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!
Many of you that know me from Twitter (@ringmybrassbell) and Facebook (My British Bicycle) will be aware I am a proud owner of a Pashley Guvnor. I have owned it for just under a year and bought it new from The Traditional Bicycle shop in Stratford Upon Avon, the home of Pashley Cycles. It’s a fabulous shop and I cannot recommend them enough to anyone looking to purchase a Pashley bicycle. My good lady and I look forward to the Pashley Picnic later this month!!!
My reason for this post is just to share a photograph I took last year at a wedding. I am a professional photographer by trade and shoot around 25 weddings a year. The groom had arranged for Caroline Grace to do a fly past in her Spitfire for 10 mins or so on her way to Highclere castle! Caroline owed the groom a favour and all he had to do was pay for a tank of fuel.
Well, all I can say was it was an incredible evening and here is my favourite image of the Spitfire I took. Being VE Day today reminded me of this iconic plane and how valuable it was to us during WW2.
Reynolds supply the tubing for the Pashley Guvnor, the legendary 531 tubing, a very popular choice in the days of all steel bicycles. Now, I hope you are sitting down……Reynolds also supplied the tubing for the Spitfire during the war and made almost 25,000 miles of alloy and steel tubing in the production of Spitfire planes and other machinery used in the war effort.
Riding the Guvnor makes me even more proud to be British!
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?