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

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

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

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

23 Jun 2016: Stage 12 completed

The longest stage yet – 71 miles across the Scottish border to Innerleithen in the Tweed valley. Plenty of climbing (over 1500 metres) and some scary descending (max speed 35mph, … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

22 Jun 2016: Stage 11 complete

A very good day – much better than I feared. It started with yet another flat tyre, but my hosts at the Ghyll Beck B&B were really kind and drove … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

21 Jun 2016: Stage 10 completed

Started the day by visiting the Ellis Briggs shop to get some new inner tubes. I love the “Aladdin’s cave” nature of good bike shops. Here’s the bike back where … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

20 Jun 2016: rain, rain, rain…

Please stop raining! It’s 8.54, I’ve delayed my start to Shipley in the hope of avoiding the worst of the rain and rush hour traffic, but I’ll need to go … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · 4 Comments

19 Jun 2016: Stage 8 completed

I took my leave of a big family gathering in Stone and set off for Dore, where I’m staying with friends Allan and Monica. It’s been a hard day with … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 1 Comment