WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Parkinson's UK & The National Garden Scheme Cycle Tour

It's come about quickly, but we've got a lovely cycle tour planned for Sunday 28 May.

Lesley Jenkins and her husband Mike (not pictured), welcomed me at their
lovely garden during the pre-ride planning day.

I made the ride last Sunday to learn the route and find all the destinations. I can testify that it's F A B U L O U S ! I've written out the agenda along with some additional details in the Events section of the blog. [ Read more about this event... ]

If you've got the time and inclination, come on out. It's gonna be a blast!


☞  Read how Parkinson's UK and the National Garden Scheme are working together, click here.

☞  To find a garden within the National Garden Scheme near you, click here.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Zen Master

"... some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality, but when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist." - Robert M. Pirsig

I first read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" in my early twenties while failing miserably in architecture school. The book completely fucked with my head and put another high velocity kick into my already spinning confusion about what the hell I was doing with my life. And I loved it.

I know enough philosophy to get me in trouble. That is, I've read quite a bit... took some courses in college covering the classical Greek thinkers, read a bit of existential crap and other European hoohaa, and then I was raised as a confused Presbyterian in a little Southern redneck town. So, I know as much as anyone and everyone.

Persig died today. And though I haven't read the book in years, I can honestly say that I carry it with me in my thoughts every day. To say that the book had a profound impact on me is to put it mildly. I've returned to the damn thing several times; especially while dealing with the knuckleheads in grad school. Its critical analysis on life has been a tool I employ to this day. (Case in point; "What the fuck do the Brits mean when they say 'proper'?")

So I'm saddened by this news. But perhaps some folks unfamiliar with the novel will pick up this philosophical-tome and they too will receive a great deal of comfort from the rational thinking on an irrational world. It's fucking quality.

- Rasputin Crankshaw

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Ride Reports

I'm not planning to turn this blog into a portal, but I've been busy with some other things of late that I thought you might find of interest. Check out the links below and let me know what you think.

Ride with GPS
They've a powerful new feature that I've found completely engaging; Ride Reports. It's a pretty straight-forward component that allows the user to create magazine-style articles to elaborate upon their rides. Check out some of the great stories from all over the world.

[ View RwGPS Ride Reports ]

Portland Design Works
Recently, I won some cool swag from this company so I am without a doubt - completely biased. But you should check out their gear too because they've some great stuff... I particularly fancy the metal fenders/mudguards.

[ View Portland Design Works ]

Cool New Swag!
Check out my cool new swag in closer detail in my gear section. I'm loving the "Owl Bottle Cages" as well as the "Fenderbot", but what really rings my bell... is my lovely new brass bell! Plus... don't forget the great new jersey and cap from RwGPS.

[ View Cool New Swag ]

Sexy Bike Alert!
I can't recall how I came across this beauty... surprisingly, it's not offered for sale in the UK. It pushes the boundaries for what I normally appreciate in a bike in all the wrong ways. But I dig it.

[ View Sexy Raleigh Bike ]

More Charts!
I've been playing yet again with Googlesheets to create some new graphics to supplement my riding details. This week I've got two new charts showing a comparison of my mileage between 2016 & 2017. Check out the cool interactive features which allow you to mouseover elements to view specific details!

[ View 2016 vs. 2017 Charts ]

cheers! cm