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the howies store, bristol

Your Beautiful Machine

  • Posted by howies
  • 23 March 2010

We want your pictures of your very own beautiful machines.

This is a picture of Laurie's new bike. It is her dream bike that she got for her birthday, so it is no longer her dream.

A Beautiful Machine exhibition is on for 2 weeks above the howies Bristol store starting 26th March. We want to fill one of our blank exhibition walls with pictures of your dream bike or the bike you actually own that has been on many adventures with you.

Send us a pic and we will pin it up on the wall, we want to document all those well loved beautiful machines out there, so do share yours with us and all those who attend the exhibition. The finished wall of bicycle wonderment will be blogged too.

Snail mail to howies, 62 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RE.

Any questions, give us a bell on 01179298928

We can't print off emailed images so please snail mail them to us. You have 2 weeks, so don't panic!

A Beautiful Machine

  • Posted by ruben
  • 23 March 2010

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Beginning Friday March 26th McFaulStudio and howies have curated a two-week event of art, talk and ride based above the howies store in Bristol. We have reached out to those who ride, those who allow us to ride...and those who want us to ride, bringing us all together in a carnival of bicycle. Those who design and those who draw, those who paint or shoot or sew, those who talk or make, those who fix and those who nurture are all involved as they all share a love of A Beautiful Machine.

Over 50 artists from around the Globe. 15 incredible speakers over 5 evening talks. 1 bicycle treasure hunt. 1 rather special bicycle auction and 1 Critical Mass. Two weeks in Bristol. A lot of fun.

All the artwork is auctioned, and evening talks ticketed (£5) in aid if the Save the Children – Haiti Appeal.

Let the good times roll!



manchester ride out

  • Posted by ade
  • 21 March 2010



We went out last night to Didsbury to Greens restaurant. Barney and me rode out on the main highway.

Super flat and super fast drafting buses and swerving the death pot holes. We met Sinead from howies Carnaby for good food and conversation.

We rode back into town up the Oxford road which gave us some heavy traffic to zag through and then straight into the city centre that was in the full throws of a Saturday night.

Nearly got broadsided by a police van doing a u-turn.

I don't get to ride city much so I was a buzzing when we got back to the hotel.

Would love to spend a day hacking round this city,

1940s Skate Board

  • Posted by howies
  • 20 March 2010

The Drift & SAS film showing went really well last night, thanks to all those who came along and raised money for SAS.

When Chris from Surf Screen was leaving we mentioned that we have the Deckades exhibition coming up in April and it turned out that he had a retro skate board of his own. It has a Californian 1940s deck and 70s wheels. Well, I never!

BBC help out the thrillseekers

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 March 2010

The BBC have gotten themselves a bit of a bad rep lately.

However, they do have a website that tells you what free, fun, adventurous things you can do in your area. Bristol has scuba diving, snorkelling and indoor climbing. When I get around to trying them, i'll let you know how I get on.

For the thrillseekers out there.....


An interview with Richard Stewart

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 March 2010

Richard Stewart is the director of the new Surfers Against Sewage film ‘Protect Our Waves'.

You can read a great interview with the man himself on the Drift website, click here.

Pop the kettle on and have a read.

It's a bit of inspiration to go and see it on Friday night at the Bristol Shop.

Protect our Waves

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 March 2010

This Friday, 19 March at 7pm, the Bristol Shop is hosting  a double bill of surf goodness along side Drift.

As well as SAS’s new film, ‘Protect Our Waves’, featuring the likes of Gabe Davies, Toby Donachie, Candice O’Donnell, Jack Johns, Jayce Robinson, Sam Bleakley, Nathan Phillips and Richie Sills, The Surfscreen will also be showing Cyrus Sutton’s ‘Under the Sun’, a beautiful exploration of the divergent scenes of Australia’s Gold Cost and Byron Bay.

It’s £3 on the door, but money raised will go to SAS, so come along and show your support.

Totally worth a pop in, take some popcorn.

Bristol Staircase Gallery

  • Posted by howies
  • 5 March 2010


Artist, Samantha Gilraine came in yesterday to refresh our Staircase Gallery in the Bristol shop.

Samantha is a Bristol based artist and photographer who merges traditional painting and digital photography.

"My aim when creating artwork is not to just recreate what a landscape looks like, but the real experience and feeling of being within a landscape. "

Pop by to see Samantha's work over the next few weeks.

We also have a selection of greetings cards on sale of  Samantha's work if you would like to take a smaller version home with you.

Wee Do, Noel Sweeney

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 February 2010

Local beer is being kindly provided by our mates at Bristol Beer Factory.

There are still some tickets left. You can reserve tickets through the Bristol shop via email or giving us a ring.

The shop will be open all evening for the event so you will get a chance to try out the new spring season range which has just come in.

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