Blog - Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

EdFoC is on Mastodon

This website has now joined the fediverse with ActivityPub, to broadcast a wider audience. So if you are on Mastodon or any other federated platform, you can now follow us at @edfoc

Something to note though, only new posts going forward will be available in the fediverse (i.e. after this one) and anyone who follows this site, will only see new posts we publish from that moment on. You will never see previously-published posts in your Home feed. This process is very similar to subscribing to a newsletter. If you subscribe to a newsletter, you will only receive future emails, but not the old archived ones.

Hope this is of interest to at least some people. It is possible that in the future, that as more platforms join the fediverse, (Meta, the owner of Instagram and Threads, is talking about it) you will be able to follow from those too.

EdFoC Needs You: The image is based on the famous recruiting poster, a moustachioed man with a peaked hat points out at the viewer. The words "EdFoC Needs YOU" are displayed below his face.

We need you – do you want to be part of the team?

We need you – do you want to be part of the team?

If you are reading this, you may have noticed that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd (or EdFoC to its friends) hasn’t run an entire festival since 2019. This has partly been due to things beyond our control, such as the global pandemic, but it has also been due to the team behind the Festival running out of steam.

A bit of background – as can be seen from the About page, the company has a small number of directors (ideally, this should be a minimum of four, but this has slipped) and a few additional volunteers. None of the team are paid to date, and all the modest profits made from running the Festival have been ploughed back into running the Festival. If there were sufficient funds in the future, this could change.

Who do we need?

Currently, the company requires at least two new directors to maintain a quorum, and the Festival as a whole needs people with new ideas who are also willing to commit to turning those ideas into reality. The Festival must also find more funding sources; even before the pandemic, sponsorship was tight.

Once we have got the Festival core team back to full strength, we will also need people who want to get involved but may not be able to commit a significant amount of time. We will have space for you, as there are always things that you could get involved with.

Interested?

If you are interested in helping the Festival get back on its feet, please send us a message via the contact form, briefly outlining what you can offer, your background, any specific skills, and what you would like to get out of being a part of the team. We will get back to you and arrange a meeting to discuss.

We are 10, Happy Anniversary to us!

We are 10, Happy Anniversary to us!

The company that runs EdFoC, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd, was first incorporated on the 11th of February 2013. Since then, we have successfully run eight festivals, each more than a week long. We have been named as “One of the top 10 cycling festivals in Europe”, and had tremendous feedback from our supporters.

For Sale Sold: Urban Arrow Family Cargo Bike

For Sale Sold: Urban Arrow Family Cargo Bike

 

The time has come to sell, our spare Urban Arrow Cargo Bike. At the time the bike was bought in September 2020, it was the highest specification available. These specs include: a Bosch Cargo Line motor, belt drive (for lower maintenance), Shimano Zee Disc Brakes, Lezyne Power E80 / Spanninga Plateo (front / rear lights), and 500Wh battery, with dual battery setup (please note: only one battery is included with the sale). Additional extras included in the sale are: floor mat, Box cover, rear rack, Bike parka, and security tracker.

At the time of writing the bike has been ridden for 3048 Km with a total operating time of 327 hrs (service report available). This is a low mileage bike in good condition.

The value of the bike when new was £6,500.

As standard, the bike can carry two children or one adult, if you are looking for a cargo bike for freight use the bench seat can be removed, as can the box.

The bike is also fitted with a GPS security tracker so that the owner can always know where the bike is. The new owner will be offered the opportunity to download the tracking app and take over the tracking of the bike (EdFoC will no longer track the bike once sold). Tracking is optional at €39.50 (~£35) per year.

If you have any question, it is best to contact us by email.

EdFoC Mini: We are back!

EdFoC Mini: We are back!

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2022 is back, but not with the full 10-day festival, this will be a jam packed weekend of events to get EdFoC started again. The EdFoC Mini will take place over the weekend of 16th and 17th July 2022.

Due to the global pandemic, we have been unable to run the internationally recognised traditional 10-day festival Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. Getting the full 10-day festival up and running takes six months of planning and hard work, given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we have decided this year just to run smaller pop-up events to get things going again. We are planning to bring back the full 10-day Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in 2023.

If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2022

Due to the current rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very hard to plan a full ten-day festival of the sort we used to run before the pandemic started. Currently, we are looking at mainly running a series of pop-up events, mainly outdoors, and just publishing them on the calendar on our website. If you would like to add a pop-up event to our calendar, please let us know.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, and we hope to be able to resume the full Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in its traditional format as soon as possible.

We will update this website once we have further information.

Cargo bike f̶o̶r̶ ̶s̶a̶l̶e̶ Sold

For Sale Sold: Urban Arrow Family Cargo Bike

The bike is now sold.

Here is a wee video of the bike which was for sale

The time has come to sell, our almost-two-year-old Urban Arrow Cargo Bike (note that the branding will be removed before the handover when the bike is sold). At the time the bike was bought in 2019 it was the highest specification available, it has a CX Bosch motor with a 500 W Hour battery, making it easy to climb the hills of Edinburgh.

As standard, the bike can carry two children or one adult, if you are looking for a cargo bike for freight use the bench seat can be removed, as can the box.

The bike has covered just under 4000 Km and the battery has had under 70 full charge cycles at the time of writing. The bike is also fitted with a GPS security tracker so that the owner can always know where the bike is. The new owner will be offered the opportunity to download the tracking app and take over the tracking of the bike (EdFoC will no longer track the bike once sold). Tracking is optional at €39.50 (~£33) per year.

If you have any question, it is best to contact us by email.

Edinburgh Bike Shops

Edinburgh Bike Shops

With the current ongoing Covid-19 crisis people are looking to the bicycle as a means of transport and for exercise, so we thought it would be useful to have a map of all the bike shops in Edinburgh some information about whether they are open during the crisis. Whilst we have don’t our best to ensure that this information is correct, we can not guarantee it is full up to date. Therefore, it is best to check with the individual bike shop that they are open before setting off to visit them.

If you do find any errors or omissions please let us know.

This year’s cover

The cover to this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Cycling programme is a special commissioned Linocut from Emma Jones of Wee Blue Press.

The brief we gave Emma was ‘animals on bikes’ and after lots of discussion and very hard thinking(!) it became the hare and the tortoise was a theme that worked with the Edinburgh Festival of cycling’s ethos of cycling for everyone. Then the final image was carved into lino, hand printed and scanned digitally so that we could use it for the cover of the printed programme and poster.

One of the early sketches of the hare
One of the early sketches
Another early sketch for this year's cover
Another early sketch for this year’s cover
Early cover mock up
Early mock up of the cover
The first print of the lino cut
The first print of the lino cut ready to scan

When it came to the layout of the final cover image, it was decided to flip the image over digitally to be able to add text to the right of the cover.

The 2019 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Programme cover
The 2019 Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Programme cover

As the cover has been so popular we have decided to make the cover image available as a series of limited edition prints (as each print will be hand finished they will all be unique) and t-shirts. These will be printed from the original Linocut, so the image will be the un-flipped. These limited edition prints are priced at £45 plus £3 P&P and the t-shirts at £25 P&P

Order prints here, we hope to have t-shirts soon, contact us for more details.

Here is a wee bit more about the production process, note that it takes around five days to dry the inked paper enough to watercolour for the final finish.

Carving the Lino cut
First carve the Lino cut
Test on paper - roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper to test
Test on paper - roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Test on paper – roll ink onto the block and print on cheap paper
Outline print ready for hand colour finishing
Outline print ready for watercolour finishing.

Introducing Haymarket Hub our Accommodation Partner for 2019

Introducing Haymarket Hub our Accommodation Partner for 2019

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has teamed up with the Haymarket Hub hotel to offer festival attendees a discounted booking rate of 15% off their accommodation.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - Haymarket Hub Official accommodation partner 2019

June is an extremely busy time of year for Edinburgh as a variety of events are also taking place across the city which does mean hotel prices rise. In respect of this we have teamed up with the Haymarket Hub as an accommodation partner to offer attendees a discounted booking rate.

Haymarket Hub 15% discount banner

The Haymarket Hub is a cyclist-friendly hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city and on the direct line from London’s Kings Cross and a short 30-minute tram ride from Edinburgh airport. The hotel is a perfect place to relax after a long day of cycling and sightseeing. Each room provides free Wi-Fi, Sky TV, a complimentary personal smartphone which provides free data, free UK and international phone calls as well as city news, events and maps. Power showers and indulgent toiletries are provided enabling you to fully revive and recharge, ready for an evening out in Edinburgh city. Your bikes can be stored at the hotels bike rack which is located at the rear of the building.

Don’t Miss Out!

Use the instructions below to redeem your 15% discount

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - CODE INSTRUCTIONS

Please Note: This Discount Is Subject To Availability

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling