Transport and Travel

£50 bike voucher scheme launched in England!

The UK Government has launched a "Fix Your Bike" voucher scheme for England residents. The voucher can be used by anyone who has an unused bicycle in need of a repair. There are two vouchers maximum allowed per household, but the Government ... (more)

Don't let someone else use your broadband DSL login!

We had a bizarre situation recently where our internet access went highly unstable. It was very patchy, with some website access being fine and other access being impossible. Interestingly, video streaming would work - but only after many ... (more)

Cycling Performance Programme

Performance Programme Lockdowns notwithstanding, my plan and diary for cycling in 2021 will continue to focus on long-distance rides throughout the year, hopefully spiced up with audax, time trialling and sportive events. 2021 targets ... (more)

A Social Feed

This is a feed of everything I'm interested in, filtered and categorised according to my choices. Channels: Twitter (multiple accounts) Facebook groups Facebook pages Google+ LinkedIn Flickr Youtube Website RSS Webpage updates ... (more)

John Swindells

John Swindells I am a career professional in software development, becoming proficient in various systems and languages since 1992. In recent years I have been especially active in web and mobile app projects. I stepped down in April ... (more)

Crivit products

The Crivit® product range If you're looking for outdoors clothing or accessories, you could do worse than to browse the Crivit® range. Crivit® is a brand of German supermarket Lidl's, so it's most convenient for UK customers to head down ... (more)

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Cycliq FLY-6 long-term review

The Cycliq FLY6 is a solid piece of kit that straps onto your seat tube, and is designed as a "turn on and leave it" device that continuously records video footage of the view behind. The footage is wide-angle to capture lots of the periphery ... (more)

Strava keyword cloud

Here's what the current mood is on Strava! It's based on the titles of activities uploaded to swinny.net, and highlights trending phrases over the last few days. Here are some previous keyword clouds of note: March 2020: Lockdown ... (more)

How to get a fast, informative Health Check

I turned 45 recently, so was looking forward to getting a comprehensive health-check done via my NHS GP surgery. COVID-19 restrictions put paid to that, however, and as of July 2020 there is no idea about when these tests will be up and running ... (more)

Silly Suffolk Audax 2020

Only a dozen or so riders made it out for the 200km edition of the Silly Suffolk that was organised by John Thompson of VC Baracchi. Iceni Velo managed a group of three, and we set off just before 7:30 on back roads that were very wet from ... (more)

Preparing for an all-day cycle ride

Background Over the years I've ridden quite a few long rides, but it wasn't until my early 40's that I gradually started increasing my time in the saddle from a few hours to six or more. I distinctly recall my first 200km ride as a bit of ... (more)

Upgrading to the Garmin Edge 1030

My previous on-bike device is a Garmin Edge 820, so that is what I'll be comparing my new computer to. First impressions On the surface, the Edge 1030 isn't fundamentally different to the 820. Sure, it's bigger (a lot bigger, really ... (more)

Getting the Broccoli in early

The broccoli grew very well for us last year, although we did suffer a glut as we had sown the seeds to closely in time to each other. This year we're sowing around four or five seeds in pots each week, varying that depending on how well ... (more)