Musings of a Badger

The Rules > Velominati

Posted in Cycling by musingsofabadger on April 4, 2011

Rules – you cant have enough of them (particularly when they’re a bit random and to do with cycling).   A few of my favourites taken from  Velominati’s long list:

Rule 12: The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

Rule 24: Speeds and distances shall always be referred to and calculated in kilometers.  This includes while discussing cycling in the workplace with your non-cycling coworkers, serving to further mystify our sport in the web of their Neanderthalic cognitive capabilities.  As the confused expression spreads across their unibrowed faces, casually mention your shaved legs. All of cycling’s monuments are measured in the metric system and as such the English system is forbidden.

Rule 25: The bikes on top of your car should be worth more than the car.  Or at least be relatively more expensive.

Rule 56: When wearing a cycling kit and enjoying a pre or post ride coffee, it is only appropriate to drink espresso or macchiato. If the word soy/skim latte is heard to be used by a member wearing cycling apparel, then that person must be ceremonially beaten with Co2 canisters or mini pumps by others within the community.6



Audi to sell wooden bikes?

Posted in Cycling by musingsofabadger on April 1, 2011

Why wood you want one of these? I’m hoping this is just a decent April fool…

More info here:

More pointless bikes here:


Posted in Cycling by musingsofabadger on December 8, 2010

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.  Amusing clip for athletic types:

impressive bike trickery

Posted in Cycling, Video by musingsofabadger on November 18, 2010

So I ride bikes – I don’t ride them like this though. Which is a real shame as it would make me quite cool and likely highly paid by a caffeine based drink manufacturer to fuck around all day. Bit like this chap:

Pretty impressive (Rad, sick etc if your down with the kids)

Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

Posted in Cycling by musingsofabadger on October 8, 2010

So, its time for another race:

– 2.2km swim
– 115km bike
– 22km run

Bike profile below – all at altitude. Can’t wait!

Penny Farthing Racing

Posted in Cycling, Video by musingsofabadger on September 27, 2010

If its got pedals you can race it!  The inevitable accident is at the end of the YouTube clip but I’m most impressed by this racer in lycra – could have come straight from the Tour

Swim Smooth

Posted in Cycling by musingsofabadger on September 1, 2010

I’ve now realised I’m an ‘overglider’.  I’ve been kidding myself till now but it explains why I cant break 1’30 for 100m repeats – what the hell does that mean?  Well if your not interested in swimming its likely to sound very odd and disinteresting.   But, if like me your a fan of speedos, its a little bit exciting, especially as this site has some great analysis and tips on how to improve your stroke:

There is also a host of useful training videos on their YouTube channel

Ignoring the bad shorts, the video below shows what a difference your hand position makes

Swim Technique

Posted in Cycling, Video by musingsofabadger on March 29, 2010

So I’ve been busy at my new place – helping reinvent and integrate the digital operations and production at Leo Burnett: London.  Great place and some good work to come but in my focus to settle in my blogs been a bit neglected of late.

To get things started I thought I’d post these short swim tips from Dave Scott (multiple Ironman world champion).  Nowt to do with digital but as good a start back as I could think of seeing as I’ve some races to try to get fit for.  Normal digital musings to follow…

Lance core measurement on YouTube & Twitter

Posted in Cycling, Innovation by musingsofabadger on January 4, 2010

One for the bike/triathlon geeks out there (yep, that includes me!) Lance has been out training today on the Hawaii Ironman course (speculation is he’ll take part in the world champs 2011) but what I like is the series of tweets and YouTube posts showing how he’s measuring core temperature. Fyi -this has a big impact on performance. In simple terms there is an optimum core temp where you race and therefore perform most efficiently, which is rather important for long endurance events in the sunshine e.g. the Tour or an Ironman. No stone (or sauna) unturned to be the best – got to admire that. More posts on his twitter page: and some of the videos below:

Cyclocross – the epitome of urban cool

Posted in Cycling, Digital, Innovation by musingsofabadger on November 20, 2009

This animated clip posted on is quite amusing if your a cycling type. I actually race cyclocross which made it even funnier!  On a digital note, the flash interface and ability to make quick animated movies is pretty cool. Play at being a director here