On Friday afternoon at 5pm, nearly 2000 people, cyclist and non-cyclists,,gathered together opposite the Transport for London HQ in Southwark to protest (peacefully).

Their demands were directed to Mayor Boris Johnson (link to March article of him relating to cycling click here) and all relevant departments in London and Nationwide to protect the "Cyclists". This demand has arisen due to the recent death of cyclists.



Unfortunately, again (as nowadays) we act after catastrophic matters happen like death.

We do act in any sort of ways after that, but quite important factor, we do not act or talk when someone get seriously injured causing a loss of mobility or loss of limbs or anything that life changing of those individuals hurt during accidents. There is no need to see, check, talk about numbers to see improvements, we (everyone) as human beings, appreciate more facts, real facts, concrete improvements. Therefore stand up!.

We can all search online for the numbers of how much the government spends on cyclists all over the world, we can check how many accidents happens in other big cities and try to compare and find immediate solutions. But it will take time before the roads will be safe for us or for London to be like "Amsterdam" (in relation to Cycling).

"Elementary my Dear Watson", famous Sherlock Holmes quote.

The key part of this process of changes is the continuous improvement on behalf of all (cyclist, pedestrians, drivers, anyone) road users to share the road, to respect each other. Completely forget the "Jungle Rule", known as the biggest prevails the smaller.


The reason I say this, is that as cyclist myself I see danger every time I ride, this due to the fact that drivers do not consider or can not understand why cyclists are on the road.

This is a point of weakness of a driver who is not confident in driving on the road. I am not pointing fingers at anyone but standards of driving are abysmal (talking on the phone, checking the kids in the back seat, eating sandwiches, whatsapping and much more) also there drivers who are not insured and to finish off they do not know the road legislation.

Now I am writing to you as a driver. I do drive a lot of different vehicles and I go mad when I see cyclists crossing red lights while riding in groups, whether a "Roadie"( road racer cyclist in Lycra) or if a cool "fixier" trying to impress with his skill or his dress code.



My Final advise to you all out there using the road, love each other, respect each other, educate yourself on the road legislation, make sure that if you are a cyclist or a pedestrian make sure you are seen by others (try this products

Let's educate our children in loving cycling and the road and not keep them away from the roads. Let's enjoy more of nature. Drivers leave your car at home for a day and become a cyclist. Your perception will be totally different. Just try, do not be lazy, doing that you might save someone life.




Tiffany signing my leg.

Before departing for my recent Journey the KOM TAiwan Challenge 2013,I have decided to shave only one leg.

The reason behind was that I wanted to try the new born baby feel in my legs.

At first when I was shaving with the razor,I thought it was going to be ok,but afterward I was not happy at all for it.

My legs during the event obviously were noticed, people wanted to take photos of them because they seemed really strange.


My legs.

Therefore I will give a full explanation of the reason why I did this on a later date.But now please fill in the survey that I have created regarding the cyclist legs.

Thank You

Cycle Safety everywhere in the World.

I came across during my travels with an amazing company specialised in High Visibility products.UGLOW. Wherever you ride,whatever you ride safety it is a MUST nowadays especially with the latest accidents involving cyclist.

SaddleDrunk: Good morning romain! it is very nice meeting you now specially at this time of the year when daylight gets shorter and safety is on top of our priorities after the recent devastating events.

Please introduce more about what you do and mainly your company? can uglow really bring more protection and visibility to people while on the road ?

Romain: Well good morning,
We do basically  specialise in ACTIVE LIGHTING, the future of safety in other words. A higher end type of making people more visible and safe by the use of HI VIZ colours  reflective material and flat homogenous light using a very special light spectrum cutting fog, rain, bad weather conditions, and visible from further than the LED technology.
We have materialised it and the  company is called Uglow. we exist since 2010 on the  market.
Our technology is fully flexible and waterproof, it can as well be washed.
SaddleDrunk: How do you think  your products can protect more people and save more lives?
Romain: Simple! look at this exemple , the best safety today on clothing is what ?: reflective material.
Our conclusion was that this is not the best way to protect people, specially if the car coming in front of you or behind you is not using its traffic lights properly or for any reason they are are broken.
Here comes Uglow technology , while having both combined Active lighting and passive lighting, it is guaranteed that you stay visible in all circumstances.
check out our products the U-ROAD sport on our website , you will see that this is really efficient if you want to make people more visible and save more lives by day and by night.
we do have very special helmet kit( the U-HELMET) that will fit cycling helmet and allow  its user to be seen from 600 meters.
we do cover mainly cycling , running , and trailing, all type of sports very demanding in term of training, that requires training early morning or after work in poor light conditions.
SaddleDrunk: How do you see the regulations/ law in the coming few months?
Romain: the government must at all cost protect road users. it really depends on education i guess.
for instance , come and ride a bike at night in a large busy city and you will understand what danger cyclists are facing.
my suggestion would be to create tracks for cyclists all over the city. they would get a better protection, but this would not solve the visibility problem. i keep on pushing and lobbying because we believe  ACTIVE LIGHTING combining HI VIZ clothes and PASSIVE LIGHTING( reflective material) is the only way to go for a better visibility and less road fatalities.
SaddleDrunkthank you Romain Jean de Dieu , CEO and founder of Uglow active lighting,

Therefore I  have managed to get in touch with CEO and Founder Romain Jean Je Dieu for a quick interview


Definition of Flabbergasted is "Informal overcome with astonishment". This is what my short Trip to Taiwan (thanks to the Taiwan Cycling Federation) has left in me.


Amused by the immense mountains, by the warmth of the people, the deep blue waters of the coast line, the delicious cuisine, made me think all the way back on a 15 hours journey back to London that I am looking forward to go back to Taiwan. It is strange for me to say this due to the fact I have visited 55 countries around the world and on the way to reach 100 (sometimes in my life time),but this remote Island in the South China Sea has completely deserved the name given by the Portuguese colonies in the past to call it "Formosa", which it means beautiful island.


Night Market.


Yin Chih Wang,Adam Semple,Andy Von Bergen(Cycling Tips Australia),Craig Symons enjoying a game at the night market.


Glasses could be wear with no lenses,it is the new trend in Asia.


In Taiwan you can cycle anywhere,you can use your own bike,or take one of the city bike to move around.They are great and cheap. To all you people, I have discovered that cycling is the best way to see the world starting from the busy cities to the open empty fields.Forget the sticky public transport,the queues and the rucking( rugby terminology,Packed crowd of people) to get on them.


We got lost while training.


From scooters at the front,cycling in the middle,and airplanes at the back.


MTB star Cory Wallace and TK from Japan,next to the red spotted shirts.

Cyclist can ride all this climbs in Europe, Stelvio,Mortirolo,Zoncolan and many others that have made history in cycling, and you felt proud to achieve the top.You felt like the Pro when you reach the summit,but this KOM Taiwan Challenge up the Taroko Gorge is for real the tougher.