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Being Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

A very short update this week since I’ve just started uni and all. You could say travelling there by bike cycle would be a good idea but really? Really?!

HAHAHAHA.

Yeah, not doing that. Unless someone payed me £100,000 to do that for a year which I’ll use to pay off my debt and go on a long arse holiday.

But anyway, the real reason why I won’t post more because I’m sorting out a short video for Bikeminded which I won’t reveal until it’s done. Let’s just say that involves a lot of sugar. Lots and lots of sugar.

Like always, you can follow all my cycling shenanigans on Tumblr, beingbikeminded.

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Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Being Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

This is more or less a very brief update because I use my Brompton everyday since I got it. Cycling around RBKC whether visiting my friend or getting a random bout of fresh air, so apologies for the uninteresting nature. But anywho, after 2 weeks I’ve finally gotten used to that thin Brooks saddle on my green Brompton. My other folding bike, Murray, has a typical black foam saddle, so the transition from a seat with a normal surface area to a sleek but at-times uncomfortable leather one has been quite the challenge.

Saddle observations aside, my bike journeys around RBKC have become much, much quicker. The gears and the bike’s light weight make all the difference for me and can turn a 10 mile struggle around Notting Hill seem like one of my aimless Sunday strolls. What’s more, my folding movement has become almost second nature. It’s as if I was just making the bed after I wake up.

So I’ve got the bike. But there’s a little something that could limit my bike usage over the coming weeks. Tomorrow morning, I’m starting university which is all the way in North West London – a different and – I would like to stress this part – far world from south-west London. Will I attempt to cycle there? Let’s just say the bike has to contend with a Travelcard.

It’s going to be an interesting few weeks indeed….

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For my previous entry, click here

Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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COMPETITION: win a ticket to cycling event at V&A

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 13 September. Unknown writer

 

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We have teamed up with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s (RBKC) Bikeminded campaign to give a lucky reader the chance to win a ticket to ‘Bespoke Bicycles’ taking place on Saturday 15 October at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum.

Read the rest on kingsroad.co.uk.


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Being Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

I’ve only had this bike for one week and I’ve already named my green and white Brompton, Dorothy, meaning if I had the cash to splash £500 or so, I would keep it in an instant!

Instant attachment aside, my bike has already managed to cross many parts of town: from the challenging – and painful – hills of Richmond Park to my local coffee shops…and more hills in Notting Hill.

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Sky Ride London, 4 September 

But my most interesting and exciting journey was last Sunday’s Sky Ride, a cycling event where Central London’s streets were closed to all vehicles to make way for the cyclist masses. My friend, Robbin, joined me on the event and he admitted to not cycling much let alone cycling to an event as big and challenging as this.

We set off early in the morning – a crazy idea for Robbin since he usually sleeps at the brink of dawn – and began to cycle the route, meeting eccentric cyclists such as this guy (apologies for the weird dimensions):

Looking at the skies, we were both disappointed with the lack of rain which was repeatedly forecasted. Then in typical British style, the rain came like a water cannon and managed to fog up both of our specs before arriving home looking like the aftermath of a washing machine cycle.

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Intelligence Squared Cycling Festival, 8 September

I joined Kathryn, who was on her bulky but bright Electra, to the Cycling Festival at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington. The event featured 5 speakers presenting their finds and observations on the joys of cycling. I would like to point out that there was no space to lock nearly 100 bikes and it felt particularly muggy in the conference hall.

Will Self, one of the speakers, was particularly engaging and wrapped up the festival by describing himself as the ‘every-man’s cyclist’ and commented that Brooks saddles are an erotic pleasure. Nice to know my Brooks saddle on my bike is comfortable in more ways than one.

Here’s Will Self’s presentation:

Then of course the fun part was cycling in the dark. I would have taken a picture/ video but I didn’t want to meet my maker at that particular point.

See you on the road!

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For my previous entry, click here

Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Being Bikeminded

For 6 weeks, this snazzy looking Brompton folding bike, given to me by the people behind RBKC Bikeminded, will be mine for me to take around the hidden streets of Chelsea, the lush greenery of Richmond or up those bloody hills in Notting Hill. This means, I’m now a Bike Hero. Us Bike Heroes, which include Chelsea blogger kingsroadrocks and kingsroad.co.uk co-founder Jonathan Lloyd, have been given the task of raising awareness of the benefits and of course, the fun of cycling.

When I first picked up the bike at West Brompton Tube station from Neill, the previous rider, I noticed how smooth the ride was compared to my own bike (which also a folding bike).

When I got home, I began the fun process of folding the bike. A quick look on Youtube….

…and it a looks like a snap to fold. Or so I thought. I spent more than two hours folding the bike until I got it completely down while earning a few scratches in the process.

So with the folding obstacle conquered, expect to see a lot of bike antics in the next coming days!

I’ll be doing write ups on this website and will post photos on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com.

See you on the road!

Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Sofa Sunday

This space on a Sunday will probably be reserved for more personal stuff and for my friends who want to have crack at blogging. Think of it as an experimental Sunday supplement of…experiments.

Cycling to a semi-ghost town

I don’t normally ditch my early Sunday morning journey to Notting Hill but the London-Surrey Cycling Classic, a race in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics, was going through Fulham and Chelsea, meaning that me and a lot of other residents were sort of forced to remain in the borough(s) for the day. Cycling to get to Notting Hill or even to the race would have been a good idea if I wasn’t a little light headed.

As a cycle geek, I wanted to get a good spot to catch the action so I left my house at around 8:45 and got to Fulham Road at around 8:55 ish. Surprise, surprise, the area was practically empty – it’s a Sunday!

A few moments later, the cyclists were in view at around 9:05. I got my camera ready and began to record and in no time at all, they swarmed past my spot.

Then like a small puff of smoke, they were gone.  It took them just over ten seconds for the cyclists to leave my view.

All this for ten seconds? No wonder why I left feeling amused and bemused.

Film review: Attack the Block

Written by Seyi Odusanya. He is studying Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He’ll be posting some of his film stuff on here on a regular basis. In this piece, he takes a look at British film Attack the Block and gives it a positive review.

Howdy folks, I’ve got the pleasure of telling you all about this lovely film that surprised, scared and amazed me in equal measure: Attack The Block is about a gang of London youths who must defend their homes from an alien invasion. If that doesn’t intrigue you, well then you’re no fun. Joking! You’re cool in my book. But seriously, this film is a mix of the Goonies, The Warriors and E.T.; that is if the Goonies where hoodies and E.T. wanted to eat your face.

The film (written and directed by Joe Cornish & produced by Edgar Wright) starts off with the gang, comprised of Moses (John Boyega) leader of the gang, Pest (Alex Esmail), Jerome (Leeon James), Dennis (Franz Drameh) and Biggs (Simon Howard) mugging a young nurse named Sam (Jodie Whittaker) on her way home.

During the ordeal, something falls from the sky and crashes onto a nearby car, the boys investigate the disturbance and find a ferocious looking alien inside, a scuffle ensues and the alien flees into the night. Now where any normal person would either run off home like Sam does, or call the police to report what’s happened, these boys chase after the alien, kill it, and return to their block with a new trophy to celebrate. Huzzah! However, before the boys can call it a night, more objects carrying bigger, deadlier aliens start to descend, and before they know it, our anti-heroes have an alien invasion to contend with.

Now I have to say the characters are the film’s biggest strength, but unfortunately also its greatest hindrance. I’m not going to lie, at the start of this film the kids are scum, shamelessly mugging a helpless Sam and showing no remorse whatsoever. But as the film develops, you begin to realise that there’s more to them than meets the eye – they aren’t exactly the scum we thought they were, and as they come to realise the true gravity and danger of the situation they’re in, they develop into characters I actually came to care about.

There are other characters for the audience to enjoy: Jodie Whittaker gives a great performance as Sam; the nurse who must join forces with the gang; even becoming almost like a surrogate mother to them. Nick Frost joins the fray as laid back drug dealer Ron providing some comic relief along with Brewis (Luke Treadway), a client who gets caught up in the whole mess. Also be keep an eye out for the characters Probs and Mayhem; two little boys who idolise Mosses and the gang, whom also get into some trouble of their own.

All in all Attack the Block went above and beyond for me, delivering thrills, action, comedy and some genuine terror and providing a unique film going experience that I’ve not had in a while.

VERDICT: In my book, best film of the year so far. BELIEVE IT!

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London-Surrey cycle classic to go through Chelsea, Fulham and Richmond

Originally seen on fulhamroad.co.uk – posted on 24 June. 

More cycling news as the London-Surrey classic comes to town on 14 August as elite cyclists zoom through Central London, Chelsea, Fulham and Richmond. Expect road closures so plan your journey ahead of time.

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Fulham will have the privilege of being part of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic this coming August as elite cyclists and teams race through the heart of London and Surrey.

Read the rest on fulhamroad.co.uk.

 

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Portobello Road: inTRANSIT Cycle-in cinema

Originally posted on nottinghillgate.co.uk on 30 July 2011

For cyclists in the Notting Hill area, here’s a treat for you: a bicycle powered cinema!

As part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s inTRANSIT festival, Portobello Pop-Up cinema on Acklam Road, London W11, will be screening a film which will only be powered by bikes.

Here’s an excerpt:

Well in the last event of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s (RBKC) inTRANSIT festival, Portobello Pop-Up will be screening the film A Town Called Panic, a French stop-animation film distinct for holding the title of being the first in its genre of being premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

For more info, visit the Notting Hill Gate website.

NC

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Review: Blue Plaque Tours

Originally posted on kingsroad.co.uk - the local website for Chelsea – on 25 July.

Last Sunday, I went on a cycling tour around Chelsea to learn about those names hanging on blue plaques outside the doors around the area. Here’s an excerpt of what took place:

 

Bram Stoker and the origins of the vampire novel Dracula also made its home in Chelsea near Royal Avenue; just round the corner lived fellow author Samuel Langhorne Clemens – better known as Mark Twain, writer of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Fin.

And not too far away on Tite Street is Oscar Wilde’s former home, the famous author who wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, and learnt about his demise to being imprisoned because of his homosexual acts that were deemed unlawful at the time.

Read the rest of the review on kingsroad.co.uk.

NC

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Photo Diary #13

Cycling On King's Road

 

Enjoying the last of the London sunshine

‘Til next time,

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