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Last Sunday saw yet another Taunton Tweed Cycle Chic ride.  This time we ventured from Vivary Park to North Curry, and numbered 19 riders.  The weather was positively continental and a marvellous time was had by all.  After meeting up we made our way through town, with Neil causing quite a stir on his 1882 Ordinary Bicycle (Penny Farthing).  The route took us along the canal and then down the beautiful back roads to North Curry.  We had a fine lunch and a few pints at The Bird In Hand and entertained ourselves with a selection of songs from the Saddlebag Songbook.  Thanks to all who came and made it such a great day.

I made a little film of the ride…

The soundtrack is ‘The Continental’ performed by the Lew Stone Band featuring Nat Gonella on vocals.  It was transferred from 78rpm record via my HMV163 Gramophone and a studio condenser mic.

Here are a few more photos of the day…


Thanks to Tom for some of the photos




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I haven’t blogged for some time but it’s time to get things moving again.  So before I launch into rants about crap cycling in Taunton… a little fun. Last week the members of Taunton Tweed Cycle Chic took to the cycle paths and rode from Vivary Park to Maunsell Lock.  The weather was hot, hot, hot so we only managed Tweed through town, but with bells ringing and loud ‘Good Mornings’ we certainly got noticed. Thanks go to Brian from Bicycle Chain for leading us off. We stopped for lunch at the canal side cafe and strummed ukuleles using the new ‘Bicycle and Ukulele Saddlebag Song Book’ (Post a comment for a free copy!).  So here for you delectation are a few photographs of the day set to a toe tapping soundtrack from Django Reinhardt.

The ride was great fun, because of the superb weather and the great company but also because the majority of the ride was car free and on separate infrastucture.



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A couple of weeks ago friends Steve and Alison invited Jim and I for a little tweed run down at Vivary Park.  They have recently acquired vintage bikes and have began developing a website for Taunton Tweed Cycle Chic.  Here are a few quick snaps of a lovely afternoon.

The Bikes


The Bicycles in the bandstand  Raleigh, Triumph and Pashley.


Steve taking photos


Alison with cup of Tea



Nipper and Jim playing some ukuleles!

More about TTCC to follow…



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I ride a Pashley Roadster and Jim (Night Owls lead ukulele player) rides a Raleigh Roadster. We have both been cycling all our lives and use the bicycle as our primary mode of transport, but the roadsters are new bikes for us.

The Pashley is for me a return to my childhood days when I rode a 3 speed sit up and beg. I loved that bike, it transported me to school everyday and was my first taste of teenage freedom. After 20 years on my Dawes Galaxy touring bike I decided it was time to return to the simplicity and comfort of a traditional bike and so the Pashley has become my new number one.

So with two new bikes Jim and I decided it was time don our tweed jackets and head into town for a bit of posing… We had rather a jolly time and filmed our afternoons riding for blogging purposes. So here is the film complete with ukulele soundtrack.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Roadsters! – Bicycle and Ukulele from Nipper on Vimeo.

It is worth noting that in Taunton bike parking on the High Street comes complete with a ‘No Cycling’ sign…



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