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Friday 17th May 2019

Life & Death Edition




“Life’s Too Short Not To Go Big” – Josh Bender



John made his final ride Thursday to Croydon Crematorium and surely an unassailable position as the greatest Anerley rider of the modern era. 40 year old records go unchallenged. But as the euologies by Mark, John D and Tom V reminded us they were not his greatest legacy. It was the inspriration he gave to all that knew him and will be passed on to the next generation that will see his spirit living on.

A huge turnout with more Anerley shirts then we have ever seen in one place at the time was there to escort John to the committal service which had many touching moments including this favorite ditty of John's recited to take fellow cyclists minds off the pain of a hard climb:

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea 
   In a beautiful pea-green boat, 
They took some honey, and plenty of money, 
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note. 
The Owl looked up to the stars above, 
   And sang to a small guitar, 
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love, 
    What a beautiful Pussy you are, 
         You are, 
         You are! 
What a beautiful Pussy you are!" 

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl! 
   How charmingly sweet you sing! 
O let us be married! too long we have tarried: 
   But what shall we do for a ring?" 
They sailed away, for a year and a day, 
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows 
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood 
   With a ring at the end of his nose, 
             His nose, 
             His nose, 
   With a ring at the end of his nose. 

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling 
   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." 
So they took it away, and were married next day 
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill. 
They dined on mince, and slices of quince, 
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon; 
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, 
   They danced by the light of the moon, 
             The moon, 
             The moon, 
They danced by the light of the moon.

A delight in words, an infectious silliness. The one sadness voiced was we had lost the man who could diagnose and fix any cycling issue. YouTube videos don't really cut it.

His greatest record was Brighton'n'back. This Sunday as a homage we will be repeating it but at a rather more sedate rate. John - we miss you but we won't ever forget you!


The confused  Croydon policy of removing bike lanes to provide more town centre car parking has now been complemented by partnering with Lime to provide 200 e-bikes around the borough in a year long trial. These three were prominent on display outside the Town Hall last Sunday.

Lime, unlike most of the other dockless bike entrepeneurs, hails from the US and not China. They are, perhaps, most famous for starting a craze for Segway built e-scooters on the west coast which is pretty controversially cool.

But e-scooters are not street or pavement legal over here so we have these app/gps controlled bikes you pick up and dump anywhere.

A friend of mine who works to the Canal Trust tells me that those that end up in the waterways do cost a lot to retrieve. TfL pay the £200 recovery fee but the dockless guys don't - they claim its cheaper to replace with a new bike - leaving the community to pay for clearing up their mess.

So maybe if you are cycling because you want to protect the environment you should avoid these.and ask why Croydon didn't go for an extension of the more socially reponsible TfL Boris bikes. More:



Can you spot the difference in the two Mail headlines?

The first reinforces the British stereotype that we cyclists are pretty dangerous so this was an ideal scare story. Except the sub-editor didn't bother to read the story properly  - which rather reverses the issue.

I'm sure John T in his proof-reading days would have something to say on the matter ... More:

Thanks Tom V for that lead which neatly runs into his next suggested article on cycling stereotypes from the Grauniad ...



Cyclists can be a nuisance, running red lights, riding on the pavement ... but are they dangerous, and if not, is it a problem if they break the law?

Peter Wallker explores our fixation with cycling behaviour and whether it is distracting us from solving the real causes of death on our roads. Watch the video:



Sunday 12th May: Mark goes fast and high to Polesden Lacey, Ranmore Common and Leith Hill befor re-uniting with Des' Dudes in Merstham:

Tuesday 14th May: Three rides, two reports and a garden centre that moved:



Saturday 18th May: Meet at Shurguard 501 Brighton Rd 9.00am. (Not going via Coulsdon). Roger leads to Edenbridge, out via Warlingham, Pilgrims' Way, Four Elms and on to Minstrel's Cafe Edenbridge. Return via Dormansland, Lingfield, Crowhurst, Marden Park and up the Zig Zag to optional pub stop at The Wattenden Arms Kenley. Approx 47 miles 

Sunday 19th May: Meet Shurguard/501 Brighton Road at 09:00. Stuart wil be leading to Brighton via Tanhouse Farm. Lunch and ride or train back. NB We are NOT starting early and we won't be going fast.

Tuesday 21st May: 
09:30 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Leader required for ride to Greenwich [early]
10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. Tim S leads to Greenwich [steady]
10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road. (10:20 Coulsdon PO) [relaxed].
Des writes:  You may have read the Bugle write up about the Relaxed Group’s aborted Tuesday Ride to Stoke D’Abernon, two weeks back, due to the road closures around Walton on the Hill. We are going to try again on Tuesday, this time with Denise for company. Last Tuesday Denise was really flying, now she wants a longer ride to get her endurance back.

Thursday 23rd May: Meet Shurguard at 10:00 am. 
Destination: tba 



John & Meike travelled the world with just a Carradice for company and lived a life of memories. Life is more than work and death. This couple have gone more extreme. Sold their house and their stuff to ride with just a tent, cooking utensils and a few exssentials.

Who needs more for a fulfilling life? Enjoy the video and thanks to TomTom for sharing it:

Happy Cycling!