just a brief burst of info before the next 'proper' post. grab yourself a copy of the current issue of singletrack magazine (issue 19) which has five pages about a singletrack visit to islay when the weather was so bad, they never even made it offroad (or very many other places either). really good article and great plug for islay.
101 bike routes in scotland - harry henniker mainstream publishing £12.99
let's get the not so good stuff out the way first. the best way to have bound this book to make it useful for cyclists would have been spiral bound, then it could be opened out flat on a handlebar bag, or a handy roadside rock while you figure out why you're not where you thought you were. and a slightly larger format would have been more helpful, since the maps are a mite on the small side, especially if you fancied looking at them while pedalling in the rain (or bright islay sunshine, come to that).
by the way, i've already had promises of photos for the velo club d'ardbeg web page, so just a reminder: if you've bought an ardbeg cycle jersey, get a photo of yourself wearing it along with your favourite bike, and we'll put them up on a vcd'a page on the post, before we start hassling the good folks at ardbeg to incorporate similar onto their own website. and remember, the official tea stop and club hut is at the old kiln cafe at ardbeg distillery. wear your jersey anytime you visit.
rss stands for really simple syndication. what it means is that, when i update the post, i set up a brief description of what i've written, and using a newsfeed reader (on the mac, newsfan is a good one) you can be alerted when a new post is on the server complete with a link to take you there. if you're on the darkside (windows) try using newsgator
set your newsreaders to check http://www.ileach.co.uk/post/rss/index.xml and every time you scan the rss feeds, it'll tell you if there's anything new.
if you missed the ardbeg cycle jerseys, click here for a look see.
i had an e-mail from john houston of falkirk bicycle club whom i met a few years back cycling (he was) on a whisky/cycle trip to the island. since john has been gracious enough to link to the post, i am reciprocating. www.Falkirkbc.co.uk
this website got its name because scotland's graeme obree built his championship winning 'old faithful' using bits from a defunct washing machine.
on a slightly different note, my regular reader will have noted the addition of a 'colnago c40' rollover to the left. this contains a reprint of a recent article featured in cycle sport magazine, which they were very kind to let me present here (because i'm a colnago geek) there are also links to cycling weekly reviews of the colnago c50 and colnago dream b-stay. i have also found an excellent review of the colnago c40hp here
i have been asked to add the following link to the post by wheelygoodcause. they're a cycling club dedicated to arranging epic rides for charity and do not charge charities for the pleasure. They ride because they want to. here's the link.
Remember, you can still read the review of 'the dancing chain' the utterly excellent book on the history of the derailleur bicycle by clicking here
as always, if you have any comments on this nonsense, please feel free to e-mail and thanks for reading.