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

10 Sep 2016: The Grindleford Goat

A lot has happened since my last post. I’ve changed job, and am now based at the University of Sheffield. And we’ve moved home from Colchester to the Peak District. … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

24 Jun 2016: Stage 13 completed

The day started with a tiring 12-mile gentle climb out of Innerleithen, through the rather beautiful valley (glen?) of a small tributary to the Tweed. Lots of moorland birds (lapwing, … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

13 Jun 2016: Stage 2 complete

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 – … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

12 Jun 2016: Stage 1 completed

The fist day’s ride is done – a very modest 42 miles from Land’s End to Truro. A sobering reminder at Land’s End of the need to be careful… It … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

11 Jun 2016: All set…

We’ve all arrived safely in Penzance, despite a scare over a delay to Eric’s flight from Sweden. So the plan is this – breakfast at 7.00, then Ruth drives me … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

8 Jun 2016: Preparations

I hate packing. I always manage to forget something vital and include loads of useless stuff. But packing is super-important for this trip, because I’ve decided to travel relatively light, … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

7 Jun 2016: What shape are we in – navigation?

How to stay on track during the ride? I have an impressive capacity for getting lost on an epic scale, so navigation is a concern. Last Friday I tried a … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

21 May 2016: The route

Well, here’s the plan – 18 stages. And no rest day! It’s an unusual route, taking in stops with friends and family and a stop in Shipley to visit Ellis … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

20 Feb 2016: The bikes are ready!

Here she is, pretty much ready to go. I’m still messing around with the freewheel, chain and derailleur to get the drivetrain working as smoothly as possible, but I think … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment