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

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

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

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