Yesterday I got up late and Had a Bath then my Breakfast then fixed a Blind on the Toilet Window and also A Cupboard. I was settling down to read something and I just remembered I would have to buy some Presents for my Relations. O my Gosh this is really the only Day left to get anything in the City as tomorrow is Christmas Eve.
So I put on my Old crumpled Cycling Jumper and my Jacket and decided not to bring the front Carrier on my dutch Bike as I would not be getting anything big ,I just took the two Ortlieb Panniers for the Rear Carrier. I cycled into the City,there was a very Hard frost but no actual Snow but bits of Hailstones and Snow that would not stick. There is Snow everywhere Else but Dublin City did not get any.
I pulled up at one of my Favourite Department Stores Arnotts in Liffey Street at the cycle Stand/ Rack and looked around for my Lock. What what in the Name of all thats Holy where's me Bleedin Bike Lock,Im not leaving it here with just the Wheel Lock on. A load of muttered Curses later I went off to my local Bike Shop and bought a New Lock,not a Super Duper very strong lock but an acceptable Lock all the same. So I done my Shopping and went off to Easons Bookshop in O' Connell Street and had a look around,then I remembered I had better get some Bottles of Wine. So back to Liffey Street to the same Bike Stand/Rack ,Parked the Bike only this time I went into Marks and Spencer across the Road. Bought two Bottles of Plonk a Red and White some Reduced Fat Croissants and two bags of Chocolate Chip Cookies a Jar of Dark Bitter Sweet Marmalade and a Jar of Blueberry Conserve. To Spread on the Croissants Luverly Jubbly then headed Home at 7.00pm.
I was just in time for the Sleet ,more Hailstones and bits of Snow. When I got Home I discovered I now have a load of different Assortment of Bike Locks and a Cable. One is my very big and heavy Town Lock that I should have brought with me,two Chains and two Padlocks, a U Lock and the Steel Cable. Because I was Chopping and changing about what to bring,would I bring my Basket and front Carrier ,I forgot the big Bike Lock and Chain.
Moral of this Piece, never forget your Bike Lock, Happy Christmas to all of you in the World of Bicycling & Happy Trails.
24 December 2009
I picked this up on Mike Rubbos Site on You Tube.It is the Type of Cycling Infrastructure that we could do with in Ireland but the Government is dragging its Heels on by not providing it for us. O to live in the Netherlands in Bicycle Heaven. Where you have Beautiful wide Cycle Paths and Superhighways and where you cannot get Doored by Passengers alighting from Cars.YouTube - Talking to David Hembrow
18 December 2009
I went to the Dublin Cycling Campaign and Irish Messengers/ Bike Couriers Christmas Party last Night in the Pod Nightclub in the former Train Station in Harcourt Street. It was great Fun. Everybody was having a go at the Goldsprint Spinning Bikes Competition including myself. I tried it twice,it consists of two Bikes on Rollers connected to a Computer which shows the distance Speed time and two pointers to show who is Winning. There were a Group of Bike Couriers who Won the Competition,I did not Compete against them as I would have no chance. Also there was a Raffle for Bike Accoutrements like Lights Helmets etc. The Weather was a bit Icy with Snow trying its best to fall. Loads of People Attending Parties and Tonnes of People using Bikes now in Dublin. If only the D.C.C. would put in a decent Bike Infrastructure and not Pander to the Car Lobby all the time it would be Bliss going on your Bike.
05 December 2009
Anti Climate Change Demonstration backing up the Copenhagen Talks,Dublin 5th December 09.
I joined the Smurfs in a Demonstration against Global Warming starting from Custom House Quay up to Government Buildings in Merrion Street. To Demand our Government to Lower the Irish Carbon Count,Restrict the use of Gas Guzzlers through our Cities and Towns and give back the Streets to our Pedestrians and Cyclists. That the Pollution is causing our Seas to Rise and we have had an awful lot of Floods lately and it is getting worse not better. We demand of our Politicians to get their Finger out and stop Pandering to big Business and the Motoring Industry and restrict Car usage and move Freight by Train and not Juggernaut Trucks. Many People in the World are getting forced off their Land by Rising Waters and very soon they will have no Countries left forcing them on to the rest of us to Help them out. Stop sitting around doing nothing MR Government Ministers.Be prepared for more Demonstrations. Myself in the first Picture outside the Custom House.Picture of my Bike with new Blue Basket outside my House. Man with his Brompton Folding Bike outside Government Buldings. The Girl with the Bobblers on her Head won Second best Costume for the Blue Wave Demo. Various Pictures at the Custom House and Government Buildings. The Weather was very nice for the demo but got Colder and Wetter later on.