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Taking a wrong turn

  • Posted by howies
  • 24 June 2009



I took a wrong turn on yesterday's ride on the Gower peninsula (in South Wales) that took me ten miles off route, ended up on a beautiful hill top with views of coast on the north and south, skylarks were soaring. If I had gone on the right route would have missed it all. Just shows a wrong turn can sometimes work out ok.

getting lost


  • Posted by howies
  • 21 June 2009



So today I head off on my little adventure cycling around the coast of Britain.

I haven't been this excited (or nervous) about a journey since I used to go to Butlins every year as a kid and ate egg sandwiches in the back of the car under a blanket at 5am.

Journeys are important, because they take us somewhere new, and it's how we learn new stuff.

I'm aiming to make a bunch of soundslide films (a bit like the crafty series ones). As I'm going clockwise from Bristol I should be over in Cardigan sometime Wednesday if all goes well. But judging by my fully loaded test this morning, I sure as heck am not going to break any records.

Back to packing (or more accurately unpacking stuff I don't really need).

small pic nick

teepay staff pick

  • Posted by aron
  • 10 June 2009

Today's teepay staff pick is 'Ride It Out' by sypha.

It's amazing how going for a ride clears your head and solves your problems.
Sypha says "Get out on the bike and you will make it through the hard times."

Amen to that.

Click here for men's tees or click here for women's tees.



ride,work, run, ride

  • Posted by ade
  • 13 May 2009



going to go for a run after work tonight before we ride home.
ruben (our web bloke) ed (runs our cardigan store) and hopefully david (the boss) are coming.

then a 10 mile cruise home.

will either clear the cold or make it worse.

the fixed rolls

  • Posted by ade
  • 6 May 2009

fixed done

The fixed finally came back from the black smiths with just 2 thin coats of clear lacquer.

It got a Chris King headset, aThompsom post, Azonic risers in place of the drops and an old XT brake lever. The saddle is a Brooks b17 in green leather and copper rivets. they clash a little with the gold on the CK, but...

And a new chain that would moor a ship.

And then the planned ride in this morning was thwarted as I had to take the kids to school.

But it does ride beautifully and I am looking forward to tomorrow arriving. Revamped toys are a good motivator for a commute that has not changed in the last 5 years.lush saddle

New mens tees online

  • Posted by aron
  • 29 April 2009

We've just uploaded some new t-shirts to the men's section on the site.
They're available to buy right now (Tom and Paul have been busy printing them all day).
So tell us, what's you® sport?


bike® print on night


finally fixed

  • Posted by ade
  • 28 April 2009

fixed1fixed2after a first coat of laquer that was only on one side and as thick as a book, the black smiths reblasted it and then resprayed it.

headset has now been re-pressed in and the cranks fitted.

the nice stuff to do on the not all nice things to do, to do list..


  • Posted by ade
  • 9 April 2009

in 2001 howies did their first catalogue. it was taken at some trails with some dirt jumpers.

one of the riders was Joe Anchor who would always go bigger.

At the Manchester sample sale I met Tim Royal from whitenosugarproductions.com who caught Joe on some super8 in the same year with some other riders we went on to sponsor, and some other riders who became big names.

This was filmed before they were really good and is a nice bit of footage showing great riders just riding summery trails.

Joe Anchor, Jim Davage, Chris Smith, Steve Geall and Olly and Grant Feilder.

lovely ride in

  • Posted by ade
  • 5 February 2009

The ride in this morning was a slight challenge. The valley has not thawed, and we got more snow last night so it was another day on the cross bike.

Bless those 700 x 37 tyres.

The snow is not too slippy in the soft stuff, it's the ice that's hard, but as long as you keep the speed up and the muscles relaxed you are usually across the sheet and back onto traction before it all goes wrong.

There was just one unclipping moment.

It's snowed all day, but doesn't seem to be settling. With the moon half out i can do the lanes with the lights off.

They're great these little adventures.

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