Cameras and Cranksets

Old dogs and new tricks

Posted in Fixed Gear Bikes by Richard on November 27, 2009

I had actually been planning to upload some nice pics of art shows and people riding fixed gear over the weekend as I’ve been a little slack on blogging lately, so on Friday when Danny – my partner in crime/road trips/drinking coffee/slacking off and going for a bike ride suggested we work on our respective blogs at his place after a quick peddle around town and a spot of lunch I was never going to stay at home, was I.  Though, if I had a crystal ball……..

Just around the corner from Chez Hughes, the road outside Dance City is covered in the smoothest tarmac in Newcastle and when it’s been raining it’s like skidding down a hill made from butter with a hot knife for a back tyre, seriously it’s absolutely perfect for fixed gear skids (I expect to see more of you there from now on).  So after about 10 runs down this I decided to start jumping down the steps outside Barn Asia to save my back tyre a little, and this was my undoing.  Now I could lie and say I was going big and  dropping the sets of 6&7 steps but it wouldn’t be a good idea as my Karma is pretty bad already it seems.  Nope it was just the sets of 2/3 steps but on a fixie I don’t think that’s too embarrassing (hopefully).

1st run – nice and smoove.

2nd run – and the ground came up towards my face very quickly.

Over the bars onto the ground, with the bike following closely behind due to being still strapped in, landing like a sack of spuds dropped from a ladder entirely onto my elbow.  Not my finest moment in life, but   I didnt cry or puke (until the next morning with a hangover anyway). Why do things by half, when you can break them into 3 pieces just like my collarbone.

If you also fancy going and breaking your collarbone my top tip would be NOT to wear 3 layers of clothing that all have to come off over your head – painfully!!!

Aside from my huge appreciation of the NHS staff who knocked me out, cut me open, fixed me, gave me pain killers, knocked me out again, cut me open again, fixed me some more, gave me more painkillers, I’d just like to give massive thanks to Danny for taking me to A&E (and for the poppets while we were there), and to Stella for taking me back the next morning to meet the man who would slice me open and waiting around for several hours early doors on a Saturday, and finally to Chris for picking me up at 7am from home on a Sunday to take me back to the NGH for my 3rd visit in 3 days.

Do as your told!!

Posted in Art work, Exhibition by Richard on November 15, 2009

Just a quick update as some of you will have already seen these shots over on the Breaks of 10 blog but seeing as I took them and they are canny – especially as I only shot for 10mins, then went back to the car dumped the camera and grabbed the Ripper, for a night time spin before going back to the show.

Words have never been my forte so please follow the links at the bottom of the post to read what the heck this is all about.



























Breaks of 10

Thomas Street Post Office



Where sheep go to die……. (according to the locals)

Posted in Art work, Graffiti by Richard on November 8, 2009

and where the Agents of Change go and paint.

Recently myself and Danny from Breaks of 10 were told of some exciting goings on in Scotland at an abandoned village.  So I grabbed my camera while Danny revved up the 4×4 and a ROAD TRIP was on!!!  And what an experience it was –  awesome art work in what resembled a post apocalyptic gulag, but set amongst the beauty of the west coast of Scotland.

Head over to the Breaks of 10 blog for more info into the artists and the history of the site after you have checked out the photos of the trip below.

Full Gallery from the trip is here










Full Gallery from the trip is here