2017 – 2020
Bikes: I purchased an Avanti Blade with belt drive at the end of 2012. It is noticeable that I have never had to clean and oil its belt or buy a new chain and cassette since.
This is my ordinary road bike. It a Giant SCR with 30 gears. I use mudguards because I don’t like getting a dirty stripe up my back on wet days. I have done well over 14000 miles on this one and find it pretty comfortable for long rides. It has been very reliable apart from the odd puncture.
This is Mrs Tootlepedal’s town bike suitable for riding with a skirt on. This is her most used bike as she goes to work on it as well as visiting shops and going about her general business in the town. It is a Dawes and a very comfortable and manoeuvrable machine.
This is the bike Mrs Tootlepedal takes on our long rides. She has done over 7000 miles on this. It is also a Dawes and for the money it was a wonderful buy. It has been utterly reliable, very comfortable and a good workhorse with equipment for a back rack and two rear panniers.
We have done three longish trips on these bikes. First on 2006 we went to see Mrs Tootlepedal’s brother in Marlow in the south of England and that was just about 400 miles and took us a week. Next in 2007 we went to see her sister in the south of France and that took us 700 miles in two weeks from St Malo to near Toulouse. Then in 2008 we did the Land’s End to John O’ Groats, which was 970 miles and took us nineteen and a half days.
Later tours were shorter and less demanding.
Because lugging bikes about had become a bit of a trial for us old people we turned to hire bikes for our next foreign tours. In 2010 we went to North Holland and did a leisurely 200 miles in a week. enjoying the tulip fields and canals. In 2012 we managed 200 miles in the south of France some of it along the Canal du Midi. In 2013 we enjoyed a 150 mile five day tour with Cycling Languedoc based round Nimes in southern France.
Pictures of some of our end-to-end guests