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Gonna wait till midnight hour

  • Posted by alex
  • 27 June 2011

It's Monday folks. That means you've got 12 hours to grab something in our Short Sale and to
get in your submissions for the Summer Shorts competition. We've even been making a few
movies of our own.

We've had some great entries on our facebook page and there's still time to upload your
own video submission to win howies prizes.

What's next from us? Maybe a full bike tour of the office...

Summer Shorts Competition

  • Posted by alex
  • 24 June 2011


If you havent' already heard, we're running a short competition and want your shorts... your short films that is.

So in short, you’ve got until midnight Monday to film and upload a 35 second summer sport movie.

Head to our facebook page to upload your videos or post a YouTube link. You can also tweet your entry with the hashtag

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Free Bikes... again

  • Posted by alex
  • 22 June 2011

A few weeks ago Ruben posted about a few "Free Bikes" that were found in the bottom of the Frederiksholm’s Canal in Copenhagen.

Wonder if this is how they got there...?

fort william trials
Fort William is perhaps better known for it's downhill events but has always had a Trials presence. The event showcases the skill and technique of bikers who can navigate over rocks, logs, pipes, barrels and vehicles in impressive style.

Local lad and British Championship trials rider, Owen Gawthorpe, dropped us a line after the event to share a few photos from his recent win at the Fort William UCI World Cup.

He's currently in the process of entering the World Championship series in the Czech Republic and Spain this summer and will be riding in a great bundle of howies merino to keep him focused on the bike, not sweating the competition.

Good luck this summer. Keep following that front wheel.

fort william trials

Cardigan Street Racing

  • Posted by alex
  • 20 June 2011


Last year howies sponsored the Cardigan Street race. Here's a little taster from last year, when the local streets were taken over by riders to bring in 2010 Welsh National Champion, Rhys Lloyd, in a photo-finish.

This year, howies are working with local cycling club Velo Teifi to bring back the Cardigan street race. The laps made around our little town will once again be the biggest race of the Welsh Crit calendar; the decider for Welsh National Championships.

It will be a very fast talented field. The course is amazing, with the start / finish line right outside the new howies shop...

Race day is August 14th with 6 races taking place on the day:

  • 12.45pm - Race 1 Youth Cat C D E
  • 1.30 pm - Race 2 Youth CAT A B
  • 2.20pm - Race 3 Open race to anyone over 16
  • 3.00pm - Race 4 Female Nation championships and Masters
  • 4.00pm - Race 5 Male Welsh National Championship Elite Cat 1/2/3
  • 5.10pm - Race 6 Cat 3-4 riders

Like last year, there will almost certainly also be a healthy amount of local competition as riders from our office go head-to-head with other local shops and businesses. (Did you spot the howies boys at 1:55?)

We welcome you to join us speed the streets and get involved in what promises to be a fast, action packed day. With excellent vantage points along the entire course there are plenty of reasons to come down and show your support!

If you're interested in racing, helping marshal, set up or pack up more information on the event can be found from Velo Teifi here.

Bikes are neat

  • Posted by alex
  • 16 June 2011


Found this today on the daily trawl of the World-Wide-Web, entitled "Bikes Are Neat".

Yes. They are. Especially if you can ride them like this!

Breaking the dry spell

  • Posted by alex
  • 14 June 2011


For the past few weeks I've been really busy and life's been getting the better of me. Despite keeping an eager eye on wave buoy and looking at webcams, swell and spare time haven't seemed to meet.

Last night I decided it was time to break the dry spell and raced home from the office for an hour in the water after work. Sure, it wasn't big and the tide wasn't perfect, but it felt so good to be back in the water, especially being bright, warm and sunny.

The other good news is it looks like there may be a few waves hanging around through the week. Long live the post-work surf.


  • Posted by alex
  • 10 June 2011


Work-Play / Play-Work
Found this on my desk this morning and it sums up a Friday for me - Work today, Play tomorrow!

The broadsheet is a collection of over a decade of work in graphic design, filled with personal projects and commissions for some well-known names.

Cheers Gareth - reminds me, I must get out my Work Hard, Canoe Home tee this weekend...


Bike Lanes

  • Posted by alex
  • 9 June 2011


Got sent this on twitter in response to our T-shirt of the month.

How many of you "bicyclist"s have to put up with an urban obstacle course like this?

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