VR Could Blend In-Home Cycling & Tourism

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It’s fair to say that by now most of us are aware of the capabilities and potential of virtual reality headsets. There are actually dozens of devices at this point that can work with smartphones, gaming systems, and PCs to facilitate virtual reality. But the high-end headsets in particular – namely the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Rift – are doing some pretty astounding things. These devices, coupled with high-powered PCs and consoles, are able to render incredibly realistic environments, characters, and elements, making virtual worlds that aren’t just vaguely lifelike, but wholly convincing.

Most of these VR achievements have been in gaming. While there are plenty of other areas in which VR is both interesting and important, gaming is proving to represent the true measure of the technology’s progress. The bigger, better, and more convincing new games look, the more impressed people will be with virtual reality. And to that point, we’ve seen some pretty astounding titles among 2017’s best VR games so far. To The Top invites players to leap and climb through a fascinating animated city; Star Trek: Bridge Crew allows you to help pilot a starship; and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard offers a full-fledged horror scape survival test.

The better these experiences get, however, the more likely it is that developers will confidently venture into other areas with virtual reality. And one genre to keep an eye on is that of sports and exercise, which could ultimately affect cycling enthusiasts. To this point, there has actually been relatively little crossover between VR and sports. Though we’re starting to see some hints of the connection, with thanks to (of course) gaming. Perhaps most notably, some online sites have begun to design virtual sports that can be viewed and bet on – potentially in VR. One such game, focusing on tennis, is said to represent the largest motion capture project ever undertaken for a virtual sports game.

That at least tackles the idea of sports viewership in VR. Sports performance is trickier, because most sports demand a great deal of mobility that just isn’t popular with in-home VR. This is where cycling appears to be the perfect fit, however. It’s one of very few sporting activities that demands nothing in terms of actual bodily movement from one point to another. In fact, cycling may even be unique in this respect; even horseback riding involves more jolting and management of body position.

At this point, you probably get where we’re headed! A VR headset can be used, and used fairly easily, to transform a home exercise bike into one that can tour the world. In fact, earlier this year we found out about a private game developer who created an app which allows you to cycle anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home! He calls it Cycle VR, and while it hasn’t yet been perfected for public use, it – and a few programs like it – are clearly indications of what’s to come.

This is still one area in which a lot of people will resist VR’s influence. There’s nothing that beats actually getting out into the world, feeling the fresh air, and seeing the sights on a great cycling route. But just as it’s changed gaming and begun to trickle into sports, VR is coming for physical activity next. And it could give us all the chance to pedal along roads we might never have the opportunity to see in person.

 

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Photo of the day for 25th May 2017

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A view of the Pennine Bridleway Bridge across the River Ribble. The above photo was taken on 23rd April 2017 ride to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

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Lunch time view on yesterday ride to Garstang

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The above photo is my lunch time view of the canal basin in Garstang, I will let try work out how I took this photo but fairly simply to do in the new photo editing software that I am using.

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The first snowdrop of the year

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Saw my first Snowdrop of the year on the banks of the River Kent near Levens Hall on today’s ride to Natland.

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Leighton Moss Pool Tree

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Below is few photos that taken of tree beside The Pool which is main drainage dyke out of Leighton Moss.

I took this photo on the ride home from Lupton on 8th January 2017 you can see more photos of the ride at this link.

The above photos taken on my Boxing Day to Leighton Moss, you can see rest of ride photos at this link.

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Please sign e-petition on the A6 in Lancaster

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Dynamo (Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign) has been campaigning for safety improvements on the A6 for several years. We stepped this up in December 2014 when we wrote to Lancashire County Council about the awful accident statistics and demanded action. We then worked up a list of improvements, together with the Council’s Road Safety Manager, in April 2015. The significant improvements needed relate to the junctions where accidents have occurred, as well as minor lining and signing updates. In all this time, the Council has managed only the lining and signing and has even back tracked on promises to complete the work.

Dynamo has decided that it is essential to show a huge public support for County to implement these A6 safety measures in full and urgently. We have therefore launched an official e-petition on the County’s website which will run for 2 months. Please do go online and support this campaign, it can be found at bit.ly/A6-safety  Don’t be put off by the need to register on the e-petition site: it only takes one minute to do.

We are also going to run a paper petition in tandem with the e-petition.  Please let me know if you can take some paper forms to get signatures.  Please note that people must NOT sign both the e-petition and the paper petition.

Please also share as widely as you can with cycling groups, cyclists, parents who want to keep their children safe, and anybody else who cares about the safety of vulnerable road users.

Patricia Clarke

https://lancasterdynamo.wordpress.com/

I through this best place to post this e-mail which landed in my inbox this week personally I don’t cycle along the A6 that often in Lancaster and only cross it in Slyne in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon on my commute on my bike to work and then home.

Simeon Orme  

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Kirkby Lonsdale Views

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The Green Room Cafe in Kirkby Lonsdale

 

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A view of Main  Street in Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

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Another view of the main street in Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

The above photos taken at start of 18th September 2016 ride to Sedbergh. You can see rest photos of the ride at this link.

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An Arnside View

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The view before editing the photo.

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The view after editing the photo, I will leave it up you to decide which is the best image. The photo taken on my 21st August 2016 ride to Arnside.

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Aldi Cycling Clothing

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I call in at Aldi today on the way home from work end up buying Performance Cycling Jersey, Waterproof Cycling Over trousers, a pair of Lobster Cycling Glovers and Winter Cycling Jacket which came to grand total  of £52.00 I hate to think what cost else where!

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Future Where’s the Brew stop? Cycle touring group rides

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The main aim of future ‘Where’s the Brew Stop? Cycle touring group rides, is to build up group of folk who are interest doing cycle touring rides with a bit of rough-stuff on some of the rides, meeting up every Sunday at around 10am for brew and cake in various cafes around North Lancashire, South East Cumbria and Western Side of North Yorkshire. Then heading out for ride to explore the delights of these three counties, the lunch stop will usually be some where with good view so you need a pack lunch and then calling in a bit later in the ride at another cafe for afternoon brew cake before heading back to starting point of ride.

The reason for meeting up at cafe at around 10am, give folk like myself  opportunity to ride out to start of ride and others who live a bit further away to drive there. Also if you start ride from inside a cafe, it give everyone opportunity to get know before setting off on the ride.

The starting point for each ride will usually between five to fifteen miles away from Lancaster, one week ride may start in Conder Green and next week’s ride may start in Kirkby Lonsdale this will allow more folk to ride out to start of ride if they wish.

The mileage on the rides from the starting point to finishing point of the ride will usually between 25 miles to 35 miles in the Winter months of the years and in summer months between 45 to 50 miles. High percentage of the ride will be on tarmac and small percentage of the ride may be off-road like the pass from Sadgill in Longsleddale over to Stile End in the Kentmere Valley or parts of Pennine Bridleway in the Yorkshire Dales.

The rides are aim at folk who like Carradice Saddlebags, Brook Saddles and maybe shop at Spa Cycles so please come on bike suitable for ride ie what the cycling press call’s adventure cycle touring bike this is touring bike with 35 mm tyres or bigger.

The ride will be usually led by Simeon Orme or if some one as better ideal than him at morning brew stop by them. On the ride faster riders will wait for slower rides to catch up so that the party will stay together until after afternoon brew stop where riders will usually peel off from ride to head for home as ride get nearer finishing point for ride which is usually some where near morning cafe stop.

Information about next week’s ride will usually posted up on Next week’s ride page on the Where’s the brew stop website, posted on Simeon’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and email to anyone on Where’s the Brew Stop e-mail list (the mailing list is for users of this site to send each other e-mails via one e-mail address, the list is moderated by the webmaster, you join mailing list at this link) on Monday or Tuesday evening by Simeon.

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