The old days.

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The old days.

Postby francovendee » 21 Aug 2020, 2:12pm

Crossing the channel in the 50's seemed such hard work. It must have taken all day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqi4cIv1m4

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Re: The old days.

Postby Tim Holman » 21 Aug 2020, 3:58pm

Fantastic! Thanks a lot.

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Re: The old days.

Postby mercalia » 21 Aug 2020, 4:00pm

I wonder how many bikes they dropped in the drink? or bits fell off. I dont think I would trust my bike to that sort of treatment these days - just get slung on and off?

They didnt seem to be taking much baggage, so just doing credit-card touring or the equivalent to that?

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Re: The old days.

Postby francovendee » 21 Aug 2020, 7:12pm

mercalia wrote:I wonder how many bikes they dropped in the drink? or bits fell off. I dont think I would trust my bike to that sort of treatment these days - just get slung on and off?

They didn't seem to be taking much baggage, so just doing credit-card touring or the equivalent to that?

They didn't seem to have enough gear to be camping, I'd guess it was hosteling or hotels.
I think if I was travelling this way I'd be worried about the bike getting damaged. Maybe bikes were more rugged back then but I don't seem to remember that. Plastic mudguards were very flimsy, I've broken a few sets in the past.

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Re: The old days.

Postby Sweep » 22 Aug 2020, 6:13am

interesting, thanks.
from what i gather, over half a century later, east coast rail has managed to take that bike rack and make it worse.
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Re: The old days.

Postby Oldjohnw » 22 Aug 2020, 7:20am

Loved this film and the others it took me to. Just on the periphery of my childhood. An old fashioned club with a secretary, too.
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Re: The old days.

Postby roberts8 » 22 Aug 2020, 11:00am

Great film. I remember cars being lifted on in the same way.
Just a fleeting thought that it would be great if there was a club that passionately sought to improve travel over land,sea and air to promote cycle touring on behalf of its members. If you hear of one please post here.

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Postby ambodach » 22 Aug 2020, 12:45pm

In the early 1960's we travelled by cargo boat from Leith to Antwerp. The boat carried 12 passengers and several cars were carried as well as our bikes. Everything was hoisted on board by sling but we took the luggage off our bikes first.I was very nervous of my precious Flying Scot but there was no damage. We also on that occasion did our return journey that way.
Sadly that service stopped soon after.

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Re: The old days.

Postby Antbrewer » 22 Aug 2020, 8:11pm

Thanks to Francovendee for that link to the old film.
In 1959 my father took myself, my twin both 11 yrs old and my sister 15 to Austria. Victoria to Calais and then on to Salzburg via Munich. The excitement of just being in a foreign country at the time in the 50s and at that young age was tremendous. And then the wonder of touring over the alps including some big ones with the Grossglockner being the pinnacle. Staying at farms and zimmer frei along the way.
The beginning of my love of the mountains and being on a bike.
Exploring more old clips now.
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Re: The old days.

Postby Oldjohnw » 22 Aug 2020, 9:45pm

Tough characters in those days. My cousin was in this - I was too young.

https://youtu.be/6DNUIxubdGg
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Re: The old days.

Postby rualexander » 22 Aug 2020, 9:47pm

In 2005 the ferry in Orkney from Papa Westray to Kirkwall was still loading cars by sling, and our bikes went into the small blue container before being slung aboard.
I would assume they are still doing it that way.

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Re: The old days.

Postby francovendee » 23 Aug 2020, 11:20am

Oldjohnw wrote:Tough characters in those days. My cousin was in this - I was too young.

https://youtu.be/6DNUIxubdGg

I've watched this and they did seem a tough bunch. Quite a range of bikes too, not all the latest models I'd guess.

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Re: The old days.

Postby Oldjohnw » 23 Aug 2020, 11:30am

francovendee wrote:
Oldjohnw wrote:Tough characters in those days. My cousin was in this - I was too young.

https://youtu.be/6DNUIxubdGg

I've watched this and they did seem a tough bunch. Quite a range of bikes too, not all the latest models I'd guess.


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Re: The old days.

Postby mercalia » 23 Aug 2020, 2:13pm

Oldjohnw wrote:Tough characters in those days. My cousin was in this - I was too young.

https://youtu.be/6DNUIxubdGg


many are young. The things I could do then..... :D

most needed some more gears?

I likd the old cars. Was not that long ago?

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Re: The old days.

Postby al_yrpal » 23 Aug 2020, 2:31pm

Great bit of nostalgia. Brought back memories of school trips, Switzerland in 1956 and Austria in 1959. Eating all the unwanted breakfast sausages on the boat which was getting chucked around like a cork. We stayed in Jungendherberge and travelled around.
Thanks Franco...charming..

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