Last Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the annual Benson Veteran Cycling Club bike ride. I had another appointment in the afternoon so it was a flying visit to see friends and then a few pictures in Ewelme before the first pit stop for the riders.
Those interested in seeing the images they are now online and prints are available should you wish to treat yourself!
With so many great modifications made to the Pashley Guv’nor and Speed 5 bicycles by many owners I thought it would be nice to collate the images all in one place. Please send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org together with any details you wish to include and I will add them to the gallery page of this blog (found by clicking MENU above). Please note all copyright will remain the property of the person who took the image.
In preparation for the Pashley Picnic this weekend and several lovely rides planned for this summer and beyond I have purchased myself a proper pair of British made cycling shoes! My Converse don’t quite look the part so it was time I looked online for a nice pair of shoes. I found a few articles about William Lennon; a company based in the Peak District, established in 1899 to make working boots for those that worked in the lead mines and local quarries.
I appreciate anything handmade in this green and pleasant land and just like my Pashley, these fine shoes are also made by hand in the traditional method. More can found out about William Lennon & Co on their website by clicking here
After deciding I needed a pair of these lovely shoes I called them and spoke to a lady by the name of Libs who was very helpful and took my order for a pair of Arturo in a size 10. She assured me they were UK sizes and I can assure you the sizes are accurate with my new shoes fitting like a glove…… well, shoe.
William Lennon are a great company, the shoes are a fraction of the price of their competition and fantastic quality at just under £70 inc postage. I am breaking them in today around the house but already they feel very supple and comfortable. I cannot wait to get these on my MKS pedal this weekend and be proud on my riding my British engineered Pashley with my British crafted shoes.
Rather over indulgently I took my shoes and bike out last night for a few pictures….
Spotted the deliberate mistake? They are now re-laced and my shoes are 100% streamlined!
As it’s a great British tradition of voting on a Thursday and with our polling station around a mile away I though I would cycle the short journey to cast my vote. It was a lovely trip on my 1920’s /30’s Humber through the #Oxfordshire countryside to do my little bit for society. I love this time of year when the cow parsley is dancing in the breeze on the road side and took this opportunity for a quick picture under one of my favourite trees.
I have been lucky to take part in the Benson Veteran Bicycle Ride on a couple of occasions on my old Philips trade bike. Bikes have to be pre 1930’s although I’m sure a few newer ones slip through the net too! Here are a few images that I took a couple of years ago. Enjoy them and feel free to share them on your own blog and Facebook pages with a credit to my new blog www.mybritishbicycle.me. Thank you.
Pashley are England’s longest established and in my opinion finest manufacture of tradional bicycles. Based in Stratford-upon-Avon their small and highly skilled team have been producing handcrafted frames and components since 1926. Here is a short video showing their traditional methods of manufacturing their hand built British bicycles.
To find out more about Pashley Cycles and their rather splendid bicycles please click here
This video has been produced by Ralph Lauren for the launch of a handbuilt Pashley bicycle for the Tweed Run.
After the Tour Of Britain had passed I wondered back to the dispersing crowd in the hope of finding my wife. I was soon distracted by three marvellous vintage bicycles parked up on the verge. I had to take a few pics of these I thought for my blog. In doing so my wife soon appeared and so did the owners of the bicycles. They had cycled from Henley on Thames, to Kingston Blount, though the Chilterns to see the race and were looking rather dapper in their tweed caps.
I was most fascinated with the path racer, by Rudge Whitworth and I am told it dates from 1912 by the owner. It was looking very original and had a mark BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT on one of the tubes.
The gent who owed it told me he had rode it from his home in Henley on Thames to The Eiffel tower in Paris last year.
Here are a few other pics of the bikes and some details I snatched before being dragged home……..
Firstly please excuse the basic blog for now but hopefully it will be well worth the follow soon!
Today I drove to Stratford Upon Avon and ordered myself a brand new Pashley Guvnor bicycle. I test rode the 22″ bicycle on show at the Traditional Cycle Shop and surprisingly it fitted well. I thought with my stumpy legs a 20.5″ would fit better, however the 22″ fitted well! I rode the bicycle around the car park near the shop by the canal, I’m not sure how many laps I did but I got a few funny looks by the tenth lap 😉
I now begin the long wait whilst my ‘handmade’ bicycle is ………. well handmade. Hopefully it will be here within a fortnight and ready for the 2014 Pashley Picnic!
Keep in touch and happy riding in this glorious sunshine!