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  • Posted by howies
  • 3 August 2010
This Thursday 5th August is the launch of the Watershed's weekend festival of cycle related films, Cyclescreen.
There are talks too, including our very own Nick Hand talking about his Slowcoast adventure on Sunday 8th Aug at 2pm.
To see the full programme go here .
Alastair Humphreys Lecture on Sat 7th at 5pm is selling out, so be quick to get your tickets.

Nick's off again

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 August 2010



Nick Hand

This morning I came into the office and had an email about Nick Hand who has helped howies with numerous things, he's worked on our catalogues and taken hundreds of amazing photos and is generally a great guy.

Anyway last year he cycled around the coast of Britain taking photos, meeting artisans around the coast and making sound slides about them, well Nick is now off to carry on the journey around the coast of Ireland.

He starts next Tuesday from Belfast and again he will be raising money for Parkinson's disease society, so far he's raised over £6,000 and he's hoping to double that over the next couple of months.

You can donate here http://www.justgiving.com/nickhand

You can follow him here http://www.slowcoast.co.uk , the site will be updated this week with the Ireland route so you can track him and you can see his blogs here http://nickhand.typepad.com/

Good luck Nick and have a great journey, I for one am looking forward to seeing new photos and hearing about how you get on along the way.

Take care, from everyone from howies

Tonight it's the turn of Nick Hand, John Stevenson, and James Fairbank to tell us cycling stories.

Talks kick off around 7pm and doors open around 6:30pm. Online ticket sales have stopped now so entry is by donations on the door.

The auction in aid of Save The Children continues for A Beautiful Machine exhibition art work. Also, the bike on display is up for auction in aid of The Bristol Bike Project, so tell us your secret bids.

John Stevenson is a career cycling journalist and a bike enthusiast from Future Publishing. www.futureplc.com

James Fairbank is a huge biking obsessive, with experience in BMX, mountain biking and road cycling. www.carhartt-streetwear.com

Our very own Nick Hand is talking about his adventures cycling around the coast of the UK and the artisans and cyclists he met along the way. http://www.slowcoast.co.uk

nick's back

  • Posted by ade
  • 4 October 2009

the hand returns

at 3pm about 25 riders met nick in clevedon across from the pier for one last round of tea, coffee and cake before the big ride into bristol. the bikes wer a mix of tour de france technology and the oldest of school.

when i got to howies bristol shop there was just under 100 friends and family waiting to cheer him home and then a group of people who had joined the fray to see what was going to happen. Over 10 had made the trip over from Cardigan.

then he rounded the victoria rooms and rolled into queens road to clapping and cheers.

then hugs, kisses, smiles, tears, tea, cakes, beer, music, conversation, stories and pictures of the journey.

and then at 10.30 a very tired nick drove himself home, and his bike rested the night in store.

welcome home.

the crowd

what a great night

Billy Bragg and Nick Hand on the slowcoast

  • Posted by tim
  • 17 September 2009


Every man has his heroes, ever since i've known Nick we do most of our chat about the bands we love and hate, frame builders and at some time during the evening Billy Braggs name will crop up on Nicks lips and he'll slide away from our conversation silently and go quiet as i see Billy's lyrics floating round his shaven little head and a dreamy look fall over his aging chops like a warm wind kissing a cold face. So yesterday when i checked Nick's position on the map and saw he was headed to Lyme Regis i thought i'd drop him a line and tell him where Billy lives and also warn him of Abbotsbury Hill and the nasty climb out of Lyme. This morning i got a lovely text from Nick telling me he's just posted a soundslide of Billy and of course mentioning those climbs. Good old Nick, here's the clip of the Bragg.


I just got an update from nick about how hard the goings been on the east coast around hull and the like, strong headwinds that near destroy your momentum and make you question things you shouldn't. But he's on his way down to Lincoln and  he's in fine spirits, and also 7lbs lighter than he was a month ago. There are some great new soundslide episodes up on his website, this blacksmith one being a highlight for me. Whilst you're over there check out Tilda Swintons comments about being an alien.

Nick Hand

  • Posted by tim
  • 6 August 2009


Just got off the phone to Nick, he's in fine form and on his way down the east coast. So the news was all about the Orkney's, he mentioned this huge chambered cairn called Maes Howe he went in. Sounded fantastic so i googled it and here we go, some history.


Nick Hand on the slowcoast

  • Posted by tim
  • 18 July 2009


Nick has some great soundslides up right now about some interesting folks he's met on the way around the shores of our island. 15 mins have passed as i watched them and the day has changed it's hue aready.

here's one to get you going.

Go Buddy go......


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