From Keith Benton:
Anyone looking for a free single speed bike?
To a good home i.e. It is going to be used, is a Falcon – age unknown- set up as a single speed as per photo. I don’t think the brooks saddle is included
Contact Keith Benton 01904 769 378
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.
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.
Those of you who may have bought yourself a Brompton in recent years, please check out this announcement from Cycle Heaven to see it it affects you:
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
From CTC North Yorkshire website. Courtesy of Malcolm Pexton.
Malcolm informs me that, disappointingly, some problem has arisen with carrying bikes and they are not doing so now 😦