Old Bloke On An Old Bike

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

29 Jun 2016: Finished!!

We’ve done 44 miles today, bringing the total to 1,038 miles in 18 days. Not quite the 65 miles a day that I’d intended, but not bad. The Ellis-Briggs and I have climbed more than twice the height of Everest, and raised (so far) almost £2,800 for Alzheimer’s Society.

I feel quite proud of the achievement, I suppose – but perhaps more for the bike than for my own physical effort. It wasn’t easy building the Ellis-Briggs to a state where she could cope with the End-to-End. But she’s performed beautifully: safe, stable and delightful to ride. And the only things that gave significant trouble (chain and tyres) were modern components.

Here’s a little video of the great arrival…

12 comments on “29 Jun 2016: Finished!!

  1. Derek deadman
    June 29, 2016

    Well done. All best wishes, Derek and Sonia

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  2. Colin Myers
    June 29, 2016

    Hi Steve,
    Well done, you certainly deserve a glass of something after all that
    £65 will be on its way from Barbara and I
    Regards
    Colin

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  3. Steve Pudney
    June 29, 2016

    Thanks so much, Colin. I’ve really appreciated your support.

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  4. Steve Pudney
    June 29, 2016

    Thanks for you generous support, Derek and Sonia. Looking forward to a celebration on Leicester soon!

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  5. David Pevalin
    June 29, 2016

    Brilliant! Well done, Steve

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  6. roy Booth
    June 29, 2016

    Many congratulations! Did you have a rain gauge fitted on the Ellis-Briggs? And have you always been that slim? Now, I have to break gently to you what has happened while you have been away on your bike…

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  7. Jenny Townend
    June 29, 2016

    Just fantastic. What an achievement. We’ll celebrate on your return
    Jenny x

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  8. Angus
    June 30, 2016

    Congratulations Steve. The sun even came out to help you celebrate. See you soon,

    Angus

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  9. Paul Clarke
    June 30, 2016

    You are terrifying. Full respect. I shall grudgingly add my donation to your estimable total. But you can think again if you’re expecting me to massage your thighs when you return.

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  10. Steve Pudney
    June 30, 2016

    What a gruesome thought! Thanks, Paul and Fiona.

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  11. Steve Pudney
    June 30, 2016

    Thanks, Roy, for your support and interest. Hope to meet in Lund sometime. It’s going to be hard readapting to the ‘real’ world, which seems to have descended into chaos in my absence…

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  12. Gundi
    July 1, 2016

    Well done!

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