Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Growing younger!

In my next incarnation I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last nine months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!
I rest my case.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Latest Newsletter and Runs list

These are both now available on the website or as per the links below:


Runs list for August thro' October

Thanks to CJ and Nigel for there hard work.

Those who do not have access to the internet will receive copies in the post. So if you are one of those and are reading this .......!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Microlight Flight

Nothing to do with cycling whatsoever, but bit like the gliding evening we did a couple of years back, chance for  some adrenalin rather than pootling about the lanes!

My surprise birthday prezzie from Ruth  a few days ago was a microlight evening trip   from the local  landing strip 4 miles away near Glassonby (sure you will have biked past it) with a local owner/enthusiast. He charged not much more than the fuel for a nearly 1.5 hour superb trip up to Hartside, buzzing our house twice, chasing Ruth in our  1949 MG along the road and then over to Lowther, Ullswater, Greystoke  and Penrith. A few wow  factor steep  turns, red baron chasing another microlight, barnstorm the  runway then down. These things travel at nearly 60 mph and this chap  is a great pilot who seems to enjoy taking people  out for a flight and chatter in broad Cumbrian! And he will fly more gently if that's what his passenger prefers - but I  opted for maximum thrill! Will be definitely going out again with hopefully a trip over the Lakeland Fells as far as Wastwater. So if anyone is interested,  let me know and I will pass on contact details for the pilot. 


Thursday, 18 July 2013

What a coincidence

Who would have believed it? There I was cycling happily along a rather anonymous but nevertheless beautiful french lane close to Auxerre last week (whilst filling in time waiting for the European Bike Express (bus)) and there was this sign. I almost fell off the bike!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Have You Missed Me?

Be honest, probably not! But here's why I come on very few rides at present. Ruth has joined the Ramblers who walk Wednesdays and we now can't leave our 13 year old dog all day, so that means I can only get out part day. Don't misinterpret - really happy that Ruth has joined Ramblers, she gets lots of fun out of it. Fine if I can ride in to 11's and then go home around lunchtime, but with most longer rides out of my area that ain't on, so just the ALT local meets when available. I'm not around many Sundays as Fell & Rock meets or classic car events etc tend to be weekends, or if I am, once again rides often out of my locality and I'm reluctant to drive 60+ miles round trip to the start. And all that means I'm not fit enough for the long rides anyway, so Catch 22 really. Mind you, had a great ride from here on the C2C  to Gibside NT near Newcastle recently to join the Sustrans Festivol weekend, so can still spin the pedals.

However, Muska the dog won't live forever .....................

Enjoy your riding.


Wednesday, 10 July 2013


The time for the next Newsletter is fast approaching.  I would be delighted if as many people as possible contributed.
I was thinking, apropos of 'popular demand' and the weather, that I would have a section of 'One liners' (no objection to these extending to two) on 'Cycling is ...' - be that for better of worse.
A substantial article, or several, might save you reading a long filler editorial;  please send me what you can.
Happy in pedalling, Nigel L

Monday, 8 July 2013

In answer to a much asked question...

On Sunday's run 7th July, lots of people were asking how we came to be eating at a private house (Byers Farmhouse at Bewcastle) when it's not a café.

How a new “Café” was born

In October 2009, Janet and  I met Neil Main, a local farmer, near Rawney as we were cycling on the road between Bewcastle and Newcastleton. We had just gone through a gate on the road and decided to keep it open for him as he turned up in his Landrover  just as we were about to set off. We chatted for a while and he told us how he had moved from Lanarkshire and was now living in Byers farm at Bewcastle.

Well, a funny coincidence then happened. Some weeks later when I was riding through High Stand Forest which is near our house, I met David and Carolyn who turned out to be the people  he had bought Byers Farm from. They were now living only  about a mile away from us near Cotehill. I mentioned that we had met Neil and that he had said we could call in for tea and scones some time. Well, Carolyn said that Neil’s wife, Margaret  is a very good cook and that we should take him up on the offer.

So I did, and we arranged to go to Byers Farm and all had a wonderful time with bacon sandwiches, scones and endless pots of tea. We’ve repeated the experience a few times since!


Sustrans could get lottery money for it's schemes this year; please see

and vote for them!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

New (to me) website for components

With two bikes in need of new chain wheels, cassettes and chains I have been scouring the web for the best prices.

At least for Shimano this site appears to knock spots off the usual suspects Evans, Ribble, Chainreaction, Merlin, etc. 

e.g. Chainreaction total price £97.89  Bike-discount £81.38  
Perhaps delivery will take a longer??? (from Germany)

Update: Ordered online Tuesday - Delivered Friday

Watchtree Wheelers

Here is a lovely article from the Cumberland News.

Ian L is a volunteer at Watchtree and Anne has been selling soup recipes to raise money for the charity - I bought one at Shilbottle and the quality of soup in our house has definitely gone up since!