The Great Indoors

This year has certainly taken a sharp left turn hasn’t it?

At time of writing, the world wide pandemic known as COVID-19 or Cornonavirus has pretty much changed our everyday lives for the time being. The current government guide lines are to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, for work, medicine, food and exercise.

Staying indoors all day can be very difficult for some people, but please listen to the advice and we can get through this.

With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of things you can do at home that will hopefully keep you occupied during the lockdown, especially if you don’t have a shed to busy yourself in.

Reading

You can find my book reviews in the “Spoke and word” section of this website, but here’s a brief overview of a couple of recommendations.

  1. Re:Cyclists – 200 years on two wheels by Michael Hutchinson

This is the book currently on my night stand and I’m really enjoying it. It’s more or less a chronological journey of the development of the bicycle, from 1817 to today. Obviously, its the first few chapters that are of more interest to me. As the book gets further in time, it is more focused on cycling as a sport. Something I don’t have that much interest in, to be honest. Still, its a nice read and you might even learn something!

2. Zen & The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M Pirsig

You can find my review from last year here. I ended that review by saying I was torn on whether i’d recommend it. I still am. It’s not an easy read, so not great if you wanted something relaxing and laid back during this time. But if you want to challenge your brain a little, maybe this one is for you.

3. It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels by Robert Penn

I’m a big fan of Robert Penn, out of all these recommendations I think this would be my number one. This book is humorous, factual and interesting. Granted it covers a lot of the same stuff the “Re:Cyclists” does, but in a more personal way. Check out the full review here.

If you want to get hold of any of these books I would recommend hive.co.uk. They support independent booksellers and are a great service. During this time I believe you can only order one book per household, so make sure you pick a good one!

Television

Probably my favourite thing to do, when not doing anything, is watch a bit of TV. With so much content and various new streaming services it’s easy to miss some quality entertainment. These might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is what I like! I’ll try and add a little something from each service so everyone is covered.

  1. The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Available on Disney+: Actor and all round good guy, Jeff Goldblum investigates many different subjects over the course of 12 episodes. There is one episode in particular that I think might be of interest. Episode 7: Bikes. Jeff takes his own, unique view at the world of bicycles. Half is the high end, sporty stuff (yawn) as he visits the specialised factory and the other is the custom scene that becoming more popular, which I found to be much more interesting.

2. The Rider and the Wolf

Available on Amazon Prime: A beautiful and emotional documentary about a mountain bike legend, Mike Rust. Not a fun, easy watch but if you looking for something a little different give it a go.

3. Any Henry Cole show!

Available ITV/4OD/Quest: I really enjoy Henry’s shows. Ever since discovering Shed and Buried I’ve been a fan. There are only a sprinkling of older episodes out there but worth a dig. A couple of episodes of “The Motorbike show” and “Junk and Disorderly” are on the ITV hub. Channel 4’s catch up has ton’s of “Fix it, fix it, flog it” and “…drive it” Whilst Quest TV has the old Shed and buried episodes.

Games

Whilst I would describe myself as a gamer, I can’t really recommend too many, two wheeled games. However, last year I did review “TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge”. You can read that here. They have also released a sequel since then so I might check that out at some point too. Apart from that, Mario Kart has a fun variety of motorcycles to race your family and friends with! (Online obviously).

Music / Podcasts

Always one for a bit of self promotion, I’ve curated a very special, two wheeled playlist over on spotify. It’s an “interesting” mix of 70’s rock, cheese and any song remotely related to cycling or motorcycles.

Listen here.

Some great podcasts I can recommend too.

  1. This Custom Life with Helen Stanley and Anthony Partridge

The guys from Goblin Works Garage in conversation about the custom scene of cars and bikes.

2. Wheel Suckers Podcast

One for the cycling crowd, wheel suckers have been dropping podcasts since 2017, so lots of content to catch up with and keep us occupied.

3. Just Riding About

Another cycling podcast. Bob and Enzo discuss their lives on two wheels. Funny and really down to earth. Highly recommended.

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Hopefully, some of those will keep you busy for a while. But if you have any recommendations yourself please drop me a line on usual the social media places and maybe i’ll do an update in a week or so.

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Thanks for reading folks. Stay inside, stay safe and save lives.

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Words and Pictures by Craig Willis

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