Tandem Wanted

  • Posted by aron
  • 19 April 2011

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 photoshoot@howies.co.uk

The more local you are the better. We can pick it up or arrange a collection.

Thanks.

cough, sniff, run

  • Posted by ade
  • 19 April 2011

My friend Chris is back from Canada. He is the one who got me back into running two years ago. Despite snot a cough and a fragile constitution it was time for the first run in 2 weeks.

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)

With the sun heading into the ocean we cut inland through the footpaths and lanes to complete the loop.

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.

dress up and ride

  • Posted by ade
  • 15 April 2011

if you are riding the dyfi enduro this year, as it's the 10th anniversary, you may want to embellish yourself in something more than lycra.

Rouleur 23. A good read.

  • Posted by ruben
  • 14 April 2011



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.

It's in stock here for £10.

Back to my emails.

run rabbit run

  • Posted by hollie
  • 13 April 2011

So...we did it!

A few months ago my friend Naomi and i decided that even though we weren't runners and had very little interest in exercise, we'd run a half marathon in 2011.

After a shambolic few months of very little training (but plenty of pre-run carb-eating) the day finally came around on Sunday. We'd travelled all the way up to Edinburgh to stay with a friend a few days before so were feeling fresh... but terrified, the furthest distance we'd run together was about 6 miles and i think it was finally dawning on us just how far the race was going to be.

We aren't totally unfit ladies, but knowing our limits we decided sensibly to place ourselves in the 2:30 - 2:45 time pen at the start, laughing at the fact our legs were aching a little bit from the walk to the Meadowbank stadium that morning.

It was a really hot sunny day and it later turns out that the course was actually too long, but we did it in the none-too-shabby time of 2 hrs 19 minutes (that also includes a quick toilet pit stop too!)

A few days ago i wrote a blog about the race, and Tim from the Mothership kindly offered us the use of the Kinetic app to track our race stats...so here are my screenshots! (the massive blue nosedive at about mile 3 would be the pit stop!)

A big thank you to anybody who lined the course to clap and shout encouragement, (it really did help immensely)

We weren't aiming to break any records or anything, we just aimed to finish the race together and in one piece...so on that note I'm pretty proud of us.

The ugly scenes of undignified chocolate bar eating at the finish line probably wasn't a pretty sight, or anything to be proud of -  but it had never tasted so sweet!

The story starts in London. Ruben and I were crossing Oxford Street when we were lept on by Darren. He recognised us from the blog and it turned out  he had been to howies to chat composites.

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.

Basque and Beyond

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..

Our newest team member on the BMX side of things is Lawrence Williams aka Pipe. Pipe is a dab hand on a 20" bike and also with a shovel. He has been making the most of the lighter nights and warmer weather and starting to make preparations for the summer. A new set of trials are in the making and there is much work to be done. BMXers willing to devote so much precious time off the bike and in the mud are seemingly on the wane but the commitment to the jumps is not in short supply here. The big earth moving jobs are done but the time consuming job of shaping these mounds into works of art will consume the spring. We look forward to seeing the fruits of his labour......

Ashley Charles over and out

  • Posted by will
  • 6 April 2011

Ashley has been very busy of late both at home and abroad. He has had the pleasure of sunning himself (albeit in a woollen hat) in Malaga with the Etnies team (see the Dig Mag website for coverage of that trip) but has also put in the hard work making the most of the dry days (or dry patches) in and around Bournemouth. The result of his local explorations is contained in this winter edit and there are some very interesting new spots along with the usual exceptionally high standard of riding. We hope to see more soon but i would imagine in Ashleys new place of residence on the other side of the Atlantic he wont be struggling so much to find a dry spell.... Good Luck over there

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