Archive for July, 2006

What ho, Sam!

Posted by stuff4sam on July 17, 2006

Bumped into some interesting chaps and chapettes at the Chap Olympics in Bedford Square in London last week and two of them were more than happy to say ‘What ho, Sam!’ The chap on the right has a amazing moustache. Shame he didn’t twirl it for us!

Hi Sam from two distinguished chaps!

Toodle pip!


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Hi Sam on a road trip to France

Posted by stuff4sam on July 17, 2006

Hi Sam,

 Hi Sam from the ferry!

This was taken just as we were leaving Dover on a road trip from London to Paris.

Goodbye fish and chips, Hello Moule Mariniere! We managed to arrive in Paris just in time for the Bastille Day fireworks by the Eiffle Tower.

I am now hanging out on the beach in Normandy.

h x

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Super man

Posted by stuff4sam on July 17, 2006

There was a programme on Channel 4 over the weekend about the ‘curse’ of Superman. For those that didn’t catch it, it profiled all the bad things that happened to people involved in the Superman franchise over the years. It was serious viewing (after Big Brother!) for a Saturday night.

One clip showed Christopher Reeve after his accident. We saw him on the type of exercise bike we are trying to get for Sam, a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bicycle.

Here is further information about the bike and its benefits (taken from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Centre):

‘This technology allows persons with little or no voluntary leg movement to pedal a stationary leg-cycle called an ergometer. Computer generated, low-level electrical pulses are transmitted through surface electrodes to the leg muscles; this causes coordinated contractions and the pedaling motion.’ ‘ Abundant medical literature documents the effectiveness of FES to increase muscle mass and improve cardiopulmonary function. There are studies that also link FES to a reduced frequency of pressure sores, improved bowel and bladder function and decreased incidence of urinary tract infections.’

We are almost half way to reaching our £20,000 fundraising target so that Sam can benefit from this technology. Your donation will really make a difference.


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A calmer weekend ahead

Posted by stuff4sam on July 14, 2006

It seems odd that this time last week we had it all ahead. The planning had come together perfectly and we were mentally and physically prepared to start the 120 mile challenge.

This week I have been reflecting on it all. I have been thinking what a good experience it was despite the 2.30am technical difficulties. The Dynamo was such a social event both during the night and in the lead up to it. The way that people offered their kit, expertise and support was wonderful. Also lots of people have been asking me how it went, especially after reading about it in the news.

Does it make me want to do it again? Yes! The not quite completed challenge hangs in the air! We have pledged to do the remaining 80km sometime soon but it is not the same as being part of such a substanial ride. We’re already excited about doing the Dunwich Dynamo 2007!

Have a good weekend


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Random tandems

Posted by stuff4sam on July 13, 2006

After the exciting adventures I have had on tandems recently I am seriously considering buying one. But there are so many different types to choose from. Where to start….

I could buy a recumbent one.

Tandem operated from a lying down position 

Hmm, not so good on busy roads with scary bendy buses overtaking. 

I could buy a tricycle one. 

 Tandem with two wheels at the front

Hmm, might have to get a basket and a bell to complement the look? 

I could buy a wooden one.

Tandem with frame made from wood

Hmm, possibilities of wood-boring insects and other infestations. 

I could buy a side-by-side one.

Tandem made so riders can sit side-by-side

Hmm, don’t think this is made for speed or lycra wearing! Also who would have ultimate control over the steering?!

I could buy one with lots of lights on.

Tandem lit up by fairy lights and pulling a sleigh!

Hmm, too festive and where would I keep the elves? 

Or I could just get a standard one. But where to start? Watch this space!


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Hi Sam from the farm

Posted by stuff4sam on July 12, 2006

Hi Sam! 

Goat saying Hi Sam!

I went to the farm and saw lots of animals. This goat was my favourite as he ate all the food I gave him including the bag! He must have been hungry!


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Hi Sam from Dunwich

Posted by stuff4sam on July 10, 2006

Hi Sam!

 Hi Sam from Dunwich beach, Suffolk

James and I did a very very big bike ride when most people were asleep. Its very exciting riding in the dark with lots of bike lights twinkling for as far as you can see! We saw a cow and heard an owl in the trees. Apart from that, all the animals seemed to be in bed.

We cycled for a long time but then the bike wheel broke. It was really hard to go any further. Some lovely people gave us a lift in their car and we made it to the beach to take this picture for you!

Hugh x 

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Dunwich pics

Posted by stuff4sam on July 10, 2006

Pictures here as promised.

In Hackney at the start, full of high spirits! The blurry effect shows the speed we were going and the concentration on our faces! 

Hugh and James setting off into the night

At Dunwich – a mound of bikes at the finish. Not quite all 700!

 So many bikes at the end!

Cyclists cooling off on the beach including one man who did it sans trunks! 

 Cyclists swimming in the cold!

James and I sharing a well earned cup of tea

 Hugh and James with a well deserved cup of tea

And finally – a message to Sam from the beach. The picture shows our Stuff4Sam t-shirts in all their glory!

Hi Sam message on the beach showing t-shirts from the back


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80km ride needed

Posted by stuff4sam on July 10, 2006

To make up for disappointment of not completing the ride on Saturday night we are looking for suggestions for a route to complete the distance. Do you know a good cycle route starting from London that is around 80km? I am thinking of London to Brighton and back again rather than going round Richmond Park six times. Please leave your comments here!


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Team Dunwich

Posted by stuff4sam on July 10, 2006

Big thank you’s to the team behind the scenes…

Finding a tandem: Thanks to Mary for recommending I speak to Paul and to Paul for putting me onto Graham who had a tandem! A chain of people without whom we couldn’t have done the ride. Graham lent us a superb bike and gave over two nights last week to set it up and make sure everything was adjusted. Also thanks to Steve and Tina for lending us their tandem last weekend for our training ride and offering it as a back-up.

Dun Run: Big thanks to James for being a fantastic front rider, training partner and for steering speedily and safely through both busy roads and pitch dark lanes.

Help at hand: Thanks to Chris with the van who took the bike and buckled back wheel onto Dunwich from the rest station at 2:30am. Thanks also to the fantastic gentleman (we can’t remember your name?) who drove us in his car to Dunwich. Without him we would have slept in a hedgerow with only leaves as shelter from the rain and more seriously we wouldn’t have been able to get to Dunwich beach!

Bringing it all together: Thanks to the team behind the scenes. Ian designed the wonderful Stuff4Sam logo that was on our t-shirts. Henny, MOD and Madeleine set up this website.

On the night: Thanks to Henny, MOD and the Chris’ for waving us off at the start and to Madeleine for travelling the 120 miles out to Dunwich, staying overnight and for welcoming us onto the beach!


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