I recorded a piece for the Guardian online the other day about cycling, we were planning to do three routes that I regularly take but in the end we could only find time for one, which is from my house up to Tufnell Park and theTurkish restaurant me and my friend Oscar go to every week. It should be on their site soon.
Since you seemed to like the physics question about the falling bullets here’s another one. When I’m cycling around the park, there’s a bit that’s slightly downhill and if I’m racing with somebody it seems to me on that stretch I gain on them because I inevitably weigh more than they do. Is this right, does gravity help me on the downhill? Or is it all in my mind?
I continue to watch the uprisings in the Arab world and to hope that things turn out well. I have actually spent some time in Syria and have indeed tangled with that country’s many security services and here’s my only insight. The town of Deraa where a great deal of the trouble and the killing of demonstrators has gone on is the same town where Lawrence of Arabia was interfered with by the Ottoman officer.
I forgot to mention that I'm doing a reading at the Hexam Festival on Tuesday 10th May, and then the following day at The Lowry in Manchester.
That's an interesting question Le Amateur. I had always been a Capagnolo/Reynolds 531 then 753 then 853 double-butted tubing guy for nearly thirty years. With my latest bike which was built nearly ten years ago I decided to switch to Columbus alloy and once you change one thing suddenly you think that you can change everything so I got Shimano Ultegra groupset and of course became a lib dem councillor in Bournemouth as well as opening another branch of my imaginary sandwich bar in West London. It was fortunate I did because I found I'd lost my nerve a bit with drop bars so for a long time I didn't cycle seriously until two years ago when I switched to straight bars with trigger shifts and of course Campag don't do trigger shifts.
The bike I have in Spain is 853/Campag Record and next time I'm out there I'm going to get it out and see how I get on with that. I think I prefer the Campag change (is it down or up?) with the thumb shift rather than pivoting the brake lever as you do with Shimano.
Here's the cycling thing I did for the Guardian, there's a very nice shot of Wilf.