Monthly Archives: November 2012

Another 200 metres per hour

blacksmithEvery little bit helps I guess. My ride today was similar to yesterday’s. But I managed to go another 200 metres per hour. Not much but moving in the right direction again. Hopefully I will get in a longer ride tomorrow and start pummeling the suet into shape.

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Back on the bike

Back on the bike today for my first real ride in about a month. Too much travel. Legs felt like bags of suet. But kept going, sort of. A good 5km/hr slower than a month ago. Arrrgghhh…..

C & N Cycles

Damian at C & N Cycles has done a great job of getting my bike and all associated cycling kit for the Tour – and at a very welcome discount.

Thanks Damian and C & N.

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Front Page Update

I have just updated the front page of the blog.

You can now click directly through to the ClickIn donation page by clicking on the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania logo on the upper left hand side of the front page (more information on other ways to donate can be found on the ‘Donations’ page which you can get to by clicking on the word ‘donation’ in the top banner).

You can also find out more about the corporate sponsors and supporters by clicking on their logos,which now run down the right hand side of the page.

Fundraising update – 25% of the way

We are about 1/4 of the way to our goal of $50,000 to get the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania Day Care Centre built and equipped. Thanks to all sponsors and individual donors who have made direct contributions, given me cash or contributed through ChipIn.

We still have a ways to go but I am confident we will get there.

Now is the time to really build interest. If you want a poster to put up in your office or school to raise interest please leave a comment on this post and I will send you one.

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Gentlemen of the Road

An interesting bit from Bruce Chatwin’s Songlines:

“. . . migratory species are less ‘aggressive’ than sedentary ones. . . . The journey . . . pre-empts the need for hierarchies and shows of dominance. The ‘dictators’ of the animal kingdom are those who live in an ambience of plenty. The anarchists, as always, are the ‘gentlemen of the road’.”

Certainly on a long journey there is a greater sense of common community and a willingness to engage with on an equal basis and to support others. What is it about being sedentary that turns us into corrupt, class-obsessed, fortress building hoarders who objectify and dehumanize those who do not serve our greed so that we can eliminate them physically, socially or economically without tripping our conscience? Will, as Chatwin suggests, a culture of ‘journeying’ and an acceptance of impermanence change us?

Taking some sort of journey, migration or walkabout has long been part of growing up and maturing, a necessary rite of passage between school and work – the gap year, backpacking around the world. It would be interesting to study the different paths taken by those who have gone walkabout when young as opposed to those who have not. Do they retain a greater sense of common humanity or do they revert to type once they become part of the sedentary masses?

It is also a cliché for those in the throws of a mid-life crisis to quit their job, buy a Harley and hit the road. Does the midlife crisis happen when the conscience kicks in after being sucked into the culture of ‘getting and spending’ and the ambitions and ways of living that that the sedentary culture seems to demand? Is the journey a way to let the conscience breathe? To heal itself?

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Wilderness 1 – 2 – 1

A couple of weeks ago I sent Rob Williams at Wilderness 1 – 2 – 1, distributors of the ultralite cot, an email asking if I could drop by and buy an ultralite cot from him. He said sure. And then when he found out that I was going to ride the Tour d’Afrique for charity he offered me a great deal along with some other neat kit from his catalogue for free. I have just picked them up.
Thanks Rob and Wilderness 1 – 2 – 1. http://www.wilderness121.co.uk/

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Sponsors and supporters

Here are the fantastic organisations that have sponsored and supported Cylce 4 Sickle Cell and the sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania.

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Please support my supporters!

http://www.altron.co.za/

http://www.archipelagoproductions.cc/

http://chrismorgan.tv/

http://www.djpa.com/

http://www.truenorthrecords.com/Artists.php?artist_id=76

http://www.nabaki.com/

 

http://www.hotelseacliff.com/

http://taylerknight.co.uk/

http://thewalrus.ca/

Logos on Jerseys

We are getting some great support for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania. The jerseys for the Tour are now designed and have been sent to the manufacturer.

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5 reasons to ride a bike

I google’d ‘why do we ride bikes’ in a brain dead moment after finishing and sending off a long report. According to David Fiedler there are 5 reasons:

1. For Your Body

There are health benefits for people of all ages

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased strength
  • increased balance and flexibility
  • increased endurance and stamina
  • increased calories burned

Can’t really argue with that. Although I don’t really think too many car drivers get cyclist’s palsy in their hands (that tingly feeling) or have to slather on chamois cream before a hundred mile ride.

2. For Your State of Mind

It is a proven stress releaser. After a ride you feel relaxed, energized and happier about the world and yourself. And it is fun so it keeps you from taking yourself too seriously.

So no more Prozac for Mr. Fieldler. That’s good. I like that. I’m happy now. No stress.

But is a sixty-year-old man cycling through a sub Saharan desert in canary yellow or bright pink spandex taking himself too seriously or not seriously enough? Your call. Depends on what kind of fun you are having in your canary yellow spandex I guess.

3. For Your Community

It’s good for the people around you – one less car on the road. No noise. You are able to interact with people. It does not harm the environment: no polluting exhaust, no oil or gas consumed, small material inputs.

I like this. Makes me sound virtuous, which of course I am, if a bit dull. Are the material inputs for 8 bikes less than the energy and material inputs to make 1 small car? Possibly.

But not so sure about the people interaction bit. The roads can be mean. Kind of hard to toss off a friendly ‘Hi, how’s your day been?’ when somebody’s just pulled out in front of you and sent your over the bars.

4. For Convenience

There is an undeniable convenience factor: parking spaces are guaranteed, traffic jams are irrelevant.

Absolutely. And so easy to throw into the back of a pickup. Did you get the license plate #?

5. For Your Pocketbook

When you start multiplying cost per mile to operate a car by the distance you ride, you can easily calculate how much money you save by riding a bike.

daily round trip commute = 10 miles.

operating cost of car per mile = 30 pence

Cycle to work 150 days in a year

Savings = 10 * 150 *.3 =  £450

Makes sense?

Cycling shoes =  £120

Cycling shorts * 4 = £240

Cycling jerseys * 4 = £240

Rain jacket = £80

10 inner tubes = £50

2 pairs of cycling gloves = £30

1 new chain = £30

Yes, perfect sense!

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