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

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

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

25 Apr 2015: We have a logo!

I am assured by my friends in PR (who are not numerous) that every serious enterprise needs a logo. So here it is, cunningly constructed from two letters “O” in … Continue reading

April 25, 2015

12 Apr 2015: Our first test – Eroica Britannia

The Ellis-Briggs will face her first serious test in June, at the Eroica Britannia – a wonderful festival for vintage (pre-1987) bikes, held in Bakewell Derbyshire. There are three routes … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

1 Mar 2015: Action!

After ages messing about with the spacing of the hub and freewheel, I think I’ve managed to get the chainline more or less right, so that the drivetrain now works (sort … Continue reading

March 1, 2015

28 Feb 2015: Lights!

If there’s one area of cycle development that has really transformed things, it’s lighting. LED lights and rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium or Nickel-metal Hydride batteries are so much brighter and more efficient … Continue reading

March 1, 2015