The Bugle | Blast 352

Friday 14th September 2018



“She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.” - Frances E. Willard


You can't keep an old man down. How many times has John T knocked at death's door?And they wouldn't let him in!

Back to basics - just like last time. Starting with four wheels, now three it's a challenge he is obviously relishing. Thank you Wheels for Wellbeing:

He has also been seen out on the Thursday Rides - well the Thursday Ride Stop anyway.


Another splendid John E restoration had its first outing on Tuesday. John writes:

it is a 1961 Holdsworth Monsoon Reynolds 531 tubing, made in Oakfield Road, Anerley. Most of the components range from the late 1950's to mid 1980's apart from from chainset 2017 and rear derailleur 1990's.

First photo,  cold setting rear dropouts from 115mm to 130mm so to get 6/7/8 speed freewheel or cassette. Next after I resprayed frame!


CYCLING MYTH 3: Pump your tyres up as hard as possible

Back in the day, setting your tyres up was simple; you wanted the narrowest tyre you could find and then pump it up as hard as possible. The conventional wisdom being that this would decrease rolling resistance.

However, unless the surface is incredibly smooth, e.g. a Velodrome, you’re far better running wider tyres at a lower pressure – something like a 25 or 28c at 95psi is a great place to start. Wider tyres help soak up some of the imperfections in a road’s surface, thus lowering the rolling resistance. They’re also way more comfortable and more resistant to pinch punctures due to the larger air volume.

CYCLE MYTH 4: Always use big gears to build leg strength

Whilst there is some truth in using larger gears to help build leg strength, it’s a training method that’s best used sparingly.

Unless you’re a track sprinter, cycling is predominately an aerobic sport, so the leg strength needed is relatively small. What’s more, loads of big gear training puts lots of unnecessary torque through your knees, which can lead to an injury. So if you are planning to do some big gear work on the bike, build up slowly and use it sparingly.

This week's myths come from:



Saturday 1st September: Roger & Karen do Lonesome by hook or by crook:

Saturday 8th September: Awayday by train to Guildford and off-road to Shoreham-by-sea with slideshow:

Sunday 9th September: The Jeremy Memorial Ride to Chiddingstone meets the ladies:

Tuesday 11th September: A long way to Painshill, George gets clipped and Frank blows a tube:


Saturday 15th September: 10.00am Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: We're off to Shoreham (the other one) for tea at the air museum. Out via Hamsey Green, Botley Farm and the Pilgrims Way. Back via Knockholt, Clarke's lane, Marden Park. Pub stop the Wattenden Arms, Kenley. 45 miles

Sunday 16th September: NB EARLY START 08:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: Tom's 100 miler to Amberley and back [train optional]. If this lot can do it out a wet December day - this warm September Sunday should be a doddle:


Tuesday 18th September: 
09:30 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: Tom V fast to High Elms Country Park
10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: TomTom relaxed to High Elms Country Park

Thursday 20th September: 10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road:Mark H leads. [fast]




Westminster's War on the Cyclist. No, not another Chris Grayling story but the other Westminster - the City of Westminster which has a history of favouring four wheels over two.

This week they won a Judicial Review which put a spanner into the Mayor's CycleSuperhighway 11 plan. This west London route through several London Boroughs which would have seen the end of some terrible gyratories has been sent back to he drawing board.

Are we the victims of a political fight between a Tory Council and a Labour Mayor? They out to stop him pedestrianising Oxford Steet too. Perhaps the Guardian might not be totally unbiased:

TfL's plan:


Happy Cycling!