All posts by Richard White

November 2017

From the editor

Christmas is on the way, are we all excited? Yes, no, what does it mean to you?

Well for me, another jumper, pair of socks, a meal with friends, perhaps even the occasional surprise. Mostly because I am in my 6th decade, it’s memories of years gone by, as a child receiving a transistor radio, a bicycle, waking at some ungodly hour much to the chagrin of my parents who had probably just managed to get to bed, along with my sisters demolishing the pile of gifts under the tree and creating chaos in the living room, paper and boxes all over the place, scoffing an inordinate amount of chocolate. Later it was shopping in towns crowded with other shoppers all looking for that special present for a friend or family member, that special something which often ended up being a jumper or socks. Too much to drink and eat getting up late and hoping that no one showed up until after midday. So as I said, for me, it’s mostly a day to reflect.

There is of course another side to Christmas, the religious one, the one that brought about the holiday festivities. Like the shops the Church has a bumper time, as some people will get all religious and go to church, possibly for the only time in the year. Like me I suspect that most of the population are lapsed Christians, brought up as Christians but have never practised the faith, possibly even not sure of it. Just as an aside, did you know a third of the world population is apparently Christian, followed by 22% followers of Islam, 15% Hindus and the remaining religions make up the remaining 30% of the population.

This part of the year also means I spend a lot of time cleaning my bike, now if you have a way to do this that is quick and effective, other than not using it, I’d love to have your solutions.

Coming events

Christmas Dinner

This is on the 15th December please ensure that you let Sandra know that you are attending along with your menu choices by the 1st December, a menu can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Toy Run

The toy run is on the 17th December it includes as in previous years a collection for the Boston women’s refuge. There will be as always breakfast at the Hammer and Pincers before a run through the town stopping at the Market place ending at the Pilgrim Hospital.

Presents for the children should be labelled with age and boy or girl if appropriate. We need to have some idea of numbers for the breakfast, so if you are intent on breakfast let Sandra or Paul or myself know.

AGM

Although it is early to be thinking of it the AGM is not really that far away, perhaps it is time that you stood for the committee, maybe you have some questions for the club that you would like answered, items for the agenda even, let one of the committee know.

Wednesday Rides

It was suggested at the recent committee meeting that there may be interest in weekday rides out, Wednesdays were suggested, so further this if you are at a loose end on a Wednesday show up at the Hammer and Pincers at 11:00 you may find someone else there where upon you can choose where to go or not as the case may be. Over to you.

Red Lion

This run was a quick fix job as the leader was unable to attend so yours truly led a group of four on a route that encompassed some of my favourite roads including the Deer park and the Blue Stone Heath road finishing up at the Spilsby Red Lion, the usual suspects let rip on the Deer Park, the evening ending with the obligatory beer.

Fatty Arbuckles

An excellent run into Norfolk led by Paul to the Arbuckles at Deerham where the food was sampled and found to be well worth the trip, for those that did not make this trip I can recommend it for next year.

Marrowbone and Cleaver

It is time for me to grovel, contrary to the last newsletter, Dave T did provide me wth a report on this run, my sloppy management of my e-mail meant that I missed it. My apologies Dave.

The run to the Marrowbone and Cleaver at Kirmington was very popular, the weather was so good even Al Thompson ventured out!
12 bikes left the Hammer and Pincers (or was it 13), and at least 2 had pillion riders.
A steady ride to Revesby via Langrick Bridge and Frithville ensued with the group keeping together, followed by a blast through the deer park. The deer park was incident free although some riders complained of a near miss with unknown bikers coming the other way using all the road. Personally I have no objection to using all the road but only if you can see far enough ahead to be sure you’re not endangering yourself or anyone else.
The group re-assembled in the big lay-by just before Horncastle and trundled through the town up to Caistor High Street, one of my favourites (in a long list, we are very lucky living in Lincs, the number of good riding roads is far higher than in other parts of the country).
Going straight across the by-pass when reaching Caistor we continued on the A1173 for a short distance before two slight lefts put us on the bumpy back road passed the edge of Humberside Airport, and on to the pub.
Inside the pub is a very nice example of a BSA Rocket 3, own and raced by Guy Martin’s father.
The ride back was brisk although the group was somewhat smaller as many people made their own way home.
Roll on the next one.

August 2017

From the editor

I have concluded that I read some strange stuff, whilst looking on the internet I came across a report by the Department for Transport on accident figures for the period 1995 to 2015. of interest was the figures for motorcycle deaths and injuries.
In 2015, car occupants accounted for 44 per cent of road deaths, pedestrians 24 per cent, motorcyclists 21 per cent and pedal cyclists 6 per cent. So it appears that you are safer on your bike than walking, that came as a surprise to me. With regard to motorcycles, 44% of casualties occurred in London and the South East (a good reason to stay away from that area). Since 2011 the figures for motorcycle casualties has been reasonably static along with miles travelled. The previous years saw a dramatic reduction in the numbers. Of late, one group of motorcyclists are singled out for particular attention, the over 60s. The 377 seriously injured 60+ motorcyclists in 2015 is the highest since 1984. This figure is put down to the aging population. That’s me, and some of you. If we look at the European countries we are at the top of the table with Malta Norway and Sweeden for low numbers of deaths on the roads. But the statistic that stood out for me was a bit left field, the accident rate mirrors the UK Gross Domestic Product, so as we become more affluent we have more accidents (should that be more of us cover more miles and so are likely to have more accidents) how weird is that.

Coming events

Club Barbecue

This is on the 3rd of October, this will probably be the last chance you have to come to a barbecue this year, with a little luck you wont need a brolly.

Christmas Dinner

This is on the 15th December please ensure that you let Sandra know that you are attending

Toy Run

The toy run is on the 17th December it includes as in previous years a collection for the Boston women’s refuge. There will be as always breakfast at the Hammer and Pincers before a run through the town stopping at the Market place ending at the Pilgrim Hospital.
Presents for the children should be labelled with age and boy or girl if appropriate.

AGM

Although it is early to be thinking of it the AGM is not really that far away, perhaps it is time that you stood for the committee, maybe you have some questions for the club that you would like answered, items for the agenda even, let one of the committee know.

Wednesday Rides

It was suggested at the recent committee meeting that there may be interest in weekday rides out, Wednesdays were suggested, so further this if you are at a loose end on a Wednesday show up at the Hammer and Pincers at 11:00 you may find someone else there where upon you can choose where to go or not as the case may be. Over to you.

National Rally

The check point was manned by the usual stalwarts, the stand was set up at around 11 of the clock, then it was a matter of waiting for the first of the competitors. This year, much to the disgust of a few of us the check point closed at 4:45, this meant that the traditional breakfast was not available after we had packed up. Still, never mind we clcked a fair few bikes through the check point and I got an early ride to the seaside, and had a McDonalds breakfast, heaven forbid!

A note received from the Chief Marshall of the National Road Rally.

Hello All Controls Staff,

Once again another National Road Rally is over and again it was a great success due in no small measure to all the Controls staff who gave up their time and energy to run the 62 Controls scattered all over the country.
There are hundreds of people out there involved in running Controls in the Rally all of whom have our thanks and the competitors thanks also. Without all of your commitment there would not be a Rally in its present form.
It may not be known to you but some members of our committee also run Controls whilst the rest of us take part in other ways.
If you have any ideas of ways to improve the Rally, or if you think of items you may like as a Control, please let me know and I will bring these up at a committee meeting.
You will obviously have realised that the number of riders taking part has fallen dramatically in recent years; why this has occurred we do not know. Publicity is one of the main keys to promote anything but sometimes the cost of this is prohibitive even although no one involved, you and us, gets paid anything. If there is any way you can promote the Rally or you can think of anything which can help in this direction, again, let me know.
We are looking at ways to reduce the time you spend unnecessarily at the Controls and this year it was very noticeable that many of you had few riders through after 10pm. We hope to reduce the time spent after 10pm for these Controls and next year there may be some changes.
Thank you all very much for your commitment, not only for this year but for every other year in the past. The fact that so many of you continue to support the Rally makes those of us in the committee only too willing to keep it going.
We will be in touch with you all again in the new year.
All the best,
Wally Bradshaw
Chief Marshal

Bike Night

Bike Night for me started before 9:00 getting the van sorted to go and fetch the barriers, cones and road signs that are part of the requirements for the traffic management of the event and from that point on it was non stop until 01:00 the next day, oh, apart from a break for a bit of lunch/breakfast. From lunch onwards it was non stop action. The event got into it’s swing at about 16:30 and until 23:00 we saw if the papers are to be believed between 80 and 10 thousand visitors, a lot on bikes, trikes and scooters. The bandstand was quite impressive and we needed the overspill parking in the central park, we managed to fill about one third of it. Our major sponsor, Smart Move pronounced himself as will pleased with his investment. The classic bike show was a success, with a number of trophys given to the best or interesting bikes, shame that the one I would have happily taken home not winning one. Overall an excellent event.

The Wolds Bender

Lots of bends and then some more, PaulT led us on one of his usual twisty routes around the Lincolnshire Wolds including the infamous Dear Park from both directions once at the beginning and once at the end of the run as always this part of the route is a devil take the hind most section with us regrouping at either end. Included were the Bucknall bends the Bardney bends and the Caister High street amongst the many. I am assured that there are 87 bends on the route, but it felt more like 187. A great ride.

Twelve counties

A run around 12 counties led by DaveT taking in , well, 12 counties. I started this run with a copy of the route in my sat nav, but it soon became clear that my sat nav had a different view on how to get places than Dave’s sat nav, so if you are a sat nav expert and know how to get differing sat navs to have the same route shout out. As I had little clue where we were I can only say that we loads of pretty little villages and along many roads that if I can find again I shall revisit. Two places that that stuck in mind were Market Bosworth and our first stop at a transport cafe somewhere past Newark where a most camp gent was serving the food, and good it was.

Jacks Hill Cafe run

This Sunday ride was attended by eight Bikes and ten people. The run was led by PaulT who in previous years led us to the nearby SuperSausage, this year a change to Jacks Hill cafe was made. Those of us who have done the previous runs to the Super Sausage will have recognised some of the roads, but to ensure that we didn’t get complacent a few new roads were thrown into the mix. It seems that Northamptonshire has some very pretty villages, they look expensive too. The Breakfast at Jacks Hill cafe was worth the ride as was the milk shake on the way back.

The Massingberd Arms

A miserable looking afternoon gave way to a not bad evening, even so only two adventurous souls turned out for this run, the ride leader KevC and myself, the ride took in some interesting roads some of which I haven’t been able to find since. An excellent route Thanks Kev.