Nobber stole my bike!

If I find you, you'll wake up in the river attached to a shopping trolley.
A person pushing my bike down the street after stealing it

Seriously… at 3:55 this morning a male human of indeterminate race, of average height managed to steal two bikes and a lawnmower (the whole lot being chained together in an attempt at stopping this… which worked once before when some other tit broke into our shed).

If you’re curious here is a pair of youtube videos I captured from my CCTV camera. This first one shows the thief happily strolling into our front gate and going around the side. The side where the back gate isn’t which is interesting to know… And this second video shows him pushing our bikes off down the road.

If you want reasonably cheap and not-too-bad CCTV cameras, go on eBay and find ‘dbPower’ PTZ IP cameras. Then make a Linux box work and use ZoneMinder to record images from it. There will be a blog post shortly explaining how to set them up together once a second one has been posted to me.

Local cycle loop

One of the things I’ve been looking for since getting my bike is a straight forward loop I can do. Something straight forward that doesn’t involve tricky navigation, getting covered in mud or having to get off and carry my bike over obstacles. Just a nice circular route I can do after work for half an hour or so.

This four mile ride should do it quite nicely. I can optionally extend it by going around the back of the golf course and past the hospital, if I want a longer ride.

Here is a link to the KMZ file: Local Loop 1

And if you want to look at it on Google Maps, click this link.

Created by My Tracks on Android.

Total Distance: 6.39 km (4.0 mi)
Total Time: 22:58
Moving Time: 21:33
Average Speed: 16.75 km/h (10.4 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 17.80 km/h (11.1 mi/h)
Max Speed: 36.00 km/h (22.4 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 70 m (230 ft)
Max Elevation: 119 m (391 ft)
Elevation Gain: 162 m (533 ft)
Max Grade: 6 %
Min Grade: -10 %

Bike Advice Needed: Lights

It’s getting dark earlier now, and there are many twisty paths where I live. The sort of place you often see on the 6 o’clock news cordoned off by police tape and a little white tent nearby. According to our local council they’re called “nature trails” (I think the locals read that as “rubbish dumps”, but there you go) and they’re quite good fun to ride along.

I need a set of lights for the front of my bike that’ll light the surrounding area up well enough to not be decapitated by low branches, fall down holes, or cycle into some waiting miscreant. I also don’t have masses of money to spend, but don’t want to buy rubbish that’ll break down.

Advice please, O wise Internet…

Exploring my local area by bike

I’ve been out on my bike once again exploring the local area. Whereas most people tend to cycle down the river’s edge, looking at the rubbish-strewn dark trails that lead off into the reclaimed wilderness but continuing, I think “that looks an interesting way” and set off down it. Sometimes it turns into a nice little loop full of local interest, other times it turns into a bit of a crap ride.

Today was the second type of trail. It looked quite promising from Google Maps’ satellite view. My aim was to cycle into town but by going down the river. I now know this is not possible, there’s a railway in the way. I did find where the locals dump their rubbish and old fridges though.

For the morbidly curious, here’s the Google Maps link and you can download the KMZ file Deadend trail.

My Google Earth is now collecting a healthy pattern of red tracks running over the reclaimed land either side of the river. Looking at the area now, you’d never think there used to be a gravel quarry and coal mine. I think I’ll now try and cycle North up the river itself, rather than the canal part. Ultimately I’d like to cycle along the Pennine Trail to Leeds and then the other way to wherever it goes.

I took my previously mentioned Asahi Pentax film camera with me. Hopefully the pictures will come out and look good. I’ve almost stopped looking at the back for a preview image 😉

Here’s the stats for today’s ride

Created by My Tracks on Android.

Total Distance: 7.52 km (4.7 mi)
Total Time: 48:27
Moving Time: 33:32
Average Speed: 9.35 km/h (5.8 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 13.46 km/h (8.4 mi/h)
Max Speed: 27.90 km/h (17.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 68 m (222 ft)
Max Elevation: 84 m (274 ft)
Elevation Gain: 135 m (444 ft)
Max Grade: 3 %
Min Grade: -7 %
Recorded: Wed Sep 23 16:56:52 GMT+01:00 2009

Using a T-Mobile G1 with My Tracks is really really good.

Through the nettles and around the rubbish dump

Today’s random bike ride took me around the picturesque Welbeck Landfill, following the overgrown paths along the river. While not the most visually pleasant of rides, it has enough excitement in the form of giant holes in the path and lots and lots of nettles to keep the mind focussed. Popping out in the expensive looking hamlet of Kirkthorpe is always a surprise. I might make this a regular ride, it’s just under 4 miles and takes around half an hour to do. Could be fun in the dark.

Here’s the KML file of the trip: Around the rubbish dump

Alternately, click this to see the Google Maps version.

Here’s some stats

Created by My Tracks on Android.

Total Distance: 6.34 km (3.9 mi)
Total Time: 31:22
Moving Time: 28:31
Average Speed: 12.18 km/h (7.6 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 13.33 km/h (8.3 mi/h)
Max Speed: 29.70 km/h (18.5 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 66 m (215 ft)
Max Elevation: 85 m (278 ft)
Elevation Gain: 134 m (439 ft)
Max Grade: 5 %
Min Grade: -4 %
Recorded: Tue Sep 08 18:30:36 GMT+01:00 2009