"The West Surrey Cyclist" - January - March 1997

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Contents:

Front cover - very similar to Issue 1
Inner front cover - West Surrey District Association Officers  1996-97
Note from the Previous Editor - by David Nightingale
Editorial - by Peter Norris
Obituary - Roy Richardson
W. Surrey Calendar of Events 1997
1995-96 Attendance Competition results
Benstead Cup Result 1996
Subscribe to the mag.
Did You Know - The Clock House, Abinger Hammer
Mid-week Wayfarers Attendance 96
Word search competition - win a bottle and cage
Cycle Security - by Peter Norris
Events  January - March 1997 - the Runs List
Cartoon - Freewheeling
Woking Wayfarers Christmas Lunch
A Route to Christmas Common - by David Nightingale
Cycle Tour Across the Island of Java, Indonesia - by Peter Norris
Letters to the Editor
News & Notes
Sixty Years On - pages reproduced from the DA History - frontispiece, 1921 and 1922
Notice - Wykes Bikes have moved
Inner back cover - Members' Free Ads
Outer back cover - advertisement - Camberley Discount Cycles

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


WEST SURREY DISTRICT ASSOCIATION OFFICERS  1996-97

COMMITTEE
President Harold Coleman   01252 546635
Secretary Rory Fenner 01483 569705
Treasurer Keith Parfitt 01483 560776
Runs Secretary Roger Philo 01483 233381
Other Members Ken Bolingbroke
Peter Callaghan
Peter Norris
Harry Statham
OTHER POSITIONS
Vice-Presidents George Alesbury
Les Warner
Auditor Michael Soubry
Magazine Editor Peter Norris 01252 338504
Archivist Keith Parfitt 01483 560776
National CTC Councillor D Division Keith Parfitt 01483 560776
RIDE LEADERS
Hardriders Clive Richardson
Intermediates Ken Bolingbroke 01483 728247
Cranleigh & Villages Wayfarers Keith & Kath 01483 560776
Farnham CRN Ken 01252 724433
Guildford and Godalming Group David & Claudia
Chris & Helen
01483 576067
01428 683302
Woking Wayfarers David Nightingale 01483 725674
Audax & DATC Rides Roger Philo 01483 233381
Mountain Bike Rides Nigel Matthias 01483 892545
Mid-week Wayfarers Harry Statham
Les Houlton
John Ostrom
01483 763289
01483 763816
Junior Cyclists Keith Parfitt 01483 560776
Thursday Evenings (Godalming) Martin 01483 504926


Note from the previous Editor

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Magazine in the past.  It is not easy trying to get articles, meet print deadlines etc. so I would like to wish Peter all the best in his undertaking.  Please keep those articles, notes and stories coming, they are very much appreciated.

Advertising is always useful as it helps with funding the print costs of the magazine so if you can help please do.

Thank you

David Nightingale


New Editor

Thank you David for all your time and effort on the magazine over the last six years.  I shall do my best to carry it on.

Hello readers - most of you probably do not know me.  I hope that I will have the pleasure of meeting some of you in the near future.

This is my first issue and I must confess to feeling a bit nervous, especially as you may have noticed that the magazine has gone up in price to 50p.  I assure you that I will do my best (with your support) to make sure you get value for money.

I hope everyone has a go at the new competition.  In this issue the prize is a new drink bottle and cage worth £7.50.  There will be a different prize for each mag issue.

Also, every letter to the Editor that is inserted into the mag goes into another draw for an inner tube (size of your choice).

Take a note of the Calendar of Events for 1997 on page   .  Those having a crack at the Benstead Cup this year can plan ahead.

Please let me know what all you cyclists are doing out there.  I want letters, articles, anything to do with cycling or the club.  Feel free to phone or write to me with feedback (compliments or criticism).  Submissions for the magazine do not have to be typewritten - pen and paper will do.

I look forward to your support.

Happy New Year and Happy Cycling to you all.

Peter Norris


OBITUARY - ROY RICHARDSON

It is always sad to lose a friend especially a fellow member of the DA and a close contemporary as was Roy Richardson.

We were both called upon in 1939 and put our cycles to one side in favour of the RAF for the years of conflict.

Our paths did not come together again until 1960's when we met and discovered a common interest in cycle touring, especially in France.  His many postcards sent to me over the years are a record of his tours which he undertook usually on his own, as recently as September last he was in The Pyrenees and we thought he would go on forever, alas this was not to be, his presence will be missed on our future outings.

George Alesbury

We remember Roy as one of the DA's most regular riders.  Always out on a Sunday and Wednesday either with a group or marshalling an event.  He was a helpful and caring fellow cyclist, often making sure slower folk were aware of the direction taken by the main group.  He was vice-president of the DA these last years.

Marguerite & Harry

I rode with Roy during some of our racing years as fellow members of the Farnham Road Club during the 50's and 60's.

Russ

Roy - the quiet cyclist.  He has left us in the same way that he did everything - quietly and without fuss.

We could equally call him the unknown cyclist for we knew little about him.  We do know that he had firm opinions (which he was reluctant to express), a lovely smile and for a self confessed atheist he was a most Christian person.  His courage was tremendous.  Who else in the late stage of terminal illness would have taken his bike to the Alps - and ridden it?

We shall miss him on Wednesdays especially and remember him on the other days for a long time.

John


WEST SURREY DISTRICT ASSOCIATION

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1997

DATE EVENT BRIEF DESCRIPTION START LOCATION ORGANISER
20th April 50 mile
reliability ride
08:00 for 5 hour target time;
08:30 for 4½, 4 hours;  09:00 for 3½ hours
50 miles, almost all on pleasant lanes, 3 major climbs, otherwise flat to gently undulating.  Finish at lunchtime at a pub in Holmbury St Mary approx 13 miles from the start.
Woking, TQ 028592
car park at junction
Pyrford Common Rd
Old Woking Rd
Keith Parfitt
24 Elmside
Onslow Village
Guildford
GU2 5SH
01483 60776
18th May South Downs
Sesquicentury
150km BP
A scenic ride, mostly through the lanes, to, and over, the South Downs.  Includes Harting Hill of Tour de France fame.
Start 08:00, Finish by 18:00
Pirbright Village
Hall
SU 945560
Roger Philo 
Hunters Moon
Weydown Lane
Guildford
GU2 6UT
01483 233381
Selham
Century
100km BP
As 150km but stays north of the South Downs.
Start 08:00, Finish by 14:50
Frensham 50km Potter out to picturesque Frensham village and Frensham Great & Little Ponds.  No need to rush, it's not an Audax event and our organisers will be at the finish until 18:00
15th June Stonehenge
200km BR
A midsummer ride to Stonehenge which includes a stop at Alresford Station on the Watercress Line.
Start 08:00
Elstead Youth Centre
SU 905435
Peter Callaghan
15 Cavendish Road
Woking
Surrey
GU22 OEP
01483 770902
Danebury
150km BP
A ride to Danebury Ring also calling at Alresford Station on the return journey.
Start 08:30
Cadence &
Concentricity
112km BP
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an event organiser in possession of a good route through Steventon and Chawton must parody a Jane Austen title.
Start 09:30
Time allowed: 3h 20m to 7h 30m
25, 50, 75,
& 100 mile rides
For the less ambitious, or the undecided, there will be four 25 mile rides from Elstead.  Ride 1, 2, 3 or 4 loops giving a choice of 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles for the day
20th July Downslink
Roughstuff
60km BP
About 85% offroad, mainly on North Downs Way and Downslink tracks.  Can be ridden on touring bikes but less skilled offroad riders will find mountain bikes easier. Barn Cafe
Newlands Corner
TQ 045493
Trevor Strudwick
3 Mount Road
Cranleigh
Surrey
GU6 7LT
01483 272387
Downslink
Roughstuff
50km BP
About 50% offroad.  A more relaxed ride than the 60km - time enough to walk the 25km of offroad if you want to.
17th August Tour of the
Surrey Hills
100km BP
105km Brevet Populaire Grimpeur.
Just under 2000 metres of climbing in total including Box Hill, Leith Hill twice from different directions, and White Downs.
The good news - only a descent of Pebble Coombe.
Start Time 10:00
Barn Cafe
Newlands Corner
TQ 045493
Harold Coleman
8 Blaise Close
Farnborough
Hants
GU14 7EW 
01252 546635
7th September 100 mile &
75 mile
reliability rides
7 - 10 hours allowed for 75 mile ride, 7 - 12 hours for 100 mile. 
Moderately hilly rides via Selborne, Clanfield (100) or Rogate (75), Midhurst, Kirdford and Milford back to start.
Pirbright Village
Hall
SU 945560
Ken Bolingbroke
46 Kenton Way
Goldsworth Park
Woking
GU24 OET
01483 728247
5th October Tricyclathon:
Hillclimb,
Freewheeling,
Pacejudging
Tricycles not required (although welcome),
just our name for a 3 part competition on cycles:
Hillclimb, freewheeling and pacejudging.
To be announced Roger Philo
Hunters Moon
Weydown Lane
Guildford
GU2 6UT
01483 233381


1995-96 Attendance Competition - Riders scoring 10 or more points

GILL NORRIS 177
PETER NORRIS 154
CLIVE RICHARDSON 143
JOHN PUGH 141
GEOFF R SMITH 141
IAN CALLAGHAN 139
PETER CALLAGHAN 131
MARGUERITE STATHAM 127
KEN BOLINGBROKE 124
HAROLD COLEMAN 119
PETER FENNEMORE 113
ROY RICHARDSON 98
DAVID NIGHTINGALE 94
HARRY STATHAM 91
LES HOULTON 86
RICO SIGNORE 80
PHIL HAMPTON 75
DAVE BIGMORE 70
TREVOR STRUDWICK 69
LIBIA GOMEZ-JUPE 66
ROY BANKS 64
JOHN OSTROM 64
ROGER PHILO 63
PAUL HOLMES 61
KEITH PARFITT 61
DAVID WHITTLE 54
KEITH MCCLUREY 48
KEN NUNN 48
IAN AMES 46
ALTANIA MARTINEZ 46
ERIC PARR 46
BENTLEY COOK 45
CHRIS JUDEN 45
ANKE BLACKBURN 42
YANICK DRISCOLL 42
NEIL STRUDWICK 42
ALAN HOLBROOK 41
DAVID PINKESS 40
BOB HANNINGTON 39
DAVID JUPE 38
MICHAEL SAUNDERS 38
SIMON OVERTON 37
RORY FENNER 36
GORDON HEWITT 36
HELEN JUDEN 36
CLAUDIA WHITTLE 36
GERALD WHITTLE 36
JOHN WIDLEY 34
BEV AMES 33
JANE COOK 32
 
JOAN ROBINSON 32
BILL MANN 31
AMY JUDEN 30
PAT MILLICAN 30
CHRIS BOGGON 28
RICHARD BIGMORE 27
GEOFF DAVIES 27
SIMON JONES 27
JANELLE THOMAS 27
ROGER WOOLFE 27
CHRIS JEGGO 26
HEIDI POWELL 26
FIONA PEACOCK 25
STEVE SWITHIN 25
SUE BLACKBURN 24
CLEMENT COLLINS 24
IAN PARKER 24
SANDRA STICKLING 24
PETER BANKS 22
MARTIN TAPLIN 22
BERT BARTHOLOMEW 21
MATTHEW JUDEN 21
ROSEMARIE BLACKBURN 20
COLIN NUNNINGTON 19
TRISTRAM DAVIES 18
MARK SCOVELL 18
PAUL BROWN 16
KEITH CHESTERTON 16
ALICE DAVIES 16
FIONA DAVIES 16
DAMIAN HOLMES 16
PAUL WRAIGHT 16
HELEN PINKESS 15
CHRIS AVERY 14
ODILE SINGER 14
MATT CAROLAN 12
PHIL HAMILTON 12
TOM HARGREAVES 12
FARAH JONES 12
NORMAN SIMMONDS 12
ENID TAPLIN 12
IAN WILLIAMS 12
C BENZING 11
GEORGE PORTER 11
LAURIE ROBINSON 11
MARK ALDRIDGE 10
CHRIS GREENING 10
SIMON MCCLUREY (J) 10
ANDY MILNER 10
BILL SQUIRREL 10

Benstead Cup Result 1996

(Transcriber's note:  my scanner software made a complete hash of these two whole-page tables, so just the first 15 places (out of 123) are reproduced.)
 
  Attd. 50 150 200 CL25 CL50 Nightride RS TOH 100/75 Non- Tricy Marshal Total
(Total no DA riders) 100 37 16 19 9 5 6 6 21 11 Comp 16    
CLlVE RICHARDSON 98 50 50 50     50 10 50 50 250 92.3 10 450.3
PETER CALLAGHAN 94 50 50 50       50 50   250 71.2   415.2
IAN CALLAGHAN 95 50 50 50       50 50   250 67.3   412.3
PETER NORRIS 99 50 50         10 50 50 200 92.3 10 401.3
GILL NORRIS 100 50 50         10 50 50 200 84.6 10 394.6
JOHN PUGH 97 50 50 50       10   50 200 80.8 10 387.8
HAROLD COLEMAN 91 50   50         50 50 200 94.2   385.2
GEOFF R SMITH 96 50 50 50         50   200     296.0
PHIL HAMPTON 84   50             50 100 103.8   287.8
TREVOR STRUDWICK 82 50     50       10 50 160   10 252.0
PETER FENNEMORE 90 50     50   50       150     240.0
PAUL HOLMES 77           50   50   100 57.7   234.7
ROY BANKS 80 50                 50 73.1   203.1
BENTLEY COOK 31 50 50 50             150     181.0
CHRIS AVERY 17     50             50 105.8   172.8


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DID YOU KNOW .....

The Clockhouse Tea Rooms at Abinger Hammer

That the clock outside the CLOCK HOUSE Tea Rooms in Abinger Hammer has existed in its present form since 1909.

It is a memorial to Thomas Henry Farret of Abinger Hall and was designed by Conor O'Brien.  The clock maker was Messrs Smiths of Derby.

The teak figure of the blacksmith was carved by a firm in Burton-on-Trent.  The rest of the timber was worked in the village.

The site was a forge for at least 150 years.  For 200 years the River Tillingbourne was used to power mechanical metal working hammers from which the settlement takes its name.  At one time the village was known for making cannon balls.

It is said that in those days when the mechanical hammers were in action, that the whole valley used to ring.


MID WEEK WAYFARERS ATTENDANCE 96

Harry Statham 46
Roy Richardson 45
Bill Thompson 40
 
George Alesbury 46
Les Houlton 42
John Ostrom 40

59 different members attended last year.
Dec 6 had the lowest attendance of 3 and Dec 20 had the largest of 28.  Average attendance was 17.

There were 8 train assisted rides.

George Alesbury and Harry Statham won the George Alesbury tankard.


CYCLE SECURITY

Unfortunately these days cycle theft is a huge problem.  It is almost impossible to stop the determined beagle from stealing a cycle.  This can be a frustrating worry when parking your much loved bike outside the supermarket for three quarters of an hour while you do your shopping.  If they don't steal your whole bike, they will at least take the wheels, or the lights, or even the saddle!  What's more, they even have the nerve to do it blatantly out in the open while the public nonchalantly walk by.

There are some basic deterrents towards cycle theft:

Cycle thieves have an incredible nerve.  I know of one instance where a fiend stole a bike from out front of a bike shop.  He pulled out a pair of bolt cutters from inside his jacket, snipped the chain lock, jumped on and sped off!  This was while the shop was full of customers!

Another simply came into the shop and asked for a test ride on a £1200 dual suspension mountain bike.  He got a ride alright, a very long one.  He wasn't seen again until he was caught six months later.  He obtained a clever lawyer and got off lightly.

There are hundreds of stolen bikes out there.  If you are ever looking to buy a second hand cycle, always make sure that it has a frame number.  Check that it has not been filed off and painted over.  If you see an expensive bike going for a song with a slap-on paint job, think twice before you buy.

Many cycles that are recovered by the police never get returned to their rightful owners because the owners are not able to identify their bike.  They had not recorded the frame number.

Many cycle shops will postcode your bike for you - some do it for free, some charge a small amount.  It is worthwhile having it done.

CYCLE LOCKS

There are of course many locks on the market.  Here are a few samples:

CITADEL ARMADILLO

Weight 850g   Price £21.40   Made in Taiwan for Citadel

A neat cable type lock made of hardened carbon steel flexible core, making it versatile and more controllable than a steel braided coil lock.  When it is released there is not that action of cable flapping wildly around as you unlace it from the bike.

A smooth black vinyl cover over the core protects paint work.  The locking action is easy and positive, with a hardened steel cylinder lock.  Spare keys can be obtained from Madison for £2.50, provided you have the key number.

It comes with a carrying bracket which is easy to fit and use.  In an elongated shape the inside clearance is about 29.0cm x 10.0 cm.

SQUIRE PATRIOT SHACKLE LOCK

Weight 1200g   Price £20.95   Made in Britain

Said by many to be one of the best cycle locks available.  Its main features are:  anti attack resistance, hardened steel body, 4 pin tumbler lock with hardened steel anti-drill key entry plate, anti bolt cropping strength claiming to have over 6 tonnes resistance.

Squire proudly guarantee their lock for 10 years.  It comes with an easy to use and fit carrying bracket.

If you lose the keys then you're in trouble.  There are over 1000 key combinations.  The sample lock I have has no key numbers so a new lock may have to be purchased.  A good quality lock with black vinyl finish.

FREEWAY SHACKLE LOCK

Weight 1200g   Price £18.95   Made in China

Similar design as a Squire lock only not as good a quality.  It has a barrel lock which some say are easier to breach than tumbler locks.

Replacement keys are available for £1.95 + vat and P&P.  It comes with carrying bracket and has a black vinyl finish.  Inside clearance is 27.5 x 11cm.

There is a right angle carrying bracket available which is necessary if fitting the lock to a ladies step through frame.  This enables the shackle to rest against the seat stay and not cause obstacle to the step through action when mounting.

When this lock is mounted in its bracket on the bike for carrying, it tends to rattle due to very sloppy fit where the shackle rods insert into the lock body.  This can be annoying.

There is also a bracket available to fix some shackle locks to the side of rear carriers.

HI GEAR SYSTEM U LOCK

Weight 850g   Price £9.40   Made in Taiwan

Yet another shackle lock only more compact than those already covered.  It resists cutting by saws or bolt cutters, has a black vinyl finish and its inside clearance is 23.5 x 4.25cm.  The shackle rod thickness is only 2/3 of the Squire or Freeway and of course the inside clearance is less than half, making the lock quite compact.

The Tumbler lock has anonymous keys (no numbers).  The locking operation is positive enough and it comes with a carrying bracket.

At the price, not a bad buy.

MADISON STICK LOCK

Weight 725g   Price £12.95   Made in Taiwan

An interesting design.  The same shape and size as a bike pump when it is folded.  When unfolded and locked it forms a triangle.

It is carried on the frame using 2 velcro closing brackets supplied.  I have found that it was difficult to stop the lock from twisting around or moving about on the frame tube.  One has to ensure that the velcro straps on the mounting brackets are pulled taut, but even then the brackets tend to move on the frame.

I am not convinced of the strength of this lock, as mine actually broke at one of the folding joints.  As far as I know it was not exposed to any abnormal strain.  The rivet pin just broke at the joint, which of course rendered the lock useless.

The keys are numbered but the packaging does not state that replacement keys are available.

A security sticker is supplied with the lock reading - 'Stop, this bike is protected by the Stick Lock anti theft locking device'.  I guess every little helps.

EMMELLE CABLE LOCK WITH CLAMP

Weight 575g   Price £9.95   Made in Taiwan   Length 72"   Cable thickness 8mm

This lock is designed to stay attached to your bike when not in use.  The holding bracket clamps onto the frame, normally the seat tube or seat post.  The cable is spring coiled, so when not in use it sits reasonably compact in a neat bundle.  If so desired the lock can be removed from the holding bracket.  The cable is covered in vinyl.  There is a choice of colours.  A very versatile lock.

P. N.



A certain member taking part in the West Surrey freewheeling competition.  Does anybody know who?


Woking Wayfarers had an enjoyable Christmas luncheon on Wednesday 11th December.  It started with a ride from Chobham to Savill Gardens for coffee then on to lunch at The Surrey Cricketers in Windlesham.  27 bods attended.


A route to Christmas Common

  (OS Landranger 175)
From Woking travel to Chobham via Horsell and Carthouse Lane.  Follow through Chobham High Street past the Cannon to (B383) Sunningdale.  L onto A30, R onto B383, across A329 still following B383 at Woodside L (936714) before main roundabout then across A332 (take care) onto B3034 by the PH.  Follow straight on onto A330 then R back onto B3022 next L, R at T then L at next T.  Follow the road around (note Foliejon Park on the Left), next R to Fifield crossing B3024.  Then straight across A308 past the PH to the track to Monkey Island, over the motorway bridge to Bray.  Then R onto the B3028 and follow the Berkshire cycle way signs (these are blue with a white bicycle on a green outline map of the county.  When travelling through Maidenhead you will go through the Guards Club Park (PLEASE WALK THROUGH).  This is a nice spot for a picnic and looking south you will see Isambard Kingdom Brunel's brick railway bridge which is the longest single span in the world.  Take care on negotiating the roundabout onto the A4094 (quite good for an A road) which has nice views of the river Thames.  As you near Cookham you will see Clivden in the distance to the East.  The cycle way takes you up to Winter Hill, veer off the cycle way R at Quarry Wood down to Marlow crossing the River Thames via the elegant bridge.  Follow the road through the shopping centre and then L at the roundabout, then R to Bovingdon Green, onto Chisbridge Cross, straight on at the crossroad in Frieth.  L at the T to Fingest.  R fork, and R fork again to Turville.  Turville is a very picturesque village and the single track road although quite wooded affords some scenic views.  You will keep going up and around each bend you think 'ah must be nearly at the top' and no you keep going up and up and eventually Northend, bear right and follow the road through to Christmas Common passing a radio mast on your L, bear R then L to Watlington Hill which is National Trust.  There is a white mark on the L down the hill and a signal beacon on the R.  If you go down to Watlington take care as it is a rapid descent.

This is approx. 42 miles which I did non-stop in about 3 hours 42 mins going and 3 hours 17mins return.

Coming soon an alternative route back + tea-rooms, pubs, B&B's and places of interest for cycling in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

by David Nightingale
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106227.2440@compuserve.com
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CYCLE TOUR ACROSS THE ISLAND OF JAVA, INDONESIA

Excerpts from Peter's diary about the trip.

NOV 6th 1991

A smooth 1hr 15min flight on a KLM airways 737-400 took us from Singapore to Soekarno Hatta airport near Jakarta.  Everything went fine at the airport, we glided through customs and our bicycles and baggage were waiting for us to collect.  We set off for Jakarta city at around 4.30pm.

The route we took was not a planned one, we just followed our noses and sure enough ended up in a chronic traffic jam on a main road into the city.  The traffic crawled along while we zipped up the sides along with the motor cycles.  The air was heavy with fumes and the honking horns were deafening.  Arriving at a chaotic intersection we turned off onto a quieter main road.  It was dark by then.  We stopped at a Fuji film shop to ask directions to the nearest hotel.  Mossies were out in force, thousands of them and they were hungry little blighters.  Tonight we stay at an expensive hotel (by Indonesian standards) in the heart of Jakarta's china town.  70600 (about £20.00) it cost us for a standard room.

NOV 7th

This morning we found a cheaper place to stay near the national monument in a street named Jaksa.  This street contains a lot of budget accommodation.  Our room with bathroom and ceiling fan, clean and comfortable, costs 19000 R (£5.50).

We browsed around one large shopping complex, were impressed with how cheap the local crafts were.  Clever wooden ornaments and puppets were on display in abundance.

Food in the supermarkets wasn't particularly cheap.  Food out on the streets is very good value.  Tried fried banana in batter today - it was ok.  For lunch we had mixed vegetables in peanut sauce.  It was not terrific but I was hungry enough to eat most of it.

We visited the national monument, a 132 metre tower situated in Merdeka Square.  The monument is Jakarta's principal landmark.  It was started in 1961 and took 14 years to complete.  It is constucted of Italian marbles and has a flame at its peak.  The flame is gilded with 35kg of gold leaf.  A lift takes you to the top of the tower for a dramatic view of the city.

NOV 8th

"Hello mister" is the phrase shouted out to us most so far in Indonesia as we cycle by people.

Working our way out of Jakarta this morning in amongst the cars, buses/trucks and bicycles was exciting.  Mini buses constantly cut in front of us to pick up or set down passengers.  Similar to Thailand the buses race around in rivalry to get the most customers.  Men hang out from their doorways yelling and enticing potential customers to clamber aboard.

The air was thick with exhaust fumes, it stung our eyes and settled on our clothes to turn our white T-shirts into a dull grey.

The area outside of Jakarta is fairly built up for quite a way.  The highway we were on was busy all the way to Cicampek where we stay tonight.

Once out of the capital there are many trishaws to be seen in and around the smaller towns.  Named "becaks", this delightful form of transport has been banned in Jakarta and from many other city centres but are found everywhere else in abundance.  The passengers are seated at the front while the rider pedals from behind.  Most of them are the pride and joy of their owners, for they are decorated with paintings and bells and the chrome is kept highly polished.  There are some mountain bikes around and racing bikes but nothing flash.

We stopped for lunch after 45 miles at one of the many roadside food houses.  "Telur and Nasi", that's egg and rice, with two bottles of Sprite went down well and then we cycled a further 12 miles to Cicampek.  We stay tonight at Hotel Purnama.

"Gugi", Gillian's bike, had two broken rear spokes and the bottom bracket needed adjusting.  "Pilgrim", my bike, needed the brakes and bottom bracket adjusted.

My hand is almost back to normal.  Only the skin has to heal over.  The wound itself has healed nicely.  Although a little tender at present I am confident it will toughen up in time.

NOV 9th

We were inches away from death on several occasions today whilst cycling along Highway 25.  The cars are fine, the trucks and vans are not too bad but the large coach buses of which there are hundreds are driven by men possessed.  These guys are maniacs, tearing along the highway at reckless speed and carrying out suicidal overtaking manoeuvres.  Anything smaller than them does not stand a chance.  We were repeatedly forced off the road by these coaches that were overtaking towards us.  Those passing us from behind scraped past us leaving only inches and sometimes not even that much.  The drivers were so intimidating, I became so angry with them.  We saw many near accidents today.

At various towns along the way we saw the remnants of vehicles on display.  They were all "head ons" and by the look of them I would guess most of them resulted in fatalities.  So most of today's journey was rather tense.

We caught sight of the Java Sea this afternoon as we came upon a small town named Eretan Wetan.  There are shrimp farms in this area and brightly coloured fishing boats are moored in the bay.

3 miles on was the town we had planned to stay in tonight but somehow we missed the centre and decided to carry on.  We ended up at a hotel in the town of Jatibarang, a fairly substantial place.  The hotel is down a road off the main highway.  This road is much quieter and we plan to use it as part of tomorrow's route.

Our room has a portable fan, Asian bathroom with limited water and costs $2.20.  For dinner it was rice, boiled egg, curried beans and potato.  We had an audience of local children while we dined.

NOV 10th

Were surprised to find outside our hotel room this morning a breakfast offering of two boiled eggs and tea.  It seems many hotels here include breakfast in the fee.

We cycled East along a quiet road for about ten miles until linking up with the notorious Highway 25 once more.  During one of our evasive maneouvres today Gill came off her bike on the gravel verge and cut her knee.  She is a tough girl though and we braved it all the way to tonight's stop at Tegal.

Passed a few mosques today.  They were holding collections for building funds.  There were people standing on both sides of the road with hats upturned or buckets to beckon passing traffic.  Quite often when passing near mosques we hear the calling to prayer emanating from loud speakers.  Indonesia is overwhelmingly muslim.

Caught sight of the volcanoe Mt Slamet on the horizon.  It has a height of 3432m.  Its last major eruption was in 1988.  Java has over 30 volcanoes, most of which are still active.

Our room in tonight's hotel in Tegal includes a small portable fan, Asian bathroom, mosquitoes, cockroaches and rats.  We obtained some spray to deal with the mossies, it is good stuff and seems to have done the job.  It also took care of the cockroaches but it is no match for the rats.  We can hear them running around in the ceiling.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Ed loves reading letters.  They can be about any topic to do with cycling.

If anyone out there wants to have a good moan about something or has any suggestions or tips, please write to:

The Ed, West Surrey Cyclist, c/o 13 Heathcote Road, Ash, Aldershot, Hants  GUI2 5BH

December 1996
Dear Editor

1996 West Surrey DA Annual Dinner/Awards Presentation

I would like to thank the committee for all their efforts for once again organising an excellent evening at the Guildford YMCA for the above event.  To be able to obtain the services of Martyn Roach, as the after dinner speaker was quite a coup.  It was good to be able to listen to and talk with such a successful competition cyclist, who is still happy to ride with the ordinary cyclist.

The evening was tinged with some disappointment in that so few local members were able to support this annual event - WHERE WERE YOU ALL?  So to all you absentees your New Year's resolutions should include "I will attend the 1997 West Surrey Annual Dinner".  To help these members, the committee should start reminding people in plenty of time, via the magazine, so that they can pencil the date into their diaries, and keep reminding them.  Then there can be no excuses for not having a good turn out in 1997.

Yours Expectantly

John Pugh
(Hard Rider Group Member)


THE HRT (or similar) GROUP

We are a small, developing, group all aged approximately 50 years of age.  We love "off road" tracks and can be seen, once a week--usually a different day each week to make us more difficult to find--slushing through mud, water, sand, gravel etc. on our mountain bikes.  We frequent the Canal towpath; Lightwater Country Park; Chobham Common and are now planning to explore the landing site of the Martians.

In 1997 we are organising a sponsored ride, in aid of Frimley Park Hospital Orthopaedic Department, along the Canal from Odiham to Brookwood;  we hope to spend a few days on the Isle of Wight and in July two of us are riding the Sustrans Sea to Sea route from St. Bees to Durham.

On our weekly outings we manage to ride about 6 miles to a "tea shop" (Marguerite's list has been very useful) where we each tuck into a cream cake drowned by 4 cups of tea.  We talk all the time covering subjects like husbands; children; "running away"; the problems of being over 50; what's for tea?; what can I wear to "The DO"? and where shall we go next week?  We always tour gift shops and Garden Centres and sometimes we have a picnic by the Lake in Bracknell Forest--you need a Permit to do this.  We go home exercised in mind and body, feeling much refreshed, ready to face "where have you been?" when we, yet again, present our husbands with muddy bikes and worn out brake blocks!

It's most enjoyable, very relaxing and it helps to talk........!

Watch out husbands, we keep meeting groups of "squaddies" !!!

H. R. Tea   (12/12/96)


LED REAR LAMPS

It was reported in a well known cycling magazine recently that the British Standard on cycle lighting has been amended to allow NON FLASHING LED rear lamps.

YIPPEE!


DATC COMPETITION 1996

West Surrey members put up another good show this year.  Provisional results show that the home team came in second behind the Reading DA by 16 points.
Top 5 Teams
1 Reading
2 West Surrey
3 West Yorkshire
4 SYNDDA
5 West London
 
Top 5 Individuals
1 Kim Suffolk  Leicestershire
2 Chris Avery  West Surrey
3 Derek Hill  V  (1st Vet)  Reading
4 John Hollands  V  Reading
5 Ian Milne  Reading

Well done to all you West Surrey riders who took part.


AGM 3rd NOV 96

The AGM was held this year at Mayford Village Hall.  There was a slight hiccup in gaining entry into the hall.  Nobody seemed to have a key to the door.  Some of us were standing outside for half an hour until we were let in.

However, it was a pleasant gathering and fluent progress was made through the agenda.

Harry Statham manned the kitchen during the coffee and biscuits session (thanks Harry).

As well as the change of venue the meeting was held at an earlier time of 9.30 am.  There were 32 people in attendance.


SOUTH OF ENGLAND MILLENNIUM RALLY

The DA has agreed to host the Millennium Rally in the year 2000 and is very much looking forward to the challenge that this event will present.  The DA Committee will need help in organising and running of the rally and would welcome your ideas on what should be included and what events might be put on.  Remember the year 2000 will soon be upon us, do not hang back, now is the time to volunteer - let us have the use of your brain and muscles;  they and you will be much appreciated.


West Surrey DA Webpage

Yes the West Surrey DA's runslists and events are now online.  Cyclists in a cybercafe! The cycling page contains the runs lists for all the DA sections.  These pages will be updated whenever new information is available.  Links to other cycling web sites will be included on this page.

From the contents select the section name using your mouse and click.  The screen will show that section's runs.  To return to the contents click on contents.  Alternatively you can scroll through the whole screen.

If you have any problems, questions or spot the deliberate spelling mistakes you can send email simply by clicking on the email: text, this will active your web browser's email facility.  (If you get an error it is likely that you have not set-up your Name and Email ID).

For best results use Netscape 3 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.

I have not had any problems using Microsoft Internet Explorer, however....  Please note you may get the following error  Page Not Found  or not all the images will appear!  THEY ARE THERE, if using Netscape select the  reload  Icon, or its equivalent where using a different web browser.  If you experience problems please let me know.  Thank you.  106227.2440@compuserve.com

Happy surfing - David Nightingale



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