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

23 Dec 2016: Time to think about Eroica!

In the deep mid-winter… it’s time to think about June and the delight that is Eroica Britannia. This is a 3-day festival (June 16-18th) devoted to vintage bikes, based this … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

6 Jun 2016: Six days to go – what shape are we in?

The planning, the bike, the navigation, and my body all have to work quite well for this to be a success Let’s start with me – what physical shape am … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

3 Jun 2016: Last big training ride before the off…

Friday was my partner Ruth’s 60th birthday. We decided to meet family and friends for the weekend at the George Hotel in Stamford, Lincolnshire. I cycled there from Colchester, starting … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

30 May 2016: Whoops!

Clumsy. It was the most unthreatening environment imaginable – I was out riding with friends on a perfectly good cycle path. Not paying attention to the bike in front which … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

26 Mar 2016: The great navigator…?

Went for a training ride from just south of Colchester to Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge. I used Cyclestreets to plan the route – it should have been 52 miles. I … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

24 Mar 2016: The march of technology – video!

I’ve been persuaded that it’s a good idea to post some video of the ride when it happens (only a couple of months to go, now!) So I’ve bought a … Continue reading

March 25, 2016

Remarkable old blokes #2: Velocio

Paul de Vivie, who used the splendid nom de plume Vélocio, was born in 1853 in the Vaucluse department of south-east France. He was the great pioneer of French club … Continue reading

October 31, 2015

22 Aug 2015: A mini Tour De France

Just back from a holiday trip to Beaujolais in France – a cautious 900 miles in 22 days – and on a much more modern and comfortable bike than the … Continue reading

August 26, 2015

Remarkable old blokes: #1 Gustaf Håkansson

This is a tortoise and hare story. In 1951 (the year of my birth), 66-year-old Gustaf Håkansson decided he wanted to enter a Swedish 1,000-mile endurance event. The organisers refused … Continue reading

July 14, 2015

9 Jul 2015: Injury!

I’ve already identified navigation as one of the biggest potential problems for LEJOG, but I’ve now been reminded of another – injury. I felt absolutely fine immediately after the 116-mile … Continue reading

July 14, 2015