Thursday, 6 August 2020

Halfway Home, A Bicycle Podcast. With Sam Knight, at Knotty Green.

How Do All,
I had the greatest of pleasures to meet up with Sam Knight, whom I had never actually met in person before now, for a brew, cake, and a chat.



The venue was in Knotty Green of all places, which is about half way between our homes.
This was recorded for his Halfway Home, A Bicycle Podcast.

You can listen to all of his episodes here:

This is basically two friends cycling to the midpoint between them, meeting up and generally talking about bikes and other random stuff, whilst enjoying the outdoors and drinking tea, Fantastic!

I then rode home via Windsor and had another brew halfway home, by the Windsor water pump.



Take Care,
Barry.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Radius Peer Gynt, LWB recumbent SOLD!

How Do All ;-)

SOLD!
£950.00 or very nearest offer!

Here I have for sale my Radius, Spezialrader, Peer Gynt. 



The reason for selling is: I now commute almost exclusively on my Ordinary Bicycle (Penny Farthing) for me being eye level with truck drivers along the busy dual carriageway I now have to ride along just feels a tad safer, no; really, Penny Farthings as super safe! 😂

This long wheel base recumbent, built by Radius in 1993 in Münster, Western Germany. With rear suspension and a suspended seat, it was at the time considered the Rolls Royce of touring recumbent bicycles, and it is still for me one of the most comfortable and easy to ride recumbent bicycles to ride.

I have used the bike for the past seven years for commuting, Shopping and day rides, but due to a work place move last year, I now prefer to ride my Penny Farthings to work almost exclusively.

This bike is fully and professionally serviced, set up and adjusted and is ready to ride today! with no further tinkering or twiddling needed, unless you want to of course! 
The tyres are nearly new. 
The chain drive is in good order. the cassette, middle ring and chains were changed last year.
The brake blocks are brand new, and a second Genuine Magura set are also included.
the paint and decals are all original, wear, scratches spots of surface rust etc will be present but considering the age of the machine it is in great condition, always stored indoors and cleaned after every days use.





The Details:
Radius Spezialrader, Peer Gynt.
Year of manufacture 1993, Colour Satin Black.
The Frame and fork are Mannesmann Chromolly

Wheels:
My own hand built wheel set, I built a new set of wheels as the rear was originally a 7 speed freehub and I changed this to 9/10 speed freehub. 
The original front wheel was an obscure 440 x 28c  (500 x 28a) size so the 451 x 28c was built as overall there is only a 5 mm difference and the 451 size has many tyre choices available.

Rear wheel: Shimano 105 hub, with 9 speed Sram PG 970 cassette, 11 - 32 teeth. Mavic Open Sport Rim. DT Swiss Competition, Double butted spokes. 700 x 35c Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyre (nearly new), and Schwalbe Tube.

Front wheel: Shimano 105 hub, Sun Rims, CR 18 polished alloy rim. DT Swiss Champion spokes 14g, Radially Laced. 451 x 28c Schwalbe Durano Tyre (New), and Schwalbe Tube.

I am also including the original rear wheel in the sale as it is still a good wheel and someone may wish to revert the machine back to its original 7 speed format.

Brakes:
Magura HS66 tour, hydraulic rim brakes. I include also the original mini service kit, and original documentation (not pictured), these brake are fully bled and with brand new brake blocks, plus genuine Magura spares.

Drive train and gearing:
Cassette is a Sram 11-32 PG-970 9 speed
Chain is a Sram 991, 9 speed chain. 
Crankset is a Shimano Deore XT triple 28-36-48 tooth rings. middle ring is a new Spa Cycles 7075 cnc ring. The cranks have been shortened to 140mm, which is a great knee saver! 
Bottom Bracket is Shimano
Front derailleur is the original Shimano XT.
Rear derailleur is the original Shimano XT.
Cable outers (housings) are Jagwire LEX-SL prelubed.
Inner cables are Clarks, stainless steel universal cables.
Shimano Dura Ace bar end shifters.
Pedals are Shimano PD-M540 XT double sided SPD's. I will however change these for a set of new flat pedals should you wish.
I removed the original mini idler and replaced this with a dual ider set, Terracyle power and Ice return idlers. as the chain used to slap with the original single idler.

Other Special items:
Pletscher Athlete Alloy Rear Rack with stainless fixings.
SKS frame fit pump behind seat.
SKS mudguards with stainless steel stays and fixings.
Full dynamo light set.
Front is a B + M IQ Tec FLY with standlight, Rear is a Philips lumiring? with Standlight and both have built in reflectors.
Adie rear basket, as I like to be able to just throw a rucksack, shopping or whatever in. you can remove this and use pannier if you so wish. 

Somewhere I also have the original kick stand but for the life of me I cannot find it at the moment, I will however try to find it in the mean time and if needs be will write and IOU for the stand and post it on once found.

Spare Tubes, Brake Blocks, mini service kit, original reflectors and front light etc included

This is a gorgeous bike and needs no cleaning, work or improvements, you can ride off into the sunset with no worries at all!

If I missed anything or you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Please see all the pictures for a full 360 visual examination.

I am more than happy to have anyone come visit me and examine the Peer Gynt without obligation. I am in the Heathrow Villages area Hillingdon, Middlesex.

If you are interested in this item please contact me via: 
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com
SOLD!
The Price I am asking for this is:
£950.00 or very nearest offer!
Payment either by Bank transfer to Nationwide account, cash in hand or Paypal (please add 3.4% to total to cover paypal fees unless sending monies as to a friend) 

Thank you for looking!
Take care,
Barry ;-)



Sunday, 20 October 2019

The European Penny Farthing Championships 2019

How Do All,
Over the weekend of the 6th to the 9th of September 2019 I attended the European  Penny Farthing Championship held in Oudenburg, Belgium. 

(all photos remain the property of the original owner, and can not be used without their permission)
Probably the best moment of my life so far, and I couldn't think of better friends to spend it with!
Sharing the Podium with Pelle Kippel and Roger Davies.
Photo: Eric Daguin

Flyer from the event.

Still on a high from winning the Beachy Head, Penny Farthing Hill Climb World Championship, and the  British Championship held in Eastbourne the previous month, I was feeling pretty good, but with racers like Pelle Kippel, Roger Davies, and Richard Thoday (whom incidentally broke the 133 year old record for riding a Penny Farthing from Land’s End to John O’Groats! he did it in a record breaking 4 days 11 hours and 52 minutes, see here: Land’s End to John O’Groats) I knew it was going to be a tough final, assuming I would get through to the final that is!

The Saturday Social Ride.
I did not join the usual social ride / Belgium pup crawl this year, not being a drinker you can probably understand why if you've ever visited Belgium, not that I'm saying they're all alcoholics or something ;-)

Instead I joined Richard Thoday, his wife and friends for a ride to Brugge, also known as Bruges, a beautiful City that I had not yet visited. 
It was a really nice round trip cycling mostly off road along the canal / river.
We had lunch in Brugge and enjoyed? riding on the cobbled streets, you definitely know if your bike is built well after a trip to Brugge lol, after exploring the sights, we headed back a slightly different route and got back to Oudenburg just in time to beat the worst of the coming rain!
  
Find out more about this beautiful city here: 
                                                   
Here are a few pictures I took on Saturday:















The Belgium Open / Eroupean Penny Farthing Championship.

Photo: Wilbert Van Schaaik

Sunday was a mixed day of rain and sunshine, and a little windy at times, but most were lucky to ride in the sunshine, I think only one or two races were held in the rain, thankfully I was lucky enough to stay dry!

There were many races, Three Penny Farthing heats, the Belgium National Penny Farthing Championship, The European Penny Farthing Championship, Retro steel bike races, A slow race, Kids Race and even Proper old antique Hobby Horse racing. Belgium caters for all!

I won my heat, which was nice, but as no-one else seemed to want to actually race the heat I was a bit disappointed, however it seems that people wanted to save their legs for the final, but I tried to put on a show for the crowd in any case as they had gone out of their way to come and see us actually race!

Photo: Les New

After my heat I retreated to the campsite and my tent, luckily, as it started to rain, not so lucky for the following heat and races. 

The Final consisted of about 20 riders give or take, I did not count. over a 25km distance, and thankfully the track was mostly dry by now. 
we all got off to a good start, and followed the Belgium Rik Vernack for the first lap which is an obligatory requirement in Belgium racing.

Myself, Richard Thoday, Roger Davies, Pelle Kippel, Eric Daguin, and Arie Liefhebber soon seperated from the pack and not long after just the first four broke away and Richard, Roger and I took turns to break trail at the front, with Pelle clinging on to our six. 
About four or five laps from the end Richard started to drift back, then Roger and I took turns to try and shake off Pelle, About two laps to go Roger started to fade leaving Pelle and I, it was now or never so I put the power on for the final lap and left Pelle trailing behind and myself with enough distance ahead to play silly buggers and take the finish line no hands travelling at around 25mph, and I pulled it off in great style (I think in any case!)

For me, winning this Championship is one of the best, if not the best moments of my life! I'm easily pleased :-)

Pictures from The Belgium Open / Eroupean Penny Farthing Championship Final.
Mostly Biased towards pictures of me, however you can view some more awesome pictures from the final by Yves Fotografie here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2878010328880088&type=3

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Taking 1st place in the European Championship Final in style and thankfully not loosing control doing it :-)
Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

High on the Winning Drug!
Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Having fun with my friend and Belgium National Champion Simon Ponseele 
Photo: Yves Bogeart

Photo: Yves Bogeart

Richard Thoday & Me
Photo: Eric Daguin

Photo: Eric Daguin

Richard Thoday, Roger Davies and Me
Photo: Eric Daguin

Me, Richard Thoday, Pelle Kippel and Roger Davies (hidden behind Pelle)
Photo: Eric Daguin

Me, Roger Davies and Pelle Kippel
Photo: Eric Daguin

Me, Roger Davies and Pelle Kippel
Photo: Eric Daguin

Roger Davies, Me and Pelle Kippel
Photo: Eric Daguin

Waiting for my Champions Jersey!
Photo: Eric Daguin

Probably the best moment of my life so far, and I couldn't think of better friends to spend it with!
Sharing the Podium with Pelle Kippel and Roger Davies.
Photo: Eric Daguin

Pelle Kippel, Me and Roger Davies
Photo: Bram van der Slik



Photo: Bram van der Slik

Photo: Bram van der Slik

Photo: Bram van der Slik

Photo: Bram van der Slik


Photo: Bram van der Slik

The Results from the main races and the Final.
Thank you for looking.
Take care,
Barry, The Knotty Bear.

Photo Credits: Yves Bogeart, Eric Daguin, Bram van der Slik, Les New, Wilbert Van Schaaik.