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
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…