Monthly Archives: September 2010

I have to be knocked out!

The more I don’t drive and know that many drivers are driving distractedly, the more I just don’t want to be a passenger.

My bf is seeing his mother up in Accrington and he wants me to come along. Already I am refusing to go by long distance train because a) it is expensive b)I feel claustrophobic in trains so we are going up by coach which means I will end up going by National Express and then his mother will pick me up from Preston (fortunately it is only 15 miles from her house from the coach station). However, because I don’t like going as a passenger I have asked my bf if we can avoid the motorway. It is bad enough being on the road and having little control over my life but it is the best I can come up with.

Then for 2 days we will be going round by car. How great is that? The idea of it makes me feel anxious but hopefully the roads won’t be too busy and we will avoid the rush hour. I wish I could just get about by train or bus, or hire a bike but no, his mother is a motorist and loves driving so we have to go by car.

I am going to go to the chemist soon to find some natural alternatives to valium.. see, that’s how anxious I am! I like being on bicycle because I feel more in control.


Bike Lane Violations Blog

London bloggers are invited to send photos of vehicles blocking cycle lanes in the blog I have also put it on my blogroll on the right.

What a great idea, wish I had thought of it.

I have not got an App for that

I am seeing a lot of good stuff re cycling apps lately, one for cycling caffs and reporting potholes

However, it is getting to that stage when you can’t escape technology on a bike ride.

I take a mobile with me and lately I have taken a netbook (but now only occasionally). I don’t really want to spend my time faffing round for apps. And if I wanted to use to report a pothole, I would do it when I get home, after all, the council aren’t exactly going to do it immediately.

I also don’t want to fork out for a minimum rate of £40 for an iphone contract when my £20 month and 600 minutes is just fine, and I don’t really like the idea of losing an iphone too, it is an extra worry. I have fully paid up for my phone, it is on a rolling contract, so that is perfect for me.

Getting stolens bikes bikes back – tips

1. File a police report within 72 hours

If you have the serial number of the bike (found on the bottom of the bike, where the pedal stems join the bike frame), file a police report. Fill in as much info as you can (photo, proof of ownership if available (sales receipt, registration details, unique features) and as many identifying details as possible.

Use online reporting if available.

In the United Kingdom you don’t have the serial number, register the bike anyway with all details and any photo.
2. List your bike as stolen

on Bike, the global bike registration and recovery site at It’s free to register, list a stolen bike and Stolen Bike Alerts will be sent out to the owner, followers on Facebook and Twitter, local authorities, bike clubs, and bike shops.
3. Contact your insurance company

Check to see if your bike was insured, your insurance company needs to be informed immediately. Give them all the details as you would the police.Check to see if your bike was insured, your insurance company needs to be informed immediately. Give them all the details as you would the police.
4. Kryptonite lock users

If you were using a specialist lock, such as a Kryptonite lock and your bike was stolen, you may be eligible for the Kryptonite Anti-Theft Protection Offer. You will need to mail your notice of theft within 7 days to Kryptonite so don’t delay. For more information go to and click on Customer Service.
5. Get alerts from eBay on bikes that match your bike

If you don’t already have one, sign up for an Ebay account and create a saved search on the make and model of the bike (example: Cannondale, Six ) which will provide you with automatic daily emails for any new bikes posted that match your make/model (Cannondale, Six). That way you can keep an eye on eBay. If you see your bike on eBay, report this to the police.
6. Get alerts from Gumtree

Gumtree sells lots of bikes. Some are stolen. They have operations in the US, Australia, Canada and lots of other places. Wherever you are, set up an email alert for new listings of bikes being sold. Use the make and model to create a more select search. For instance, in the UK you can set up this alert: if you have seen your bike on Gumtree report it to the police so they can contact Gumtree to retrieve seller information and trace the bike. Gumtree may even use your bike listing as a trap to catch the bike thief.
7. Use Craigslist auto-search tools

For users in the US, Craiglist has a number of auto-search tools – one in particular is a mobile alerts site, Sign up for an account and create a craigslist alert, listing the make/model of the bike you had stolen to be searched. When new items are posted in the For Sale > Bikes category, any matches to your bike will be sent to your phone. At this point you should contact the police and ask for their help in getting your bike back. If you can prove ownership they will be more receptive to helping you. Don’t accuse the seller of stealing your bike. He’ll just get rid of it.
8. Alert your friends on Facebook and Twitter

Go to My Stolen Bike page at and fill in your stolen bike details then click on the Twitter and Facebook icons. Your friends will automatically be alerted with all details of the bike and where it was stolen. Make sure you upload a picture.
9. Spread the word

Call on local bike shops with a picture and details of your bike. If you’re bike is unique, like a time-trial, single speed, tri-bike, cross bike or racing bike, list it with specific bike clubs websites and forums. A specialist tri-bike was found this way, after only 20 minutes of posting on a tri-athlete forum!
10. Post a reward where your bike was stolen

Musical Rides

Lambeth Cyclists had a rock and roll ride. What a great idea.

We have had architectural rides, fancy dress rides, rides with poetry and now rock and roll rides. Bike rides have never been so fun and educational. Also, another good thing,is that these types of rides ‘weed out’ the annoying ‘let’s bike to the pub and booze all the time’ cyclists, and avoids them going on and on about football.

I just hope that Kent has educational rides. They still stuck in the ‘pub ride’ category, which gets boring after you have done half a dozen of them. Many of these cyclists are doing these rides to get fit, but I want to be fit and have fun too and learn things.

“This ride looked at buildings and places in London with some famous and not-so-famous connections with the music legends of our time.”

The ride looked at musical connections locally in Lambeth, then headed for Central London via Battersea Park, Chelsea, Camden and Hampstead Heath. We then went due south to end our ride in Waterloo.

Some of the celebrities with connections with the places we looked at include The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Clash, Pink Floyd, plus links with various movements such as Punk and New Romanticism.”

Another bike stolen

My bf’s bike was stolen, and it was locked properly with an Abus lock. We suspect it is workmen coming to the property.

I have mounted a Twitter compaign etc, contacted the police, Gumtree and Ebay.

I was lucky that it was UV marked and we kpet the frame no, although my bf typically didn’t datatag it.

We are lucky in that there is a recycling depot that has lots of bikes nearby. It is still a nuisance as the bike was quite light, but lately he hadn’t been using it.

I have no life!

I have been busy at work, have been working way over the legal limit because a staff member has left and another is on holiday. So have been working flat out, with barely any time to pause for breath. I am not a happy bunny but I don’t have any choice really.

Somewhere in between all this I need a hairdresser’s appointment. Not sure how I am going to fit it in unless they open through the night:-)

Just got back from work and right now am reading a big article on the ‘UN’s decade of road safety’ in the Guardian. There is a big article on driver behaviour – a very important issue. Drivers are now a lot worse and more dangerous than they have ever been, and they have the wrong personality to be in the driver’s seat. Maniacs should not drive!

Taking about maniacs, George Michael has been sentenced to jail for a ‘typically short time’ for driving under the influence of drugs. He got a lenient sentence because ‘he was bereaved’, but that was in 1997.