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* 9 June / World Naked Bike Ride, London (& Brighton) / Tim
 
* 9 June / World Naked Bike Ride, London (& Brighton) / Tim
*16,18,22 June / Bike Week Stall, Bike Film Night, Bike Polo, CM / James,
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* 16,18,22 June / Bike Week Stall, Bike Film Night, Bike Polo, CM in Stroud / James,
 
Imogen
 
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* July 13th - Meet to begin 2007 Tour de Rants
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* 20 June / Barton Hill school opening + Green Day, Bicycology Stall, Bike Beautification
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(Doctor bike?) / Bristol / James
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* 21-24 June / Bicycology stall (with Plane Stupid) at Glastonbury Festival / Paddy (+Patrick?)
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* 29 June / Critical Mass, Pedals II inaugural ride? / London / Ian, Tim?
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* 7 July / Dr Bike and stall, pedal generators at Forest Gate Festival, London / Tim, Patrick, Old John?
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* 7 July / Bicycology stall at Sustrans 30th birthday in Bristol / James, Imogen
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* 13-28 July / Bicycology Tour Aylesbury to Exeter / everyone!
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* 1 - 6 August / Big Green Gathering, Bicycology stall in Transport Solutions tent, “at least one” ticket agreed / Paddy?
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* 11-13 August? / Ride to Climate Camp, “Cross-country critical mass” / Patrick?, James?
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* 14-21 August / Climate Camp, nr Heathrow, Bicycology area and outreach / Tim, Patrick, James?
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* 11 Sept / Disarm DSEI, London, Bikes not Bombs outreach event, critical mass / Tim, James?
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End Sept / Faslane, Bikes not Bombs contribution to Faslane 365 finale ? / Tim, James?
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* 19 -24 Sept / No Border Camp, nr Gatwick, Bikes not Borders / Tim, Patrick?
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* ? Sept / World Car Free Day
  
 
== Wiki Users ==
 
== Wiki Users ==

Revision as of 23:09, 7 June 2007

Bicycology is a collective formed by riders who wanted to build on their shared experience of the 2005 G8 Bike Ride and organise future events of a similar nature. By focusing on cycling we aim to persue our vision of a just and sustainable world through a combination of education, entertainment and creative direct action. The collective was formed during a weekend meeting at the Sumac Centre in November 2005 with 15 original members. There is also a Bicycology Website.

2007 Tour

At the last meeting, hled at St Matts, we drew up a timeline for the next tour. We agreed that the tour would start the weekend of the 14th, and end on the 29th. We'll be starting in Aylesbury, going on to Bristol, and ending in Exeter. We're still not sure about routes, or even when exactly we'll arrive in the three of our key destination.

Below is a time/place line for bicycologists to work on:


  • 12th Meet in Aylesbury. (thurs)
  • 13th Meet in Aylesbury. (fri)
  • 14th AYLESBURY (sat)
  • 15th AYLESBURY (sun)
  • 16th AYLESBURY - SCHOOLS (mon) Ride to Oxford - Guerilla films?
  • 17th OXFORD (tues)
  • 18th (weds)
  • 19th (thurs)
  • 20th Arrive Bristol - Guerrilla film night
  • 21st BRISTOL (sat)
  • 22nd BRISTOL (sun)
  • 23rd (mon)
  • 24th Yeovil (tues)
  • 25th (Weds)
  • 26th Arrive Exeter (thurs)
  • 27th EXETER (fri)
  • 28th EXETER (sat)
  • 29th :-( (sun)

Things to do

Taken from Minutes from Kebele Meeting 17/03/2007

Actions

matt will write letter to send to sam/schools, which will be sent to list to be checked.

Tim to get in touch with trainer just mentored who works at aylesbury college?

Dan to follow up spares from CTC obtained by tabs, and offer to pay.

James to contact Lifecycle

[Kebele to be booked]

Matt to contact Sam about a venue in Aylesbury from Thursday for Friday, and somewhere we can leave stuff.

Dan to continue with website, with help… [done a bite]

Matt and Charlotte to help with general website content [done some stuff]

James to write text for past and future events [done some stuff, see below]

Charlotte to write something inviting people to get involved [done, see below]

Dan to put up heading from the guide

Liz to send Food page

Imogen to try Footprint to get hold of Guide [done]

James to contact Dave Clasby about CTC/CCN coference [done]

Patrick offers to write something about what bicycology needs for Kebele

Charlotte (and dan?) to attend Climate Camp Networking Meeting (report back?)

James to contact Nes about going to Manchester Bike Festival Friday/ Saturday 13th / 14th April [failed]

Paddy to get as many tickets to Big Green as possible

Im to work on flyers if given text (also Liz? V?)

Patrick to take on text for A4 in thirds [done, see below]

James to take on text for A6 [done with matt, see below]

Matt to look at website text and convert to flyer text [done, see below]

Im to get quotes on Big Banners [done]

Charlotte to explore Tripod posters

Paddy to find out when we’d need a flyer to send out through Foye for Climate Resource pack

Someone to set up Wiki page for Flyer text [done]

People to take on different flyers (How to carry things on your bike – Imogen,

Climate Change – Patrick,

Food - (Liz?),

Car Culture - (Chris?),

Basic Bike Maintenance – Charlotte,

Cycle Training etc – Tim [done, see below]

Anarchy Page - Matt to rewrite,

Bike Beautification Page – (Imogen?),

Alternative Energy – Patrick,

Further reading, lists of good organisations / sustainable life - Charlotte and James,

Biofuels? Can Cars really be green? A convenient myth? – Aurora,

Politics and economics – Matt

Imogen will contact Chris about his page and about carrying kids, and if still intending on being involved [done]

and Liz about updating her page [done]

Imogen to look into Severn Print and other possible green printers [done]

Someone to research better stickers (inc. contact Carbusters about theirs)

Charlotte to email list about Tetrapack puncture repair holders [done] (and teach all at next meeting)

Someone to look for better quality/more eco-ethical puncture repair components

Paddy to look into borrowing load-carrying trike

Matt to look into bike-extension load-carrier, and ask if could borrow

Everyone looking into Places needs to source some cover to borrow at venues.

Charlotte to look into TallBike [done]

Charlotte to collate and make list of games she knows (Tim also?) (Wiki page?)

Leftovers from previous minutes

Patrick to make wiki of places we’ve been to?

Paddy to sort space on wiki for sound/music?

Charlotte to look into tent?

Ian to continue looking at route schematic

james to look into clown stuff and work on flyers

patrick to look into text for t-shirts, eco-kareoke, smoothie maker someone to get in touch with ctc


  • Send thank you cards to hosts etc
  • Set up web based calendar of events?
  • Arrange a visit to Tony's place in Wales (work party to help him out, social, relaxation)
  • Start editing video footage [some work done]
  • Update website (Dan) [some work done]
  • Anyone need adding to or removing from mailing list? (Ian) [done]
  • Write up report on Roadshow (collaboratively on wiki) [james has started]
  • Set up more local groups?
  • Compile results of questionaire (Liz?)
  • Build "son of Pedals"

Places

Charlotte & Liz to take on Bristol

Tim, Aurora and V to take on Exeter

Matt happy continuing with Aylesbury

Andrew offered to take on Swindon

James taking on Oxford: Oxford Bike Polo up for a game and guerilla film night Oxford Cycle Workshop up for joining event Cyclox (local cycle campaign group) emailed, no response yet Climate Information & Outreach Network (based in Oxford, emphasis on personal carbon budgets and household emissions) emailed, no reponse yet Roadwitch Project (street reclaiming, 20's plenty campaigning, weird bicycle sculpture spectacles, petrol rehab clinic street performance) emailed, main guy too busy for event but possible further links

Latest News

Diary Dates

FORMAT: date / event + place / who is going

  • 9 June / World Naked Bike Ride, London (& Brighton) / Tim
  • 16,18,22 June / Bike Week Stall, Bike Film Night, Bike Polo, CM in Stroud / James,

Imogen

  • 20 June / Barton Hill school opening + Green Day, Bicycology Stall, Bike Beautification

(Doctor bike?) / Bristol / James

  • 21-24 June / Bicycology stall (with Plane Stupid) at Glastonbury Festival / Paddy (+Patrick?)
  • 29 June / Critical Mass, Pedals II inaugural ride? / London / Ian, Tim?
  • 7 July / Dr Bike and stall, pedal generators at Forest Gate Festival, London / Tim, Patrick, Old John?
  • 7 July / Bicycology stall at Sustrans 30th birthday in Bristol / James, Imogen
  • 13-28 July / Bicycology Tour Aylesbury to Exeter / everyone!
  • 1 - 6 August / Big Green Gathering, Bicycology stall in Transport Solutions tent, “at least one” ticket agreed / Paddy?
  • 11-13 August? / Ride to Climate Camp, “Cross-country critical mass” / Patrick?, James?
  • 14-21 August / Climate Camp, nr Heathrow, Bicycology area and outreach / Tim, Patrick, James?
  • 11 Sept / Disarm DSEI, London, Bikes not Bombs outreach event, critical mass / Tim, James?

End Sept / Faslane, Bikes not Bombs contribution to Faslane 365 finale ? / Tim, James?

  • 19 -24 Sept / No Border Camp, nr Gatwick, Bikes not Borders / Tim, Patrick?
  •  ? Sept / World Car Free Day

Wiki Users

Here are links to the ActiviX User Pages of all the Bicycologists who have contributed to the Bicycology Wiki as of July 26th 2006. People might want to start keeping some stuff specific to them on their own pages. Note, these are general AktiviX user pages so you don' need to restrict yourself to stuff about Bicycology!

Additional Pages

New improved quick guide to adding additional pages where necessary. Edit this section and add your new page title to the list, following the format of the existing ones. For example, to add a page about cider you would add something like:

* [[Bicycology/Cider]] This is a page about the joys of fermented crushed apples

Once you save your edit then you can just click on the new link and it will take you to a blank page that you can start editing. Don't go mad creating new pages, sections on this page are often all that is needed. Here are the pages that people have already created:

Lost and Found

  • Ian is missing a Blackburn pump which formed part of skull and crossbones totem.
  • james is missing his g8ride tshirt (white with no swearing, lots of stains). and probably a lot else.
  • Tiny MC can't find his gold lame jacket

2006 Roadshow media sightings


Energy and Film

One of our aims is to make links between cycling and wider environmental issues such as climate change. We're serious about taking responsibility for our own energy needs, and about demonstrating the feasibility of appropriate technology that meets people's needs without compromising the environment. In partnership with the South East Alternative Science Network, we developed a Bicycology Energy Trailer for our 2006 Roadshow which incorporated different forms of renewable small scale energy production, including a wind turbine, solar panels, and a novel rear axle stand pedal generator that turned a normal bike into a electrical power source. Energy was stored in batteries and used to power music and micro-cinema, the latter using a portable DVD player. This way, we were able to stop anywhere and show people renewable energy in action. We also carried a video projector for film shows at venues.

Below is photo of the energy trailer at FinFest for the start of the 2006 Roadshow

Energytrailer2.jpg

Bicycological Quizasaurous

Format: Bicycological Study of Personal Relationships with Bike, Climate Chaos Quizasuarous, Dr Bike's surgical examination.

Questions:

10. What do we need to change in order to avert catastrophic climate chaos? a) our lifestyles b) our culture c) the social structure of capitalism d) the social structure of patriarchy e) the social structure of hierarchy f) all of the above

How many puncture repair kits does it take to change an overly oil-dependent and oppressive economic system? 300, 500, 1000? even we don't know!

How many emails does it take to organise an bike-powered revolutionary cell? 542 (27/07/2006) and counting!

Prizes: Badges, Posters, Reflective bits and bobs, Patches, BGTBs, Puncture Repair Kits, Cider

Flyer Designs

The idea is an A4 landscape 3 column double-sided leaflet folded so as to give 6 “pages”, as in the Trapese leaflet we saw in Bristol.

  • general comment - several mentions of photos - tend not to look too nice in flyers like this - could we just have Im's artwork? - matt
  • [page 1]

BICYCOLOGY the cycle activism and education collective (+ large logo/image)

  • [page 2]

[BICYCOLOGY Bicycology is a cycle activism collective offering activities and resources that promote cycling whilst simultaneously making the links with wider environmental and social issues.

WHAT IS BICYCOLOGY? Bicycology is a collective [change 'is a collective' to 'was' as collective used in last para, repetitive - james] formed in 2005 by cyclists involved in the G8 Bikeride, a London to Scotland ride protesting against the G8 Summit at Gleneagles in Summer 2005 and promoting the [take out the 'the'? - james] alternatives to greed and global destruction. We are a non-hierarchical group run directly by the members using consensus decision making. We have regular organising meetings that rotate around the country. We have no paid staff, [we have minimal costs, but what we do need comes from... (Charlotte)] and are funded purely by fees, donations and occasional grants.

(group picture of some sort?)[How about the one at Finfest, with the banner, see it in the set of photos posted on Indymedia (Charlotte)]


[Charlotte's suggested alternative (incorporating what's already there & stuff from the website):

Bicycology rose (formed? - matt) out of the ‘G8 Bike-ride’ in summer 2005. People came together on this mass ride up the country to protest at the G8 meeting in Scotland and to demonstrate the alternatives to greed and global destruction. The experience was exhilarating and profound, and it inspired the birth of Bicycology. Bicycology today is a non-hierarchical group run directly by the members using consensus decision making. Through education and entertainment we promote cycling as an empowering alternative to car-dependence and as a symbol of the more environmentally and socially responsible society we wish for. We have no paid staff and we have minimal costs, but what we do need comes from donations and occasional grants. (i'd go for this version - matt)

  • [page 3]

WHAT DOES BICYCOLOGY DO? We run Bicycology Roadshow [are they roadshow events if just single? do we need the terminology or can we just say 'we run events' - james - they're happenings, dude. seriously though, i agree, they're not roadshow events, really, and didn't we agree we wouldn't call them roadshows anyway? i prefer bikerides/tour - matt] events which aim to promote cycling in an inspiring, fun and interactive way, and to get people thinking about wider issues [repetitive? could we be more specific, or at least say such as - eg. climate change, environmental destruction, capitalism, our relationship to nature, hierarchical politics, etc etc - james].

A Roadshow [" - james] event might be a one-off event for an afternoon, for example as part of a community festival, or it may be part of a larger tour [/roadshow here? bikeride?], travelling from town to town transporting ourselves and our equipment by [purely by?more impressive? - james. or entirely by - purely sounds odd - matt] bicycle (bikes?) and bike trailers.


Charlotte's suggested alternative (it's not very alternative!): We do long-distance 'roadshows' and hold one-off events and activities which aim to promote cycling in an inspiring, practical and interactive way. Through this we hope to get people thinking about wider issues such as environmental destruction and how we run society.

A Bicycology Roadshow event may [could? - james] [event includes - Charlotte] include all or some of the following: - Dr Bike maintenance sessions [distinguish repair and workshop style? - james][Dr Bike maintenance service and educational workshops] - Bike art and decoration workshops - Pedal-powered games and music - Displays, information, [workshops and working demonstrations - charlotte] on cycling, transport, [food - charlotte] climate change, renewable energy and similar topics [mention questionnaires/workshops? - james] - Bike games - Demonstrations of tall bikes and other unusual cycles - Film shows and discussions - DJ [and open mic] sessions using “Pedals”, our large mobile soundsystem pulled by a tandem [our tandem-pulled 12v soundsystem - charlotte]

We can also develop and run other activities on request, such as workshops on building 12 volt soundsystems and pedal generators, cycle maintenance training [cycle and cycle manintenance training - Charlotte] etc. Many of our members are qualified cycle trainers.

  • [page 4]

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT BICYCOLOGY (need to get quotes from people we have worked with! Tim from Forest Gate Festival? kathy from Lancaster? - i can easily ask if needed - matt)

[not sure if this is worthwhile - james - nor me - matt]

[Try Dave Clasby (or does it not count because he is an insider)? The gameboy man in the film at Aylesbury, says something positive & quoteable. I could try the Primary Care Trust lady from the Derby conference - she said we were inspirational.. - Charlotte]

  • [page 5]

BICYCOLOGY IN ACTION (photos and/or drawings?)

[mention last years tour/presence at climate camp in more detail? - james]

  • [page 6]

SUPPORT BICYCOLOGY Contact us (see below) to find out how you could get involved and when our next meeting is.

[copy in charlottes text? james]

To support us financially, donations payable to “Bicycology” can be sent to the address given below.

CONTACT BICYCOLOGY www.bicycology.org.uk info@bicycology.org.uk Tel. 0845 4589572 (this is Patrick’s no. Is anyone else willing to be a contact?) BICYCOLOGY c/o 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 OHE


economy/politics

Business as Usual? (can't remember the few words that go here - Im, i wrote something on the print out and it was agreed so can you use whatever it was...)

Unless you’ve had your head buried in sand for the last couple of years, you won’t have escaped hearing countless politicians and business leaders talking about the threat of climate change, and what they plan to do about it. Perhaps most famously, Al Gore’s film, An Incovenient Truth, has helped spread the message around the globe.

But what other message has it helped spread? And what are politicians and business leaders really saying, when they express concern?

To answer that, lets think a moment about why climate change is happening. OK, most of know it’s a lot to do with CO2. But why is there so much of it around these days? Because we’re burning so much fuel. But WHY?!

At least part of the answer has to be because our economic system is based on growth; basically, capitalism says we have to keep on consuming more and more. People have known for a long time that this wasn’t a good idea. A famous green economist, E.F. Schumacher, wrote a book more than 30 years ago, arguing that our economic model was leading us to environmental destruction. The book was called Small is Beautiful, and it represents just one of many alternative economic models that are not based on endlessly producing, buying and throwing away more and more stuff.

So why didn’t we scrap capitalism, and listen to people like Schumacher? Well, that brings us back to politicians, and business leaders. They, it seems, were more than happy to carry on as normal. Take a look at their wage packets, and you don’t need to have a degree in economics to work out why.

So, what should we think now that these people are starting to finally talk about climate change. Sadly, we think a little caution is needed. Because the message that’s coming from people like Al Gore is not only that climate change is happening. It’s also that the same economics, the same politics, and even the same corporations that caused climate change through their greed and disrespect...are...wait for it...the ones who are going to save us from it!

We only need to look at what’s being proposed by such people, to see where their priorities really lie. Instead of demanding a massive reduction in car use and a shift of economic models, we hear about pumping up our tyres, buying more ‘green’ products, giving politicians more power, and so on.

And at the same time, governments are continuing to promote more road building, airport expansion, more supermarket developments...more, more more. Because that’s what lies at the heart of our economic system, and politicians who support it are of course caught up promoting what’s good for the economy.

But it’s time we asked ourselves if our needs and those of the economy are compatible. There are some people who think they can be. Green capitalists argue that the market can be tamed, and made sustainable. But can we rely on ideologies and individuals that have up until now made such a mess of everything? Can we rely on an economy that promotes growth, and that demands that we cut costs whenever possible, to treat people and the planet as though they are more than commoditites? We don’t think so. And there are millions who agree. All over the world, people are thinking about - and in some cases putting into practice - alternative ways of organsing work and exchange.

And if politicians aren’t interested, maybe it’s about time we started taking care of things ourselves. It’s up to us; corruption, capitalism and climate change...or a genuinely new way of organising our lives, based on people, not profit.

We don’t trust the fox do fix the chicken fence...do you?

A few convenient myths...

Climate change cannot be denied any more, and governments, politicians and business have been forced to acknowledge the problem and offer various 'solutions'. But their solutions follow the very same rationale that brought about climate change in the first place and support the biggest myth of our times: that 'business as usual' can continue and that technological fixes and minor changes to the way we live and organise our society will be enough to solve the problem. This irresponsible way of dealing with the great threat of climate change has made many people believe a few very dangerous but convenient myths. Here are just a few we want to expose, but we urge you to think seriously next time some one proposes any quick fix solution. Remember, if it sounds too easy to be true...

'Green' cars

Cars are problematic not only due to the energy they use but also because of the destructive consequences of a car-dependent culture. A so called 'efficient' car, like the Prius or a car that uses biofuels (see below), like the Focus Flexi-fuel, might use less energy or a different kind of energy than the standard car but: how much energy goes into producing these cars in the first place? and how much energy or emissions do they really save? Taking into account that in order to tackle climate change we need to reduce our emissions drastically, does the difference between using one kind of car and the other really make a difference? Moreover, would 'green' cars help to stop road building and congestion? The only viable solution to the destruction that our car-dependent culture has brought and is still bringing about is not to 'fix' the cars but to get rid of them: produce less and less cars and stop building roads. Why do we keep alive the myth of the 'green' car instead of embracing the pleasure of a world without cars in which bicycles, pedestrians and public transport become the priority and in which congestion, pollution and road building are drastically reduced?

Biofuels

Biofuels are increasingly mentioned as a great new weapon in the fight against climate change. But do they live up to their promise? Actually, the truth is that biofuels aren't just not that great, they're really pretty terrible. Here's why: Biofuels are made from plants. These plants need to be grown, harvested, transported, turned into fuel, and finally delivered to a filling station. So intensive is this process that according to a recent BBC article, this uses '30% more energy than the finished fuel produces.' In other words, we're using fuel (and much of this is currently fossil fuel) to make...less fuel! And that's not all. The article continues: “The grain required to fill the petrol tank of a Range Rover with ethanol is sufficient to feed one person per year.” Where, we may ask, is all this fuel going to come from? Well, Africa and South America, of course. And if you're thinking, surely that means more starving Africans, more rain forest destruction...then you're starting to agree with us that Biofuels get a big thumbs down. www.biofuelwatch.org.uk

Carbon off-setting


Carbon off-setting enables you to reduce your guilt...but does it really reduce your contribution to destroying the planet? Climate change is real, and the threat it poses to life on this planet is really unimaginable. So unimaginable in fact, that it seems we just can't quite take it seriously. Which is why we're playing around with it like it was a diet; save a few calories here, then treat yourself to a little biscuit. Change a light bulb or two: wonderful, now I can fly to Greece for the weekend! Sadly, it doesn't work like that. The atmosphere already has 36% too much co2, so things like tree planting are needed to try and repair – over a long period of time – some of the damage that's already been done. It can not be used to justify doing more damage.


We're sorry to appear to be the bearers of bad news...but the way we look at it, it isn't bad news at all. We have the opportunity now to rebuild our world in a way that treats individuals, species and the environment with care and respect. And that means a much more pleasant world generally. It's a bit like giving up smoking; at first it seems like you'll miss it for ever; then you realise you can walk without panting. Can you imagine how good a world without cars, pollution and destruction would be?

How to make a tetra-pak wallet.

You will need… Tetra-pak, sharp scissors, soapy water, tea-towel, stapler and an Elastic band.(preferably one of those magic pink ones that the Posties drop everywhere)

1. When you have finished the contents of your tetra-pak, fill it with soapy water and give it shake, then rinse it out. 2. Top-and-tail your tetra-pak using a pair of sharp scissors (be careful!) Now you can see inside check it’s properly clean, and if not, give it a wipe and dry it with a tea towel. 3. Flatten your tetra pack, on a hard surface, creasing the long sides. 4. Un-flatten your tetra pack and push the two long sides inwards,then flatten it again. 5. Now fold the bottom three inches of your tetrapak upwards, and crease it firmly on a hard suface. 6. The remaining top part of you tetra-pak will form the front flap of the wallet. On this section cut away the front and sides of the tetra, leaving a single piece of card. 7. Your tetra-pak should now roughly resemble a wallet! Next staple the inner pieces of card from two compartments together. 8. The front flap can be cut into any shape you wish. It can have rounded corners or zig-zag edges – whatever you feel like having! So trim appropriately and then cut a small hole in the centre of the flap. 9. Fold the front flap down over the wallet and again crease well. 10. Get your elastic band, poke one end through the hole so you can see a small loop. Then thread the other end of the elastic through the loop you have created and pull tight. You should now have a larger loop of elastic band which is secured onto the front flap. This can be stretched the body of the wallet to hold it shut. 11. Go and show your friends!

How to carry anything on your bicycle!

If you are just nipping to the shop to get a pack of biscuits…

To carry small lightweight items short distances a satchel or courier style shoulder bag is ideal. They are best suited to cycling if they have an adjustable shoulder-strap which can be tightened to stop the bag swinging around and banging your knees when you are pedalling.

Trying to blag even a short distance whilst cycling with your biccys or other such small object grasped tentatively in your hands can be very distracting from the road you need to pay attention to, and will most probably will interfere with your being able to steer and use the brakes effectively so always best to take a shoulder bag, or in winter, a coat with big pockets!

If you are on an expedition to get your weekly grocery shop…

Don’t be tempted to cycle along with plastic bags full with groceries swinging wildly about on your handlebars, the weight of the bags and the motion of pedalling attracts plastic bags inwards into your bike’s front wheel where they can get dangerously caught and send you flying, or annoyingly split and spill your shopping.

Panniers are ideal for carrying large amounts of shopping. They come in varying sizes between 18 and 54 litres capacity per pair to suit your needs. They clip easily onto a pannier rack, an essential addition to your bike’s frame if you are thinking of using it as a utility vehicle. Racks cost approx… and panniers expense varies between and … depending on size and quality. They are usually sold in pairs, and though it is perfectly possible to use only one, it is worth spreading items between two to aid balance, particularly if you are dealing with a lot of weight.

Pushing or cycling your bike with panniers on is a lot less stressful on your body than carrying heavy shopping bags, as the glorious wheels take half of the burden for you. The main disadvantage of panniers is that when they are full, they are usually uncomfortable to carry for any small amount of time when not on your bike (though the more expensive may have inbuilt rucksack or courier style straps). It is best to take a re-usable bag, which can fold up small when empty, along with you to shops and to decant this bag into your panniers when you are ready to cycle home. Considering the average polythene bag takes up to …years to biodegrade it best to avoid having to use them at all costs, anyway.

Shopping can also be transported in a traditional handlebar basket (if it is just a few items) or a hand held shopping basket can be secured onto a pannier rack using a bungee.

If you are cycling to work in an office and need to appear smart and sophisticated!

In these situations it is best not to carry your belongings in a rucksack. Rucksacks not only affect the way you move your upper body and balance when cycling, and cause backache, but leave giant sweaty back patches where heat and sweat has become trapped! yummy.

Try taking your stuff in panniers. You can even get panniers which are specially padded to protect and disguise laptops, or one that looks exactly like a normal office briefcase, yet clip onto your pannier rack during your journey.

To carry your packed lunch without spilling or squashing its contents you may consider using a rack-top bag, which as its name suggests, attaches to the top of your rack and so keeps your goods horizontal in transit. Perfect for fruit salads or jelly!

If you are going on a bicycle tour or long distance ride and need to carry supplies / tents / sleeping bags / cricket bats etc.

Larger capacity panniers are perfectly adequate to carry enough gear to support a long distance journey by bike, and lets face it, if you can’t carry it, you don’t need it! Take both panniers and balance the weight in both, this way your bike will handle more smoothly (a good tip is to distinguish the panniers somehow if they are a matching pair – you’ll save a lot of time looking for your stuff). For longer trips it is essential that your gear is kept dry so ensure that your panniers are storm -proof. Best to test this before you leave. Some panniers come with little raincoats, which are kept in a pocket, and you get them out when it rains. Others are manufactured to be 100% waterproof and secure in such a way that prevents rain oozing in. As an extra precaution for those paranoid about the morale effects of wet socks, have your stuff in bin liners inside your panniers.

Front panniers are for those who require the extra carrying capacity or prefer the weight to be on the front of the bicycle. These require special front pannier racks and are not used as commonly as rear panniers.

If you don’t want everything on the bike itself, trailers are another (slightly more expensive) option. Prices vary radically from… to…again depending on make, capacity and what they are intended to carry. These can sometimes be picked up cheaply second-hand or you can contact specialist mechanics/bike recycling projects such as Cycle-Magic about custom building you one out of recycled bike parts. They come with one or two wheels and usually attach in various ways to the rear axle of your bike. Some are like little containers on wheels with sides and waterproof coverings such as child-carrying-trailers and “bob-yak” style trailers. Others are just flat beds on wheels to which you can attach whatever you wish.

If you’re going somewhere but not sure what you may be bringing back…

Bungees are marvellous stretchy thingys. You can attach one to your rack and not even notice you’re carrying it around. You can even make your own recycled from perished inner tubes (cut out the valve area first). Stuff can generally be jammed under them and brought home by bike. A particular favourite is the bungee net, which allows you to stuff more and more stuff under as you go along without having to readjust the tension.

As a precaution, ensure that any crazy old object you bungee onto your bike to take home is well secured and cannot be caught in any of the moving parts of your bike, and doesn’t interfere with cycling comfortably or safely.

If you want to carry big, heavy things on a regular basis…

If you want to ditch your car but feel dependant on it to transport large or heavy objects on a regular basis you may consider getting a bicycle which is specially designed to carry large loads.


If you want to speed along and carry the bare necessities…

There are several facilities integral to most bikes’ frames, such as pump holders and water bottle cages, which can be utilized quite efficiently. If you don’t already have these things on your bike, check in you local bike shop to see if these can be fitted, your frame may have the correct “braze ons” (screw holes) to facilitate these space savers. To carry items such as a puncture repair kit and mini multi-tool, small saddlebags are available at about … which fix onto the stem of your bicycle. A lightweight waterproof jacket that folds into its own bag can attach onto your trouser belt loop, or a normal jacket can be bungeed onto a pannier rack.

Alternative Technology and Renewable Energy

Why? We take energy and technology for granted. We plug in our TVs. We jump in cars to go shopping. We jet off on holiday. But all of this has a cost. Environmental destruction and climate change caused by industrial society is threatening the future of the Earth and all living things. We need to take responsibility for our impact on the World, which means, in part, reclaiming science and technology from corporate control. It also means developing grassroots technologies based on recycling and repairing the scrap that industrial society leaves in its’ wake, in order to make useful and inspiring devices that address people’s real needs whilst respecting the environment.

Pedal generators By attaching an electrical generator to a bicycle or an exercise bike, you can generate electricity. A car windscreen wiper motor makes an ideal generator and you can get them free or cheap from scrapyards. The voltage varies depending on the speed, and that can be a problem. An old car stereo can run directly from a pedal generator, as long as the voltage doesn’t go higher than about 18 volts, but most devices need some form of voltage regulation. A gameboy, for example, needs a steady 3 volts. Bicycology uses an axle stand generator, which clamp the back wheel up off the ground, allowing any normal bike to become a pedal generator. An adult cycling can produce 50 watts of power quite easily. That’s enough to light a conventional light bulb, or five low energy bulbs. Top racing cyclists can produce up to 1000 Watts in a sprint!

Renewable energy Solar (photo-voltaic) panels generate electricity from sunlight. A small panel, suitable for a bike trailer, will produce 5 or 10 watts at 12 volts. They are useful for charging batteries or for powering small devices directly. Bicycology powers a bubble machine from a 5 watt solar panel. However, PV panels are quite expensive, and you can’t make them yourself. Some argue that their manufacture causes a lot of harm to the environment because of the chemicals and energy used. We can also make use of the sun’s heating power. Solar water heating isn’t too difficult to do DIY, and can be as simple as black painted radiators on your roof. Other ideas are passive solar building design, in which the sun’s heat is captured by south-facing walls and windows, and solar cookers for the summer (have a look at Bicycology’s model solar cooker on the Energy Trailer). Simple wind turbines are something than you can make yourself. Stepper motors from old printers and photocopiers are good generators for wind power because they produce electricity even when turning slowly. The downside is that you need to use diodes in a simple circuit to rectify the alternating current, and they don’t produce very much power - a few Watts at best – although with bigger stepper motors, eg from old photocopiers, you can produce useful power. For the blades of a small wind turbine you can use an old extractor fan, but for bigger ones you can whittle away and make your own from wood.

The Bicycology Energy Trailer The Energy Trailer is a complete micro power generation and storage system, and a mobile mini-cinema too! Power is produced by a bike generator, solar panels and a small wind turbine. It’s stored in special batteries that can cope with being repeatedly drained low and recharged, and a regulator makes sure the batteries aren’t overcharged. The electricity is used to power things like a small soundsystem, a portable DVD player for mobile cinema, a gameboy, and charging video camera batteries and mobile phones.

For further information: Campaign for Real Events www.c-realevents.demon.co.uk Centre for Alternative Technology www.cat.org.uk Otherpower www.otherpower.com Scientists for Global Responsibility www.sgr.org.uk South East Alternative Science Network uk.geocities.com/seasonscience

THINK ONCE,THINK TWICE, THINK BICYCOLOGY TOP TIPS (IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE,THANKFULLY)

1.Have top control skills...become expert at riding one-handed(practice a fig of 8,use your gears efficiently to prolong their life, that of your knees, and allow you to zip away from stationary positions.

2.Ensure the bike fits you well;slight bend in leg when pedal at longest extension,brake levers in a position so your hands rest comfortably on them(be kind to your wrists!) and if you choose to wear a helmet make sure it is fitted correctly.

3.Plan for any manoeuvres well in advance to allow plenty of time to get in the right position and scan the road for potholes etc. to avoid sudden swerves.

4. See,be seen ,communicate! Ride in a good visible position(at least a car door distance from parked cars), don't weave into gaps (you disappear), and get good eye contact with other road users(it humanises them and you know if they have seen you).

5.Before turning, look, signal (if there is someone to signal to), look again in the direction that you are turning to see that your signal has been accepted.

6.Get into the habit of overtaking traffic on the r.h.s. It is just as fast and avoids being cut up by a left turning vehicle who often are not in the habit of using the left mirror,or, particularly with lorries have a substantial blind spot(this is one of the most common causes of serious accidents).

7.In wet weather personhole covers (a.k.a. manhole covers pre p.c) and drains become very slippery.Avoid turning on them and if you do ride over them do so confidently and straight.

8.If you are involved in an accident, the adrenilin often prevents rational thinking.Remember to; -Take witnesses details -Take details of driver and vehicle -Report any accident resulting in injury to the police(it is illegal not to) -Take time to check you and your bike for damage(it may not be immediately apparent) -Membership of organisations such as the C.T.C (www.ctc.org.uk) provides free access to legal advice and may include 3rd party insurance.

9.Keep tyres pumped nice and hard(less punctures,more energy efficient,faster,steering more responsive,tyres last longer),check your brakes,use a bell, and listen to your bike;strange noises usually indicate a problem.

10.Motorists' most common response after an accident is 'I didn't see you'.To combat this think of wearing a high vis waistcoat or suchlike, have working lights at night-flashing mode doubles battery(rechargeable of course) life.But remember it is the poition that you ride in the road which is the main element of being seen(see point 4).

Consider complementing these tips through some on road training- see www.ctc.org.uk for national standards accredited instrutors in your area --

 tim

THINK ONCE,THINK TWICE, THINK BICYCOLOGY TOP TIPS (IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE,THANKFULLY) 1.Have top control skills...become expert at riding one-handed(practice a fig of 8,use your gears efficiently to prolong their life, that of your knees, and allow you to zip away from stationary positions.

2.Ensure the bike fits you well;slight bend in leg when pedal at longest extension,brake levers in a position so your hands rest comfortably on them(be kind to your wrists!) and if you choose to wear a helmet make sure it is fitted correctly.

3.Plan for any manoeuvres well in advance to allow plenty of time to get in the right position and scan the road for potholes etc. to avoid sudden swerves.

4. See,be seen ,communicate! Ride in a good visible position(at least a car door distance from parked cars), don't weave into gaps (you disappear), and get good eye contact with other road users(it humanises them and you know if they have seen you).

5.Before turning, look, signal (if there is someone to signal to), look again in the direction that you are turning to see that your signal has been accepted.

6.Get into the habit of overtaking traffic on the r.h.s. It is just as fast and avoids being cut up by a left turning vehicle who often are not in the habit of using the left mirror,or, particularly with lorries have a substantial blind spot(this is one of the most common causes of serious accidents).

7.In wet weather personhole covers (a.k.a. manhole covers pre p.c) and drains become very slippery.Avoid turning on them and if you do ride over them do so confidently and straight.

8.If you are involved in an accident, the adrenilin often prevents rational thinking.Remember to; -Take witnesses details -Take details of driver and vehicle -Report any accident resulting in injury to the police(it is illegal not to) -Take time to check you and your bike for damage(it may not be immediately apparent) -Membership of organisations such as the C.T.C (www.ctc.org.uk) provides free access to legal advice and may include 3rd party insurance.

9.Keep tyres pumped nice and hard(less punctures,more energy efficient,faster,steering more responsive,tyres last longer),check your brakes,use a bell, and listen to your bike;strange noises usually indicate a problem.

10.Motorists' most common response after an accident is 'I didn't see you'.To combat this think of wearing a high vis waistcoat or suchlike, have working lights at night-flashing mode doubles battery(rechargeable of course) life.But remember it is the poition that you ride in the road which is the main element of being seen(see point 4).

Consider complementing these tips through some on road training- see www.ctc.org.uk for national standards accredited instrutors in your area --

 tim

THINK ONCE,THINK TWICE, THINK BICYCOLOGY TOP TIPS (IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE,THANKFULLY) 1.Have top control skills...become expert at riding one-handed(practice a fig of 8,use your gears efficiently to prolong their life, that of your knees, and allow you to zip away from stationary positions.

2.Ensure the bike fits you well;slight bend in leg when pedal at longest extension,brake levers in a position so your hands rest comfortably on them(be kind to your wrists!) and if you choose to wear a helmet make sure it is fitted correctly.

3.Plan for any manoeuvres well in advance to allow plenty of time to get in the right position and scan the road for potholes etc. to avoid sudden swerves.

4. See,be seen ,communicate! Ride in a good visible position(at least a car door distance from parked cars), don't weave into gaps (you disappear), and get good eye contact with other road users(it humanises them and you know if they have seen you).

5.Before turning, look, signal (if there is someone to signal to), look again in the direction that you are turning to see that your signal has been accepted.

6.Get into the habit of overtaking traffic on the r.h.s. It is just as fast and avoids being cut up by a left turning vehicle who often are not in the habit of using the left mirror,or, particularly with lorries have a substantial blind spot(this is one of the most common causes of serious accidents).

7.In wet weather personhole covers (a.k.a. manhole covers pre p.c) and drains become very slippery.Avoid turning on them and if you do ride over them do so confidently and straight.

8.If you are involved in an accident, the adrenilin often prevents rational thinking.Remember to; -Take witnesses details -Take details of driver and vehicle -Report any accident resulting in injury to the police(it is illegal not to) -Take time to check you and your bike for damage(it may not be immediately apparent) -Membership of organisations such as the C.T.C (www.ctc.org.uk) provides free access to legal advice and may include 3rd party insurance.

9.Keep tyres pumped nice and hard(less punctures,more energy efficient,faster,steering more responsive,tyres last longer),check your brakes,use a bell, and listen to your bike;strange noises usually indicate a problem.

10.Motorists' most common response after an accident is 'I didn't see you'.To combat this think of wearing a high vis waistcoat or suchlike, have working lights at night-flashing mode doubles battery(rechargeable of course) life.But remember it is the poition that you ride in the road which is the main element of being seen(see point 4).

Consider complementing these tips through some on road training- see www.ctc.org.uk for national standards accredited instrutors in your area --

 tim

THINK ONCE,THINK TWICE, THINK BICYCOLOGY TOP TIPS (IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE,THANKFULLY) 1.Have top control skills...become expert at riding one-handed(practice a fig of 8,use your gears efficiently to prolong their life, that of your knees, and allow you to zip away from stationary positions.

2.Ensure the bike fits you well;slight bend in leg when pedal at longest extension,brake levers in a position so your hands rest comfortably on them(be kind to your wrists!) and if you choose to wear a helmet make sure it is fitted correctly.

3.Plan for any manoeuvres well in advance to allow plenty of time to get in the right position and scan the road for potholes etc. to avoid sudden swerves.

4. See,be seen ,communicate! Ride in a good visible position(at least a car door distance from parked cars), don't weave into gaps (you disappear), and get good eye contact with other road users(it humanises them and you know if they have seen you).

5.Before turning, look, signal (if there is someone to signal to), look again in the direction that you are turning to see that your signal has been accepted.

6.Get into the habit of overtaking traffic on the r.h.s. It is just as fast and avoids being cut up by a left turning vehicle who often are not in the habit of using the left mirror,or, particularly with lorries have a substantial blind spot(this is one of the most common causes of serious accidents).

7.In wet weather personhole covers (a.k.a. manhole covers pre p.c) and drains become very slippery.Avoid turning on them and if you do ride over them do so confidently and straight.

8.If you are involved in an accident, the adrenilin often prevents rational thinking.Remember to; -Take witnesses details -Take details of driver and vehicle -Report any accident resulting in injury to the police(it is illegal not to) -Take time to check you and your bike for damage(it may not be immediately apparent) -Membership of organisations such as the C.T.C (www.ctc.org.uk) provides free access to legal advice and may include 3rd party insurance.

9.Keep tyres pumped nice and hard(less punctures,more energy efficient,faster,steering more responsive,tyres last longer),check your brakes,use a bell, and listen to your bike;strange noises usually indicate a problem.

10.Motorists' most common response after an accident is 'I didn't see you'.To combat this think of wearing a high vis waistcoat or suchlike, have working lights at night-flashing mode doubles battery(rechargeable of course) life.But remember it is the poition that you ride in the road which is the main element of being seen(see point 4).

Consider complementing these tips through some on road training- see www.ctc.org.uk for national standards accredited instrutors in your area

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In 2005 most of us cycled from London to Edinburgh (miles) to protest against the G8 and support the environment. This brought the inspiration to create Bicycology and in our first tour we cycled from London to Lancaster (around 500 miles).

Why a tour?

Environmental degradation, climate change, capitalism, and social justice might seem big things that are too complicated for individuals to think or do something about. But we think that our lives would be better if we did something about them. We don't want to preach to people, we want to listen to them so that all together we can find the best solutions to save the planet and those who live in it. Travelling by bike along Britain allows us to discover a lot of new places along the way and discuss these things with a lot of different people. By doing so we also hope to show that local holidays, without the use of environmentally damaging cars or planes are possible; and actually quite economical, a lot of fun...and healthy!

Why by bike?

We cycle because we love bikes! Bikes are fun, cheap, healthy, environmentally responsible and quick. You can learn to repair your bike or ask a friend to help you and if you treat it well your bike can last for your entire life. Apart from walking, bikes are the best way to be independent from expert mechanics, large corporations and the oil industry.

Who are we?

We are not any kind of expert cyclists or super fit monsters... maybe that's why we sometimes take longer than we think to arrive, or end up riding at night! That's a cool thing about cycling... everyone can do it and everyone can ride at their own speed... If the hills get too steep, we're happy to push our bikes!

How do we organise ourselves?

We organise ourselves without a boss. We hold meetings to decide what we want to do, and how we're going to go about it. We always try to arrive to consensus so that everyone is happy with the decisions we take. This might seem chaotic but it actually works well, and it's a lot of fun. Meetings are sometimes long but there's always time for jokes and to learn from each other's views and experiences.

How do we get everything done?

There are a lot of things that need to be done before and during the roadshow and everyone does what they decide to do. There are always things that are more difficult or boring, but we try to share the tasks. In this way, no one imposes on anyone tasks they don't want to do and everyone can contribute with what they know or like to do.

What do we eat?

We share all our food and try to buy local, organic, and vegan food with the least amount of packaging. This is because we think this is the most environmental and socially friendly kind of food. When possible we also try to go to the skip / bins behind the shops, before shopping and use as much food as possible from there, so that food doesn't get wasted! And unless people have agreed to cook for us, we share the cooking.

Where do we sleep?

We always carry our sleeping bags, mats and tents...sometimes we sleep in social centres, squats or Friend's Meeting Houses...and sometimes in a field...each has its advantages and disadvantages. Sleeping in the countryside is really fun but it is good to have some properly covered nights, even if we sleep on our mats, being protected from the rain is quite handy!But so far we've always found nice people and groups along the way that offer us a field or a place to stay and anything is good for us!...if not we just find a park in which to install our tents!

How do we carry our things?

We carry our personal things in our panniers. We try to take as few things as possible as on a bike the most insignificant thing makes a difference! We are limited because we have to carry the things for the roadshow too but it's incredible what you can fit in a pair of panniers. Sometimes we are not very good at deciding what we need and end up carrying more stuff than necessary but it's just a question of practice! The bigger and heavier things are carried in different trailers which we try and share in between all of us.

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The tour began at London’s RampART St squatted social centre, and after a couple day of preparation, we were off. We hadn’t even got five miles before the Tallbike suffered a puncture. Soon after that, the heavens opened… not a good start! Still, by the time we arrived at Finsbury Park for Finfest, the rain had eased off. We set up, rode the Tallbike around, and played a bit of bike polo.

We left in the afternoon, only a little later than planned, and rode out of London as the sun set. It was getting dark by the time we arrived at the Quaker Meeting House in Amersham, who’d kindly offered to let us camp in their garden. No time to rest though, and in the morning we rode into Aylesbury, for an event in the [Market Square?].

Aylesbury one of six towns in the UK named ‘Cycle Demonstration Towns’ by the Government. This means it is receiving £500,000 a year for 3 years (to be matched by the local council, ie £1.5 million a year) to be spent on promoting cycling, hopefully becoming a beacon of success showing what could be done elsewhere. We were joined by people from the council, handing out information and free reflective snap-bands, while we got the kids drawing on the pavement…

We left Aylesbury late, after a fine takeaway eaten in [?] park, trying out the Tallbike on the skate-park, and chatting to some local kids. It was already getting dark by the time we left, and there were some pretty serious hills on the way to Redfield. Pedals sped off, but was audible in the distance, an inspiring beacon to chase.

By the time we reached our hosts that night - The Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI), we’d ridden 60 miles from London. Many of the Bicycology Collective had stayed at the LILI whilst on the 2005 G8Bikeride. There was one very important difference – we were upgraded from camping in the garden to beds for all in their converted stable. Thanks LILI!

The following day began with stretching. 53 miles and many hours later we arrived in Coventry, where we camped out at the Peace House, where the G8Bikeride had also stayed. The food awaiting hungry cyclists lived up to the promises made by veterans to those who’d been flagging earlier on. And then some… Thankyou Coventry cooks!

The next morning we rode to [x] park, set up, and waited (not for very long) to be inundated by broken bikes and our Doctor Bike’s did their best on at least 38 in less than 5 hours, joined by local bike mechanic Falcon. Unfortunately, a few were beyond our means and time constraints (sorry Agnan, your Red BSO - first in and last out – just couldn’t be done… Sorry Alex with your Gold Viking, hope you got that bottom-bracket sorted…)

There was plenty of room for bike polo, and Bike Beautification got underway under a much-needed shelter.

The day was completed by a very pleasant ride back to the Peace House and an even more pleasant feast (Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou! Peace House cooks), before a trek into the centre of town for a bike-powered film-night at the [x]. The main film shown was a documentary [name, hyperlink] on the 2005 London World Naked Bike Ride, which went down pretty well…

Leaving Coventry, 120 miles covered already, and we barely noticed the 30 that took us to Leicester and a total of 150 – our legs adjusting to the routine. We arrived early enough to set up in the courtyard at the entrance to [x] park, and were joined by local specialist-cycle manufacturers ‘Cyclemagic’ – the geniuses behind our Tallbike, amongst other delights. Some wacky races ensued, but sadly the weather took a bit of a turn for the worse, and the day was practically rained off. We huddled under a gazebo, and consoled ourselves with chips.

Pedals took a trip around the centre of town, and Leicester-local Bicycologist Charlottamiles was interviewed on [Radio Leicestershire?]. The collective went back to hers for more fine food, before a quick coupla pints (Cheers! to the barfolks in [x]… We particularly enjoyed hearing a certain Happy Mondays song repeat it’s first half 30 odd times…)

The next day was partly spent in Leicester as well, with a visit to Spinney Hill Park in the morning and another 20 bikes Doctored. Sadly, again, 2 we couldn’t solve – Sahar’s broken frame was a little too much for any Dr. Bike, but we hope Suhel’s green and purple Atomic got the new chain, tyre and seat it needed…

After a quick visit to the fantastic ‘Bikes 4 All’ bike-repair and recycling organisation (which had provided a Bicycologist’s Bike and Trailer), we set off for Nottingham, meeting on the way a family of cyclists who’d heard about us on the radio, hooray! And also getting a bit lost for the first time, boo!…

Another 37-odd miles and we were in Nottingham. Scheduled as a (by now well-deserved) rest day, which we spent at the Sumac Centre – the venue where the Bicycology collective was born. We tried to rest, but there was a lot to do – plenty of bike checking, and Pedal’s new paint job was begun…

The Devil makes work for idle legs, however, and of course the ride of Sheffield had a few hills. Luckily it was pretty beautiful, and there were beers on arrival… Plus we stayed in the pretty impressive squatted gothic mansion Crookesmoor House (student accommodation until weeks before)…

Our day in Sheffield was spent at Devonshire Green, beside the skate park. The rain returned, but there was a good game of Bike Polo. There was more bottom-bracket trouble for the Doctors tho’ (hope you got ‘em sorted in the end, Jason and Hazel). Due to spectacular stupidity, and the Tallbike’s second skate-park, a Bicycologist sustained one fracturedwrist. Luckily, the Bicycology Collective travels with a couple of tandems – who’d want to let broken bones get in the way of a good ride? Total distance covered on leaving Sheffield – 235 miles… Another huge hill to escape, and another beautiful day’s ride to Leeds. (Sadly, the mileage record was a bit neglected after this, so we can’t tell you how far that was…)

Our arrival at The Common Place social centre in Leeds was greeted with cheers, which was nice… There was another fine feast (Thanks Common Cooks!), and a buzzing atmosphere – with last minute preparations being made for the Climate Camp in nearby Selby (our final destination).

The Leeds event was held in Little London’s Oakland Park, by the [x] Community Centre. In a mere two hours, and Doctors dealt with more than 30 bikes – it was chaos, and there were plenty we couldn’t fix - sorry Darian, Jordan, Ramore, and all the others we had to turn away…

The tour now turned toward Lancaster, and a couple of days hard but beautiful riding. We had to set our tents up in torrential rain in [Skipton?], but we woke to sunshine, ready to ride on. Unfortunately one of our number had a little problem with a wheel exploding – check those rims folks! Luckily this happened before we’d travelled 100 metres, and not on one of the many serious hills encountered later that day.

The bloke in the bike-shop warned of a hill to end all hills on our route, but though it got pretty rough, we made it through the Trough of Bowland, a serious contender for most beautiful bit of the ride. Someone obviously agrees, because part of our route is also part of the [Tour of Britain ?]. We travelled it the opposite way, however, and were sadly a few days off seeing the race itself… Another night of camping, in a Bicycologist’s (now ex-) garden. More fine food, this time round a fine fire, celebrating reaching the northernmost-city of the tour...

The day in Lancaster was split into several events, focussed on a day in Market Square, with the by now well-rehearsed Bike Doctoring and Beautification, and assorted Pedal-powered cinema and sound. We were joined by the local cycle-campaign (Pedal-Power?) and (Sustrans? The council?).

Like Aylesbury, Lancaster is also a ‘Cycle Demonstration Town’. It is also a town with its own Bicycology subgroup.

It was the last Friday of the month, so we joined Critical Mass on a ride around the city having a little party on wheels to celebrate the bike and the fact that we’d virtually finished our tour…

In the evening we showed films at the [x]. This featured a wide variety of short films, and sparked plenty of discussion. We stayed that night in the very spacious Quaker Meeting House (thanks), and then it was over, well almost…

Bicycology then made it’s way back down the country toward Leeds, via a different - considerably flatter, but no less beautiful, route. A fair bit of night-riding and one night of unconventional camping later, we arrived at the Climate Camp outside Selby, where we would stay for a week, joined by many other groups who had come together to discuss Climate Change and actions that we can take, both collectively and as individuals. The Camp gained much media-attention, and another is planned for this year.

During the week, Bicycology travelled into Selby to do our thing, attracting Police attention for the first-time (“we didn’t know repairing bikes was an offence, officer”).

See The film Made About Our Event in Selby.

Oh, total distance ridden by this point – a whopping 467 miles… Well, ish…

And that pretty much concludes the story of the 2006 Bicycology Roadshow, except to say that there is so much left out, so many moments of hilarity and joy and triumph (ok, and a little bit of exhaustion and pain!) that to find out what a tour is really like, you’ll have to join or visit us on our next one… We look forward to seeing you…

Pulling Power inspiration

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(ok, it's electric assist, and the washing machine isn't pedal powered either, but still...!)