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by snailmale
19 Dec 2019 14:01
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Trevor Shipway (Funeral arrangements added)
Replies: 7
Views: 1561

Re: Trevor Shipway

Ken Haddon just phoned me with the news.
Trevor was my best mate in the fifties when we were juniors and we have been friends ever since.

Can't believe it,

Dreadful for Judy and the family
by snailmale
29 Jul 2019 17:54
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Norman Adams
Replies: 13
Views: 2047

Re: Norman Adams

Such sad news about Norman. He was the club's leading short distance time trialist when I first joined the Beacon in 1952, but he was much more than just a racing man. He was a regular on club runs, often joining the club for lunch or tea when he had been racing in the morning, and a leading light o...
by snailmale
23 Mar 2019 18:51
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Dennis Baker
Replies: 4
Views: 1513

Re: Dennis Baker

Sorry to hear this, Charlie

Give him my regards please
by snailmale
23 Dec 2018 11:28
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: The great reunion
Replies: 15
Views: 3076

Re: The great reunion

Bloody hell, Oscar, only just picked up on this, what a nice thing to do.

And here's me thinking you were just a pretty face...
by snailmale
16 Oct 2018 18:20
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Resignation of the President
Replies: 13
Views: 3172

Re: Resignation of the President

So sorry you're going Dave.You have done a great job.
by snailmale
19 Apr 2018 17:25
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Stolen Bikes.
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Stolen Bikes.

Wish some bugger would pinch mine

I ripped my own legs off today at 11mph
by snailmale
27 Feb 2018 16:30
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon Little Mountain Time Trial 15th April
Replies: 10
Views: 2458

Re: Beacon Little Mountain Time Trial 15th April

Put me down Dave, I'm in Worcester that weekend.
by snailmale
28 Dec 2017 22:04
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Jeff Gould
Replies: 8
Views: 2136

Re: Jeff Gould

Had some good times with Jeff in the early 60's I remember we had a weekend at his home in Pontyclun to ride a local 50. So sorry y=to hearof his passing. Loveto Jean
by snailmale
14 Sep 2017 17:39
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: hill climbchampionship Sat 17th Sept RESULTS
Replies: 9
Views: 2444

Re: hill climbchampionship Sat 17th Sept

Why is the Hill Climb held in the middle of the summer now? It always used to be October and we would go straight to the pub afterwards and stop there until February, ready for riding the Weston and Back to knock the rough edges off.
by snailmale
03 Sep 2017 17:57
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Peter Baker
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Re: Peter Baker

Sad news, pass condolences to Dennis, please, Oscar
by snailmale
04 Jun 2017 08:31
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Graham Webb 1944-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1342

Re: Graham Webb 1944-2017

Sad news indeed.

For those who do not know, Graham was a past winner of our Mountain Time Trial, in the early 1960's, when the course was 62 miles and included a climb of Clee Hill. Graham won it with a 2hr 46 min ride, which remained as the record for that course.
by snailmale
05 Apr 2017 12:38
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: John Landreth
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Had some great times with John in the 50's. still exchange Christmas cards, though haven't seen him for years.
by snailmale
01 Apr 2017 12:48
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: K8 10T
Replies: 5
Views: 1441

The road was 'improved', some years ago,to make it safer, with hatchings in places preventing overtaking. I used to marshal some events there, and i think the consensus was that the improvements had actually made itmore dangerous for time'trialling. A far cry from the 1950's when the A449 was a sing...
by snailmale
01 Apr 2017 12:37
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Harry Morris.
Replies: 2
Views: 1053

Great to hear that Snogger is still around.

I can remember a story of him being carted home in the early hours after a night on the booze. They knocked the door and an upstairs window opened.

"We've brought Harry home."

"Thanks, leave him on the step."
by snailmale
08 Mar 2017 17:09
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Wern Watkin weekend away Friday 3 - Sunday 5 March 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 4743

I went cycling, not walking.
by snailmale
22 Feb 2017 10:58
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Wern Watkin weekend away Friday 3 - Sunday 5 March 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 4743

Fish and chips, please
by snailmale
03 Nov 2016 10:31
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: To Weston and Back: "The Weston Run"
Replies: 196
Views: 27753

This is my medal for completing the 1954 Weston and back in under 15 hours.

Midnight start from Rubery, on a February night. Returned just after 2.00pm Sunday 14 hours 6 minutes



http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MhtFqo82hSY/U ... ke+041.jpg
by snailmale
16 Sep 2016 10:06
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Strava Police
Replies: 11
Views: 2260

Things have changed a lot since the 1950's... :roll:

Used to be scared to ride too hard in case I broke the little star wheel on my milometer.
by snailmale
23 May 2016 14:49
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Anne Hughes National Triathlon Champion
Replies: 15
Views: 2973

Great stuff, Anne, congratulations
by snailmale
07 May 2016 17:17
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: The 'fords' time trial - fact or fiction?
Replies: 14
Views: 2562

I've fallen off in all these fords, though never in competition

http://snailmale-chezlescargot.blogspot ... aters.html
by snailmale
20 Mar 2016 08:28
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon Little Mountain Time Trial
Replies: 15
Views: 3433

Looks like I'll be OK to marshal this year, Dave, although I shall need an assurance that there will be no walking involved
by snailmale
21 Feb 2016 17:52
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: David Duffield.
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

David Duffield.

Just picked up the sad news of the death, this morning, of David Duffield. David did his riding in the Beacon in the 50's and 60's> he was a flamboyant character, holder of many RRA Trike records, and later, of course, better known as a T de F commentator https://twitter.com/carltonkirby/status/7014...
by snailmale
14 Feb 2016 10:01
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: Beacon's Brecons 300km Club Run. 29th May
Replies: 71
Views: 13872

Good stuff, but why didn't you do it in February to take advantage of the weather?

I'd come but I have a prior engagement... ;;-)
by snailmale
28 Jan 2016 19:33
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon 70th anniversary
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

I'm sure those of us old 'uns who don't make it through will be there in spirit.

Perhaps the club could arrange a seance and provide a pianist?
by snailmale
27 Jan 2016 10:30
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon 70th anniversary
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

Being pedantic, the original Mountain Trial was never the 'Little MTT', just the Beacon RCC MTT. It was held on the second Sunday in May and started and finished outside the Red Lion at Holt Heath, which was also the event HQ. The Little MTT was a separate event, held early April, and organised as a...
by snailmale
26 Jan 2016 17:50
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon 70th anniversary
Replies: 21
Views: 3527

Does that mean I have to avoid the Crem for another five years?
by snailmale
13 Jan 2016 10:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Thinking about giving in and getting a winter bike......
Replies: 15
Views: 2801

A single fixed is ideal in wintry conditions, gives you far more control than riding a 'free',and doesn't involve arm and a leg' kit investment. You would rarely have seen a club rider out on gears in the winter months in the 50's - 60's, and they were almost universally used for time-trialling, up ...
by snailmale
12 Sep 2015 09:52
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Scam ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3020

There's a lot of it going on. Had nothing from 'Beacon' members, but had a couple purporting to be from writing associates. Deleted without opening. I've changed my passwords and had nothing since,
by snailmale
02 Jul 2015 10:12
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon Barbecue 8th August
Replies: 21
Views: 3757

Joan and Alan Nicholls
by snailmale
20 Jun 2015 10:40
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: 70th Anniversary next year.
Replies: 1
Views: 681

I'm planning to stay alive, anything else is a bonus.
by snailmale
15 Jun 2015 09:14
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Results for Club 50 Championship
Replies: 20
Views: 3092

We actually used to organise our own '50' championship in the 1950/ 60's, held on a variation of K36. Probably had a dozen or more entries and the event was properly marshalled by club members, and that from a much smaller membership than we have today. Also had our own '100' championship, organised...
by snailmale
02 May 2015 12:29
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon LMTT review
Replies: 6
Views: 1610

I haven't bought Cycling Weekly for years, although I thumb through it in Tesco's whiloe the Missis is shopping. I shall now stop thumbing altogether and thumb through Private Eye instead. I hope CW can live with that.
by snailmale
14 Apr 2015 12:31
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame Advice required.
Replies: 9
Views: 1887

Thanks all, for your comments. The Ribble doesn't sound as good an option as I'd hoped. I've had dealings with the guy who took over Trevor Jarvis, Philip, he's based over at Abberley, quite a reasonable bloke. The frame will take me through this season without disintegrating, although its appearanc...
by snailmale
11 Apr 2015 15:43
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame Advice required.
Replies: 9
Views: 1887

Frame Advice required.

My 20-year-old Reynolds 531 steel Trevor Jarvis frame is developing rust patches on the top tube, the worst, worryingly, being around the cable stop nipple at the headset end. This is the second time I've had a rust problem so I'm now considering buying a new steel frame. With my present mileage bei...
by snailmale
05 Feb 2015 11:24
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Llangattock, 13 -15 February 2015
Replies: 40
Views: 6150

Fish and chips for me please.
by snailmale
12 Jan 2015 12:51
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Beacon Heroica
Replies: 20
Views: 3203

I have the retro bike.

Unfortunately my retro legs are proving impervious to all attempts at refurbishment.
by snailmale
22 Nov 2014 12:58
Forum: Club Runs
Topic: C run pace
Replies: 27
Views: 4720

Fifty-odd years ago there was only one club run and that was generally conducted to suit the pace of the slowest rider. Yes, there were little contests for unofficial KOM points, and there was often a tear up for first to the tea stop, but by and large the rides were well within the capabilities of ...
by snailmale
30 Jun 2014 10:08
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result KC32/20 25th June
Replies: 10
Views: 1929

Well done, Amarjit. The H/cap 20 was the first event I ever rode, aged 15, in 1952 on the old K36 Alcester Road course. That was the last year that the RTTC rule of 'dark and inconspicuous clothing' applied, and most people competed in black jerseys and shorts. I had a long sleeved black shirt and t...
by snailmale
23 Jun 2014 11:04
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: 24hr TTs
Replies: 7
Views: 1460

I did about 8hrs in the Mersey RC '24', sometime in the early 60's. For some reason the ride is not recorded in my little book... I don't think I was knackered, just bored. A limited attention span, even in those days. _Q
by snailmale
26 Mar 2014 09:00
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club time trial Sat 5th April 20 m
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

The closure was still in place last week.
by snailmale
18 Mar 2014 09:01
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Little Mountain Time Trial Sunday 27th April
Replies: 30
Views: 5715

Put me down for marshalling, Lower Broadheath for preference.
by snailmale
19 Feb 2014 09:16
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Springhill Farm Bunkhouse, Selattyn, 14 - 16 February 2014
Replies: 44
Views: 6256

Many thanks to Jane, Tony and all for a great weekend.
by snailmale
07 Feb 2014 09:35
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Springhill Farm Bunkhouse, Selattyn, 14 - 16 February 2014
Replies: 44
Views: 6256

Fish and chips please, Dave.
by snailmale
07 Nov 2013 11:00
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Brum to Chippenham
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Many years ago I rode from Brum to RAF Compton Basset every Sunday for eight months. My route to Cirencester was; Evesham Winchcombe Corndean Lane then past Brockhampton to A436. Turn right, Cross the A40 then, after abt 1/2 mile turn left to Withington then down the Whiteway to Cirencester Pretty d...
by snailmale
30 Oct 2013 10:00
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Springhill Farm Bunkhouse, Selattyn, 14 - 16 February 2014
Replies: 44
Views: 6256

Stick me down, Jane, please.

Cheque is in the post!

:roll:
by snailmale
30 Jul 2013 17:31
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Best wheel rims
Replies: 10
Views: 1977

I have a pair of Campag 'Mexico' rims, built up with Mirage hubs towards the end of the last century. I had new hubs built in about three years back at Echelon Cycles, and the rims were pronounced to be perfectly good. Must have done about 40k now. Still use them as winter wheels.
by snailmale
20 Jul 2013 08:01
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Water Proof Jacket Advice Required
Replies: 16
Views: 2866

This should keep the wet out, but is probably only borderline breathable.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oRQVYzgS414/U ... t+suit.jpg
by snailmale
08 Jul 2013 16:19
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: K34/10 on Weds
Replies: 16
Views: 2470

Th course details state:

"Finish in line with TP 10 on right about 0.75 mile before start point. 10."

The map shows the finish much closer than 0.75 miles to the start.

One of these has to be incorrect.
by snailmale
06 Jun 2013 08:46
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: Concorde RR
Replies: 18
Views: 2546

Well done everyone. Nice to know Concorde are still promoting. I won the 42mile Concorde 2nd cat race in 1958, finishing at Dodderhill Common, near Hanbury. The main event, a real 'showcase' with many of the country's top riders participating, was won by Dave Bedwell, past winner of the 'Daily Expre...
by snailmale
04 Jun 2013 09:28
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Help with timekeeping club time trial Wed 5th June.
Replies: 1
Views: 578

Can't help, I'm afraid. Contracted to ferry wife and her associates to a restaurant.