News and reports

Bike Week Pledge Winner

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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

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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

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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.

Ride to Pickering, Wednesday 11/10/2017

A report from the ride leader, Bryan Stanton

We stayed dry till Pickering passing the fracking demonstration at Kirby Misperton (demonstrators with placards and lots of police!) and arrived in Pickering without rain.  Then as we were leaving  the rain started and got heavier all the way back to Hovingham where it dried up a bit!  Pedalling into the wind was hard and going uphill even harder meaning that I adopted the management strategy of leading from the back!  Still it gave the others frequent rests.

I need to say thanks to everyone for waiting; I was getting more and more wrecked as the ride wore on and eventually I was dropped all together and got home (in sunshine!) at my own pace.

Once again thanks to everyone for their help