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

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

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

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

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