New Shoes! British Craftsmanship at it’s best…..

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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.

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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!

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Tour Of Britain 2014 flew through our village today….

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Today the #TourOfBritain came through our village so we thought it was only polite to take some time out this afternoon to take a stroll past the cricket ground and watch the racers as they sped past. With primary school children lining the way and quite a crowd of locals out to cheer the riders on it was a lovely atmosphere. I decided to head away from the crowd to get a few shots against a less cluttered background with some nice autumn colour behind the riders. I positioned myself with a few other people at the bottom off Kingston Hill in Kingston Blount, Canon camera in hand I was poised and ready! After lots of police and organiser motorbikes came flying though the cyclists suddenly appeared. I had to be quick as they had just travelled down the hill and still had plenty of pace. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the race, it all happened in such a blur and was all over in 30 seconds once the pack appeared. See if there are any cyclists you can recognise?