Karl Roche

family, cycling and communications

Test ride: Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2

I’m certainly a fan of the Giant Defy – I have a couple. So when my local bike shop, Wallington Cycles, said they had one of the new Defy Advanced Pro’s for testing I had to have a go. Continue reading “Test ride: Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2”

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Cycling Debate: Just more talking and hand waving?

Yesterday was Cycling Debate. Three political parties had a chance to say how much they would do for our towns and cities, to help more people cycle.

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The best cycling flash mob ever?

Cycle commuters in London got some welcome support on the streets recently.

This is good..

But it’s not this good…

Reporting potholes with FixMyStreet

One thing has certainly become easier since getting a Shimano Sports Camera – reporting potholes on FixMyStreet.

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Shimano bring out wind muffler for sports camera

Still no editing software but Shimano are bringing out more hardware for the Sport Camera.

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YouTube editor, you’re twisting my melons man

Yesterday was a lovely day in Surrey. Took a ride down to Box Hill to do hill repeats and of course strapped on the video camera. Continue reading “YouTube editor, you’re twisting my melons man”

Could my kids cycle here?

That is the question I ask myself when looking at any plans that councils, TfL or other group put forward. If my kids can’t cycle there (6 & 9) then it isn’t good enough. Continue reading “Could my kids cycle here?”

Mounting a Shimano Sports Camera on handlebars

One of the great things about the Shimano Sports Camera is that the mount is the same as the GoPro, opening up a world of existing options when you want to mount the camera, pretty much anywhere. Continue reading “Mounting a Shimano Sports Camera on handlebars”

More Shimano Sports Camera cycling footage

Been out with the Shimano Sports Camera again over the weekend and took a few videos. Kind of getting used to the camera now and it is very easy to use. I do love the small size and the way that it “hides” on the bike. Continue reading “More Shimano Sports Camera cycling footage”

Shimano Sports Cam meets the Garmin Virb Edit software

I got a Shimano Sports Cam for Christmas, something I’ve been thinking about getting for a while. Continue reading “Shimano Sports Cam meets the Garmin Virb Edit software”

The #National Funeral in Marble Arch – protest against deaths & injuries on Britain’s Road, 15th November 2014

A remarkable day.

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I went to ‘Funeral March’ along Oxford Street  in protest against deaths and injuries across the country, not just from London. I come from Kent which has the most unsafest roads in the country, and not just people get killed, but horses too. We marched along to Elton John, ‘A Candle in the Wind, ‘Morning has Broken’ and some classical music which one cyclist said ‘was a bit Soviet’. We had the bagpipes, which brought a lump in my throat. Right at the front, were two ‘funeral horses’.


400 cyclists and other road users in mass ‘die in’ at Marble March. This photo was taken by me ‘having died’.


‘Pall bearers carrying the ‘coffin’



Caroline Russell, of the Green Party, saying that we CAN do something to tackle pollution


Mme Vesco tells her moving account of how her 20-year-old daughter, Marie Vesco, was run over by motorist whilst cycling along…

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More Cycling Podcasts

A while back, I put together a list of my favorite cycling podcasts. Now there are a few more to add to that list. Continue reading “More Cycling Podcasts”

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