Proposal to ban cycling on road west of Hull

From Ian Hagyard:

Could you put this link onto the website as if this proposal by Highways goes through it really could become the thin end of the wedge for many roads banning cyclists.

This is on the Cycling UK weekly emails, and they’ve made it easy for you lodge an objection with a standard letter template.

For Sale: Brand-new Shimano Tiagra Components

Murray Walsh-Banks is offering for sale the following components, all brand-new, being items he doesn’t require from a group-set he bought.  Pictures below.

  1. Brand New set of Shimano Cranks with Chainrings, Compact Double 50/34 with 172.5mm   Cranks. Looking for £50
  2. BB RS 500 Bottom Bracket for the above  – £13
  3. Set of Shimano 4700 Brake Calipers – £28



Charity Ride

The new web site must be getting a certain abount of readership from beyond the circle of the WW membership, because I’ve received the following request to publicise a charity ride:

On july14th/15th myself and my colleague Dave are cycling from Howden to Seascale and back for two charities magic moments for autistic kids and Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, we have called our event 350 miles of madness on Facebook and wondered if you could ask your members to like and share the page so we can raise as much as possible , I did the three swans sportive last year which gave me the fundraising bug and any hep you can give to spread the word about our ride would be fantastic”

Coming Soon – Cyclists’ Café in Buttercrambe

Thanks to Andrew Richardson for this:

A new cyclists’ café is opening in Buttercrambe on Saturday 10th February. Coming from Buttercrambe Bridge towards York there is a shelter on the left. You turn left just after that into Fold Court. It is called VIA York.


Ride of the Year 2017

As announced at the Christmas Lunch, the result of Wednesday Wheelers’ vote for Ride of the Year is:

1st   Phil Marsham 21st June    Holme-on-Spalding-Moor & Humber Bridge
2nd  Dave Bean       27th Sept     Kilnwick Percy & Fridaythorpe
3rd= Garry Millard    31st May      Pocklington & Beverley
3rd= Patrick Hollier  30th August  Wetherby & Fewston


Bike Week Pledge Winner


You may remember one Wednesday morning in June, in Exhibition Square, Nick Folkard handing out leaflets encouraging us to sign up to the Bike Week Pledge.  I did, and I won the first prize, which was a bike to the value of £600 from Halfords. Hmm.

I found that Halfords didn’t actually have anything at that price that I was terribly interested in having, only similar – and if anything, poorer – versions of things I already have, and they wouldn’t let me chip in to upgrade from £600.  I decided to donate my prize to my partner, Claire, who has been aspiring to her first “proper” road bike in anticipation of becoming a Wednesday Wheeler herself in three or four years.  Thanks to Halfords’s end-of-season reductions, we even managed to get something quite nice: a Boardman Road Comp

Morning Coffee Afternoon Tea, Easingwold


Alan Spencer reports the opening of a new Cafe on Long Street (that’s the main street), Easingwold.  It’s at number 97, which is north of Costcutter, and is serving teas and coffees, scones, soup and light meals.

It is a Social Enterprise, providing work experience for young people and it donates at least 55% of profits to charities (see image above).

As yet, its website is only a placeholder, but there are further details and positive reviews on tripadvisor, facebook and google.

Velomobile sighting, 11/10/2017


Some of you were intrigued by a vehicle that passed in the opposite direction as we travelled between Strensall and Sheriff Hutton on Wednesday.  Yes, despite its rapid progress against a stiff headwind its only motive power was human.  It was a faired, recumbent tricycle, a setup usually referred to as a Velomobile. I’m all but certain the one we saw was a “Quest” .  If not it was one of a couple of other very similar machines.  All of them are made in the Netherlands, where the flat terrain and often-windy conditions are a natural home to a machine that is highly-streamlined, but rather heavy.  From my years in HPV racing, I know several velomobile owners; all are utterly converted, and don’t all even live in particularly flat areas.

People much cleverer than me have calculated that a Quest pedalled on the flat by a rider putting out 150W will travel at about 23.5 mph, whereas the likes of us – on an upright, riding on the tops – would be more than 8 mph slower.