Monday, 31 January 2011

Ride Of My Life - BBC Four Cycling Doc

I finally caught Rob Penn's cycling documentary on BBC Four last night, after missing it when it was first shown last summer - ironically I was off cycling at the time...

The film - Ride Of My Life: The Story Of The Bicycle - is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next few days.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Winter Warmers - Cold Cycle Gear Part 2

Despite the weather continuing to hover around freezing, I've managed to keep up my cycling (around 80 miles a week) this winter.

I posted on my cold weather gear a few weeks back and I've since bought some extra bits and pieces, all woollen, based on my research and experience.  Here they are:

Merino Wool Base Layer
Over the years I've resisted 'technical clothing' for cycling - lycra, polyester tops with lots of logos, etc - but I've found myself gradually giving in.  The latest purchases are all merino wool - which has all the advantages of man-made fibres without the tendency to get smelly if you sweat.

It's a DHB Merino M_190 base layer, about £30 from Wiggle and worth every penny!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Four Wheels Good...?

I had a new experience whilst cycling this week - a driver actually apologised to me for driving thoughtlessly!

After 25 years of cycling regularly on the roads of Britain, as well as half a dozen other countries it was a genuine first.

Here's my usual view of drivers while cycling...

Monday, 10 January 2011

Weight Loss 'Secrets' Revealed

I've just watched a BBC ONE documentary called '10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight', presented by science journalist (and qualified medical doctor) Michael Mosley.

Michael Mosley
If you're in the UK, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer until Thursday here.

The doc (which was first shown in 2009) concentrates on the solid science behind effective weight loss and makes, in part, for eye-opening viewing, especially as I'm currently trying to lose weight.