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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 a Bicycology website at

July Meeting

Would be better to get rid of all the below (im not sure if anyone wants it for anything so i haven´t) and replace it with minutes (if we have any). Alternatively, I propose just listing actions and the people who are undertaking them, by person maybe...I´ll start..

James - write definition of Bicycology and Intro to guide [done]

James - rewrite climate change piece for guide [halfdone]

James - make some climate change, bicycology and g8 bike ride display boards

James - research insurance [done, but sorted by Patrick]

James - reestablish connection with Leeds [done] and become liason [re-connect and cycling action groups contacted]

James - collect and collate music for the ride

James - practice riding a tallbike!

Imogen - Make teaser posters [done],Dr bike tags (done) Make more bike specs

Imogen - Build Beautiful Bicycle Kit [face paints and ribbon bought]

Imogen - collate, illustrate and produce Guide

Imogen-Make banners for Dr bike and Beautiful bicycle

Ian - obtain climate camp publicity materials for roadshow

Ian - obtain Faslane publicity materials and/or do a leaflet for Faslane Bike Blockade


Monday 10th




Tuesday 11th



Evening 1. Film-The Revolution will not be televised, 6:45, Greenwich (not movable, not essential) Dan

Wednesday 12th



1. Fix new film-tandem and dynamo Hub (movable, essential) Dan, Chris

2. Electrical testing of dynamo Hub (movable essential) Dan, Patrick (can't make it until Thursday!)?

3. Test filming from tandem (movable, essential) Dan, Mat



Thursday 13th

Morning: 1.General gathering of thoughts, equipment...assessing where we're at, and drawing up a timetable for the rest of the week.

Afternoon: 2.Group meeting...hopefully we'll all be there(?)(essential). (People who won't be there: Charlotte)

Evening 1. Charlotte's birthday drinks (not movable, essential) everyone (we can do some music collecting here, if we bring things to party to we want on the ride also) (though charlotte will be v late (midnightish), due to Faslane 365 meeting in Leic (will bring news) but will bring drinks so don't fall asleep, keep pedalling, she'll be there eventually...)

Friday 14th

Morning - Banner and Flag making? Trailer modification. General tat (moveable, non-essential)

Afternoon - Group meeting, part 2 (essential)

Evening - Bike Polo/Ballet practice for forest gate (movable, not absolutely essential) and/or Music and film: sorting play lists, formats? Discussing what visual material we need to find/edit/create from scratch eg. movies/slideshows on climate change, radical history of cycling etc. (movable, essential)

Sat 15th

Morning 1. Forest Gate festival (not movable, definite) Patrick, Dan, Aurora, Matt, Chris, Charlotte, Imogen (Patrick to drive up with van from Hastings early in morning)

Afternoon 1. Forest Gate festival (not movable, definite) Patrick, Dan, Aurora, Matt, Chris, Charlotte, Imogen


Sun 16th

Morning 1. Discussion of what was good/not so good at Forest gate, what needs improving. 2. check over actions to be done prior to BGG/tour, timetable them.



Latest News

Forest Gate Festival

Bicycology will be doing Dr Bike and Pedals Soundsystem at Forest Gate Festival in East London on Saturday 15th July, along with an array of childrens pedal generators from SEASoN (Patrick's outfit).

Latest Flyer Designs

Here are the latest flyer designs:

With Mission Statement - 4 per page With Tour Dates - 4 per page

10/07/06 We have loads of flyers and A3 posters!

Next Meeting

The next Bicycology meeting will be at Rampart from July 13th to 16th. The following people have said they will be there (though not necessarily for all four days). Feel free to add your name if you are going: Matt, Charlotte, Aurora, Pete, Alice, Dan, Jack, Chris, Ian, Imogen, Patrick. Apologies from James for double booking himself to Latitude Festival to work for Brighton anti-arms co. campaign at workers beer (will be there on the 13th)

The new website is up and running.

Big Green Gathering

Tickets are on the way for Ian, Tabs, James and Imogen for the BGG where we'll be housed with Art Not Oil in the Campaigns field.

Bicycology Roadshow 2006

Current (hopefully final) plan.

The tour will be starting at FinFest, on August 13th. From there:

Reach Amersham by 10pm to camp at Quaker Meeting House (Andrew). Monday, 14th: Aylesbury, for the afternnon. Tuesday, 15th: Cycling to Coventry. Wednesday, 16th: A day in Coventry. Thursday, 17th: Cycling to Leicester/Activities in Leicester. Friday 18th: More Activities in Leicester, then cycling to Nottingham. Saturday 19th: A day in Nottingham. Sunday 20th: Cycling to Sheffield. Monday 21st: A day in Sheffield. Tuesday 22md: Cycling to Leeds. Wednesday 23rd: A day in Leeds. Thursday 24th: Cycling to Lancaster. Friday 25th: A day in Lancaster. Saturday & Sunday: Cycling to the Climate Action Camp.

We will be cycling one day and stopping in each of the above places (except Northampton) the following day, to do workshops, films, BMX competitions, bike polo, parties, etc. There is still much work to be done, and although there is still a feeling that we don't want to open this up as much as the G8 Bike Ride, we do need more people to get involved, especially if they have skills/interests in any of the above activities.

People Wanted

We're still looking for a few dedicated individuals with particular skills to come along on our roadshow. At the moment, we're looking for people with interests/skills in: street theatre/performance art; bike modification; documentation. Please get in touch if you're interested or want to know more.

We're also looking for people in Aylesbury, Nottingham and Leeds who would like to help organise our stay there.


kit list

Tagline Debate

Theres a list of possibilities below, which people can add to and maybe register their final, single, votes, and ive set up a page on the Talk section where we can add comments and get into full scale argument! [1]

Bicycology Now...or Apolcalypse Soon

Bicycology ...or the old lady gets it

... wheels and tools, not fossil fuels/we're no fossil fools

... power to the pedals

...we're wheeley weverlutionary (or even wevewutionawy)

... bike and planet maintenance.'s wheelie good! need cycleanalysis!

...environMentalists (and/not Cyclepaths!)

...several less cars your children can breathe

...cycling now...for the future

...the philosophy of pedals and planet

...the philosophy of bikes... and the future of the planet... and sprockets

...humanity powered transport

Who's Riding Who?

There are a number of bikes that will need to be some people will have to sacrifice bringing their own beloved stead...

Hopefully we can cahnge around a lot, so we all get to experience diffreent bikes and no one gets stuck on something they're not happy with...but for practical purposes I think we all need to adopt a vehicle so we know where we are.

The 'unusual' bikes are the ones that will need to be sorted first...I've added some names but these are just guidelines...people can add/remove at will...remember, this doesn't mean you'll be riding this all the way, but it does mean you'll be at least ataking some responsibility and probably leaving your own bike at home...we could also work in units, so two people adopt the tall bike and a shared normal bike, for example... Anyway...

Tandem One: Ian/?

Tandem Two: May now not exist...but if it does...Matt/Aurora

Tandem Three (Semi-Recumbent): Chris/Matt - at least part of the time.(If other tandem doesn't exist)

Tall Bike: Chris is happy to ride this for one or two days if someone else takes his place of the tandem. James also happy to ride occasionally, along with anything else that needs a body, tandem or recumbent. Or my own bike if necessary to pull a separate trailer (ie, "Like, Whatever..." ) Likewise, Matt will give it a go. Tabs would love to do a big chunk of the tall bike riding...but we need more offers of riders please...Jack will have a go, but will be very upset if he dies while riding it (just check out the fall count for the tallbikeround britain riders :-d).

Other Bikes...

Jack also says: I'm up for riding on one (or both, though not at the same time...) of the tandems with space on them; mainly because I've never ridden on one before. Jack adds : as I can't do the whole tour unless I take my own bike and there is already someone on a tandem I ride, I would have to ride the tandem until someone else joined who could take over from me. (Ben, or charlotte for instance?)

Normal bike: unless we are desperate for tandem/tallbike riders, i'd like to stick with my normal bike please, towing my lovely load carrying trailer which can be filled with art stuff-Imogen.

Normal (touring) bike plus energy trailer: Patrick

Normal bike + trailer (beautiful bicycle one or campaigns/info one) : Charlotte - but i will ride a tandem (and not take my bike) if necessary.

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. We are developing a Bicycology Energy Trailer which will incorporate different forms of renewable small scale energy production, including a wind turbine, solar panels, and a novel rear axle stand pedal generator that turns a normal bike into a electrical power source. Energy will be stored on the bike trailer in batteries and used to power music and micro-cinema. This way, we'll be able to stop anywhere and show people renewable energy in action. We'll also carry a projector for film shows at venues.

Below is an early prototype showing energy trailer ideas starting to take shape!

Energy trailer.jpg

Feel free to add other energy related ideas here: bubble machine, gameboy, separate children's pedal generator(?), light bulbs (to show difference between low energy and conventional bulbs), funky LED lights for the evening

Hope to add a link here to a list of films, slideshows or other visual material that we can take with us to show.

Bicycology Guide to Bicycology (BGTB)

Please add thoughts, texts, etc for inclusion in the guide... We now have a dedicated page for BGTB, click here.


Discussion/Record of songs we want/have/formats etc Here


Now has its own lil' home, check it out

Bicycological Quizasaurous

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


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

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


now a separate page for big bits that don't need to take up space, but could use discussion Here

so far: the article (sent to some already, but could still be improved on, here for reference too) + the website links discussion

Pulling Power inspiration




I've added a page so we can discuss publicity and media as I'm worried about this at the moment... (and to try out making a new page)

Quick Guide to Making Extra Pages for this Wiki

If you want to add a separate page, rather than adding another section to this one, simply add a / to the url address followed by the page name. Hit return and you'll be taken to a blank version of that page ready for editing. For example, when the films page was added earlier the process was:

To this address Add a / and the name Hit return, then click on 'edit' to add text. Hyperlinks from the main page to the new page can be done simply by adding to the page

Hope that's made sense, I'm going to put content from this page onto pages of their own when I have time. Someone shout if they think this isn't helpful - am finding the main page rather crowded so thought it a good idea...