Posted by: brendaintheboro | May 1, 2017

Spring into May

Sorry I haven’t posted  since the Easter write up. Life gets in the way sometimes and DH has been very thankful for our NHS which he has had to use twice in as many weeks. He had to be seen yesterday as he has an infection in his finger now and being a bank holiday weekend , didn’t want to wait until Tuesday. The NHS111 came up trumps and he was seen an hour after phoning and given antibiotics to prevent the infection getting into the bone,

I have kept up with almost daily riding but some days the weather hasn’t been brilliant and what with rain and hail, I kept the mileage down. We didn’t manage to get away cycle camping this  weekend but have managed two reasonable rides. On Saturday , we took a ride over through Ingleby Barwick calling on a friend who is recovering from a stroke and  then up through Hilton and over the bank into Stokesley. We took a route we followed earlier this year , up through Kirkby and Great Broughton and on to Ingleby Greenhow. This kept us skirting the bottom of the Cleveland hills, so it was an easy ride.

We picnicked here toasting our sandwiches on the little gas stove and hot chocolate with water from the Stanley steel flask. I have to say that we have had other steel flasks but none has been as good as this one in keeping boiling water , hot for hours. I have no affiliation with the company.

The wild flowers are looking abundant at present and cowslips seem to be popping up everywhere. Dandelions are also lining the grass verges too.

After eating we rode past Battersby junction and took the road to Great Ayton.  We were going to take the same route as on a previous occasion until DH reminded me that it was a busier road so we turned back and went on the B1292 and then crossed the A172 and on to Newby.  We turned towards home riding down through Stainton village and Hemlington  and back home.

We rode on our folding bikes for the trip as we have been talking about what we may do later in the summer and we wanted to try out various panniers to see how they fit. We think that we have enough with what we have but I may have to make a different handlebar bag as my Ortlieb one cant be used with the front panniers. So that was 43 miles and DH has got used to the gearing on the Bickerton.

Today, May day, we decided as it was reasonably fine, weak sunshine, we decided to head in the opposite direction ie north.  So it was off up the Castle Eden walkway and up through Station town. There were a lot of cyclists and walkers on the old railway line, but it was sheltered from a brisk Easterly wind blowing across the North Sea. So we turned off NCN 1 and down on NCN14 into Hartlepool. The closer we got to the coast , the colder it became .The visibility was poor as the haar(mist) had blown in and the sea was rough with waves crashing in.

Turning towards the old part of town, The Headland, we lunched in a small park that kept the wind off us.  These flowers were so bright against the grey day. They look like what I know as sea pinks or thrift. That at least is what my great grandfather called them.

We again had toasted sandwiches and hot chocolate and I was so glad as it was chilly and I forgot to bring the warm jackets.

There were more people along the promenade than I thought there would be, so we weaved through them. We didn’t stop in Seaton Carew but there were plenty of people waiting outside the fish and chip shops. We had the wind on our backs all the way back to RSPB Saltholme.  At the exit we usually use, they have been having problems with youths on off road motorcycles entering the reserve. It meant that we had to take the pannier off  and then lift the bikes over, as the handlebars wouldn’t go through the way they have made the exit. Cant say I blame them, but if I had been on my own , I wouldn’t have been able to get out.

Then it was off to the Boro . DH decided to go a bit further but wished he hadn’t , as he got a puncture and had to change the tube, so he had mucky hands when he got back. Good job he had the tools with him. So that was 45 miles.

So I am pleased to say that I have completed 1082 miles to date. woohoo!

Posted by: brendaintheboro | April 19, 2017

Easter week – part 3

Easter Sunday  16th April 2017

The day started well with a dry tent and a bit of week sunshine. We packed up quickly and left our packs in the storage area at South Newlands Farm before setting off for church in Selby as we didn’t want to miss the Easter service. Christ is risen. Joy

Crossing the A19 was easy because it was early and we rode down through Barlby where there is a lot of new house building going on. We spotted a couple of young missionaries on bicycles headed towards us and they were going to ride with a new member. We got to the chapel at 9.00am but it wasn’t open but the missionaries soon arrived with the key. I enjoyed sitting in the sunshine while we waited and a good job I did.

We enjoyed the service and when we came out, it was raining. Still , we have rain gear so on it went and it was a wet ride up to Riccall and than to the planet track. This photo was taken the day before but I wanted to include it.

There wasn’t much a headwind, which was just as well as the rain came down steadily. That fine rain that wets through. We passed by the Treat Trike but didn’t stop , although we waved a cheery hello. The lady was just packing up to leave and I cant say I blame her. We again stopped in Rowntree park for 2nd breakfast which was actually lunchtime, but we weren’t bothered. It was food.

The rain eased a little as we rode through the water meadows, which were much easier to reach as there weren’t as many tourists about. I was really shocked to see young cattle – don’t ask if they were male or female, I couldn’t see well enough. I have ridden over cattle grids along here for years and this is the first time I have seen the need for them.

After this we were back on to minor roads that pass over 2 railway bridges  before riding through the grounds of Benningborough Hall. There was a wonderful sight as the woods were covered in bluebells. The trees in Newton on Ouse were full of pink and white blossom too. Up through Newton on Ouse and Linton before crossing the river on the Aldwark toll bridge ( still toll free for cycles) and on to Great Ouseburn. There is a choice of route up to Boroughbridge but we took the most direct one.

We got to the campsite at 5.30pm , just as the manager was cashing up. I think she would have preferred us to arrive earlier.  I was sad to see that the old tent pitches near the river have all been converted to hard standings . Shame. Willan Holding who satred the club would be saddened too I think as he was a cyclist and canoeist.

I got really cold as we pitched the tent and I couldn’t be bothered to have a shower as it would have meant walking back in the rain. So I cleaned off in the tent and put on dry clothes, cooked a meal and went to bed. I was tucked up by 8.00am and soon warmed up and dropped off to sleep.

Easter Monday 17th April 2017

I slept very soundly until 5.30am when the dawn chorus woke me.  The tent was still wet but we wiped it down with a cloth and it was almost dry by the time we finally took it down. We followed our usual route home, up towards Kirby Hill and through Norton le Clay  to Cundall. The wind steadily increased in strength  and unfortunately was in our faces all the way back home.

By the time we got to South Otterington, I was feeling really weary so I asked DH if he would pull the trailer, as I felt I was holding the others up.

DH was only too pleased and had it for the rest of the day.  He had offered a number of times but I always refused so he said that if I wanted him to take it, I had to ask on the flat and not at the bottom of the hill.  I was able to cycle much faster after that so I treated us all to hot chocolate when we got to Northallerton. We took our usual route back home and were delighted to see Davy Redlegs peddling down into Brompton. So it was home by 4.00pm , just time to get all the gear put away.

The total mileage for the trip was 196 miles and YTD is 928miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | April 19, 2017

Easter week Part 2

Yesterday , I kept loosing all the other stuff I had written , hence this being in parts.

Good Friday 14th April 2017

Sheriff Hutton to Riccall

As we awoke from a very comfy night’s sleep, a light rain/mizzle began to fall. We knew that we would only have a short ride today so were in no hurry to get packed and away.

We had brought part cooked rolls with us so I was experimenting with cooking them on a stove. I used the frying pan and a piece of heavy duty foil with our larger pan over the top of 2 rolls, turning them frequently . This worked reasonably well so I cooked turkey rashers and eggs to have with them. Its surprising just what you can cook on a single burner with a bit of knowledge from the past. Roman soldiers cooked bread in this way.

We left the site at 10.00am and turned south to ride through Strensall  under dark grey clouds.  There is a nice cycle bridge over the river , so avoiding slowing traffic on the old narrow road bridge. There are plenty of potholes to avoid in the road down through Earswick and there is a bit of a cycleway to get across the junction to go to Huntington.

Then the cycle track is a bit of a nightmare as it is hardly wide enough for a child’s cycle and the surface is awful so we were glad to get into the outskirts of York where we followed the river Foss into the town centre. I recognised where we were  as we passed the building that used to house the Quilters Guild museum , now sadly gone due to the financial situation.

We crossed the Ouse just upstream of Lendle bridge ad picked up the TransPennine route towards Selby. We stopped near Rowntree Park and I spotted Mr Moo , the ice cream boat chugging up river.

After 2nd breakfast, we continued on the TPT crossing the Knavesmire  race course , which had a new slippery plastic track to protect the grass track, and on to the planet track to Naburn.

We were saddened to see that the Trust Hut has closed down and apparently the house is being auctioned off. On the adjacent piece of land, Sustrans and other volunteers are trying to keep the area going with a Treats Trike, but there are no toilet facilities now.

Once in Riccall DH treated us to ice cream lollies even though there were showery periods, before getting to our campsite at South Newlands Farm. We were warmly welcomed by Peggy and Rod who put the kettle on while we got pitched up.   22 miles.

Saturday 15th April 2017  Riccall to Tadcaster and return

Overnight rain wasn’t a problem and we had another good breakfast. I tried another way of baking by using 2 frying pans on the stove covered with a pan. that worked better.

We rode through Riccall and then turned west through Kelfield and along to Cawood. The hedges have been removed from lots of the fields and so there was no shelter from the strong NW winds. Getting to Cawood reminded us of the 1st cycle trip DH and I made way back in the late 1970’s  when we rode this way to Lincoln and back. That was an Easter trip too and the weather wasn’t any better. So in the past 40 odd years , I still haven’t learned anything haha!

We turned NW on the B1223 through Ryther and on to Ulleskelf. This area was past of the Dane law about 1000 years ago and the names still persist from the Norsemen.

From here there was a bit of a climb up to the A162. We saw a lot of club racing cyclists whizzing along and a lot are riding the routes that will be ridden on the Tour de Yorkshire at the end of the month. After about a mile we turned off through Stutton and on to Tadcaster. We called in to Cyclesense, our favourite cycle shop (no affiliation) and they were buzzing because Dame Sarah Storey and her team had called in.


We called in at the Everything Good Goes cycle café /wine bar and enjoyed hot chocolate and I indulged in a piece of Easter egg cake.

The bridge that came down in the winter floods a couple of years ago has been repaired , so hopes are that the Tour will bring in a lot of needed trade. The knitting shop I used to go to, is no more  but its less temptation for me heehee!

So we were now on the return leg and what a difference with the wind on our backs, we were fair flying along SE to Bolton Percy. Then there was a change of direction to ENE to Appleton Roebuck with its lovely village green, and up to the river at Acaster Malbis. Turning more northerly, we crossed the river at Bishopthorpe and then had a good chat with the lady volunteers with the Treats trike. One of them had come across from Manchester and she made us very nice  Malteser drinks.

When we got back to the site, the wind became even stronger so we took down our tent extension and were glad we had. 33 miles.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | April 18, 2017

Easter week Part 1

Well, I was lucky enough to get in my first camping trip of the year, setting off for a short tour on North Yorkshire. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as good as last week but we  made the most of it. So the early part of the week saw us getting out equipment, looking at weather forecasts and deciding just what we would take. As the night time temperatures were going to be low, I decided we would take our 3 season sleeping bags and the home made quilt to keep us warm, along with our Exped downmats. It was also decided that we would use the trailer and I would pack them all in. My Radical designs trailer took them all and my clothes and other extras.

So Maundy Thursday saw us ready for the off in the early hours after we had eaten a good breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast. I always find that I do better with a high protein breakfast. so didn’t stop for 2nd breakfast and we headed off on known routes across to Yarm and up to Kirklevington and on to Appleton Wiske.  DH had offered to take the trailer for the incline up to Deighton but I said I wanted to try and I did manage it. and then we were in  Northallerton.  We did buy some lunch supplies from the supermarket but  rode on another 10 miles in cool sunshine but with a wind on our backs. We 2nd breakfasted in Asenby having ridden about 36 miles. The temperature had risen from 7C to 14C so it was pleasant out of the wind.

We carry small boxes pre-filled with granola and yogurt and this becomes porridge like but is sustaining. After eating it was off again and I was delighted to get up the hill to Cundall School and then across the undulating countryside to Brafferton/Helperby and then across to Easingwold. Sitting under the old market shelter, we dined on delicious cheddar and red onion foccia with turkey.

Then it was back out onto the main road and turned off to Stillington and in the village turned off towards Sheriff Hutton.  The Camping and Caravanning club site is just outside the village in East Lilling.

The same site managers have been there for 4 years and recognised us so we got a warm welcome. We good a good pitch and  soon had the tent up and dinner cooked. 56 miles

Posted by: brendaintheboro | April 9, 2017

A week of Sunshine – gasp!!!

That’s right we have had a week without rain here in my part of the UK. Spring seems to be bursting all over. There are still plenty of daffodils but some are beginning to die off while there is an abundance of blossom on the trees. On that note I have also finished off a wall hanging showing blossoming trees for an upcoming art exhibition in May.


I was also glad to receive a new ruler from Craft-UK. Can you see Andy even put my name on it.

Cycling has been good on the early mornings , mainly along the river and  back before work .

The weather was so still one morning that I had to stop and take a photo of the cooling towers and reflections .

I did take a half day on Wednesday to meet with some old school friends that I haven’t seen in 50 years. Yes that’s right and I had a lovely evening up in Seaburn catching up with all the news. One thing I did note, we all had similar figures to what we had on leaving school, maybe a little larger but still the same shapes. They were surprised to hear that I still don’t drink alcohol and attend church each week. What a joy it was to hear about the families and where they had gone. At 18, M who seemed so quiet, had gone hitch-hiking to Greece to met her husband and now lives in Italy. She says her siblings think she has become very Italian but if loving your parents  and children wholeheartedly, is Italian, long may it last.

Saturday saw more beautiful weather. We had committed to help with a clean up  in an area of Hartlepool supporting the local community. We had attendees from the LDS church in the surrounding towns and missionaries helping to tidy and care for the local church cemetery and planter boxes where the local council had dumped top soil onto the flowers and weeds. That is what DH and I did after cycling there. We came back into Seaton Carew and picnicked at the bus shelter as there was a cold wind off the North Sea. We still had an ice cream each though standing in the sunshine.

We went back to Saltholme by a different route to the one we usually travel and this had much less traffic on it.

We called in to a supermarket on the way home, completing 30 miles for the day

So my total this week was 85 miles and YTD 709 miles.

Posted by: brendaintheboro | April 2, 2017

Spring Clean


Plenty on workwise this week and a promise to help spring clean the river Tees paths has kept the mileage down this week. We did get out and about early in the mornings though and now we have gone to British Summer Time again, the mornings are dark again. So its back to having plenty of lights on to be seen by early traffic that doesn’t expect to see cyclists out  at 6.00am.

It was joyous to be out and hear the dawn chorus as we rode along either to go to the river or up to Ladgate lane , so nothing very adventurous I am afraid.

On Saturday morning we met up with a small group to clear up rubbish along the paths. I realised I wouldn’t be able to hold on to a rubbish bag as it grew heavier, so I took my trailer along so I could ride along and pick up sacks that others had retrieved.  In the bushes the remains of an old bike had been dumped  but N said he would take it , as he is planning to make a pedal powered boat and bits that he needed were still intact. Recycling, I love it. I am hoping he gets it made this year and on the water.

We also found a fire extinguisher that was actually retrieved from the river. There were also 16 sacks of rubbish mainly cans and bottles . In the Netherlands and Germany these would go back to the shops to be recycled and give tokens to be spent in the shop. It is noticeable that the number of plastic bags that were discarded is much less since the plastic bag charge started for supermarkets and larger businesses. I do hope that they will start a deposit scheme for cans and bottles and I cam sure we would see a drop in the detritus.

I recall going to kayak in Poland in 1989, just after the Berlin wall came down and Poland became free of communist control. There was very little in the way of rubbish in the streets and rivers 1. because they had so little 2. the Poles are very inventive when it comes to using everything. However, after the US companies came in, the amount of rubbish  – bottles , cans etc became so much more evident. It was very sad to see.

Anyway. I digress. Here are a couple of photos of our little group.

Miles this week 67    YTD 624miles



Posted by: brendaintheboro | March 26, 2017

English Weather

If you don’t like  it, wait a few hours and it will change. We have had it all this past week, rain, hail, snow in places and sunshine. Did I get out cycling – you bet I did except I didn’t go so far on the worst days.

Last Sunday, there was a football match that disrupted the depositing of church moneys into the bank , so in the early evening DH and I cycled in to town and back to use the night safe. Only a short ride but those miles add up.

Because of the lighter mornings , Monday dawned clear and not cold , so we had a ride in the sunshine along the river Tees. I love the early mornings in springtime, when the birds are up and about. Tuesday saw is doing much the same but the weather became much more windy and it was a bit of a push. Later in the day the weather deteriorated quite a bit with rain and hail and snow on the hills. By Wednesday, gale force winds kept me in  as I was afraid of the gusts as I don’t want to be blown off. I am still protective of that fracture site.

DH and sons have had a viral infection and so on Thursday, DH decided he wasn’t coming out to play in the rain. Spoil sport. Well I was going so off I went. I also had some early work so could   only fit in  9 miles but still it all adds up as I keep saying. Friday was  much the same except the weather had certainly made a vast improvement. I was a bit miffed as a women’s group that cycle were all going off together  but I had work. Mind you I love what I do.

I was so pleased that Saturday dawned very cold but sunny and the prospect of a great day ahead. Where would we go. DH asked how many miles I wanted to get in. Really I wanted 100 miles for the week so I had a look at old routes and we determined on a ride to Danby Wiske in North Yorkshire. DS1 said he would come part way with us. So we loaded up the slow cooker with ingredients to cook gently while we were out and got our picnic gear  ready. We waited until 9.00am to leave to give the frost time to lift and set off across to Thornaby and up through Yarm. It was heaving with traffic so we actually walked a short way to avoid the queuing cars  before we could ride again once past the old town hall. Riding up the bank we were past by a sporty young couple on lightweight racers. It was surprising to see them resting at the top, while we carried on. As I remarked to a passing walker, what I lack in speed, I make up for by stamina. A speed merchant I most definitely am not.

We turned along forest lane at Kirklevington and  along to Appleton Wiske. This is where DS1 turned off to ride down to one of his favourite cafes . We carried on to Hornby and Great Smeaton before turning for East Cowton. When we got there DH stopped opposite a post office and asked if there was anything I wanted? No, why? Turned out he fancied some sweeties to suck. So in I went and got some mint humbugs and butterscotch. The lady at the counter, asked where I had cycled from and when I said Middlesbrough, she was amazed. I said its only about 21 miles. She asked if I wanted a cup of tea. No thanks but a nice thought. We carried on and went into North Cowton and had a little sit near the primary school. I took a photo of some tiny blue flowers , almost over shadowed by the daffodils.   I have no idea what they are but I hope someone can enlighten me.

There was another couple about our age who also had a short stop on another convenient bench. On checking the map , I decided going on to Scorton would add a few too many miles, so we back tracked to the main road and climbed the hill before turning off to Streetlam. It was odd that only on Friday, and elderly patient had talked about being stationed there when he was doing his national service. Apparently, there were 5 army camps in the area just at the end of WW2. No signs of them now.
There was only a gentle breeze and we sat on a bench at the corner of the village green in Danby Wiske while I toasted out cheese sandwiches over out tiny gas stove and had a chocolate muffin with hot chocolate. Another couple on touring bikes past by and it was only as we were leaving , we saw them lunching. Turns out they too are avid cycle campers and live in Darlington. I told them about the cycle touring  festival in Clitheroe at the end of May and they asked if we knew that the York cycle festival has started again. Always nice to meet those with similar interests. We were on the road to Yafforth when we saw our first spring lambs in the fields on both side of the road.

We followed the minor road to Yafforth and Romanby before arriving in Northallerton where we had another brief stop. DH and I discussed which way to go home. The most direct route or a little longer one. Well, why not go to Deighton and then turn off to go through the Rountons and across the A19 bridge towards Hutton Rudby. There is a nasty bank there . Not so much the inclination, although it is a short steep one, but the road surface is awful. I opted to get off and walk the last bit. No shame in walking but it was the only one of the day. We stopped on the green and had another refuel.

Oranges and yogurt and a biscuit to munch on, washed down with plenty of water.

As you can see even by late afternoon, the views were stunning towards the Cleveland hills. We rode along to Hilton and then down through Ingleby Barwick to the river Tees. We rode along before crossing at the barrage . We picked up some bread rolls at the supermarket  to have with the soup. At home , the sons had already got some so they went in the freezer. Mileage for the day 61.6 miles made me feel good , if not tired.

So mileage for the week is 113.1 miles an YTD is 557 miles



Posted by: brendaintheboro | March 19, 2017

Windy Old Weather

Just as it says , it has been a windy old week but fortunately not to wet for us. There was a 16 year old lad killed last week as there were 4 in the car and it was being chased by the police and crashed. I feel so sad that if he hadn’t got into that car with a young driver who has been charged with many offenses, then he would still be alive.

There were a lot of floral tributes and balloons and the railings at Albert park and I couldn’t help but think that the money spent on them , would have been far better donated for his funeral expenses. Am I wrong?

Anyway, DH has felt under the weather this week , so I have been riding on my own a lot. Come Saturday, I asked him if he fancied a ride but didn’t want a long one. I suggested getting the bus through to Barnard Castle and cycling back , but he didn’t want that. I then suggested driving with the folders in the car to Eppleby, so that I could take photos of the daffodils.

So that is what we did. We unloaded the bikes and then went for a ride. It was a strong  WNW wind so it was in our faces as we rode along towards Winston. Instead of dropping down into the valley, we turned for Ovington and then down to Hutton Magna.   As we approached Ovington we could hear the Tees thundering in the valley below. We  saw a gap in the hedge and I was able to look down and see the noise was caused by rapids but they sounded much bigger.


We were hoping to get a track across to Caldwell but after following what we thought was the correct bridle path we could see it was a dead end. Oh well, back track and use another road.

When we got back to Eppleby, shock , horror, we actually ate in the café. heehee. A nice cheese toastie and salad.

So my mileage is down to 57 miles this week. YTD 444 mi


Posted by: brendaintheboro | March 12, 2017

Lengthening days

It is becoming apparent now that the days are stretching out at both ends. I laughed today when  a friend told me her husband had seen it on FB that the clocks needed to go back an hour. He had changed them , not realising that this was the US time change not the UK one which isnt until the 26th March 2017. I am really looking forward to the lighter evenings. 

Sorry not many photos this week but I took this at the community orchard that I am involved in  with an art project . We hope it will be saved from the developers.

Monday was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. DS1 and I had the time to ride through to Saltburn as I wanted to go to the knitting shop there to buy a circular needle. Isn’t it always the same, you have every size but that size that you need. A prior phone call ensured we didn’t have a wasted journey. We cycled along the trunk road and along Redcar prom and then followed NCN1 up to Saltburn. DS1 hasn’t cycled that way in a while and was pleased with how good the path surface is on the trunk road now.   On the prom we saw another cyclist coming towards us. I thought , oh he’s got panniers on and then realised it was DH. He didn’t stop as he had already ridden the way we were going home.  After the needle buying, we called into Stonehouse bakery and bought a lovely hot panini and cake and a hot chocolate for £3.90 each . It was a lot  less expensive than going to a coffee shop. We sat in the sunshine in the square  and enjoyed the warmth.

On the return journey, the sun disappeared behind clouds but we were lucky to get home before the rain started in earnest .  So that was a good 30 miles ride.

The next 3 days were only short distances because of work commitments. One of the things we did on Wednesday, was to go to apply for DH’s OAP bus pass. We left our bikes at the Cycle Centre in the bus station and walked to the building. Unfortunately, DH couldn’t get sorted as thieves had stolen the equipment and although they had a  replacement, it wasn’t connected to the central system. So he had to go back later in the week . I did go with him but sat in sunshine once again while I waited for him and watched the bikes. Don’t want them stolen, do we?

We hoped for such weather on Friday, but it wasn’t to be. However, we weren’t put off. I wanted to get in a 50 miles ride. We got away from home at 9.00am and rode across through Stockton and along NCN14 until we got to near the Whinneys near Middleton St George. Because of all the rain we have had , mainly overnight, we knew that we had to avoid the nature reserve and the usual track to Darlington. Once through  the village, DS1 decided to leave us and we headed down through Neasham and Hurworth and then crossed the bridge at Croft.

From here we were on NCN165 for a while as we turned right up towards Barton. From pervious rides we knew not to go through the village but turned right again and came to the old roman road. I do like these old roads that have been modernised but still has the  same ancient route. I like the way they are straight but undulate across the country.

We turned left into Aldborough Saint John, another little North Yorkshire village and then crossed the bridge and again turned right up towards Forcett. Here we turned off for the village of Eppleby, our destination for the day. Don’t say me DH never takes me out to lunch. We sat in the bus shelter and toasted out cheese sandwiches and had hot chocolate. We did buy chocolate fudge cake in the village Post Office/shop/cafe . I was hoping the daffodils would be in bloom , but no so just yet. Next weekend should see this beautiful long village green awash with daffodils dancing in the breeze. Hopefully we will get back before they all die off.

We returned via Manfield and Cleasby before cycling through Darlington. I didn’t even stop to go to the fabric shop !!! We followed our usual route but once over the A66 bridge, we turned and road along the path alongside this busy road. We decided to return via Sadberg because of the boggy paths and this was the best decision. We had another brief hot chocolate stop  before riding home through Stockton and back home  51.8 miles

On Saturday, we only had a short ride because we needed to go food shopping and to visit my brother who is just back from his holiday home in Tenerife. When we got home, we decided to try one of the paths on a cycle map but it wasn’t very good so we turned back.

So this week I cycled 114 miles so the YTD total is 387miles


Posted by: brendaintheboro | March 5, 2017

Bickerton 1808

After my recent accident, it got us talking about using the folding bicycle on public transport to extent out touring range. We aren’t getting any younger and can see the time when getting in 70 mile days will no longer be viable, so the conversation turned to what to buy.

We did think about getting another Dahon Speed but unfortunately they are no longer produced. We looked on auction sites but had no luck so turned to C H White of Malmesbury who custom built my Speed TR for me.


I spoke with Tim and he said that he could customise a Bickerton 1808. This would give the same type of internal holding of the handle bars, giving a compact fold. DH knew that he wanted something that had a higher gear ration than my Speed TR and this was accomplished easily as the front chain ring had 55 teeth. He also installed a Sram Dual drive which replaces the normal triple chain ring with a front derailleur . I really like that on my Speed TR as when you stop suddenly in high gear , you can easily drop to a low gear on this dual drive system. Tim also installed a 9 speed derailleur which has a twist grip action. It wasn’t really what DH wanted but using the same  shifters as I have but it messed up the fold.

As we are used to having a hub dynamo to power lights and keep our phones topped up on tour, this was a must have. No problem and with a very bright Busch and Muller light , it is really good.

I have to say, the rear carrier sits much lower than the Speed TR so we cannot put the Ortlieb panniers on so we will need a rethink on that one.

DH just has to apply for his OAP bus pass now, so helpfully we will be able to get a short tour in at the end of April/ beginning of May.

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