Archive for November, 2012

Vulpine Cycling Fete


Saturday 1 Dec, Balham Bowls Club. So many of our friends will be there  – we’re gutted to miss it – but too much to do getting Issue 11 ready!

Roll on down…

Einstein & The Art of Mindful Cycling

Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling, Achieving Balance in the Modern World by Ben Irvine; Leaping Hare Press 2012, price £8.99

In this near pocket-sized handy-hardback, Ben Irvine sets out to persuade us of the validity of two assertions. First, that a healthy and balanced mind is helped by riding a bike; and second, that the 20th Century eccentric scientific genius Albert Einstein was a living embodiment of this. We quickly discover that Irvine was a keen cyclist from an early age, and also that he aspired to be the maverick thinker that he perceives Einstein to be.

Armed with a PhD in philosophy, Irvine was well positioned to make the ‘mind and body’ connections that the book elucidates. It also, however, clearly leaves Irvine with a troubled mind, and he confesses to ‘losing his way’, and perhaps more importantly his balance, reaching rock bottom in 2009. This experience, as well as his philosophical nature, spawns many interesting corollaries to the book’s core assertions. The claims in the first chapters seemed bold to me at first reading, but my attention was firmly held. On hearing about Irvine’s meltdown, I was keen to hear more.

Cyclists are likely to find the text eminently devour-able. Anyone less enthusiastic may find the connections and conclusions a little tenuous, or possibly contrived. Cycle-cynics and London taxi drivers will not last the distance, though the book continues as a pleasantly readable series of eulogies of how riding a bike allows us to bring together potentially competing mental attributes (local versus global; practical versus creative). Along the way, we also get to hear about the amusing nature of the way Einstein led his life, and rode his bike. The strongest chord is struck when Irvine points out how an ordinary bicycle with its simple mechanisms still does so much for many of us, in a world of otherwise baffling technological advances. There, if anywhere, may the bicycle help us achieve balance in the modern world.


“Cycling was mythical, but it survived its visibility. In ‘Vélo’, it becomes a visible myth.” Tim Krabbé

More info here.

If the cap fits…

It’s taken us a while, but we’ve finally got some Boneshaker cycling caps made up by our pals at Veleco. Just a trial run for now (only 20 available!) to see how they go. We  sent one to Bill Pollard and the wildboys at the Shedquarters (de facto home of the Ministry of Bicycles) where photographer Steve Rideout papped and snapped the beer-fuelled highjinks that ensued. We love those guys. So much, in fact, that we’re doing a feature on them and a brilliant project of theirs in issue 11 of Boneshaker. For now though, feast your eyes on their untrammelled manliness and their inimitable skill at filling a cap. If you’re tempted to swipe some new headgear for yourselves, point your filthy paws thissaway.