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Wake Up:Walk Out

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 April 2010

It's a Monday morning, perfect time to get the week off to a positive start.

Some local Bristol guys who are always doing positive work are the folks who run 'Be That Change'. "We are you. We're not big business, big religion or big charity. We’re just a small group of individuals as concerned as you about our future - things aren't making much sense any more."

That small group of individuals is calling for a modern day twist on direct action to ask the main UK political parties to commit to 42% carbon cuts.

If you think that protest marches don't cut it anymore, be one of millions to get the attention of MPs. Get invovled by texting WAKEUP to 82222 followed by name and postcode. Then Walk Out on Climate Change Day on April 26th. (see website details)
Get involved in the twitterstorm. Don't wait around for others to do it for you, be the change you want to see.  


Iceland diving

  • Posted by ruben
  • 16 April 2010

We just got this email in -

Hi lovely howies people,

Iceland is in the news a lot today which reminded me to send you these pics from our weekend there a few weeks ago.

We went diving in the Silfra Ravine, crystal clear, glacial melt water - amazing visibility!  At 1 degree it was a bit chilly but we were kept nice and toasty in our howies thermals, love the New Bay Surf top.

We also got up close and personal with the now rather famous volcano.

Amazing trip - happy days


Doodle jump up the mountain

  • Posted by ruben
  • 14 April 2010

Ade and I just got home from a whirlwind trip up to Manchester to meet some people and learn some stuff.

On the way there we passed one of Wales' most famous mountains, Cader Idris, and had a go at running up it.

The low clouds and mist coupled with the fading light made for a great atmosphere filled with looming rock faces and peaks rising out of the gloom.

We made it up the hundreds of beautifully built stone steps and to the lake in the middle, where we turned around and came back down to beat the dark.

40 minutes of real life doodle jump.

It was an amazing place and a great run. Must go back.

(And in case you were wondering, the echo up there was brilliant)

Under the river…

It was lunch time and I wanted some tea, so I went down the steps and into Fforest (my favourite coffee shop) and filled up a pot. It was at that point I noticed something tucked away in the corner. A shiny looking bike, I didn’t recognise any bits on the bike so I decided to find out a bit more by talking to the owner, Robbie.

It turns out that the bike was actually salvaged from the river, he saw the potential in it and decided to do it up, and with a bit of sand paper and a lick of paint he managed to transform a geared bike into a fixed gear. He spent some cash on a few new bits, but if a fifteen year old can salvage and recycle something like this, then I think there is a good lesson for the rest of us…

20% off the weekend.

Well bank holiday weekend is around the corner and things are getting a bit warmer... (That said the sea is as cold as ever).

So if you’re looking to stay warm (New bay surf Thermal) or cool down (Good old fashioned tees). Not only do we have the works but we have 20% off the lot until midday Monday. That includes all our awesome samples. After a good surf you may find yourself sat around a camp fire wrapped up in one of our cuddy shirts thinking 'best weekend ever'.

You can use this offer online and in our other shops as well - click here for more details on that.

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!



Green Oil UK Limited is a family run company based in Bromley in Kent. From product ingredients, to the bottle deposit scheme, to the recycled boxes used for wholesale orders, being green is central to all we do.

Green Oil has won awards for performance from the cycling world. Green Oil UK Limited, the company behind Green Oil won a Bromley Environment Award and was recently short listed for innovation in the BikeBiz Awards 2008.

Our cheesy slogan used to be 'destroy limits, not nature!'. The slogan referred to destroying your limits of skill, stamina and speed, yet without damaging the environment with nasty toxic chain lube. However, this wasn't inclusive of people who just wanted to ride to the shops.

Our new slogan isn't calling for a military coup, so don't worry. The revolution we all need to join, is one of making the world environmentally sustainable. Within this, we need to use bicycles more, and embrace the 'revolution' of all those cogs.

If people continue to use toxic chain lube indefinitely, future generations will have more pollution to clear up, aquatic life will suffer and cancer will spread. PFOA, a byproduct of Teflon, the ingredient used in many chain lubricants was classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a 'likely human carcinogen' in 2005.

If companies continue to use deforestation paper, and generally operate for short-term profit at the expense of the environment, the future will not be good for us, or for future generations.

We at Green Oil UK buy back our bottles, use sustainably sourced ingredients, and use recycled paper in the office. Our packaging is easily recyclable. For example, the plastic labels now used are the same type of plastic as the bottle, making recycling more efficient and reducing label contamination in the recycling stream.

End dependence on pollution join the revolution!

Simon Nash the founder of Green Oil, will be joining us on Tuesday 23rd March from 7:15pm onwards to give a talk on the company, how it all began and where it is going. He will also be giving demonstrations and a workshop on how to get the best from all the Green Oil products.

If you would like to come down and have a listen, a free beer or innocent smoothie and maybe get your hands a bit dirty, then email us at [email protected] or ring us on 0207 287 2345 and reserve your ticket!

Cycle the Lights

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 March 2010

A friend of mine, who I used to live with in Brighton, is doing a solo cycling adventure circumnavigating mainland Britain- visiting every on shore light house along the way.  

Simon's intention is to raise research funds and awareness about ovarian cancer.  Sadly he lost his mother to this silent disease last year, after a 3 year battle.

He has been training for this 6,000 mile journey since January, but to know Simon is to know he's been physically ready to do this for far longer!

You can check out his website and follow his progress on a live tracking map.  If he's heading through your town maybe you want to ride along with him to show your support.  As I type he is currently at St Just in Cornwall.  And if you feel so inclined there is also a link to donate to the cause.


Spring has sprung (..just about)

  • Posted by hollie
  • 8 March 2010

It was such a lovely weekend 'weatherwise'

There wasn't a cloud in the sky over Cardigan yesterday, and although it was still pretty cold it finally feels as if we're starting to shake off the last bits of winter and can look forward to Spring.

What better way to sum up springtime than snowdrops - I took this yesterday afternoon while on a walk through Cwm Degwel. lovely stuff! Viva la primavera!

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