After a small adventure in itself, we finally have our hands on the kits, More photos can be seen in the flickr set glowbikes .
Archive for November, 2007
We made the mistake of ordering our supplies from America, just before Thanksgiving. To English people, Thanksgiving is that odd holiday with the turkey, but to Americans it is the equivilant of Christmas. At least, in terms of slacking off and taking a break, as the whole country shuts up shop for two weeks. While I appreciate that it’s a hectic life, and we all need a break, this was pretty worrying for the project, as we thought we were not going to get the kit’s to the UK in time to make them all.
Managing to squeeze our order in just before that, we got confirmation that our package was despatched from JFK airport last week… we now wait to find out what sort of import duty we face. Will it be the bog-standard (and wrong, in our case) 20%, or the very specific 2% for bicycle lights? We can’t predict the level of expertise our postie will have with European Import Duty levies.
Whilst waiting, we’ve put our time to good use by making this website, arranging bicycles with local charity Recyke-your-bike and studying the instructions for the SpokePOV… how much soldering? Yikes!
This website is going to be a record of myself (Pete Hindle) and my collaborator (Brian Degger) as we prepare our project for the Glowmobiles parade.
The Glow festival is all about things that glow, and this New Years Eve, a parade of specially modified vehicles will be travelling from Saltwell Park in Gateshead, to Newcastle’s Civic Centre. This is part of a season of Glow-related events, including work by Newcastle-based artists, that will be happening during December.
Brian and myself will be keeping track of how the projects going here, and using this site to get the opinions of people on our designs. We’ll also be explaining the more technical sides of the work (with pictures!) so that other people can learn from what we’ll be doing. That’s important, because we are using some Open Source technologies that mean we have to share what we are doing with other people – not that we mind!
Pete Hindle and myself (Brian Degger) have been commissioned by the GlowFestival to produce a small fleet of Glowing Bicycles for this years NYE celebration, as part of the Glowmobile event.