"The West Surrey Cyclist" - April - June 1998
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|CTC Councillor (West Surrey, East Surrey and West Sussex)|
|Hardriders||Clive Richardson||01428 724390|
|Intermediates||Ken Bolingbroke||01483 728247|
|Cranleigh & Villages Wayfarers||Trevor Strudwick||01483 272387|
|Farnham CRN||Ken||01252 724433|
|Guildford & Godalming Wayfarers||Hilary Stephenson||01483 572687|
|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
|Thursday Evenings (Godalming)||Martin||01483 504926|
Some fifteen years ago, a very nice gentleman who ran a small antique shop at Adversane, insisted on giving me a book entitled "The Way About Surrey" - published by Iliffe & Son in 1891. It contains suggested routes for cyclists together with descriptions of the towns and villages through which they pass. One of the routes is titled "Kingston to Merrow", from which comes the following passage:- "A few hundred yards beyond Great Bookham the tourist will find himself on the main road from Leatherhead on the left, to Guildford on the right. The highway is excellent for walking, and fairly good for carriage traffic but the cyclist will find it patchy here and there, with loose flint at all times of the year, and would do well to exercise some little care before flying a tempting gradient. Effingham, the next village, lies some little distance from the main road, and is reached by a side lane to the right which turns off opposite to the Prince Blucher Inn". The description of the road surface gives some idea of how hazardous cycling must have been. Even the worst of our present roads would probably have seemed wonderful to the cyclists of the 1800s. As for the Prince Blucher Inn, well surely that must be what is now the Earl Haigh and, presumably, had its name hurriedly changed with the commencement of the 1914/1918 war in order to prevent a disastrous drop in trade.
Another entertaining paragraph concerns the Hogs Back:- "As soon as the top of the Hogs Back is attained, a splendid prospect will be seen for many miles, and with a good glass (telescope), the glittering towers of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham can be readily distinguished London-wards. Old inhabitants will tell you that with the rarefied, exhilarating atmosphere of the hills is mingled the stronger invigorating ozone wafted from the Channel, and that when the south-westerly gales are blowing the odour of the brine from the broad Atlantic is distinctly perceptible". The noses of the last century must have been a lot more sensitive that ours - I have only been aware of the unpleasant smell of petrol mingled with the revolting stink of diesel. Maybe I am just a cynic? Anyway Spring is in the air and soon, as long as we keep our nasal passages clear, we shall be able to enjoy the soft perfume of the roadside bluebells stretching away through the woods in a hazy blue carpet. Not that they will affect me - I am a head-down, eyeballs-out, tough racing man! The only snag being that I always get excited at the first sight of snowdrops and crocuses, primulas and primroses, a yellow brimstone butterfly, the superb flight of the swallow. Please do not tell anyone though - it will ruin my image!
(Transcriber's note: due to scanning difficulties with these
two pages just the first 10 places (out of 106) are reproduced.)
BENSTEAD CUP SCORES 1997
I am a girl from the Czech Republic and I came here like many others to improve my English, help in a family and of course - to experience something more.
Equipped with a bike and the theoretical knowledge of the English countryside, I was anxious to go for my first ride. To be honest though, I came back disappointed - busy roads, military areas and what's more - considering my sense of disorientation - I was getting lost more often than not.
Later by chance I got in contact with the CTC. One Sunday morning I set off to meet the Hardriders (how self-confident I was). As you say over here, the ride was "my cup of tea". Small lanes without traffic crossing beautiful countryside, lovely villages with thatched cottages, green fields with grazing cattle .... and to my surprise, we were rewarded by a wonderful view after climbing uphill. If I remember, somebody told me at home that England is flat!
I really had a good time with those nice and friendly people. They are so outgoing and helpful (priceless in case of a puncture). I do not suspect they intended to kill me when they made me try the best beer in Lasham. After about 70 miles feeling alright, my legs suddenly became stiff and it was Harold and John who really had to pull me home. But in spite of that I enjoyed the trip very much and since then I have become nearly a regular rider.
I have to confess that I also like our breaks in pubs. Lots of them, with their nice architecture, just tempt you to go in. This is a good opportunity to have a chat with the others and learn more about England and the English, discuss football matches ... but no more beer (on rides I mean).
Finally, after the experience I have gained, let me define the Hardriders. They are hardy cyclists who do not mind wind, rain, frost, fog, storms, and I assume even earthquakes would not prevent them from going for a ride. And the hardiest of all are the leaders - isn't that right Clive?
In contrast to that above I have also experienced not a very pleasant thing. Somebody stole the front wheel from my cycle. I would like to express my thanks to Peter Norris. I really appreciate his willingness and help in obtaining a replacement wheel.
I stripped out Pilgrim's (my bike) front axle this afternoon to find the cause of an awful bearing noise. One side of the hub was contaminated with water and the axle cone is pitted rather badly. All I could do was to repack with grease, insert new ball bearings and reassemble. I hope the cone stands up for a while longer.
Today we visited "Vuollerim - 6000 Years" a stone aged habitat. In 1983 anthropologists searched through the area and found a stone aged habitat with a so called "pit dwelling". This Vuollerim finding is of extreme interest and a worldwide attraction. We found the museum very interesting with its artefacts and slide show. The reconstructed stone age village was a bit disappointing though. There was a 1km walk from the entrance to reach it and when we finally did get to the site it was not what we expected to see. The reconstructed dwelling was in ruins and had not been maintained.
This afternoon we went for a ride into the hills near the town. A 33km. round trip part of which was on gravel road through lovely forest. An owl flew cross our path in slow motion. Startled reindeer ran down the road in front of us. We caught some grand views from the hill tops. Forest for as far as the eye could see.
Weather has been good for the last few days, about 15 degrees Celsius.
These animals are intriguing to observe. They have such large hooves (useful for walking on snow) and I compare their movement when walking to that of a circus clown. During the ice ages, when northern Europe was totally covered by an enormous ice sheet, the forests of the central and southern parts of the continent looked much like tundra. At that time the reindeer was a familiar inhabitant of the area extended as far as the Mediterranean. As climatic conditions improved the reindeer herds were wiped out or driven back to the most northerly parts of the range.
As we cycled Gill spotted an elk. Semi-aquatic by nature, elks frequently venture into water, not only to find food but also to get rid of the swarms of insects that buzz incessantly round them.
We ended the day after cycling 10km up a very dusty gravel road to a campsite near a lake. This place is named Kronogard and there is absolutely nothing here.
After 70km cycling we pitch camp at a site in Moskosel. We lay in the tent for a while waiting for the rain to stop, intent on walking through the town in search for food and a bank. The woman who managed the campsite apologised to us for the weather, she said she thought it was her fault. I replied that she should not blame the whims of nature on her good self. The rain did eventually cease and we ventured into town. Could not find a bank so we carefully spent what little money we had on vital sustenance. Just made it back to camp and it rained again.
To my dismay I realised today that the current roll of 36 exposure slide film in my camera has not been rolling on. The last 33 photographs taken have been of nothing *****! With less than one week left on tour I shall have to be very snap-happy to make up for lost time.
The town has a charming church. We were lured inside by the wonderful organ music emanating from within.
102km later we cycle into Alvsbyn. It was a fast and easy ride. When we passed through the Lapland boundary into Norbotten, there was an amazing transformation in the landscape. An extra variety of tree appeared, one that we had not seen up north. All the trees in general had larger and greener leaves.
Dandelions and wild flowers in purple and whites were out in the fields. Pasture was now more common and it was green and lush. Even the wind was warmer. Today for the first time we have cycled in shorts. Now as I write we are sitting in the sun wearing singlets and shorts, rejoicing in the warmth and fighting off the mossies.
So all up on this tour Gugi has had one front tyre blow out, one rear puncture and one broken rear spoke. Pilgrim has had one front puncture and dodgy front wheel bearings.
I guess now is a good time to summarise my thoughts on this tour, the first thing I must comment on is disappointment in the weather. We certainly could have done with less rain. However it is of no use to dwell on such things. The world's weather cycle has gone wacko and you can no longer be sure of the precise seasons any more.
My curiosities of two more countries have been satisfied. From my time spent in Sweden and Finland I have gathered a fair idea on how the population live up here. Life in particular in the Arctic Circle is dictated to by the climate. It has been interesting to learn of some of the culture of the Laps or Sami people whom not so long ago were still living the old way.
The landscapes have been attractive in many ways. Lapland is a land of water and marshes as well as forest. My wife and I have found everyone we met to be very friendly and accommodating. We are humbled by everyone's ability to speak good English whilst we fumble through the phrase book.
Tonight we mark the end of our tour and honeymoon with a bottle of cider and a box of chocolates.
Total distance cycled - 1427km.
COLOUR: British Racing Green.
GROUPSET SPECIFICATIONS: Originally with full Shimano 700cx. The chainset has been replaced.
WHEELS: Alesa 917 rims laced with 36 stainless spokes to 700cx hubs.
TYRES: Continental Top Touring.
HANDLEBARS: Straight with bar ends.
BRAKES: 700cx cantilever.
LIGHTING: Dynamo set.
Used for club rides and touring.
"This bike has been an enemy but also a very good friend," says Marguerite.
The Church of St Mary and All Saints is situated half a mile from the village on top of a raised mound which may once have been the site of a pre Christian place of worship. (OS 186 998364) This church dates from around 1280 and apart from the addition of a 15th century belfry, has remained virtually unchanged ever since. The rough-hewn pews were built around 1300 by the inhabitants of the surrounding farms. Nearby is the location of a holy well whose water is reputed to be a cure for eye complaints and blindness.
An 8oz bottle of Slime tyre sealant AND a rear LED lamp with batteries included. These two items are valued at around £13.00.
QUESTION: Which CTC DA won the team section of DATC?
ANSWERS please on the back of a post card or envelope and send to,
The EditorCLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES - 1st June 1998.
West Surrey Cyclist
13 Heathcote Rd
Harrods, the famous department store is to sponsor a major cycle racing team. The team will be led by Chris Lillywhite (former Milk Race winner). The team will be named Harrods - Giant. Members will ride the Giant brand of cycles.
West Surrey DA won the team section of the District Association Tourist Competition. Congratulations and well done to all those who took part.
ROGER PHILO COMPLETED AN EPIC RIDE IN JUNE LAST YEAR.
He rode just over 1400km in approximately 113 hours.
The event started just outside Doncaster, the route taking him via Carlisle to Edinburgh, back to Doncaster then to Epping, back to Doncaster.
Over 100 other riders completed the event which started at 10am on a Saturday. Roger finished at approximately 3.30am on the Thursday.
"I had no mishaps of a mechanical nature, only of a biological nature," says Roger. He had some problem with his tendons aching throughout the ride.
STOP PRESS! Marshalls needed for various DA events. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Runs Secretary, Roger Philo or any member of the committee. Phone numbers on Page 2.
There will be a trophy in memory of Keith Parfitt, presented to the youngest rider under 16 years of age who completes the West Surrey 50 mile event in under 5 hours on a solo bicycle.
Please note, there will be an alternative start from Godalming this year on the 50 mile event, it will join the usual route at Wisborough Green.
RIDE CERTIFICATES: The committee is considering changing the design on ride certificates awarded after successfully finishing various club events. Anyone in the DA who has any ideas on new designs is welcome to present suggestions to the committee.
Harold Coleman sent in to the editor a leaflet that he came across which advertises a product called a Nod-Suppressor. He thinks it may be of some interest to long distance Audax riders. The wording in the leaflet is not of precise English and reads as follows:
Man resding in closed space too long as inside cars, air codition rooms and due to slow metabolic rate makes us tired easily. Especially for long drivers who are easy to fall into a short state of unconscious mind, this state of unconscious mind causes dangerous and untimely response leading to tragedy. This also may cost one's life, loss of property and family tragedy is really to pitiful. The NOD-SUPPRESSOR in very short time allows the flow of high voltage diectly to our senses through our ears, strongly increases blood circulation and make our senses alert. This is the most reliable and effective life insurance and life protector.
For office workers and hard working students, due to late nights or long hours of over stress, can also use the NOD-SUPPRESSOR which have immediate effect of awakening our senses.
* Now before anyone writes to the editor complaining about his lousy typing, he must insist that he has copied the above text exactly as it was written. *
The main merit of these trifles - indeed probably their only merit,
is that they have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with cycling!
The tiger is a jungly kind of beast,
Your well connected crocodile
The alligator is, I fear
In June I am cycling from Holyhead to St. Peter's Hospital in Chertsey
in aid of the Critical Care
If anyone would like to sponsor me, or make a donation, please contact me at the above address.
Marguerite Statham (01483 763289)
The St. Peter's General Trust Fund
Firstly, apologies re note paper, the lady has gone off with our writing paper.
As an old motorist and young cyclist I can speak about traffic as we know it today. I am concerned about group riding along curvy country lanes, we really must space out; ie - 3 or 4 single file - leaving space for 2 cars.
This will mean organisation by leader of the day. This will mean others who know the route to be nominated and an end-of-line back up man, especially for the wobbly rides.
It is all a matter of general awareness by everyone in the face of today's traffic congestion - isn't it?
Free Tube for you, Harry - ED
4 nights half-board at the Sommerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, 12 miles South of Dublin.
Sailing from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire on High Speed Sea Cat.
Days 2 and 3 see the Tour in Dublin or go shopping or possible coach tour.
Day 4 see the Tour in Cork or go shopping.
The choice is yours - bikes not essential.
Cost: £ 262 per person sharing double room - single room supplement £ 40. Deposit £ 50.
Contact Martin Winter, 10 Wilcot Gardens, Bisley, GU24 9DH Tel: 01483 476498
Until the late 1970's there were no international standards for tyre and rim sizings. Things began to change with the formation of the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisations (ETRTO) which tackled the problem and came up with the two digit, dash, three digit size marking.
The common racing or sports bike tyre with ETRTO size 25 - 622 will often also be marked 700 x 25c or 28 x 1 x 1 3/4. This tyre will only properly fit a rim of 622mm bead diameter not a rim of 28 inches or 700mm. The critical factor as far as the tyre fitting the rim is concerned is the bead seat diameter (in this case 622mm). Of course you must also be aware of the tyre height (in this case 25mm) for frame clearance reasons.
The familiar inch by inch marking still appears on most tyres, this sizing is nominal but most people still state it when asking for a tyre at the bike shop and on the most common sizes there are usually no problems.
Having said that, there are some nasty tyres out there that although they claim a particular ETRTO size, they are not accurate and so some tyres are harder to fit then others. Some cheap nasty tyres almost fall off the rim when inflated and so much care has to be taken to centralise them whilst inflating bit by bit.
The same can be said of some rims. This is why some tyres fit some rims better than others.
So there you are, now you are probably more confused than ever!
Hang cycles up or turn upside down if storing for long periods to prevent misshaping of the tyres.
Regularly inspect tyres for cuts and wear. Premature wear can be avoided by following manufacturer inflation guidelines. Inflate too low and ride quality is affected. It can lead to sidewall damage. Over inflation gives a narrower contact patch with the road resulting in accelerated wear and reduced grip.
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