Some political hot potatoes being thrown about here in howies HQ today.
The Alternative Vote Referendum is coming up in a few weeks’ time - and here in the office we've got some certain yes or no votes, whereas others are as yet still undecided....(and then there are those of us that haven't really got a good grasp of what it all means!)
There's a pretty good discussion going on over on our facebook page, so log in and have your say! help those of us who are undecided...(or in some cases have no idea what it's all about!)
Hello folks. That time has come again when we need your help.
We would like to borrow a tandem bike for the next howies photoshoot.
We need it it soon though as the shoot is just around the corner.
If you can help us out then email a photo of your tandem bike to Millie at [email protected]
The more local you are the better. We can pick it up or arrange a collection.
He has been working out there for the winter and running ultra marathons and 100 miler. We went for a quick hour round the cliff path.
We left the road from Poppit sands and headed out around Cemaes Head on the Pembrokeshire coastal path. The ground is bone dry and dusty, and the heat over the last few weeks has bought out the 1000's of flying insects you see in the picture. I had to pull my merino over my mouth when we chatted to avoid swallowing air plankton.
We stopped just round the corner 150 meters above a beach called Traeth Godir-Coch that you can only get to by boat. Over 50 seals were on the beach as it's mating season, and we would see at least 10 in the water. (the i-phone pic was too awful to use)
I got to ask him the burning question that has been nagging me since reading Born to Run. Can I run 100 miles in the next year. He told me about his highs and lows. Diet. Calorie in take. Kit, training and mindset.
It's mind set.
So I need to sit down with a pen and paper over Easter, work out the plan and book a place on a 100 miler.
If you are out here ever, run this place. The light and the tricks it plays on the eye are worth the odd fly in your eye.
Still time to order and for us to get your stuff to you in time for these lovely long weekends on the horizon.
Order by Wednesday 3pm and subject to stock availability your parcel will be landing on your door mat by Thursday.
(Some lucky people living in the outlying areas of the UK better order by Tuesday 3pm!)
Plenty of summery layers for when the sun is shining.
Merino to keep you warm when the sun goes down.
Running and cycling take up a really big chunk of my time. If I'm not working or sleeping, I'm probably running or riding. Or reading, talking or writing about running and riding. I don't claim to be a master of either, but I do my best to be as good as I can while juggling work and life.
It's the things I read and the people I meet that keep the fire burning in me to be better and go further. To spend longer in the saddle, to push past the point where I want to stop and find out what happens next...
One of my favourite reads in the cycling department that fuels this fire very well is Rouleur.
Although I'm more of the off road persuasion, the photography and the stories in these pages will stir any rider.
Back to my emails.
His company makes anything out of composites. From art work, to bits for architects to stuff for racing.
My shoes busted last week and a bit gutted (cause they still had miles left in them) I ordered more shoes.
When he saw my busted shoes on the blog he mailed and offered a kind repair.
I posted them Wednesday and Nigel applied a flexible bond and they arrived today with both soles fully rebonded to the uppers.
Perfectly good shoes will now carry on perfectly as hack shoes.
Thank you very much Darren and Nigel, I am wearing them tonight.
A little while back the Kingdom Bikes boss, Chris, invited me along on a trip around most of the north of Spain. From the Basque Country, through the Asturias, a short stay in Hicksville and finishing with a whistle-stop tour of Madrid, I can safely say that I now know a lot more about the geography – the stunning mountains and green pastures, of the region.
Chris was not only in the Pais Vasco “In search of ETA”, but also to make a film about his bike, the Vendetta, and to test out his new frame. Predictably, this test quickly became more about a trail of discovery than a bike riding trip and we found ourselves immersed in local culture at a slower pace of life.
We spent most of our time in the Basque being lost, as for some reason known only to the Basque natives there are absolutely no maps available for the area around the sizeable town we briefly inhabited. Alas, with a certain amount of sweat and hiking we eventually made it to the highest peak in the area and found a sweet, flowing singletrack back to the exact spot we had parked up. All in all a perfect bike ride.
The remainder of our time was spent being lost around the Picos de Europa and a neighbouring Natural Park – one of the most incredible mountain ranges I have been to and my re-discovering of the sheer scale and diversity of Spain was certainly very humbling. Those mountains are fierce and unforgiving and I will be back, that is for sure - I have been inspired.
Look out for the film of our tour of the Lost North some time soon (...ish).
Thanks to Chris, howies, Riders Refuge, BOS/R53 and Bike Dirty for helping me out..