Everday cycling hall of fame

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Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby cotswolds » 1 Nov 2018, 8:50am

Piece in the Guardian by Carlton Reid on who should be in a hall of fame for everyday cycling. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2018/nov/01/who-belongs-in-the-everyday-cycling-hall-of-fame

Top of the list for me would be Chris Boardman who I think has done most to contribute to a balanced debate.

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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby pwa » 1 Nov 2018, 9:35am

http://www.willesdencyclingclub.co.uk/a ... ack-eason/

For me the late Jack Eason was a great inspiration, encountered on many Audax rides. When I saw him he was in his mid seventies and still knocking out the occasional Bryan Chapman 600km with a smile on his face, in his Dunlop tennis shoes. A character.

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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby Si » 1 Nov 2018, 1:48pm

Very difficult. Id like to go for someone who demonstrates that the average person can get around by bike without super human fitness or loads of expensive kit, and make cycling part of the average day. Problem is that no one is famous for doing such a thing, even though every utility cyclist in the country ought to be considerd a hero considering what many have to put up with and the good thst they do by leaving the car at home.

The people i would put forward for the award would be those who are known locally but not nationaly.

Of those known nationally boris doesnt cut it as he carries too much negative baggage. Chris boardman can be included as an anvocate but is he a role model? Josie dew maybe - but her touring exploits make her seem more of an endurance athlete or explorer than an average pob.

I guess the question is.....if you didnt come from a cycling family/culture, who was it that inspired you to ditch the car and use the bike instead? In my case it was a whole raft of people all adding a smidge of influence to a massive whole.

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Postby TrevA » 1 Nov 2018, 3:52pm

Josie Dew's more recent exploits involve transporting her 3 kids around by bike - Including a holiday to the Isle of Wight that involved a Circe Tandem ( or was it a triplet) and a trailer. A great example to everyone that it's not necessary to have a car to live everyday life with a family. She would get my vote.

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Postby mjr » 1 Nov 2018, 4:06pm

Si wrote:I guess the question is.....if you didnt come from a cycling family/culture, who was it that inspired you to ditch the car and use the bike instead? In my case it was a whole raft of people all adding a smidge of influence to a massive whole.

Even if you did come from a cycling family, maybe it's worth considering who stopped you sleepwalking into the driving seat once you left home?
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby MikeF » 1 Nov 2018, 6:21pm

mjr wrote:
Si wrote:I guess the question is.....if you didnt come from a cycling family/culture, who was it that inspired you to ditch the car and use the bike instead? In my case it was a whole raft of people all adding a smidge of influence to a massive whole.

Even if you did come from a cycling family, maybe it's worth considering who stopped you sleepwalking into the driving seat once you left home?

I'm not sure it's that "black and white". Most cyclists have a driving licence.
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby mjr » 1 Nov 2018, 6:29pm

MikeF wrote:
mjr wrote:
Si wrote:I guess the question is.....if you didnt come from a cycling family/culture, who was it that inspired you to ditch the car and use the bike instead? In my case it was a whole raft of people all adding a smidge of influence to a massive whole.

Even if you did come from a cycling family, maybe it's worth considering who stopped you sleepwalking into the driving seat once you left home?

I'm not sure it's that "black and white". Most cyclists have a driving licence.

Sure, but they don't all use it every day.
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby landsurfer » 1 Nov 2018, 6:33pm

I'm not sure it's that "black and white". Most cyclists have a driving licence,
Sure, but they don't all use it every day.


Well actually, they do ... reality is harsh ...
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby mjr » 1 Nov 2018, 6:47pm

landsurfer wrote:
I'm not sure it's that "black and white". Most cyclists have a driving licence,
Sure, but they don't all use it every day.


Well actually, they do ... reality is harsh ...

That can be shown to be incorrect by showing any cyclist with a driving licence who doesn't drive every day. Hello! :lol:
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby thelawnet » 2 Nov 2018, 10:48am

TrevA wrote:Josie Dew's more recent exploits involve transporting her 3 kids around by bike - Including a holiday to the Isle of Wight that involved a Circe Tandem ( or was it a triplet) and a trailer. A great example to everyone that it's not necessary to have a car to live everyday life with a family. She would get my vote.


She has a car (ok a campervan) though. I'm not sure that her expensive triplet, panniers, trailers, and other equipment is going to convince anyone of that.

I am in Indonesia where everyday family life involves a moped which can fit (somehow) up to 4 people on it. This is far more practical than any non-motorised alternative, to be realistic.

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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby PH » 3 Nov 2018, 1:01am

David Byrne would be my nomination, he always seems to make his cycling sound such fun, something that isn't always promoted as much as it could be.

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Postby landsurfer » 3 Nov 2018, 11:22am

PH wrote:David Byrne would be my nomination, he always seems to make his cycling sound such fun, something that isn't always promoted as much as it could be.


One assumes you are not referring to the chap from Talking Heads ..?
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby pjclinch » 3 Nov 2018, 11:45am

landsurfer wrote:
PH wrote:David Byrne would be my nomination, he always seems to make his cycling sound such fun, something that isn't always promoted as much as it could be.


One assumes you are not referring to the chap from Talking Heads ..?


On the contrary... https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/13/david-byrne-cycling-blog
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby landsurfer » 3 Nov 2018, 12:34pm

pjclinch wrote:
landsurfer wrote:
PH wrote:David Byrne would be my nomination, he always seems to make his cycling sound such fun, something that isn't always promoted as much as it could be.


One assumes you are not referring to the chap from Talking Heads ..?


On the contrary... https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/13/david-byrne-cycling-blog


Top Chap .... Shall read his stuff ...
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Re: Everday cycling hall of fame

Postby al_yrpal » 3 Nov 2018, 1:24pm

Riaan Manser - read his book "Around Africa on my Bicycle"

Unknown in Britain but undoubtably one of the worlds greatest cyclists.

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