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    Thanks Hippy.

    Of course, question 'b' wasn't addressed to you, but I'm glad you give it a good report. I think it's likely you will be a member in the future. I assume you're too busy to go to lunches at the moment.

    Up to now out of 277 views of this thread only five of you seem to have any knowledge of the club and I feel forum users should know more. It does have some significance in the world of cycling.

    There are a couple of things I need to check on, but I'll post in more detail soon.

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    I like the patina!

    The paintwork looks original. A respray would take decades to achieve the same result.

    Are those wood rims? Does the Osgear work reasonably well or does the chain tend to come off the chainring at the front?

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    Glenn Longland

    Time triallists are often very focused on their own area of interest, so it's possible that many of you never look at the General forum. I have just posted a new thread there which refers to Glenn who, although he did other things, is principally known as a TTer.

    Have a look at it - I would value your comments.

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    This is a story which goes back to a time before even I was born or thought of, but it's something that I think will be of interest:


    I'd like to hear from you:

    a. Had you heard of The Golden Book?

    b. Had you heard of The Pedal Club, and do you have any opinion about it?

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    As promised, even though it's late:


    I had to think for some time where to post this. I had said I'd post here, but it's not really the right place, particularly because Ron actually spent many more years with the Hounslow, and his contribution as an official was greater with the HDW.

    Since the forum does, up to a point, resemble a newspaper, perhaps it should have an obituary thread. I did do a search and found a heading, but I did not feel that the posts there were a great start for this enterprise.

    When we lost two leading members (50 x 14 and Big Daddy Wayne) there were many posts expressing sadness at their departure. Would it, I wonder, be appropriate to gather those posts together as the basis of an obituary thread?

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    I never answer questionaires like this because I don't like having my opinions distorted into statistics.

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    Kent 12

    I've just received an email from the organiser, Esther Carpenter, to inform me that the date has been changed and it will now be run on 25th June.

    I'm posting not just to tell you about the change, but also to say I'm shocked that no new organiser has been found.

    Esther has done a tremendous amount of excellent work for cycling over many decades but she told me, at least a couple of years ago, that she would like to retire from promoting this event.
    I'm sure she is still perfectly capable of running the Twelve, and I certainly would not say that anyone should be prevented from taking on work they want to do in the sport because of their age, but this seems to be typical of the state of time trialling at the moment.

    There is far too much reliance on people of my generation (and much older) to organise. If we carry on until we drop there will be an existential crisis. You may have noticed that the West London Cycling Association folded up at the end of 2016 - it had existed since 1907. The man who had probably done most to keep it going was Jim Burgin, another worthy stalwart of the TT game, but Jim is in his mid eighties! There has to be a limit for everyone somewhere, and it will be next to impossible to replace all the old people quickly, when they go, by new organisers with no experience.

    I'll end on a happier note - The Hounslow has new promoters for our two open time trials, both quite a bit under fifty.

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    Here's a link to the video of Rob Gilmour's successful new 65-69 UCI hour 'Best Performance'


    A report will follow soon.

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    When I responded earlier I had failed to notice that the question here is not so much about riding for 24 hours, but about riding from Plymouth to London.

    This is a different question because the wind direction would be critical. Since the prevailing wind is South West, you could well be lucky. However, if you had to commit to a particular day and hit a North Easterly, you would have a very hard time.

    A friend and former West Twickenham RC clubmate actually did this ride (well, to his parents' house in Hounslow) in 1978 - on fixed. He was not riding for charity - he just had no money for the fare.
    Being an experienced bloke, he waited for a howling SW wind and did the journey in under 13 hours. I should add that my friend was a natural athlete who had recently won an open 25, but even so he did admit to being 'a bit tired' by the time he knocked on the parental front door.