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)

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)

Cycling Performance Programme

Performance Programme Since the outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic, my plan and diary for cycling in 2020 has changed somewhat. I did have ambitions for long-distance rides throughout the year, but the UK lockdown (with allowance ... (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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Setting up a LAMP stack on CentOS 8

Here are the command-line steps needed to get a bare CentOS 8.0 distro ready for full LAMP (Apache-MySQL-PHP) hosting: (Note - replace mysite.com with the domain name of your own website, and server1.mysite.com with this server's hostname ... (more)

Summer delivery of logs

This was their standard trailer-load (a 10 x 5 foot trailer) and came out at 23 barrow-loads when shifted into storage. It cost us £150, but for current prices please see their website. (more)

Close pass incidents being ignored by Norfolk Police

I have a Cycliq Fly-6 rear-view video camera in operation during most of my cycling, and this camera provides very good footage of vehicles (and if I'm lucky, the drivers) as they overtake me. I bought this camera in response to a very scary ... (more)

SOLVED! How to free a stuck seatpost

Bicycle seatposts are notorious for getting stuck in the frame. They're in a fairly vulnerable part of the bike, and rainwater can work its way down - causing the post to corrode over time. The act of corrosion is fairly slow, so you should ... (more)

Replacing push-fit bottom brackets

I'd always been nervous about replacing the push-fit bearings myself. I'd always been used to the screw-on variety, and when I bought a Specialized Crux with BB30 push-fit bearings I just left it as a job for my LBS when the dreaded creak ... (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)

Mobility Changes due to COVID-19

Google has published summary reports of the changes in different types of mobility across the world. Here we present a series of charts for the UK, ordered by percentage change and highlighting the county of Norfolk. The mobility changes ... (more)

Dawn 'til Dusk ride 2020

I've had a "longest ride in daylight" challenge in my bucket-list for a long time, but there have always been other events getting in the way. The lack of competitive events in 2020 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) gave me the opportunity and ... (more)