4th January

Happy New Year to all our members. The weather has not been the best for cycling during the holiday period but a group ride wasplanned this morning to take advantage of the few hours of drier and less windy conditions. One member who was unfortunately unable to take part is Ross Morgan who collided with a car on New Year’s Eve and was admitted to hospital with a broken leg. We all wish you a speedy recovery, Ross and look forward to seeing you back on your bike. To help cheer you up in the meantime, here is a photo of your grandad, Neville Yeo, taken in the 1950’s when the usual racing attire was a racing cap turned back to front for better aerodynamics, woollen shorts which tended to become baggy with age [especially if it rained!], and a woollen racing vest with the same qualities. Note the fixed gear and single, front brake although the hood section of a second lever was sometimes fitted, as here, to grip while riding in a more upright position, especially when riding hill climb events. The rear wheel usually had a larger sprocket on the other side for use when riding to and from the race unless you had carried spare wheels. The large flange hubs were a favourite as they shortened the spoke length, making the wheel stiffer. No radial spoking in those days. The bell was an essential, being required by law and time trial rules. This one was again a favourite, being made of aluminium for lightness with a spring loaded arm which made a single strike against the bell. Not very effective but legal.

The clubroom will be open from 7-9 pm on Friday 10th January and the regulars would enjoy seeing you there for a chat and cup of tea.

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubroom on 31st January and any items for the agenda should be presented to Hon. Secretary, Mark Nicholls before the 16th January.

Posted in 2014 News, Jan.