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

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

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

20 Feb 2016: The bikes are ready!

Here she is, pretty much ready to go. I’m still messing around with the freewheel, chain and derailleur to get the drivetrain working as smoothly as possible, but I think … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Remarkable old blokes #3: Robert Marchand

Frenchman Robert Marchand started cycling in 1925 at age 14, but as an adult, his career (as lumberjack, firefighter and much else) occupied his time until he took up cycling … Continue reading

January 30, 2016

9 Jan 2016: winter fuel payments

Sorry for the long period of inactivity – I’m back from a long research visit to Melbourne, and have hardly been on a bike for a couple of months now. … Continue reading

January 9, 2016

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

27 Jun 2015: A century ride

Riding a hundred miles is something that most cyclists want to do at some time. I’ve never gone that far before in a single day’s ride, so it was time … Continue reading

June 28, 2015