Monday, 31 October 2016

Saturday beachriding with friends...


Autumn colour does not really happen on the coast but there is that lovely low sun and the magic light we can get here on the east coast... esp morning and evening...

Saturday was such a dawn, calm with a slight haze and quite atmospheric...

Saturday means time to ride bikes!, and i met Ben who came down from Edinburgh on the train along with Jason and Craig for a bimble beach ride. Bimble?, yeah a social ride with plenty of laughs and banter along the way...

There has been an unbelievable amount of shift on the coast after just the first big swell of the coming winter 2 weeks ago. Huge piles of seaweed and a lot of sand has been moved...


My cycling and friends have definitely helped me keep focused and keep my sanity over the last 8 months of my previous job and despite still being owed a months salary, no pension paid for 2 1/2 years, refund of bank charges for late pay etc... with a new Job and future, and a life again i felt elated riding on the coast today with friends!.
You always grin riding Fatbikes but i was grinning more than usual today!, as my friends noticed!

Broadsands...

At Marine Villa the big pile of lobster creels had been moved with the big waves blocking the line over the rocks on Scorpion trail, so saws were out to cut some of the the rope and remove some of the creels. With the amount of rope it`s going to take some time to separate all of the remaining creels but cut off a few each visit will soon have them ready to be uplifted...


A lot of sand has covered rocks on Scorpion Trail, easier now to ride except for the greasy seaweed...



Feeling alright with the crew...
Freshwaterhaven...

Along the coast to the waste piles of the Iron Ore mine at Jophe`s Neuk near Gullane Point and after a play on the testing little climb we returned to Gullane car park to meet Stuart...
Here is some film to here.
With no wind i let the camera audio be louder than the music, you can here the xylophone noise of the bikes on the pebbles near Marine Villa!
Song is `Feeling alright with the crew` by 999


East Coast Fatbikes; 29th Oct Pt 1 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

From Gullane it was back to NB with the group now 5 riders and a stop for food at Craig`s Cafe. High tide and we were running out of beach in places as we reached NB and had to take to the golf coast trails...
Again some film, Gullane to NB,
Song is `The Raven` (edited shorter) by The Stranglers


East Coast fatbikes; Oct 29th Pt 2 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



Ben headed for the train station and home, we returned to Gullane as the sun set and it was on with the lights, Jason peeled of at Yellowcraig and the remaining 3 of us rode along the coast with the lights on. I managed to have a tumble on the rocks and got a big bruise on my elbow for the effort!.
A can of pop at the Co op in Gullane then Stuart headed home and Craig and i returned to NB on the cycle route.

It was now 7.30pm and time i got home  i had been away for 11 hours and 10 hours riding including stops!,


Here are some pics by Craig to fill in where i was filming...











Happy days!...

More soon...

Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday and a wee Drone film...

Been a busy week settling into the new job. Been taking the car to transport stuff.
Dark morning`s at 7am, but no worries there will be time for pictures after the clocks change this weekend and it will be light enough on the morning commute for a few weeks for some Autumn sunrise pics... and new office window pics...
In the meantime here is a Drone film of the Walled Garden at Archerfield Estate...


Archerfield Walled Garden from Square Foot Media on Vimeo.


More soon...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Catch up, not a lot of cycling last week, but a lot has been happening!...

 Last Commute to Whitekirk...
Last Friday i cycled to work at Whitekirk for the last time...  My work is now done here...
After 19 1/2 years up on the hill i am leaving for pastures new...
Thank you all who have emailed, texted and sent Facebook messages over the last few days wishing me all the best for the future...
I am really really excited to take the position of Estate Manager at Archerfield. My job will involve along with other duties general maintenance outside the Walled Garden; grass mowing, woodland and wildlife management, some coastline, and i`m looking forward to learning and getting creative again.
The estate is full of history which i will enjoy learning about, and i have also been asked to contribute to the Website blog, and there is a lot of things happening here to blog about!.
A drone film was recently made advertising the Estate Walled Garden...


Archerfield Walled Garden from Square Foot Media on Vimeo.

 Estate website is here; Archerfield Walled Garden

I can still commute by bike on country roads so can still continue to blog the `new` morning views through the seasons and other stuff on route to work Exciting times ahead!, onwards and upwards!...



Scottish Ploughing Chamionships; West Fenton...
On Saturday i took my mum to see the Horses ploughing and it is a fantastic site to see...



These two are lovely...

Also some great vintage tractors...






Great to see them at work...















Sunday; Slideshow and talk at Humbie Hub...
Pic by Markus...

I was not nervous doing a public talk on Sunday although it was something new for me.  I have done a Radio pod cast for Radio Scotland`s Out of Doors, and i enjoyed that, and been on FAT-BIKE-COM.
Talking to people who had the option to come and listen would be ok!,
Writing a blog  for 8 1/2 years now about riding my Fatbikes and various other bikes around East Lothian there was so much to show and talk about!. i managed to get a collection of 500 pictures down to 150 and ran over the advised 45 minute time by only 10 minutes,
After an initial talk about the bikes i ride, how they came to be and how i came to discover them, i soon moved on to how i went exploring new places on my door step previously un ridable or just too much hard work to be fun previously on regular MTB`s and  talked of some of the micro adventures that can be had on your doorstep with these bikes.
I emphasised about cycling being great in all seasons and what  each season has to offer, the light in East Lothian on the coast, and using cheap cameras to film and take pictures. a good 10 minutes were spent talking about the coldest winter in 50 years that i was fortunate enough to experience on two wheels,
The Winter of 2010/11 and cycling at -25 Celsius in a frozen East Lothian Artic condition,
Then exploring old roads having found them comparing old maps with new maps,
And there is a lot of interest in the local history of East Lothian of these old routes and the things i have come across on them, judging by peoples attention,  no one went to the toilet and never returned! lol
So i hopefully encouraged some who attended to get out on their bikes and go exploring the paths less travelled here on our doorstep...

I started my blog as a kind of diary to share pictures and films with other owners of Fatbikes around the world back in 2009. It`s been a long journey and i never really thought much about the blog having had over a Million views until Warren and Esther, and Markus have mentioned it. I guess it is quite an achievement!,
And there is still loads of new stuff to ride, explore, and history to find out about, to post on the blog...

More soon...


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Humbie Hub Coastrider Blog talk on offroad cycling in East Lothian Sunday 23rd October 3.30pm


Yep i`m doing a talk this Sunday at 3.30pm at Humbie Hub, Humbie, East Lothian, on the blog and off road cycling on the coast and old roads and the hills of East Lothian. See you if you can make it!

Link; https://www.facebook.com/humbiehub/

Monday, 17 October 2016

Youtube film; Dan Atherton sends it down the Hardline MTB Track...

Have to post this as it`s absolute bonkers!,
I wonder what the Scotsman Kirkpatrick Macmillan - inventor of the pedal bicycle approx 177 years ago would have thought of this...

Sunday, 16 October 2016

1st North Sea east coast winter storm of winter; Pt 4 of 4

 Fruits of Autumn...
A half day ride around Tyninghame woods,  then lunch at Tyninghame cafe before Mike headed home rounded off a fun weekend...

Local celebrities... `Poppy and Maisie...

Some film riding the JMW through Craig Wood,
Song is `Rise or Fall` by Black rebal Motorcycle Club

JMW; Craig Wood Oct 16 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Old roads to the coast, Becky`s Strip Byway...


Ravensheugh, Tyninghame...


Cotic Rocket,  Yes please... Yes please!!!

Some film along the secret trail,
Song is `STOP` by Black Rebal Motorcycle Club

Secret Trail Oct 16 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.