Lymm Transport Festival 25 June 2017

Another great day. Started a bit wet but brightened up over the day.

The festival started with a procession through the town with the cycles taking part in a cavalcade of vintage vehicles- we then  displayed the machines within the VCC area.

Many interesting exhibits including some really old machines from Paul Adam’s collection.

The day was busy throughout and included a replica Spitfire within the show ground and a fly over of another Spitfire in the afternoon.

Thanks goes to Nick Russell for organising everything 

Some photos below

The procession team

Marion and Patti dressed as suffragette girls in period dress and machines 

Bob Bennetts gorgeous Carlton

Me and the RRA. Dave Cane’s beautiful colnago can just be seen to the left. I should have taken a picture of this as it was truly excuisite.

The Raleigh Chopper was a particular favoured exhibit obviously bringing many memories back to visitors

Paul Adam’s 1887 “Whippet” with full suspension, predating the Moulton by some 75 years!

And finally another photo of the RRA

A great time had by all!


Eroica Britannia 2017 16-18 June

This was a fantastic event- the sun shone and the ground was dry.

Both the Saturday and Sunday rides were in hot weather.

This year the event moved to Friden Grange, not far from Bakewell. This was a good call- the site was much bigger than Bakewell and better organised than last year. The site had direct access to the High Peak trail.

On Friday evening we cycled up the High Peak trail with my wife Cathy on her Raleigh Caprice “Doris” to the Royal Oak pub at Hurdlow and then back.

I got a puncture on the way back and found out I had a spare inner tube with the wrong valve! This required a push back but was only about 2 miles.

VCC ride- Saturday (35 miles)

On Saturday we had a ride with the Midland group of the VCC- up the High Peak trail, leaving it at Parsley Hay. I was on the RRA, Cathy on Doris, her Raleigh Caprice. It was very hot!

We came back via Hartington, Hulme End (along the Manifold trail) and Ilam where we had lunch.

Another puncture in the RRA (rear this time) indicated that the tyres were pumped up too high. With the hot weather and hills too much heat was been put into the rims (Conloys) causing the inner tubes to be pinched under the tyre bead. I dropped the pressure in both tyres to around 55 p.s.i.- no problems after this!

The group had 2 more bikes with punctures caused by the same issue.

A really good ride through beautiful countryside!

Eroica Tourist Ride- Sunday (25 miles)

We set off at about 9:15am and covered the 25 mile tourist ride.

This started with a run right up to the end of the High Peak trail, past Parsley Hay and the along Upperblindlow Lane, Netherblindlow lane, Flat Lane and Moor Lane. These are beautiful white gravel lanes- real Eroica roads!. Eventually we arrived in Monyash where we had lunch, accompanied by a brass band- quintessentially British!

This was after about 14 miles.

The run back started with a climb from Monyash to the Tissington trail, with a link back to the High Peak trail via another white gravel track back to the High Peak trail and the Eroica show ground.

Altogether a fantastic weekend!


18th June 2016 Dads bike wins “Best Bike in Show” Eroica Britannia 2016

This was a bit of a surreal day.

I only entered the RRA into the Eroica Britannia “Best Bike” competition by chance last week in the best pre 1949 category. I am not a cycle restorer. I only have ever restored one bike- my Dad’s Raleigh Record Ace.

I was pretty amazed to be selected in the best 3 of class.

Judging took place on the Saturday morning at 10:00 am.

Thinking that that was it- I was happy to be placed into the top 3 of class (there were some gorgeous cycles in the competition). I went on a 20 mile ride with the VCC to a pub for lunch at Chelmorton which also included my wife and daughter.

I got back at about 4pm and dusted off the bike for the final judging at 5.00pm.

The final judging was running a little late but I won my class. I was amazed!

After judging of the other classes I entered the final and was named “overall winner”.

I won an Elephant Bike.

I have given this to my daughter Marion as her student bike at University. She starts in September and is reading Medicine.

Altogether an amazing day!

On Sunday I completed the 55 mile “Sportsman” ride on the RRA.

My Dad has obviously been looking down on us this weekend- he would have been tickled pink that his RRA had won the day!

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Above: This photo was taking during judging


Above: Final Judging

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Above: With the winning prize


Out with the Cheshire Section of the Vintage Cycle Club (Mid Cheshire Ridge)

25 April 16 Veteran Cycle Club Cheshire Section- Mid Cheshire Ridge. Organiser Dave Baddeley

A week last Sunday we went on a cycle ride with the Cheshire Section of the VCC (Veteran Cycle Club) around the lanes of Cheshire.

The RRA performed faultlessly over the 20 odd miles.

Here are some photos from that day.

There was a mixture of machines with some over a hundred years old.

A fantastic time was had by all in glorious sunshine.

We will definitely be going on more Cheshire Section VCC runs

Cathy, my wife was on her 1997 Marin Muirwood

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Crossing over a pack horse bridge. This was a most interesting section with 500 year old bridges (Photo: Patti Wilson)

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Give me a tow. This character went virtually the whole day riding with only one pedal!  (Photo: Patti Wilson)

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The team with the leader Dave Badderleyin the fore ground. Dave rode the day fixed wheel.  (Photo: Patti Wilson)