Cycling: The weather

The unpredictable weather is often cited as an excuse not to cycle regularly.

I commute six days a week cycling 20 minutes each way.  Although [wikipop]Manchester[/wikipop] has a reputation for being rather wet the reality is that it is probably no wetter than anywhere else in the UK.

During a year I will be rained on while travelling in both directions around 4 times and in one direction six times.  A full covering of waterproof clothing keeps me dry but a couple of times I misjudged the weather and arrived wet but soon dry off. Checking the morning’s weather becomes part of your bedtime routines.

 

 

 

Banging on a bike

The iPad has created a whole range of new ways for music making from recreating traditional instruments:

to rethinking the way instruments work:

and Smule have a range of apps that cover both ends of the spectrum. The latest is the MadPad with which you record sound & video samples of any objects you happen upon. These are then laid out in a grid for you to drum on to create your masterpiece.

One of the default sets is a range of bicycle sounds. So following in the footsteps of a young [wikipop]Frank Zappa[/wikipop] on a 1963 edition of the [wikipop]Steve Allen Show[/wikipop]

and our very own Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra:

I banged away…

Flooping on a sunny Sunday afternoon

The Fallowfield Loop (or Floop) follows the [wikipop search=”Fallowfield Loop railway line”]old rail route[/wikipop] round the south of Manchester. It is mostly traffic free (apart from a road crossing at Fallowfield) and is much used… particularly on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

I went down to the far end of the [wikipop]Gorton reservoirs[/wikipop] and then back to [wikipop search=”Chorlton-cum-Hardy”]Chorlton[/wikipop] which produced enough video to make a movie (book your tickets now!):

Any suggestions to remove more of the narcissistic credits?