Monday, 16 January 2017

Steampunk WW1 Alien Footage - TouTube

Ace soundtrack to a cool Steampunk film...
Song is `Eighty Eight`  by Working for a Nuclear Free City...

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Mid January, slowly slowly...

Mid January already and slowly the days grow longer.  It`s been a real cold week but stunning winter sun esp dawn and sunset...
Friday 13th, Full moon, Sunrise 08.34...


 Sunset 16,06...



Home as the temperature dropped below 0C...

Friday 13th and with the full moon and strong winds 17 coastal flood warnings issued on the east coast of England. I was keen to get along the coast today  and see what effects Fridays high tides had moved or revealed on our own east coast here...
I planned to ride my old favourite loop out to Aberlady Bay, then east to North Berwick and return home on trails of the John Muir Way,  this October will be 10 years i have owned and rode the coast and often this loop on my original Surly Pugsley. As it turned out i met Brian midday in North Berwick and rode back to Gullane with him for chat and banter...

Main road to Drem then down to the old Drem Airfield and around the old Perimeter track to Aberlady Bay as the first signs of dawn lit up the sky behind to the east as i reached the Bridge...


Out to the point on the reserve and waiting for the sun to come up i walked the high tide line and picked up 17 tennis balls!, and... a parrot!, the things you find beach combing!...



Out to the subs...


Did some filming on the way out to here,
Song is `Fragments`  by Thievery Corporation...

Sunrise at the subs Jan 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Rolling on and there was not any damage to the coast from the high tides as i rode east to Gullane and beyond, just this winters blown sand washed away to leave steps off the dunes...



Gullane sands and lovely light on the wet sand...



Willis Jeep!, but wheels missing and not the real deal!...






Broadsands at Yellowcraig...




Lunch stop at friend Craig`s cafe in NB and Brian arrived and after some good banter i chummed Brian back to Gullane to then climb up to the Millennium cairn...




Saying farewell to Brian i headed home via Drem Airfield as the sun set and the temperature dropped below freezing...



Home and fire up the stove!, and pour a post ride Westons Cider!, what an ace day on the coast!...

More soon...

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Cool YouTube film by SE BMX



If like myself you rode BMX in the 1980`s, and also owned SE racing bikes,  i owned a 1983 PK Ripper, then a 84 Looptail Quadrangle BMX, then you gotta love the current offerings in recent years by SE racing...
Latest is a 27.5+ BMX - The OM - Duro...
Lovely shot film with some cool riding...

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Saturday Cycle; John Muir Park...

 All pics by friend Craig...

Saturday and a cycle to John Muir Park with friend Craig.  Always enjoy riding here as quieter then the rest of the coastal areas with car parks, also if like today a morning high tide there is still plenty of sand to ride, from the sandy single track woodland trails, to the rolling paths along the point and around the high tide line.


Plenty of remains of WW2 coastal artifacts if that interests you also, like here at Bullet hill...


Once a firing range with a sandy bank full of .303 bullet heads,  just a minute raking a few inches around a dug out rabbit hole and a hand full of bullet heads...


Mmm... firewood!...


WW2 Half Track? or Matilda Mk2 tank?, several people i know say it was one or the other, i know whatever it was got the hell blown out it by live fire practise. 3" thick Metal plates nearby have armoured piercing holes right through them...


After a dull overcast morning the afternoon brightened up with some nice light...


Around the point and down to The Bridge to Nowhere... only a hand full of people on the coast here...




Home along the river tyne, little wind and peace full and wildlife all around...

Fishing...

Another fun half day ride on the coast, home for a cuppa and get the stove on!...

While Craig took pictures today i shot some film with the Hero 4 Session camera on the mono pod, gets some fun angles while riding and i`m enjoying using imovie to edit, it`s so fast to import, easy to edit and fast to publish, the way to go for sure...
Short film,
Song is `Test Transmission` by Kasabian...


East Coast fatbikes; JMP Jan 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

More soon...

Friday, 6 January 2017

Forth Fat 2017 Dates; April 29th;30th 2017


Dates for this years FORTH FAT is the weekend of 29th/30th April 2017.
This is the only details that will be posted online for the weekend.

Anyone with a  +3"  `Fat lite`  or regular 4"/5" tyre Fatbike is welcome to come along to the Gathering which kicks off on Friday afternoon when folks will start to arrive in the coastal town of North Berwick for the weekend.  There is two meeting times on two days for the weekend for two beach rides;

Saturday at 9.30am ready to ride from the Celtic Cross at North Berwick harbour, usual ride west to the subs and back.

And Sunday at the cross at 10am - Usual ride east to Seacliff and Peffersands,  but will now include a 3 mile road ride to the harbour at Seacliff, and will then return from Tyninghame to North Berwick via Whitekirk and the John Muir Way.

Anyone coming along for the whole weekend or just for either day has to be self sufficient and carry own tools and advised to prep their bikes with tubeless sealant and/or carry tubes, and bring/buy an OS map 66 if visiting the area for the first time and/or unsure of the routes. I can mark days route on OS maps when people arrive.  There is no GPS of this years routes.
Decent offroad bike skills and fitness are required for coastal cycling that includes technical rock riding and sandy single track and possible strong headwinds.

Two campsites are in North Berwick , the preferred is Tantallon Caravan and campsite where wigwams are available if your quick to book, phone if unable to book online, mention the Fatbike cycle Gathering as they will be aware of the weekend.

There is no arranged eating out this year due to unpaid bills last year. Good food is available around the Town, recommended and visited on Friday evening is The Big Blu Pizza van at Steampunk Cafe, and The Ship Inn on all evenings, also the usual gathering place for beverage!

Being April pack warm and waterproof clothing!,  Fingers crossed for good weather!,

Will see you on the beaches...

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Windswept Dune surfing with friends...


All pics on post by Sanny....
Last day of the festive hols and a windswept cycle  to the dunes at Tyninghame with friends Donald and Sanny...
After a brew at my house we cycled to Whitekirk then down to the coast via Schoughall farm and the dunes at Peffersands....







































Back at my place and  tea and goodies before they headed for home while i did some editing....
Song is `Introduction` and `Running Free` by Dredge...



3rd Jan beachride; Tyninghame from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon..