It is probably fair to say that we self-powered, two-wheeled folk aren't terribly well catered for when it comes to streaming services. Occasionally you'll see a documentary pop up about a certain racing cyclist from yesteryear, or industrial-scale doping scandals, but you very rarely see anything...positive. It could be why people are drawn to crowdfunded... Continue Reading →
Bike locks tested to destruction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfZ-S63AsPQ This is a very entertaining, albeit sobering video from Francis Cade. Here he tests a variety of locks, from the cable locks I keep asking you not to use, to the Sold Secure Gold rated alternatives. Most locks will be defeated with time, but a good lock just buys you more of it. Whilst... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: Trails on Trial – A film by Manon Carpenter and Dwaco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFR2tYVWBg A very good video this, featuring our local pro mountain biker Manon Carpenter. You'll also no doubt recognise a lot of the locations --the Garth, Graig-y-Allt; Barry Sidings Cafe and many more. It talks about the growth in mountain biking around here, as well as the growing conflict around the informal trails that have... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: Alternatives to sprawl – Case studies in building better suburbs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sA2LeHTIUI If we are serious about moving away from cars, we really need to stop building for them. As we talked about in our LDP post, a new way of looking at urban development needs to be found. We need to move away from US-style suburbs that require a car to get around and arguably... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: How our streets got stolen from us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfsTNNCbP0 Another excellent video from youtuber Adam Something.
How We End Consumerism
This is an excellent video that gets to the nub of what I've been hovering around for some time. My delve into minimalism, urbanism and investing have led me to a number of troubling realisations.
Something to watch: Planet of the Humans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE The whole film is available to watch for free on Youtube at the moment. It's a difficult watch, but it does raise some important questions about what we humans are doing. My biggest takeaway from it is that in searching for greener alternatives we need to be mindful that we’re not just replacing one... Continue Reading →
Something to read: The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report in 2018, pulling in evidence from 107 experts from 52 countries in order to provide governments around the world with the data behind human-induced climate breakdown. Over two years in the making, this report highlights the multiple interactions between climate change and land. It assesses... Continue Reading →
Dom Whiting’s Drum and Bass on a Bike
Many moons ago we talked about starting a Slow Roll here in Cardiff. Sadly life got in the way and we never really pursued the idea. Fortunately, DJ Dom Whiting brought his decked-out cargo-bike to Cardiff and showed everyone how it could be done.
Analogue experiences in a digital age
It matters little how we got to this place, but I think we need to take a step back. We sit, staring at our phones, pulling down to refresh in the hope that some life-affirming news will appear in our social media feed. When times are bad, we scroll. When times are good, we scroll.... Continue Reading →