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Still Goin’… Life After the 31st

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

The New Year Event was crazy. I was totally unprepared for the reality of riding around in a big crowd, at the same time as having a sniffly cold. However, all that’s behind us now, and we currently have a bunch of fine-looking spokePOV’s hanging around.

Brian’s putting some SpokePOV’s to use as an art installation at the Waygood gallery in Newcastle, where I popped by to see him looking stressed and setting up. Not as stressed as on the 31st, but still stressed. Here’s a small video I took of his installation on my phone.

Duchampian SpokePOV’s from petehindle on Vimeo.

NYE and just before

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008


The day before NYE, we met at the Waygood Harkers Building to sort out bikes and riders. Sadly, one of them was out because of sickness. It was two late to source another bike and find another rider, so our team became five.

It was major trouble shooting mode, a few of the spokepovs didn’t work as well as expected (dim LEDs or no communication-maybe due to the soldering being put under stress when the boards were installed), so we needed to swap them out. Installing spokepovs can be quite arduous, threading the units inside the spokes and securing them. In order to get good sensor readings, gaffa tape, washers, bolts and nuts were used. A great learning process, and next time it will be much easier.


The day of the glowmobiles we met at the Waygood-Harker building for some final adjustments. We had five riders, Pete, Alan, Topsy, Andy and I.

Topsy prepared a warming curry while Pete and I made sure the spoke povs were attached securely and working.

We were due to arrive at Saltwell Park, Gateshead by 3pm, and so set off at a pace (set by the speedy Andy!). We got there just in time to see the art cars leaving, met the crew from Walk the Plank and received our instructions to proceed to the Baltic. We made our way down there and met a few other people with the art cars, and also Stella, who commissioned us.

There was a tv crew down from Tyneside TV, and they got some footage of us going round and round on the Baltic square (while we were doing this some conscientious person threw out our teas and coffees!). It was nice to see the bike culture is still alive with the children; we also had some young kids chasing us on foot.

It was then off to the Center for Life, where we were on with the Brain Car from the Netherlands. This car is amazing; we saw it play a little bit before we needed to depart for the staging area near Greys Monument.

Here we met the lovely Illuminated Men on Bikes, and felt a little inadequate because our devices only work when we are moving, and moving fairly fast. They had amazing suits with embedded led lighting that looked good whether or not they moved. It’s a thought for next time, a bit more attention on the performance side…..still I think we were entertaining, and compared to the slow moving cars, dynamic. We were behind the milk car converted to play techno music on milk bottles (Tone Float). It was using a sequencer that activated pistons that hit the seventy or so bottles arranges around the back of the three wheeled vehicle. The other floats were cool too, particularly the angels on segways..but we didn’t get such a chance to see the others as we were working.

We got a bit of a chance to ride fast on the parade route at the end, just before the fireworks. There is something to be said for the freedom of riding, and feeling of community when riding in groups. We plan to take some spokepovs down to the next critical mass.

glowbikes and glowing men

Monday, January 7th, 2008

glowbikes and glowing men

Originally uploaded by sctv

We are in the foreground, all that can be seen is our lights……
The guys and gals in the background are soo much more bright.

Center for Life Topsy I think!

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Center for Life-topsy

Originally uploaded by sctv

andy cranking it, with alan behind at the Baltic

Monday, January 7th, 2008

andy cranking it, with alan behind

Originally uploaded by sctv

Using the vast area afforded by the Baltic square, and weaving in and out of passers by, we got a good idea of how cool the spokepovs look.

Degger’s Photoshoot

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Degger and the SpokePOV

Brian moves into modelling! I guess this is a new career for him, but he did a great job in the photoshoot – I turned up right at the end, as I was doing a few Christmas chores. Looking hot, Degger!

Photo Day

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Today I got photographed for Newcastle Gateshead Inititive as part of their publicity for the winter festival/glow mobiles. We were hosted by:

Recyk y bike

Recyk-Y-Bike (I think of it as Recyke Yr Bike) down in Byker. The bike mechanics down there were patient as we switched the main lights off and on to get a real impression of what the cycle will look like. We will also be using a few of their bikes for the parade. So you might see my face on a newspaper someday. I was so busy being the model that I didn’t have a chance to take photos myself. The bike stand they had made everything so easy, no lights on the front wheel this time, but as it was stationary, you wouldn’t have seen anything.

Tyne Bridge in my living room!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007


Tyne Bridge in my living room!

Originally uploaded by sctv
Another late night programming, pete is soldering in another part of Newcastle Gateshead.

Please Vote!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

We are currently getting ideas for what you want to see on the GlowBikes so vote in the side bar, or leave a comment. We will use these suggestions to design the patterns for the spokePOVs. One vote per computer please.

Programming the Angel of the North

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007



Originally uploaded by sctv

I have transformed an image by that hp guy – under the creative commons licence .
This gives me permission to remix the photo with attribution, non-commercially.