A big thank you to everyone who made it down to Pop Up Bikes on Friday night for the exhibition opening, and thanks especially to Dipak and the guys at Pop Up Bikes for hosting the event. A great night was had by all and thankfully the free beer didn’t cause a riot!
For my first event I’d say it was a pretty successful evening. The two weeks leading up to it were a tad stressful to say the least. I had a close relative pass away and my 6 month old son was sprouting teeth at a rate of one or two a day, so sleep was hard to come by. I managed to get my head together and organise, advertise and host a half decent open evening for my exhibition of cycling photographs. Free beer was on offer, which drew the crowds in and worked a treat as about a hundred people passed through the doors of Pop Up Bikes.
I wasn’t really in it to sell or make money, but to get the word out about my photographs and to see if people were actually interested in them - it turned out a few people were - and hopefully it will lead to future work. Rich Salisbury of Pedal Precision has asked if I will put a few up in his lab at the Velodrome in Manchester with details of price etc. on them. I did say that I wasn’t really in it to sell anything - and I wasn’t - but I was persuaded to put a book up for sale. I had a limited run of 50 printed that I intended on handing out to people interested in potential work. The rest I have for sale at Pop Up Bikes and there are a few bike shops around Manchester that I’m going to try and have them stocked in. I managed to sell 6, and two of them to went to a guy who produced The Cycle Show on ITV4 and a friend of his who is a camera man covering bike races such as The Tour Series and The Tour of Britain on the back of a motor bike, so I couldn’t have asked for more for my first event. If these guys are interested I think I’m doing alright so far. Through publicising the event other avenues have opened up too, so here’s to the future.
Hey people how often do you get offered a FREE BEER? Well here’s a FREE BEER! Come down to POPUP BIKES next Friday 22/02/13, have a gander at my photographs, a beer and maybe a chat. You can turn up from 8:00 pm onwards, I’ll be riding the Critical Mass ride to get some of the guys to come along so I’ll be there about 8:00 pm. Look forward to seeing you.
My legs are bald
I shaved my legs for the first time today. Partly to see what the fuss is all about, but mainly because of the cold. I’ve been riding my bike for years every day through rain, snow and shine.
I’ve always said that as I don’t race, I don’t need to shave my legs and I’m not going to shave my legs just because I should, or because that’s just what cyclists do. If I do it, it will be for a good reason. Normally if my bib tights and shorts combination aren’t enough to keep me warm, usually around 0 degrees and below I just chuck a pair of jeans on, but this isn’t great for riding as they’re either too restricting or act as a parachute slowing me down and then if they get wet they get heavy and stick to my legs. Solution: embrocation, and if I’m going to be rubbing this into my legs every day I need smooth legs. I remember using wintergreen when I was a kid on cold Sunday mornings before football matches, but back then I still had very little hair on my legs so it wasn’t a problem, now its a different matter. Massaging hairy legs is not pleasant. Also it kind of feels nice and looks a lot nicer too.