On the other hand there is the seeming slow death or hibernation of Bob Jackson. Upon my visiting their shop in Bramley, Leeds a little while back I found the shop closed and a single notice giving little information. They have a repair shop upstairs armoured with an unlabled steel security door, with not a word of when they operate. Their website gives hours but elsewhere suggests phoning first. The answer was provided by a garage owner downstairs who said "when they feel like it". Oh dear.
Their website gives hours but elsewhere suggests phoning first.
TheTandem group (owners of the Claud Butler and Dawes brands) have just published their annual report moaning that they have not been beneficiaries of the "British bike boom" engendered by the TdeF, the Kenyan, sort of British, C.Froome and the cruely banished Mr. B.Wiggins etc. I am not mentioning ##y. Tandem say that there have been better sales at the high end (ie little-ridden show pony bikes bought by the monied as trophies) and not "their end of the market". The also cite the heat as a reason for moderate sales. Really?
Perhaps, just perhaps, the following might be relevant to their evident chagrin. Few buyers are fooled. When aspiring buyers see a "Claud Butler" bike either they have never heard of Claud or they know it is just a name borrowed from the past. Either way, what they often see is an inferior machine with hotch-potch components chosen simply on (cheap) cost or job-lot availability.
An estimated 5 million bikes from the past are mothballed in sheds and outhouses. (probably no use is made of mothballs). The bikes might look sad and needy). With a bit of research, elbow grease and ingenuity they can be renovated to some condition and make the owner proud of the results. There is steady increase in this restoration trend. Cycle jumbles are great facilitators of this, with real expert advice and 1000's of vital bits-and-bobs not encased in blister-packs. And, yes, there will be many a frame to size up and buy. Some will be REAL Claud Butlers and Dawes.
Scanning a Harrogate firms' website for a TA chain-ring I found a 60 tooth one @ £72. If nothing else it demonstrates why cycle jumbles are so popular. To the shop the ring would be premium because of its rarity whereas a jumble seller would say "who would want this?" and sell for £5.
Whilst the tour was still going I visited Sheffield on a Saturday (via most of the TdeF route). The tourist office was having to close early. They still had nearly 500 official TdeF tee shirts which were overpriced / unsold. The office did / does not open on Sundays. Clearly the TdeF caused a boom to Yorkshire but a mere tremor Sheffield.
Not that they would care about my views but I do wonder about the ##y team. Dave Brailsford said in response to the recent Froome / Wiggins furore that he was very mindful of his being leader of British Cycling. In what way is that manifested in a team with riders whose nationality causes you reach for an atlas? His sacking of Wiggo has puzzled the British. It has put a huge smile on the face of all the other cycling teams who have only had to mark one not-really-English ##y rider for as long as he is astride his bike. And that isn't for long.
Another downside for some, but upside for ##y, is the considerable sale of black team gear. How good is it to have 1000's of mobile human bill-boards and you charge them £100 or so to do that for you? The grand tours are one thing but the general need of those who dare to ride on the open, pot-holed UK roads is to be seen. Bright clothing really comes in here. Some also forget that ##y is part of the Murdoch empire who have priced football and many other sports out of most peoples' reach. They have ignored cycling on their sports channels and have been phone-hacking like fury. They are a good bunch apart from that.
Final gripe. The decision to not field a woman entrant in the World road time trial because "nobody could have a chance of winning". Lizzy Armitstead took a long time to reach the (overworked) "world standard status". She had to learn how to conquer her demons and learn to win. There are not so many prestegious races for females for an opportunity to be spurned. Black marks - to match the kit.
A great cycling friend of mine, John "Barrie" Key recently sustained serious head injuries after a low-speed tangle with a partnering cyclist. He had a helmet on. It transpires that the helmet caused the problem, the rear rim dug into the back of his neck. It makes you think - and I am thinking of him.
P.S yesterday (1st/Oct/2016), some 2 years after his accident, I rode with him yesterday. (he has to have someone with him, in case) I was struggling to keep up. He is 76 years old
Some very sad news .....
In his earlier life he worked for THE F.W.Evans, when it was a real bike shop rather that the frachised cash-cow for middle-east venture capitalists it has become (and name recently changed to Evans Cycles). I remember him from those days, 40 years ago, when I retreated down the Old Kent Road from London and got my cycle bits and bobs en route. He was known for his supreme knowledge, honest verdicts and his very helpful nature. He died of a heart attack on the 25th of May. He will be a great loss to Beryl, his partner of many years.
There will be a service at Charing Crematorium, Kent (On the A20, half way between Maidstone and Ashford) at 2pm on the 12th June. No flowers but donations to William Harvey Hospital Intensive Therapy Unit if anyone wishes to. Anyone can attend.
The "Selfie" is not new!
However here is an example from 1971!!! A young lad in light clothing (let's call him Marco) is posing for a picture as he is watching the Tour de France. Then, all of a sudden, this upstart cyclist comes along to get into the picture.
Marco has gone on to being an organiser of L'Eroica but the cyclist does not seem to have made much impact on the cycling world.
Unimportant bits of news .....
Generally the island was still in hibernation. Even the dreaded Kavos had empty streets so you could see it in all its glory. The only sound was that of the saw, hammer or Greek expletive. It was impressive riding with road surfaces ranging from superb to Ahhhh, but mostly good. The driving standard was excellent compared to the UK (vis-a-vis cyclist awareness). I believe the UK standard is the worst in the world for this (though I am told on-road New Zealand is most dangerous). There are far too many motorists who hold (and quite often release) a hatred of cyclists. Not very many know how to overtake properly. Many use their horn as an audio version of "two fingers".
After a few days in the UK I was off to Malaga. Corfu temperatures had been mid-20's but it was 30 each day in the south of Spain, with not a cloud. I hired a bike from the brilliant Malaga Bikes, run by Kay Farrell and a very friendly team. I was fitted up with a "robust" bike, quite a bit better than my Corfu machine. All their bikes bore the names of famous people. I resisted riding Beyonce and was fitted up with "Sir Bradley". It's probable he wouldn't have approved of the kick-stand. I did 440 Km in the 4 days involving six passes of over 1000 m. Nothing special, that, but I suppose OK for an old 'un. Kay was so amazed that I was immediately put on their Facebook page. My face was very red by then!
I watched the Tour of California today on TV. The real Sir Bradley was no doubt inspired by my Spanish riding on "his" bike that he crushed the time-trial field, including Taylor Phinney, Segan and Cavendish. We must continue to cherish his talents, we probably won't see his like again.
Tour fever strikes a note in Yorkshire
What am I on about??? read on ....
Yorkshire is going mad (and bust, reportedly) over the Tour de France. Calderdale (a south-ish part of West Yorkshire around Halifax) has an on-going festival called Countdown 100. The master-plan is to have an event on every day prior up to July 6th. The race itself will serve as a minor 101st event on the 6th July. The notable part of the day 2 course is "longest continuous climb" in Britain, at 5.5 miles and known as Cragg Vale. Before the TdeF choose it, the place was famous only for the "coiners" - a rough gang who nibbled bits off gold coins and made on extra coin per 12 pared coins. One detective was put on the job but got shot in the back for his troubles. Eventually the coiners paid with their lives, by hanging. Their gravestones are in the churchyard of Heptonstall Church which overlooks both the Calder Valley and the TdeF course. A local man, Dave Nelson, has become a concert pianist of some note. Today, he was hauled up Cragg Vale by a team of 18 cyclists whilst playing a special composition mysteriously called "Piano Cycle".
click for video
P.S. I imagine many people have only heard of Calderdale through the lovely "Last Tango in ..." TV program. Unfortunately this features no Yorkshire actors for the 4 main parts and is almost entirely filmed in Lancashire. This fact might yet lead to the next war of the roses. However Lancashire has got none of the TdeF route, so it serves them right!
Below, you will find some statistical stuff on the Cragg Vale climb. You will draw your own conclusions but whilst in might be a chance for a "nipping off" type escape for a KOM point or two, I think it is not likely to be decisive, nor make many struggle.
Having done the climb more than enough (once) I have been asked what gear I would be in. That depends. Could I make it all the way to the top in one go? Probably I could. Would I. Probably not, if the Cragg Vale Hotel was open. This too might just be Bradley's fatal moment of weakness.
P.S 2 It is little known that Cycling and Yorkshire has been also linked as recently as 1949 in a feature film called "A boy,a girl and a bike". It was later spicily re-named "Love on a bike". I assume some dismounting took place first. It arguably launched the acting careers of Diana Dors, Anthony Newley, Honor Blackman, Walter Greaves (the record-breaking militant "one-armed" cyclist) and a Jimmy Savile. All are now deceased; the first three stars were southerners and struggled with accents and repairing punctures. Several bikes were sold as a result of the film, which was released later in colour. When the smog-bound locals of Halifax saw the film, they didn't know what colour was, and certainly were not convinced by the authenticity of such good weather existing.
It's all uphill
Both capture the beauty of what is anything but ...
Disastrous North Korean Jumble
My jumble today in Pyongyang Village Hall was regretably not a great success, to say the least. I heard on the news (Radio China)
that North Korea and South Korea were having one of their periods of cultural and armament exchanges.
The latter involved a few rocket launchers and guided missiles. I can only think that the jumble attendees
must also have got wind of one of these periodic slight disputes, and decided not to attend. When I arrived
at the hall I was confronted by several police. I thought were there to stop jumblers getting in early, buying
the best stuff, not paying admission and scarpering. Instead they asked me to remove my missile proof helmet and examined
what was underneath.
Some hours later,
at the airport I learned that I was being deported because I had the "wrong" haircut (see photo below) ie not like that of
I do hope that
nobody was put out by this problem. It was all due to (what should have been) foreseen circumstances.
Brand new, exciting jumble Venue
Stalls are 700 won (KPW). You must apply for an entry visa. This should be done 7 to 9 weeks ahead of your visit (in other words, do it now, no time to lose). The Visas are done in China and sent to you with a container convoy of non-working satnavs, with instructions in Cantonese. There is a travel weight limit of 10Kg so don't bring knackered Sturmey Archer 3 speed hubs or similar tat to sell.
Because of the surprizing difficulty with direct flights the journey requires stop-offs at Niarobi and Pingpong. I was quoted $2300 for the flight but thanks to a party booking, it is a bargain $1999. Please don't delay in contacting me, it is strictly first come first served!!!
I feel I must encourage you not to read too much into the darstedly vilifying of its great leader Kim Jung-Un. He has been criticised by over-sensitive left-wing, interfering foreigner busybodies of ordering the execution of his Uncle, Jang Song-Thaek. Mr Kim described him as "despicable human scum, worse than a dog" - surely that's just too bad. K J-U has also seemingly been responsible for "disappearing" a previous girlfriend. He must have had his reasons. Despite this, the country is open, friendly and welcoming to tourists. There is very little danger to you as you have two ever-present "guides" to look after you. Best not to mention the rumour of his Uncle Jang being killed and eaten by hungry dogs, just in case.
The Hall, rather nice and quite spacious
Evidence of security which will re-assure you.
Funpark next door
The Korean flag, the correct one, unlike the London Olympics version
More Tour news
A few things to watch on those (still) dark nightsFirstly, below is a link to a rather nice regional (Yorkshire BBC) tv program relating to the Tour de France. Watch it soon as it will dissappear from iplayer by mid-march. Latterly it features Dean Dowling, son of master-jumbler Ken and brother of fellow professional cyclist Russell.
But below is another link to a short video of a climb by Sue
click for Tdf short video
I was very pleased to see Ken over the weekend wearing his Campagnolo pinny and the old smile. He has recovered well from recent health problems. I gather from Dean that Ken is giving him the run for his money during early season training runs in the Thurcroft area!.
And a few things more things to watch
A great, varied selection - safe to watch at leastMy top ten + 2 more
it's homage to Microsoft Windows 8 "advent calendar look"
After 20+ years of dominance, billions of dollars development and
version after version, they have produced what a 4 year old could have managed.
(Except the fours-year-old's version might have worked).
Enjoy! Stuart Collins
Eureka,Eroica and new events
An event at Chailey, Near Lewis is making a comeback and is listed in the calendar. A new event at Barnard Castle is also on-line (in more ways that one).
Meanwhile has anyone seen a Borisclays bike actually being ridden??? If anyone remembers the old I-Spy books (designed to keep children quiet) I think you would have got 50 points for spotting anyone riding the 22kg monsters.
Tour de France jumble announced
Harrogate's normal busy time is for the annual
International Crime Writers Festival. I assume all readers know what is occuring on the weekend of
5th / 6th July!?
And there is a mega cycle jumble. To book tables (and don't delay ) ring 07961 806248 or
email harrogatecyclehub[at]gmail.com (replace [at] with @) to make bookings and enquiries. Paul Jeffrey is
the man to ask for, if needs be.
This one is the fruit of extensive chiropractic research. At last, using computer aided design, a true model of men's bottoms (not sure of the sample size) has created a perfectly suited sit-upon. No more those crushing pains on the pelvic bones, but now replaced by a soft tissue red soreness and heart shaped bruising. You'll love the Infiniti!
If you are female I suggest you jump to the next article.
Now chaps...... the slight problem might be that your undercarriage might not "conform". Not to put too fine a point on it, it might be that various bits might dangle through the hole. This could cause a problem when dismounting. I am wincing as I type this but I am sure you get the drift.
I am cynical. I always assume that magazine reviewers are pleased to retain and use their lavishly praised product. I'm not sure they would in this case.
Pop Up Bikes pops up in Manchester
What is it about Cycling and Government?Warning ..... May contain politics -
Very steadily the mileage of cycle paths has approached 5% of that of Holland. Mr Boris Johnson has enthusiastically introduced bikes to hire which are even known as Boris bikes, despite the scheme being the brainchild of his predecessor Ken Livingstone. (and Ken probably nicked the idea from Sweden). The real problem lies, not with having a bike to ride, but the very real danger of death riding one. The risk is surely greater with the 23 Kg (51 lb) BB jugernauts. Given that the hirers of the Boris Monsters are probably unfit, a little mad and likely lacking cycling experience, it seems folly to let them loose on roads of the capital. Yet remarkably :- The stats do amazingly suggest that the carnage of BB's is less that of other cyclists. It could be that BB riders abandon to the nearest cafe, and hardly go anywhere.
I've just mentioned capital and that brings me onto the next issue. The fact is that there is perceived capital to be gained by politicians riding a bike, demonstrating they are "one of us". They probably don't really want to enact this proletarian activity. So it is best to alert the press and get your exposure quickly; then return to the taxi, chauffeured car or first class compartment.
Mr Cameron ably demonstrated the folly by swishing through London Streets from his second home. During his ride he was filmed going through red lights, going down a one-way road the wrong way. Further, any street-cred was somewhat lessened by the sight of a following government car, carrying his gear.
A few days later he ventured alone into a Notting Hill market and chained his bike to a bollard. You might have heard this story, but if not, you could easily guess the outcome. Mr C didn't. The Daily Mail featured a front-page splash, some days later, about "finding" Dave's bike and proudly announced that they were returning it to him. (When they did so, the Mail cameras duly enjoyed their gift-wrapped photo opportunity).
Mr Johnson, golden locks sprouting from under his helmet, is very pleased to be seen on his bike (rather than a BB). He is often shown clowning, which comes naturally. After recent "paternity problems" satirists have wondered what use was been put to his bike. That reminds me a of joke concerning a vicar who is reciting the ten commandments to his flock. When he gets to no 8 he stammers a bit when he remembers where he left his bike.
Much has been said about "Plebgage". I just can't understand how calling someone a "pleb" (denied) is thought to be worse than saying "you're supposed to f###ing help us" (admitted). Meanwhile the legal and other costs are moving close to half a million pounds and I don't think this includes the cost of paying suspended policemen. Mr Mitchell does, at least, enjoy cycling and does so regularly in London and, with more time on his hands, his Nottinghamshire constituency.
In the last day or so "colourful" Simon Burns has suddenly "resigned" from his junior transport ministry, thus cunningly avoiding the "sacked" listings, in the recent shuffle (It is not a reshuffle). His cunning has well rehearsed. In 2010 he was exiting the house of commons in his car, onto Birdcage Walk / Parliament Square. He knocked an Army major off his bike and caused him serious injuries. On the day he was due in court (less than a mile away from the "house") he was at a highly trivial working committee, connected with law! There, he uttered just 108 words (unusual reticence) yet still got a rebuke from the chairman for trivialising proceedings. At some point he changed his plea to guilty. This cost a great deal as the case had been allocated a slot. However, he had avoided being asked what, apart from driving, he may have been doing as he hurrying away to collect his son. A fine of £400 + £200 costs is about what he was paid for that day.
His first ministerial post (a real "poison chalice") was junior minister for health (including the health of injured army majors) when the Staffordshire hospital situation blew up. Mr Jeremy Hunt, (who was then the senior Health Minister) had probably got fed up of the flack, and was soon to leave to enjoy his false expenses and tax-avoided house. Mr Burns's neck was placed in the hands of John Humphrey’s of the Today program on Radio 4. Mr Burns survived 8 minutes without saying anything explanatory or relevant. It was a convincing case of pleading ignorance. It was a rare 0-0 grilling scoreline. Geoffrey Boycott would have been proud. I don't think his bosses were, because .........
He was very soon moved to Transport (despite continuity at Health being vital, given that Hunt had just moved on). Blessed with a good rail service from his home in Basildon to London, he decided to go via chauffeured car. This cost the state £80000 in one year. Transport also includes cycling and on his personal website he praises the "innovative" bike-storage facilities at nearby Chelmsford (the first such, he mistakenly claims). He surely would have mentioned it if he had actually used it, or even had ever ridden a bike.
Blessed with a "good" rail service (76% of trains on time) from his home in Chelmsford to London, he decided instead to go via chauffeured limosine. Not for him a taxi, as the Daily Mail map suggests. The Government car cost the state £80000 in one year. He could have got a 1st Class annual season ticket for under £7000. Also he might have had the benefit of a 2 mile bike-ride to the station. Under fire, he then had to use the train. As you can see in the lower picture he does not look too pleased.
He was left to defend HS2 favoured by Mr. Cameron (also, by fudging). If this job was another "chalice", albeit and empty one, it was soon filled with poison by George Osborne's public cooling on the scheme. So S.B. was once more on his bike, though only metaphorically.
His party surprizingly endorsed his application for the role of 3rd deputy speaker. This would surely have been a hat trick of "landmine" jobs. It would involve working under the Speaker John Bercow, who Burns has called a "stupid sanctimonious dwarf". Left-wing labour people are "Neanderthals" and that passive rights campaigners 38degrees are Zombies. He has been said to be a mixture of "Frankie Howerd and Caligula". There's no reason to question anything that the Daily Mail says.
Mr Boris Johnson said that cycling in London was booming, backed by figures suggesting there were 93% more cyclists since the Olympics. The probable source of this claim was Transport for London figures, which claims 570000 "cycle journeys" as against 280000. This was a physical count at observation points of cyclists pottering along on two wheels. There was no verification of these figures, and a bit of rounding. Meanwhile the National Travel Survey 2012 has shown a large increase in "average distance travelled". Another TfL survey was done by stopping cyclists and asking, amongst other things, how many journeys they make a week by bike. It turns out that they are, on average, doing more rides (roughly 93% more???). More rides, longer journeys but proabably not more cyclists.
ot such good news for Boris, then.
There has been further stick given to Boris for allowing his "flagship" east - west cycle superhighway to be marked with light blue without that colour ever having been given legal status. A cyclist on the blue has been killed already. As London cyclists know, and others suspect, cycling in London is extremely hazardous and dangerous. In the period 1986 to 2006 the average annual deaths was 17.3 per annum. The fluctuations are within normal variance. However it has been rising since 2006. But much worse is the increase of 22% in serious and fatal injuries to over 500 in 2012 as reported by the NHS. There is no indication that bike-lanes, better lights, congestion limits, helmet wearing or the Olympics have changed anything positively. More analysis is surely needed than the tally-ho, back-of-a-fag-packet instant policies designed to lever B.J. to prime-ministership ( a failed strategy in at lease three ways ).
[November update] After being asked on London FM radio about a spate of 6 deaths in 2 weeks Mr.J opined that it would be "the cyclists own fault" and went on to condemn cyclist who wore headphones. Was this the same person who in 2004 said that no one would ever stop him from using his mobile phone whilst cycling? Sadly, there seems to be scant evidence of Labour politicians being photographed on a bike - it must be part of their policy not be caught.
Here, in the interest of balance (political, clearly not riding style) is a picture of Mr John Prescott. It was taken at a time when he got called two jags and he decided it would be better to be called two jags and a photo- opportunity on a borrowed bike
There are about 100 All-party Parliamentary Groups at Westminster. They have no power and no funding. It sounds like they are just talking shops if they meet, but they don't even have to. There is a Cycling Group (and, excitingly there is also a Chagos Islands group). Regrettably none of the politicians above are members.
Some might like the groups because they can get a word in, which they don't normally get in the chambers. They are, I am told, all cyclists. There are no published minutes. We will never know what, if anything, goes on there. They might hold races round the much-vaulted "corridors of Parliament". Perhaps there is a "bike repair night", who knows? Maybe chairman Dr Julian Huppert could explain the methods of spoking rear wheels, Lord Berkley show how to get Osgears working whilst Ian Austin tells stories of 70's bike tours in Finland, with a girl he met at Skegness.
As a bit of an aside, I have read that Dr. Huppert is the only MP with a science degree. Is it any wonder that Britain has gone down the list of industrialised countries and scientists are not being valued and rewarded properly? He is also the only noted really keen cyclist in the house, apart from Mr Mitchell (now he is back riding after his Plebpate sabatical).
Part 2 - the wholly serious bit
Oddly I delayed the writing of this, but am now pressing
on in the wake of the recent loss of life of five cyclists in London in the
five day period of the 3rd to 12 October 2013. Three of the accidents were in
the Bow area and near to the East - West Cycle "Superhighway" mentioned
earlier. It has been painted light blue which is to do with Barclays Bank -
but the colour is not legally recognised as a cycling guidance colour.
I can imagine a few gatherings. The leafy suburban pub with a group carping at the Lycra Mafia, who don't even pay road-tax. MP's saying that nobody who has "made it" is going to ride a bike, it's just for losers. Besides car-drivers generate a great deal of money. Taxi drivers comparing notes regarding pissing off cyclists. Bus drivers comparing notes and victim details .......
During proofreading of this article another London cyclist has died and one in Bath also. Today (12th December) there has been two major political "noises". Firstly Barclays have said that they were pulling out of the bike hire and other inititives designed to promote the banks "good guys" image. Meanwhile there is to be a "tactical withdrawal" of the trans London Superhighway with the ludicrously tagged Cycling Tzar (really cycling commissioner) Andrew Gilligan agreeing that much more needs done regarding safety. Soon, east west routes are to be recommended only, and likely based on the "quiet Roads" created by the defunct GLC. (Cut to Ken Livingston having a quiet chortle)
Probably unconnected is the silence of Boris Johnson on this issue. A blessing in disquise, maybe? He was always under fire, as Barclay's sponsorship was done on a "nod and a wink" basis, involving his buddy Bob Diamond ( who railroaded the bank into the PPI and Libor scandals ).
[Final word 12th January] Barclays are backing out of the Boris bike scheme. They are not to be drawn on why, but it doesn't take much imagination. Companies are like polititians; they will do anything to get into the "bright lights", but when the lights dim, they're off. In some cases they turn the lights off as well.
This cancellation make my event in Radcliffe, Notts the last of the year in the midlands area. I'd be happy to sell more stalls and make it a bumper event towards the memorial fund of Kath Lynch
Two of examples of cycle jumble lore.
want and need
It is probably useful to know the difference." by me.
The funeral was at Bramcote Crematorium at 2pm. on Monday 9th September
All monies from my Event of the 26th October will be in aid of Cancer Research in memory of Kath.
Not quite so tragic. but worrying, is the illness of the popular South Yorkshire man Ken Dowling. Both his sons are refusing to show signs of aging and are still very active and competative on the road. I hope that their dad is on "on the road" to recovery soon.
Sun dwindling - Autumn Jumble season is upon us.
News of 4 new events [posted 6th Sept + updated]
Further details on the calendar page.
Manchester Beer / Bike / Band extravaganza
Pictures from Manchester Velodrome - August 2013
[posted 21st July]
Festival season - now been and gone
Cycle Live Nottingham Cycle EventRaces, trials, Great Nottingham Bike Ride (Long established, 3 course lengths)
There were a lot of stalls and lots of promotion of the bike as a form of transport and fat-shedding. See website :-
All sorts of things were going on, including a Bike Jumble.
For more details, see website :-
I have only featured the 2 events but I imagine that there is trend, and as good one, of getting the public interested, inspired and informed.
And, sadly, an event which did not take place :-
York Cycle fair / Rally - Important (and sad) announcement [22nd May]:-
Very bad news. I know Paul has made very great efforts to re-kindle the very famous and long-standing event. If you know of anyone who was thinking of coming, please tell them it's not to be (but it might have been if they had booked!)
The Bikejumble "virus" spreads [ Posted 27th April ]And yet another new venue is to appear on "circuit". It is at Chichester. It is in support of two charities:- Stonepillow, a charity to help the Homeless, and ChiCycle, a Cycle Campaign in Chichester which aims to send bikes to deprived areas of the world. They will be selling some of their restored old bikes on the day too, for the causes. 15th June (see calendar for details)
Ramblings [ Posted 13th April ]
Live text rundown of Radio Nottingham Jumble plug attempt
Alas, phone not going, as deadline 9am is being reached. Then an item comes on about a Scottish farmer colouring his sheep to entertain passing motorists. Songs like "Barbara Anne", "Purple Haze" and "I'll never find another ewe" filled the airwaves. This was followed by listeners punning away from Pinxton (geddit?) and Mansfield (whose citizens seem much more chipper, post-Thatcher). It seems like the end of my broadcasting career. How low can it get than being ousted by dyed sheep. Only dead sheep to go!
Passes 9am, phone quiet. New DJ. Subject changes to bras and breasts. Can't see me being consulted about this topic. I never could get the hang of those clasps.
Then, suddenly at 9:40am I'm phoned and on "live" within 5 seconds. Didn't have recorder ready so I will see if I can get a recording and make the radio icon, above left, serve some purpose.
Later on..... it is over. Wanted to conclude with something like "thanks for squeezing me inbetween the breasts" or if it had gone really badly "I feel a right tit". I didn't so they might have me on again.
I did get to record it. The result can be heard (if you turn those speakers on and click on the tasteful icon below)
It's all over now, Sunday 14th April pm
Again got complaint of illegal trading in the car-park.
An off-beat book - Bikie by Charlie Woods. (Sadly going more off-beat)
This one is a rather patchwork story of Charlie who, for sure, wanted to become a Bradley Wiggins. Despite failing in this respect, his unallayed enthusiasm has never been quenched and his story of the "rough road" is passionately and touchingly expressed. All readers of this, I am sure, will be a "Charlie" at heart - a real cyclist. I recommend trying to get hold of it. It has an all-yellow cover (the jersey colour we would all have liked to wear). I don't like advertising but I got mine at Poundland. Don't let the side down by paying £6 to a firm who pay no taxes.
The following is a passage about bike jumbles (c 2000)
Because we are still equipment fetishists at heart, another prized sortie is to cycling jumble sales. We go out early of a Saturday morning to join the queue at Giggs Hill Green Community Centre - next to where the Milk Race used to start- in early January for the first event of the new year. They are curious affairs, these one-day sales, almost entirely a vet's preserve, both buyers and sellers being of a certain age. The whole promotion has the effect of reversing one's youthful experience of bike shops. At jumbles the customers are in the majority; we descend mob-handed on these makeshift malls and the sales assistants are welcoming and eager to please. They have laid out the fruits of their labours, they want you to fondle admire as much as to buy. It's all their own work, they are artists of the found object and its arrangement in the same way more conventional practitioner might hang his pictures in gallery. They are well disposed to confer with a knowledgeable and appreciative public - qualities which have difficulty in surviving the first ten minutes. For our part, once the doors are opened and we get a whiff of that intoxicating bouquet of grease, oil, old leather and rubber, sweaty knitwear and yellowing paper plus the redolent undertones of various metals, our nostrils flare and we are seized by a bargain hunter's frenzy. The stallholders must look on in dismay as this jostling horde mills around with downcast gaze, poking and rummaging, weighing and measuring until something else catches their eye and they dart off.
After that first mad hour, the furore settles; the bargains have been snapped up and tea taken, perhaps with a slice of homemade cake. Old friends are greeted and chance acquaintanceships struck up; intention has loosed its grip and in that relaxation the senses are more alert. It is then that the real work of the morning may commence, the more measured second circuit when we can allow ourselves to browse at leisure; we are looking for something but we don't know what. We are still under the impression that the search is for some vital accessory, but what really draws us back is the call of memory. These jumbles are also archivists' conventions; a whole seam of history is collected together piecemeal in the form of artefacts, a vast memory bank is laid out to tease individual recall.
The real thrill of the morning is when your eye falls upon some obscure glint of recognition, some shine, even some blank opacity which leads awareness towards one of those dark vaults of forgetfulness that then opens in a flash and a fragment of your past is delivered up whole and vivid. Beneath the roof of the community centre we all become Proustians in search of lost time, and those shoe-boxes of pitted chrome and dulled alloy, those moth-eaten jerseys and faded start-sheets are our madeleines.
Then of course, there is the sideshow of characters: the old boy with the handlebar moustache who is a dead ringer for Maurice Garin, the first Tour winner; the chap in a Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers who might have just alighted from an Old Ordinary; the Frank Patterson look-alike in baggy plus-fours smoking a straight-stemmed pipe and the senior citizens in washed-out trade gear from the Hinault era, bent by years of crouching on the drops, whose faces beneath their pixie caps have been lined by countless headwinds - they form a huddle like garden gnomes in a lawnmower commercial. Here and there some pukka racing man hobbles by in his clog-soled silver dreamboats. Everywhere the near-decrepit jostle with the suavest of smart casuals, evidence that the bike appeals to all manner and conditions of men. And women. They are there too, but mainly in a subsidiary role, as back-up to their husbands and minders for the kids - whole families have turned out. But this is predominantly a bloke's affair, although overall it presents a vision like one of those old masters depicting a teeming medieval fair. The ruck, the turmoil, the things you missed and should have bought, the impulse buys that you now regret, the whole head-swimming whirl - when it all becomes too much you totter doorwards to emerge dazed and confused into the grey midday.
And there, parked against an outside wall is an old, resprayed H.E. Green with original transfers giving the address in Dawes Road. Chris takes down the number with a view to seeing what has replaced that ancient landmark cycle shop - his office is nearby. Further examination reveals brazed-on cantilever brakes - surely a rarity when it was built - with an unbored fork crown to confirm the intent. What is that down by the front drop-out? An even more whimsical touch - a tiny, belt driven cyclometer! Our cup runneth over. Eventually we reel away to the car, giddy with a kind of drunkenness.
The jumble leads on to my own small promotion - what else but a filmshow? I had worked the queue beforehand to distribute flyers and once inside flypost where I could.
From "Bikie" by Charlie Woods ; Published by Mainstream Sports Publishers 2001 : ISBN 978-1-84018-657-4
News [ Posted 6th April ]
Details of the event are in this website's Calendar. Addendum [29th April] Did anyone go? I'd be interesed to have a short report of it
News [ Posted 1st April ]
Whilst in Siberia (Ok. The new Wetherspoons in Bingham, Notts on a cold day) I was reading the text under a picture of Lord Carnavon, a great pioneering car enthusiast and lothario.
"The Lord was roaring past pedestrians and cyclists at terrifying speeds of up to 20 mph". Only a little has changed. Having courted death by auto-crash or at the hands of lover's husbands, he died of a mosquito bite. To wonder about a moral is not very apt - he seems not to have had any.
Whilst on a long bus journey last week I decided to try out my new toy all-singing all-dancing device including a satnav. After turning on, choosing the cyclist option and then going for show map. Sure enough it sprung to life. A voice belted out from the speakers in an agitated foreign tongue. I needed the volume option but discovered the Voice option. I thus discovered that I had been hearing the default voice, of Nikos the Greek. (they know about defaulting). I hastily selected Thomas the Englishman and returned to the map. T. blurted "Going too fast", "breaking the speed limit", " Who do you think you are, Mark Cavedish". OK I made the last one up. I found, to my fellow passenger's relief, that you just held down the power button to disable it. "Thomas" did sound horribly like Michael Gove and we were at the time passing through Tibshelf, a former mining village. I didn't feel too much guilt after years of learning about other peoples sex life via their mobile conversations. At £28 it is a good buy, providing minutes of endless fun. It even plays a mean game of Chinese chequers, even though it does have a considerable advantage.
New event - very soon
News from deepest Wales.
PS they do sell some quite rare parts and the money will go into the cause.
It is run by volunteers and is a charity. For years the whole collection could never find a permanent home. I remember seing bits of it in London, Dover and Lincoln. Visit recommended and you'll find yourself in a beautiful, quiet part of the world
2013 proceeding - day by day
[Posted March 1st]
An event has just occured at Ferryhill in County Durham which makes it the furthest north event since the demise of an event in Elgin. I wonder how it went.
Jumble at Long Eaton went well, I haven't heard much else on events past - I always appreciate hearing!
New event - just happened, and to be repeated in June.
Left - the hall, new and large <> Right - One seller was well connected!
New event - forthcoming.
Newly discovered pre-historic biped
no doubt the vicars at each place would have liked it to be called St.Marysdactyl. However it is to be known as the Hudsonisaurus. To the right is an "artists" impression. If you look closely you will see that it has two heads. It is said that two heads are better than one. The creature does seem to be delivering a somewhat dubious gesture with its two digits.
Brilliant winter listening
The content is quite excellent history of Raleigh in two parts, David Hockney, extreme tourists, cycle politics and about cycle jumbles (with my slight input) and many more subjects. All episodes are available. The program has a London bias but it isn't particulary regional. It is the brainchild of Jack Thurston who has great curiousity and an enviably good interviewing technique.
Click on the radio - (linked in new window)
And some reading
I have just put, more or less, the final touches to a 7 year campaign unearthing the story of Walter Greaves. It is no mundane tale. Walter lost an arm as a 14 year old and yet rode over 45000 miles in 1936 to break the world endurance cycle record. He helped start the BLRC, organise the Tour of Britain, took part in it, was a vegetarian, stroppy and an extreme socialist, frame-builder, busker, storyteller, friend of a controversial DJ ....... Sod it. I'm giving the game away!
The bits, either steel or alluminum, were used to carry one or two wheels nutted to the front wheel. The purpose was to carry racing wheels for use in road race or time trial. Of course it harks back to the time when the motor car was not owned, affordable or wanted by many cyclists. The picture on the below right shows the devices in action.
Recent events - [November 4th 2012]BSA plastic pump gone on Ebuyextortionately for £133.32. Postage of £5
What do they say about fools and their money?
The Sheffield event on the 3rd November went very well with a healthy increase in visitors. The cycling folk of Sheffield have been quite reluctant comers. Since it is held in a church it is possible to have a quick pray and an odd cog, all in one visit. At about midday the muttering, fat-chewing and chattering of the latter part of the event was broken by someone who must have been a town cryer in a previous life. "Everything I've got left is a pound!" he announced. I didn't hear the "oh, Yeh"
Paul (shown left) was there like a long dog. He is shown with the prizes of his sprint. His speed and awareness of youth is, in effect cheating. He needs to be cautioned.
Interesting quote from 1995 Guinness "Cycling - facts+feats" about Lance Armstrong who was under-achieving at that time.
"With youth on his side, he still has time to reassert himself as a winner"
Seems to have felt that he needed more than youth on his side. "Reassert" has a strange conoctations.
My Jumble at Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire went OK as you can
tell from the cheerful expressions in the photos below.
P.S It really was OK and (I'm told) enjoyed. It took many phone-calls, and a technical break-in to obtain the hall keys
I was relieved when it was all over!!!
October news and views
They operate in the Bristol-ish area and I hope to publish an article about them soon.
Trouble-shootingI am fairly sure that a few people visit this website and would welcome some help with technical matters. It would be like gardeners question time without the plants. In this case it would be more black fingers rather than green ones. With this in mind I will kick off with a problem of mine. Perhaps readers may then have some suggestions. Please look below at my 38 tooth chain-ring.
Anyhow if anyone has any advice (perhaps laced with humour) I would welcome it.
Late September notes and queries
IMPORTANT - Change of date for Herne Hill JumbleI have been advised that the jumble listed for 6th October has been moved to the next day. There is a race meeting on that day and so will make for entertaiment as well as getting that vital oddment. If you know of anyone who might not have heard, please let them know of the change.
Cycling Promotions - no moreCycling Promotions were a smallish company who held "cycle fairs" in halls and gymnasiums selling "bargain" cycling gear. They last appeared at the York CTC rally. On the whole the sales were quite good and you could examine the goods before buying. I feared some of their lights were of the "seconds" type - in which case the "seconds" aspect could mean likely failure. Also they sold Vittoria tyres which seem to be made for a wheel of a different size - they needed a crowbar to fit. Other tyres were a bit variable and often strange colours. Their trading method was problematical regarding returning defective goods which, after all, is legally required. They employed young temporary staff at their sales who could seldom give you any technical advice.
The current status of the firm is "liquidation". They have £35,189 in the bank and many debtors (probably those young helpers) and it seems, quite a bit of stock. I am no financial wizard, but it doesn't look too good to me.
However, they were fairly OK and their demise (at a time of a cycling boom) is a loss to some. In respect of Bike Jumbles the news will be celebrated by jumble organsisers.
Swinderby, Lincs jumble pictures
The second Swinderby event was excellent and was very well attended, as can be seen
This display wins the "best in show" award. The award is even more deserved in that it was planned straight after a holiday return and without sleep. Note features like a cog tree and handlebar rack. It probably seemed a shame to sell anything in case it spoilt the display.
I don't think this message has the endorsement of his wife! This impressive boast has even less credance when you look closely and see CRANKY above the "old guys rule".
Wanted - Curly HetchinsA very nice and helpful friend of mine needs a Curly Hetchins to make his life complete. Appearance not important as long as the curls are in right place. 22" - 22.5" would suit best. Any offers initially to me, please.
More BBC punditry gone wrong (again)BBC made massive investment in deigning to show the World Cycling Road race (highlights) when there was no dominos or darts to show. Poor Dave Millar, reduced to being Hugh Porter's deputy dog, said that Philippe Gilbert had lost his early season form so was given no chance. How wrong. His seasons form has got better after a poor start. He has won a stage in each of the 3 major tours and has won many a Classic. It must have been luck or the BBC "reverse curse" - he won the "Worlds" comfortably. Where was David Millar all season?
Cycling near number 10 - a guide
Passing through Plebgate -
kindly acknowledge the security police
Here is another arresting way of greeting the constabulary outside number 10.|
[Possibly ill-advised Brooks advert of the 90's]
News of yet another new jumble venue
The newest venue is in Tewin which is close to Welwyn Garden City and Hertford. Just in case of possible (but unlikely) confusion this is quite different to the intipodean desert island called Tuin. The latter was noteable for being featured in the film "Castaway", as well as a naked Amanda Donahoe. Less edifying was the late Oliver Read in the same state.
The Tewin Event is to be organised by the Veterans Cycling Club who seem determined to make it a regular event. Whilst a little "out in the sticks" it is readily accesible from London and the A1 and, of course, by bike. It fills in a bit of a gap in the bike jumbles map. It is on Sunday 18th November
and another There is also new jumble in East Yorkshire on the 4th of November. It is at a village called Newport. See calendar for further details.
Website - minor fame at last
To read the 1948 Olympic articles click here But do come back here
The two Mark Hudson Event Organisers "together" -
News of new jumble venue[too late for August event]
Alexander Brown @ jole rider Hello to all you mybikejumblers! You will be please to know that our next feast of cycling bargains will be available to gorge yourselves on Saturday (14th September). Our fresh location is at Seagry village hall, Put into Google Maps postcode for a map, or save the pdf attached for a more in depth set of directions. Postcode is sn15 5hd - use this to get a map.
Click here to get all Jolerider events 2012 and how to get to the new venue. The villagers have kindly allowed us into their lovely village so we hope that you will all come out to spend your cash with us in this beautiful new location. We will have the usual selection of quality clothes, parts and preloved bicycles on sale with mind boggling prices, plus this month sees the return of our much loved 'Brake Pad' café stop! We will have ,freshly cooked for your delectation, local pork and leek sausages served hot in freshly baked bread rolls. Yum! Plus hot and cold drinks to keep you hydrated as you sift through our bargain boxes. We will be open from 10am until 1pm. The entry is still only a £1 donation which includes free entry into our Badgeabike raffle. Looking forward to seeing you all.
SC note. They raise money to send bikes to Africa - a noble cause.
"Wiggo" Muttonchops ® products - exclusive to this website
P.S Due to Mr Wiggins having removed his copyright sideburns without authority, our lawyers are in "discussion".
Wiggins yes : Wiggle No
Evans Cycles, formerly in the more romantic guise of the excellent F.W.Evans shop in south London, are now part of a venture capitalist group consisting of franchised stores. I went to order something on-line and use their store-collect scheme. I couldn't do this without giving them details such as postal address and phone number. I didn't want to do this and the Data Protection Act is quite clear about only holding necessary details.
Wiggle was my next port of call. As a result of my browsing I have suffered the most extreme invasive pop-up campaign imaginable. It is not even context driven and works like a revolting virus. Getting rid of cookies doesn't relieve the situation. If I was to Google "Nottingham ladies of the night" I do not expect an eyeful of orangy Wiggle banners! This ensures that I will never buy anything from them. Personally, I think the Cycle Jumble bug is a much better one to catch than orange Wiggle swamp fever.
Olympics 1st day - Road Race Hell for BBC [posted 28th July 2012]
First, the riders. Calamitous. Wiggins spared nothing but he didn't have the "extra legs" to go faster than the breakaway group. Understandable. Froome may have "died" for the same reason, but contributed little. Miller didn't do his share. Stannard was immense but only maintained the gap. Cav was like the bride left at the alter, but why didn't he just go for it on his own when he realised the (team) game was up?? His situation was only like Boonen's had been in several classics this year. He won them all. Lack of radio has been mentioned but what about the good old chalk-board and the loud bellowing voice on each lap of Box Hill?
Anyhow, it was a very bad day at the office. My main belly-ache is regarding the BBC "coverage". I didn't (luckily) witness the 1000 men and their boats / Centenary / Jubilee celebration thingy ("good excuse for a day off work and to throw the economy off its path"). Surely that couldn't have been as bad as the Olympic Road Races, BBC Sports style?? At least with the former they were dealing with the unknown. So, to present it they chose some second division comedians and Big Brother(TM) "celebs" who are experienced at making prats of themselves. So for the Olympic Road Race BBC chose Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman. Old (and safe?) hands, with great careers as cyclists, mostly on the track. Been there, done it. Sound!?
Cycle races were started for the media (Tour de France, Giro etc.) and so they felt they had to do a good job covering it. One can still drool at quite stunning, pallid, monochrome photos of suffering cyclists of the 20's which leave you in awe. The BBC camera-work of this race has to have "ful" attached to the awe. As the motor-bike zoomed on at race pace it did give a great impression of speed, but then it zoomed faster still. The resultant back-wards view needed a zoom lens to even see a cyclist. The helecopter must have cost £10000 per minute as there were very few shots, mosty very poor too. None of them were of Box Hill - is it sacred ground or were the National Trust charging for the airspace , like it had with the parking, camping and road-side watching? Or possibly, the helecopter men were possible worried about being fired on by missiles from the roofs of Tower Hamlets, London flats.
However, my main grumble was the "commentators". Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman have been known for slightly formulaic coverage of track racing, 50 years between them. Eurosport has the excellent Harmon and whimsical Kelly. ITV4 uses "fine old-rugs" Liggett and Sherwin - they make slips but their enthusiasm is unbounding. It is no wonder that bland HP and CB have not attracted those brilliant broadcasters of (mostly road) cycling. Followers of Cricket will know that the TMS team often cannot really see the action well from their box. They have the aid of monitors showing "enemy" Sky TV and wise "spotters" such as Vic Marks and Malcolm Ashton who either correct commentator errors ( especially after "a good lunch") or scribble down crib notes. Or poke fun.
Back to the Olympic cycling. Firstly Hughchris were witless regarding tactics and insight. The slightly fluctuating one minute-ish gap caused Boardman to swing like a hanging man from "do-able" to "impossible", and back, until it seemingly became the latter and was not discussed anymore. But then we didn't know what the gap was. Here's an idea, Chris. Spot the lead-group passing a landmark. Note down the time. Hope the random visuals show the peleton passing the same landmark. Note down the time. You could probably guess the rest. But you must have a watch. And an idea.
Even if they only had what we were seeing, they were truly appalling at identifying riders. On a few odd occasions they were bold enough to speculate that the man leading out the peloton was Wiggins, just ahead of the
25 riders escaped in small groups within the last hour. In their ignorance regarding identities they surmised that they were no threat as they were presumed playful minnows, would inevitably implode and in any case there weren't any sprinters to threaten Cavendish in their midst. But you could sense some hedge-betting in that they stopped repeating themselves. Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee were still trying to work out who was in the breakaway group as they approached Harrods. Dramatically Vinokourov and Urán Urán sprang, as if lured by an Mr. Al Fayed chequebook (or brown-paper bag). I can only imagine a muffled "who the bloody hell are they" discussion; but the microphone and the viewers had 12 seconds of silence. Now in any other circumstances that would have been appreciated!
Here's some help, chaps. Vinokourov has been famous for 15 years, made even more well known because of the horrific crashes and a drugs ban which have scarred him. He has rodent-like features, a jaunty riding style and often sits on the nose of his saddle. He is hyperactive and has an addictive tendency to take off (Armstrong hated this about him). Of even more help to the hapless two is that Kazakhstan's colours are those of the Astana bike team (Astana being the state broadcasters) and unmistakably the same ice / light blue. "Vino" has appeared solely in this livery for ten years! Kazakhstan had only one other rider, Bazayev, and he has never displayed the class nor inclination to spring a break, let alone be anywhere near one when it happened. He was once mentioned in the 2012 Tour de France - that was when he "went off the back" on the first mountain. And he has a beard and swarthy Asiatic features. And he wasn't in the breakaway group.
Vino's breakaway partner was Columbia's Rigberto Urán Urán (who must have changed his name by deed-pole to dissasocieate himself from the English ex-boy crooners). He has appeared lots for Sky during the last year. Ironic, eh? Were the viewers told that? Did they even know he rode for Sky? He's done a few breaks like he did today - this may have branded him as being undiciplined. He also mucked them up. Like he did today by turning round. He did "show" quite well all season - but not to those on the golf course. He seems to have gone down the Sky rankings a little but might have been a good ally if Cavendish had been near and needy. Stranger things have happened in the maelstrom of national / pro-team allegences. His 2nd placing would not have earned any congratulations from his frustrated Sky team mates and his employers. However he did offer a help to those wishing to identify him. He was the only Columbian rider and so proud of the fact that he mounted his number higher than he should have, so as to display the word COLUMBIA in huge letters. The word Columbia appeared 3 times more on his shirt and thrice more on his shorts, surely exceeding his Olympic logo quota? The remainder of his shirt was the Columbian flag which a clued-up researcher might recognise.
By the way, I quite fancy him for 2nd in the Vuelta - I said it here 7th August. I hope that he appreciates his surnames being spelt correctly with an acute´ over the a. Most newspapers and websites missed them off. My night-school Spanish course was some use after all.
At the finish it emerged that at least 4 top sprinters were in the breakaway. The rest were all the expected suspects. They had escaped in almost Noah-style. It seems unbelievable that they weren't identified by HP and CB, just as much as it was unbeliable that Sky should allow so many brilliant habitual escapees to go.
"Poor" Hugh announced a "sprint for 4th place featuring Cavendish". Nearly 30 riders had already been through by then. He later apologised twice by saying "we were wrong about 4th place statement", thus implicating Boardman. Was that a sound of strangulation I heard as the audio was plucked from the audio-visual?
What followed was a noiseless, rather frenetic and unavailing chase by reporters, trying to pin down unwilling British cyclists for an interview. There were slight rustling noises. The Team GB proved more reactive then than any time during the race. Were the BBC worried about any post-threshold-type language being heard? Darts, World Strongman and snooker "expert" Jill Douglas was seen (but not heard) interviewing Vino. But silence can be golden, and would have been earlier.
There is only one conclusion for the Sky falling in. The Team GB management gathered their strategic data from watching the BBC coverage and based their tactics on that.
That's it at the end of the day .....(last sentence only © H.Porter and C.Boardman)
Road Race Hell - what went wrong? Q and A
Tour de France reflections
PS Whatever happened to German cyclists??
8th June NewsDetails of two events to fill in the void of summer if you don't give much of a fig about the Olympics (apart from the cycling!)
Below are miniposters of them. Further details in the calendar
Olympic News : June 4thI was darn sarth last week attending a music festival. It was within 1 mile of the Olympic Park (though the weather was so bad you couldn't see the top of Anish Kapoor's thingy ). I had looked up on the internet to find out how I could see or avoid the park by bike. I found the Olympic Greenway to Stratford. Several links failed to work and all I got was a terrible map with flourescent colours. On the ground I followed the signs from Tower Hamlets but when I got nearer the Olympic Park there was a "closed" sign, a very secure barrier, security man and alasatian dog.
The man pointed out a plasticised document. This suggested it the greenway had been opened, but since had to be closed. One reason was said to it being used a tunnel where athletes get changed. Now I know preparations are advanced but it does seem a bit early to get togged up or stripped off. The Greenway will not be open until December 3rd! I vaguely remember the proud announcements that cyclists would have the joy of seeing the park as it developed. Not, seemingly so. When I look again at the websites there is no mention of the closure nor swine-ish detour along the Lee
The fence might serve to prevent failed athletes (bar pole-vaulters) from throwing themselves in the canal. You might admire the canal-side cycle path in my picture. This is the part visible from inside the park. The rest is very poor quality. All to do with heritage, I suppose.
(Too) Late May News
April 1st News
Two new stories in Articles section including superb perspective of the 1948
London Olympics by Wally Happy, with lots of great insights into that very different time.
Below are mentionings of the Jole Rider events near Chippenham, east of Bristol. They have just
had their second successful event. They are new this year and are having one a month.|
I am pleased to be able to tell you of an expansion (explosion almost) of 5 more new bikejumbles in unexpected places - one in February, three in March and one in May.
Jole rider - Bikes for AfricaI have been contacted by David Swettenham about a wonderful sounding organisation called Jolerider. Amongst other splendid activities, they are sending renovated bikes to Africa. They are seeking £10 donations to cover the cost of getting them there. There are jumbles planned for the second Saturday of every month.
They are being held in Stanton St. Quintin, Wiltshire. It is very close to J17 of the M4 and about 3 miles north of Chippenham.
The next jumble is on Saturday 14th January 2012, and subsequesnt ones will be in the Calendar of this website. It is held in one half of an aircraft hanger - a very novel place to hold a jumble
See the Jolerider website
This website is not merely a list of bike jumbles but tries to impart views and information, and reach the heart and soul of all cyclists. It has lacked a problems page but this, too, is about to be rectified
Photos of some jumbles [posted 25th Nov 2011] - from Memory Lane, if you can remember where it is
Hernehill track on re-opening day Wally and Pat Happy looking ..... contented Eccentrics abound at Sheffield. Mark Hudson (Sheffield version) on clown's bike.
He does need to develop an inane grin.
"I'm getting tyred of selling these"
Buzzing Thurcroft jumble of 20th November
A salutary true tale
The article (left) is lifted from Private Eye and not, as you might think, from Readers Digest,
The Serb of unpronouncible surname has, no doubt, tried to do what we all have considered doing. "Eating ones hat" is quite normal, and has recently been practiced by Rugby Union fans who thought England were going to win the World Cup (or even play well). Having eaten what he has done, then a bike was a natural progression. He does seem to be a hungry chap. Surely eating a horse would be next, unless he has already been to a McDonalds. Mr Crnogorac would be quite welcome at the average bike jumble where he could save sellers from having to take their unsold stuff home with them.
Branko seems to have made only one mistake. The picture, which we have to take as a true record, clearly show that he is eating not only a pedal but the crank as well. He should have seperated the crank from the pedal!!! It seems probable that due to a lack of lubrication of the pedal thread before fitting, the pedal was effectively chemically welded (or "f***ing stuck as the say in the trade). The pedal alone would have slipped down like a Whitstable oyster down the gullet of Fred "the Shred" Goodwin. (hopefully choking the latter, if by pedal or oyster, no matter). So, it's all down to maintenance!
NB my article has resisted pedaling tyred puns and wheely re-cycled silliness. I could have called Mr B.C. a crank!
I have just read a story "Cyclist poisoned by Whitstable oyster". I will pass this story on soon.
Ebay bargain (last of, on this website)This possibly represents a quick release of some cyclists' child's piggybank.
At this price delivery involves a skewerity issue!
1935 CAMPAGNOLO / FB
AUTOMATIC QUICK RELEASE HUB WITH FIRST GENERATION CAMPAGNOLO QUICK RELEASE SKEWER
A piece of cycling History. The Worlds first hub incorporating a quick release skewer and - Tullio Campagnolo's first product. The advert shown below appeared in Cycling in July 1935.
At least the postage was free!
However this is the last I will be putting up on this site. On the whole I believe that Ebay and bike jumbles are strange bedfellows. I champion bike jumbles. Prices are almost always less, and often drastically less, than E**Y and the social aspect of jumbles is wonderful. More and more jumble purchases finish on ****. Though obviously it happens I don't wish to endorse this process. So no more additions to the >Ebuygum page<
Thanks to Nick Hando for spotting - and for Nick, Tom and Dave Buxton for other spottings in the past.
New page - on Aende - exotic Nottingham bike
New page - on Wards of Bulwell - family made cycles from Bulwell, Nr.Nottingham + interesting story of one man's discovery of an old Ward's bike