While I'm feeling chilly my buddy Alantl is in Chile.
I once got a bus from Santiago Chile to visit him in Buenos Aries. It looked really close on the map. 36 hours on the road is not close. DON'T laugh at me Argentina.
Anyway, here are two 'Use Your Bike' interventions in Valparaíso.
Wish I was there.


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