My BMX has died!

Well, after 6 years of abuse, my BMX has finally died. It went peacefully, during a chilled evening session doing what it loved best, carving a bowl.

I 180′d out of the extension and heard a massive ‘PING!’. The frame has cracked at the headtube/downtube junction. Hard to see from the photos but it goes almost 3/4 of the way around the weld.

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I’ll miss it. It’s been a good bike. I was planning on buying a complete when I get back from UNICON anyway. I’ll probably get something a bit shorter next time, this frame is 20.8″ and I want something more flicky.

 

RIP Federal

Sick Mix of the Week

I was tempted to start a new weekly feature, SMOTW (Sick Mix of the Week), but I don’t know if I’ll be able to find one every week.

Anyway, you know when you listen to a track and you just can’t stay still? I was like that all the way through this mix. So many great artists and tracks in this, big ups to Macca for the best mix I’ve heard in a long time. I burnt it to a CD and had it on repeat at work for the whole of yesterday.

Liquid funk at its best. Perfect on these long, hot summer evenings. Enjoy.

Riding Shoes – My Experiences

 

I’m not usually one to blog about things like shoes, but it’s related to riding, so I thought some of my readers may find it interesting.

Over the last 2 or 3 years I’ve been trying to find the perfect unicycling shoe for my riding style. The problem I have is that I ride street and trials, which have very different pedal types, so finding a shoe suitable for both has been a problem. I need something that is tough enough to cope with the aggressive pins of my trials pedals while also being soft enough to provide decent grip on the ground down, wax covered plastic pedals on my street 24.

Here is a run down of the shoes I’ve been experimenting with over the last couple of years. In chronological order (Left to right) I have been using: Etnies Number, Etnies Metal Mulisha Fairfax, Nike Mogan 3 and Etnies Brake 2.0

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My 100th post: Teaching unicycling and getting nostalgic

This is my 100th post!
It’s been approaching for a while and I’ve been trying to think of a good subject for it but all of a sudden it’s here and I haven’t thought of anything that seemed worthy. I hope this is interesting enough.

This week my aunt and cousins have come down to stay with us from Caithness, Scotland. Louis, who is 9, has been trying to learn to ride a unicycle but with no-one to give him pointers, it’s been a struggle. I asked him to show me how he was doing and he had actually almost cracked it. He could ride along a wall, only needing to touch it occasionally for balance. The only thing he was doing wrong was looking down at the floor. Once I’d pointed this out to him, he was away!

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3D Printing Camera Accessories

Recently my little brother, Alfred, built a 3D printer. When he first announced his plan to make one I thought it would end up like most of his other projects; half finished and not working or built enough to just about work, no where near what you would call tidy and completed. To my surprise, he built it and it looks pretty bloody impressive. He even took the time to route all the cabling through cable tidies!

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This is what two years of my life looks like

I feel like I’ve neglected my blog over the last few weeks. Mostly because I’ve been super busy with my final project at college and tying up all the loose ends, improving work and attending awards ceremonies. Yesterday I was given the grade for my final project and my overall grade for the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production course that I have been studying.

In November 2011 I posted off my application form and the next thing I knew, I had a place on the course. I had a full-time job at the time, which I had to quit to be able to join the course.
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