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

1 Jul 2016: about the trip – geography

I was always terrible at geography, but a long cycling trip is a great way of getting some insight into physical and economic geography. I think I cycled through 25 … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

30 Jun 2016: The anticlimax begins…

I think I’ll keep this blog going with occasional posts – after all, I have another old bike to rebuild (a 1942 Claud Butler). But in the meantime, do I … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 12 Comments

28 Jun 2016: Penultimate stage 17 completed

A short 46-mile stage to Armadale on the north coast of Scotland, bringing the total up to 994 miles. It was good to see the sea and know that I’ve … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

27 Jun 2016: Stage 16 completed

A long day: 86 miles from Aviemore to Lairg, bringing the total so far to nearly 950 miles. The day started with a climb into rain and freezing cold headwind, … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

26 Jun 2016: The best cycle track ever?

This is the cycle track I spent the morning on – I think it’s the old Inverness road, the predecessor of the new A9 main road. It’s really lovely, I … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

26 Jun 2016: Stage 15 completed

Safely arrived in Aviemore after 58 miles through Glen Garry and the Spey valley. Definitely a day of two halves. The morning ride was lovely – 25 miles of gentle … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

25 Jun 2016: Stage 14 completed

51 miles from Kinross to Pitlochry today. The morning was nice, with intermittent sun and a nice (but hilly) route through Path of Condie,  Gask, Balgowan and Moneydie (aren’t the … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

19 Jun 2016: Video from stage 8

I wasn’t able to upload this post because of wifi/broadband shortcomings. I’ll try again now from Kinross. This video was taken by Allan Wailoo when he joined me on the … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

23 Jun 2016: The plan for tomorrow

Tomorrow’s stage (the unlucky 13th, I’m afraid) should be about 60 miles with not too much climbing. But it’ll be challenging because of navigation and traffic. It’ll be a bit … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 2 Comments