The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society
A terrific day. We covered 64 miles from Truro to Upton, near Bude. Beautiful Cornish countryside, with densely wooded river valleys and lots of short steep climbs and descents – about 1500 metres total gain/loss of elevation.
Part of the ride was on the Camel trail – the track bed of a disused railway by the side of the Camel river.
When we were starving hungry, just as it started to rain, we came across the Snail’s Pace cafe.
The proprieters were really kind and have made a donation to our charity appeal.
We’re in good shape, the bikes are going well, apart from a gear cable coming adrift on Eric’s bike which held us up for a few minutes. Now off to the local Italian to do yet more eating…
… after a beautiful little walk by the sea.
I’m expecting a daily tally of successful front shifts using the ‘suicide lever’.
By the way, if the University of Essex aren’t paying you enough, take a stall full of your retro-light / LED conversions to Eroica events and make a killing.
Positively idyllic countryside, lucky you and you are off to a great start. I spent the day in REF meetings…. say no more. Enjoy! Heather
Hi Roy. Sorry I haven’t had time to reply – by the time I’ve got in at the end of the day, had a beer, eaten, and written a brief blog, I’m starting to lose consciousness… The suicide lever works pretty well, but it’s hardly a racing gear change, and reaching down to operate it puts a lot of stress on neck & shoulder. Can’t believe they really used them in major road races….