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

21 Dec 2016: The 1951 Tour de France

I recently managed to find a Tour de France souvenir from my birthyear, 1951. It’s a map of the route with a border of caricatures of the great coureurs who … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

30 Jul 2016: Money, money, money – what have we achieved?

I have to admit to a mistake I made two years ago. When I originally set up this blog and the charity appeal for Alzheimer’s Society, the fundraising target I … Continue reading

July 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

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