Thursday 29th March Monthly Meeting: Local council elections

We have invited representatives of all local political parties to come to our meeting to talk about what they would do for cycling in Barnet. At the time of going to press, we have had a replies from the Green Party and the Labour Party and they will send representatives to the meeting to outline their policies and to take your questions.

Meet: 8pm Carey Hall, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley N12

Sunday 18th March: Zeppelin Ride

Charles and Talia take you to places connected with the downing of the German airships SL11 and L31 in 1916, at Cuffley and Potters Bar respectively. Lunch at The Chequers in Potters Bar and tea stop at The White Hart at South Mimms. To give you a feel for the rigours of high altitude flight, Talia will be leading a special “high altitude” ride to Essendon to look at the memorial on the church there. Charles will lead wimps and softies on an easier “low altitude” route.

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12

or        10.45am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road

entrance, by the bandstand

For further info, contact Charles Harvey charles.harvey@hotmail.co.uk

020 8455 5174

 

Sunday 4th March TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go

Nothing planned in advance: turn up early if you want a coffee and to talk about where to go. Group should (!) be ready to leave at 10am.

As of Saturday afternoon the temperature is rising (a bit) and Sunday should be a few degrees above freezing. So if anyone wishes to venture out……do take care on roads that will still have snow and slush around. Remember you are responsible for your own safety and making sensible decisions about where to go.  Looking forward to warming days very soon!

Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12

Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.

SUNDAY 18th February – Any sign of Spring?

We will go in search of early signs of spring around the lanes of south Herts. Lunch will be at the Black Horse in South Mimms. Weather permitting, there will be stop for tea in the afternoon

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12      or        10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand

Ride leader: Talia Ross

Ride: Sunday 21st January

Winter Wander

The plan is to head to Hatfield for lunch (Wetherspoons – Harpsfield Hall) – weather permitting. Wrap up and head out on your bike for a few hours. Please bring reflective gear and lights and a spare inner tube for your bike.

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12

or        10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road

entrance, by the bandstand

Ride leader: Malcolm Nightingale 0208 449 3253

Ride: Sunday 7th January

TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go

First ride of the New Year – start it off on the right pedal and work off the mince pies.

Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12

Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.

 

SATURDAY 23rd December – CENTRAL LONDON CTC RIDE

Not an official LCC ride, but Charles Harvey has invited any Barnet Cyclists to join him:

Beer and Bunyan.  Ride to visit Farr Brew, a new brewery near Wheathampstead. Short tour of the brewery and a pint (either to drink on the spot or take away in a bottle) for £5. Lunch at the nearby John Bunyan pub situated near the remains of a cottage associated with John Bunyan. If time and the light permits, a tea stop en route back to St Albans. Meet St Albans City railway station at 10am.

Ride leader: Charles Harvey 07961 194771

 

January 2018 Meeting

Thursday 25th January: I remember 2017……. your best rides and holidays

We will start the first meeting of 2018 by looking back to where we went in 2017! A small number of members have been press-ganged volunteered to tell us about their best cycling trips of 2017 to give us ideas of where to go in the new year. Come along to hear all about it – or even chip in with your own experiences. All welcome.

Meet: 8pm Carey Hall, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley N12

 

BARNET CYCLISTS’ BEST BIKE BOOKS As compiled at the November 2017 meeting

ANWB Netherlands Cycling Atlas ISBN: 9789018040420  All of the Netherlands’ cycle routes in one spiral bound volume.

Cycling in Amsterdam and the Netherlands Eric van der Horst  The Very Best Routes in the Cyclist’s Paradise

Touring Bikes Tony Oliver ISBN: 978-1852233396  Unusual to get a book that concentrates just on touring bikes

The Rider Tim Krabbé  “Nothing better is ever likely to be written on the subjective experience of cycle-racing.”

It’s All About the Bike Robert Penn  The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels – the search for the dream bike.

Tour de France – Legendary Climbs Richard Abraham ISBN: 978-1780977904  Coffee table book with inspiring pictures

The Man Who Cycled the World Mark Beaumont ISBN: 978-0552158442  From free-spirited childhood to breaking free and following his dreams.

Put Me Back On My Bike – In Search of Tom Simpson William Fotheringham A Yellow Jersey Cycling Classic – available on Kindle

France en Velo: The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Mediterranean – St. Malo to Nice   Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh

Land’s End to John O’Groats – The Great British Adventure Phil Horsley ISBN-13: 978-1904207269   Spiral bound guide

Nicholson’s Guide to the Grand Union Canal  Until a decent cycle guide to canal towpaths is available this will do the job 

Life Cycle – Around the World in 80 Years Clive Williamson  The author has a lifetime of cycling around the world.

The Man Who Loved Bicycles Daniel Behrman ISBN-13: 978-0061203503  The memoirs of an autophobe.

Effective Cycling John Forester   ISBN-13: 978-0262516945  An updated edition of a classic handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig ISBN: 978-0099786405   OK, not ‘proper’ cycling book but it does have two wheels

Jupiter’s Travels Ted Simon  Again motorbikes – four years around the world on a Triumph

Frank Patterson any of his collections of line drawings

Coppi: Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo (Rouler)  Herbie Sykes  ISBN: 978-1408181669   A picture book

England’s Thousand Best Churches Simon Jenkins ISBN: 978-0713992816  For inspiration on where to visit on your bike rides

You might need to hunt around for some of these titles. Current ISBNs given where known. Search on Amazon for second hand and Kindle editions.

Ride: Sunday 10th December

THE ‘deck the bikes – with boughs of holly – or with anything you like’ RIDE

A ride round the lanes of south Herts, with a stop for coffee along the way at the Dutch Nursery, before heading off to our Christmas Lunch. (2.30pm at Alexander’s, Russell Lane for those that have booked in advance. Last day to book is 30 Nov.). As it is the season to be jolly, decorate your bike and/or yourself in tinsel, lights and baubles. Stupendous prizes!

All welcome on the ride even if you aren’t coming to the lunch.

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12

or      10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road

entrance, by the bandstand