M-Gineering Tubes and Coffee II

Another year has passed, and here we are for the second time (first time here: http://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/test/) in Marten Gerritsen´s workshop for another dose of apple crumble, vegetable soup and bike talk.TAppleforkleg

Having driven up from Germany together with two friends and my son (who actually did the driving, and who is shortly to publish a video of Marten´s open day on youtube), I enjoyed the get-together greatly, talked a lot to the many participants, stroked the cat

TKatand had a good helping or two of Marten´s delicious apple crumble.

TfoodfullAs before, the atmosphere was friendly, and an always helpful Marten was confronted with a number of questions by his customers, or perhaps visitors. One had brought the sorry remains of a BSA parabike, which took the idea of the folding bike to new heights.

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This looks quite a normal parabike b/b, painted over, true.

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And a beautiful wing nut is securing the two halves of the frame. Here´s the rear dropout,

TBSAreardoand here´s the horror:TBSABreak

TBSAFolderMarten´s comment was that he would see what he could do. Brave man. Obviously some bad welding had damaged the braze joint decades ago.

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Not easy to ride with the cranks at this weird angle, and the shark fin teeth are witnesses for the hard life the bike must have had.

 

But of course there were much nicer bikes to be marvelled at. The BSA was a cheapo even when new (one bystander remarked that it was never meant to last, but to be shot at). This one, Marten´s show bike to be taken to trade fairs, is a completely different matter. Just look at the first rate fillets and the constructeur-like parts such as the rear dropouts.

TsilverdtransfTsilverfull  Tsilverseatcl TsilverS+Scouplers TsilverRohlcomm TsilverRofltwgrip Tsilverreardodet Tsilverreardo Tsilverrack  Tsilverftdo Tsilverforkcr TsilverFillet TsilverextTsilverVeloOsaddleThere was one frame, bilaminated for good measure, which had just been completed and could be contemplated before painting. This was a great opportunity to see what things in frame building should be like. If it were mine, I´d probably just have it clear coated with some durable, but transparent paint.

Tworksbarebb Tworksbareseatcl Tworksbarefillettophead TworksbarefilletlwrheadThen of course it was very nice to be able to delve into the secrets of a frame builder´s workshop, with all the small, but important bits and pieces spread before you.

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M-Gineering are the Dutch importers for SON products, so we were able to regard some unusual demonstration objects.

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By the time we had had a good look round the shop, some more specimens of Marten´s work had arrived outside.

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Neither were other marques absent, just one example:

TSalsabucketfull TSalsaforktransf TSalsadttransfAnd what would Tubes and Coffee be without some choice veteran bikes, serving as eye candy as much as objects of comparison, expertly explained by Marten. Take this Graftek for example, with its carbon fibre tubes bonded into stainless lugs. Rare lightweight equipment completes the bike.

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TGraftekbrake TGraftekseatl TGraftekrearder TGraftekpedal Tgraftekheadb TGraftekfrontend  TGraftekchainMarten isn´t forgetful about the Dutch cycle making history, either. Ko Zieleman was one of the more famous Dutch builders.

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The wrapover tips – accident or joke?

TZielReyn  TZielforkcrAnd this was what guided the way onto Marten´s yard:

TKopPedfull TKopPedheadbLastly, I just can´t resist to post a photo of the unusual village Marten lives in, and of the equally unusual vehicle one of the visitors arrived in.

TCanal TCXI just can´t wait for the next edition of Tubes and Coffee.

A Wonderful Mercian

Having been a Mercian owner myself for the best part of three decades (see http://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/at-the-beginning/), I couldn´t resist snapping this one when I met it and its owner at Marten´s place today.TMercdowntubetransf

Very nice framebuilding, well-thought out detail and equipment, it seems to be a very able touring bike. Its owner has already taken it over half of Europe. Here are some photos which don´t need much comment.

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Cycling in Münster

The other day I had the opportunity to visit Münster again, situated in Westphalia, north of Dortmund, and my old haunt from university days. Münster is known for its huge percentage of cycle related transport, according to different sources 35 or even 40 per cent of all trips are made by bike, making it one of Germany´s foremost cycling cities. Reasons for this are the absence of hills, and the town´s social structure with about one quarter of its inhabitants being university students.

Consequently you find parked bikes everywhere.

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There´s old wrecks, sadly left to rot although they might still be saved, like this fifties Adler with its stylized Bauhaus eagle,

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ubiquitous Dutch roadsters,

XMGazCornerwell-heeled moms´ bikes (Or maybe is she lucky enough to able to dispense with a car and to buy a decent bike instead?),

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as well as fantastic handmade luxury bikes.

 

XMRohlhubYou find them parked along the newly opened and very grand Landesmuseum which houses artefacts from several centuries,

XMLandesmus2 XMLandesmusand on former car parking spaces.

XMParkBikeNeither is Münster´s heart, Prinzipalmarkt with its Lambertikirche, exempt.

XMLambertiBefore you rush to Münster expecting to wallow up to your hips in Renaissance buildings: All the town houses you see have been built in the fifties, to look similar to their predecessors destroyed in WWII, but to be much more habitable inside.

The bikes that happen not to be parked, frequently use the

XMPromSchild which is a combined foot- and cyclepath rounding the inner city, using part of the space created by the razing of Münster´s city walls in the 19th century. It even incorporates structures like this underpass

XMPromUnterfmaking cycling much easier for those who want to cross this

XMPromUnterfKreuzgroad. More typical, however, is this sort of view,

XMPromturnor this:

XMPromQThe fotos were taken on a cold and inhospitable day during low traffic volume time; more often than not Promenade is filled to the brim with cyclists.

More infrastructure always is close by; cycle shops abound, too. Some have hire bikes on the streets ready to be used.

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Walking through the city my impression was that the fixie craze seems to be abating. I only saw a few of them being ridden, and only one parked, and that was a horrible specimen built on the basis of an old Motobécane or Hercules frame and only used to advertise a nearby shop.

XMMilchreardo XMMilchrearbrake XMMilchfull XMMilchdttransfQuite close to this horror, another one, perhpas ever worse, was lurking. In a shop window, this thing pretending to be an early fifties Dürkopp racer, was presented to disbelieving passers-by.

XMDürkfullXMDürkseatcl XMDürkrim XMDürkreardo XMDürkpedalXMDürkfrontdohub XMDürkbbWatch the El Cheapo rims, cranks, and hubs, as well as the drilled out holes in the rear dropouts. Also the b/b axle seems to be much too long. At least the people presenting the bike had the good sense to put it wrong side out, with what I believe to be Suntour derailleurs turned away from the street.

Couldn´t mar my day in Münster, though.

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A Penny What?

I hope I won´t be chastised too badly for admitting that I never liked Penny Farthings, or Ordinaries, or High Wheelers, or whatever you´d like to call them. Still, it seems I have one in my collection now:

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And digging a bit deeper in my boxes, I found this one, too:

PFpfI like the cheeky little wren on the farthing, but the difference in size between the two coins isn´t too impressive.

However, did you know that at least in the thirties, the farthing wasn´t actually the smallest diameter coin in the UK?

PFp3pThe threepence was still smaller. So should it really have been the Penny Threepence? Sounds funny.

Now look at this:

PFflwptThere´s a coin like token which is valued at a penny, issued by the Flint Lead Works in 1813, when coinage was scarce (I was told). Not surprisingly, the token is made from lead. What looks like a deranged carnival procession are the sorry remains of the Flint Lead Works buildings, after much biting and gambling by previous owners.

PFpptThe penny token is still larger than a real penny from the thirties.

PFpt3pShould it be a Penny Token Threepence instead of a Penny Farthing? Size-wise we´re getting places, but the sound of the word doesn´t bear thinking about.

Now you know why I never really liked Ordinaries.

The Forgotten World Champion

Some things don´t seem to age. Following a short discussion on the Classicrendezvous mailing list some weeks ago I thought it might be worthwhile to have another look at one of the most gripping cycling books there are. I can remember buying it (at a real bookshop, would you believe it) just after it came out in 1998. I had reason to take the bus into town that day, and I became so engrossed in the book that I nearly missed my stop on the way home. The same experience can be yours, if you don´t own the book already: It´s still available, which speaks for its quality. I´m talking about Renate Franz, Der vergessene Weltmeister (The forgotten World Champion). Renate´s book is full of pictures (actually some of them showing perfectly mouth watering track and road bikes) which makes it interesting also for the non-German speaking members of the cycling fraternity.

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The story is about one of the most fascinating figures in German cycling, Albert Richter. Having worked his way to the very top on the track, he fell foul with the German fascist regime in the 30s, eventually being murdered by the Gestapo.

Albert Richter was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1912. His talent became visible very quickly, although he had to train secretly and hide his prizes under his bed because his father strongly opposed Albert´s predilection for cycling. He soon discovered the fascination of the track and soared to heights which took him to world champion´s honours. His name was mentioned in the same line as Kilian´s and Vopel´s.

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Richter came from a background which led him to oppose fascism. Poverty and a broken family did not make him into a willing subject of a dictatorial regime, neither did they hinder his rise in his sport. He was no hero on the political stage, but for instance more often than not refused to raise his right arm in greeting.

His biography starts with a vivid and precise description of the German cycling scene before Albert´s birth with a later chapter showcasing Cologne as one of the centres of German track cycling. The 40 pages of cycling history of Renate´s book became a role model for my own little volume on track racing which I started about the time hers appeared. Richter´s life is described in great detail, Renate manages to convey the atmosphere of those days really well and shows how Germany´s slow transition to a dictatorship was opposed by Richter. His stance towards international relations for example was that he had been received extremely well in France and could not go along with official German policy making enemies of all Frenchmen. Richter was one of those clear sighted people who won´t allow to let themselves to be taken in by any sort of hate propaganda.

They provoked opposition then, and they still do with some people: Renate had some big problems in getting in touch with witnesses as well as relatives of the racers involved in Richter´s story. Some never broke their silence, others did, going as far as to give away photos straight out of their family albums. Renate needed them as some of Germany´s major collectors and private archive owners flatly refused to cooperate. At least in the early nineties, when the research for the book was done, Germany´s past had not been over. The more praise is due to Renate and her co-authors Andreas Hupke and Bernd Hempelmann for persevering with their project. OTOH, she says that a number of great friendships developed from the work on the book.

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Also Richter´s relationship to his manager Ernst Berliner is remakable in that Richter kept assisting Berliner even after he had to leave Germany for reasons of Berliner being a Jew. This and the fact that Richter smuggled funds out of Germany in order to help his emigré friends led to Richter´s arrest on December 31, 1939, when caught with money sewn into his track tubulars on the way to a Swiss engagement.

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Richter was murdered by Gestapo agents a short time after, and a hate campaign began against him in the German press. His name was expurgated from the annals that successfully that – in Western Germany at least – his name was not well known until more than half a century later when a newly built race track was named after him in 1995. In part this was due to Renate´s work. In the GDR, however, Richter was known better.

The book turns into a real life detective story when Renate relates the reasons for Richter´s death: He was arrested despite the professional hiding place for the smuggled money, and it seems that he was betrayed by some of his cycling competitors who, besides having personal grudges against Richter, found it hard to accept that he, one of the best track cyclists of his day, would not give in to the Nazis.

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A great book on a great personality.

Rohloff Update

In cases like this, (see http://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/rohloff-test/ and http://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/rohloff-test-part-2/) the less one has to say the better – and there is not much to say. Rohloff themselves don´t give a run in mileage, but if you ask how long you should wait until panicking over the noise, they mention 1.500 km. So after having covered roughly this mileage, and nearly a year after my last report on the hub, I guess it´s time for an update.

RIckerfullThere´s some whirring noise still, especially in gears 1 to 8. This has to be accepted it seems, and is not as bad as it used to be – or possibly I´m getting used to it, don´t know.

RhubGearchange is smooth and easy – a cycle dealer who has sold loads of Rohloffs told me some time ago that they all vary in this respect and that my hub is especially good. Good.

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On today´s ride I had a puncture in the rear tyre – daft. However, it made me realize how easily the wheel with the OEM hub can be removed and refitted. Undo Magura brake half, undo toggle cables (again very smooth and easy if you know how*, contrary to what you sometimes read on the net), open quick release lever, remove chain from sprocket – bingo. Takes less time doing than writing down. Refitting is not much slower, either. Great stuff, also the Maguras.

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Front mudguard is slipping down – need to check that. Isn´t rubbing on anything yet, but looks ugly.

When removing the wheel I also found that there is a slight oil leak again – I had been wondering about the toggle cables being oily of late. Won´t bother to have it done, though – there´s no oil on the basement floor yet.

RfullWhat I still have to say is that the faster you try to go, the more energy is wasted in the hub. That´s not only my personal experience, but has been found out many times with all sorts of gear hubs. I´m not a strong rider, and I notice that I´m quicker up the hills on my derailleur geared bike. However, in muddy conditions

Rmudgthe hub quite clearly comes into its own. It´s the age old argument in favour of all geared hubs. Also the sheer fun of using one of the most complicated yet reliable mechs in the cycling world is something I personally savour.

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* Don´t grip the clutches by their stainless steel springs, you´ll block them that way.

Still More Miele

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Over the last couple of weeks I was lucky enough to score two more Miele bikes. One came out of the garden of a fellow club member,

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the other one from the small ads.

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Both are about the same age, mid/late fifties, both are top-of-the-range Originals, but they seem to have had widely varying fates. While the gents´ bike was painted over at some stage, and then used to display a basket of flowers in a garden for some considerable time, the ladies´ bike has led a more sheltered life.

I must say that I would really like to make the ladies bike into the nice bike it was, and I think there is a good chance that a serious clean, new grease in the bearings and some black wax over the rust may make a great deal of a difference, while the gents´ bike will not even end up as my son´s town hack to be parked at the university campus because the front fork is damaged. Hard to photograph, it is bent just above the fork crown. The bike will yield its b/b and headset bearings, the chainguard, and little else. A series of uncaring owners is to be blamed for this. The ladies´ bike actually seems to be three years older than the gents´ , but it was obviously much better cared for.

The Gents´ Bike

Let´s start with a few pics of the gents´. It has a dented top tube and there are hardly any Miele specific parts left. The unusable saddle is one of those horribly heavy and soft Leppers, the bell is wrong, and so on.

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Unbelievably, the Bosch lights are still working, fore and aft. After a re-paint, they will perhaps be grafted onto the ladies´ as its lights are about 20 years out.

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Also the spokes will be transferred as the gents´ wheels have at some time been rebuilt with s/s spokes, and those in the ladies´ are rusty.

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Many Miele specific small parts, like the rubber grommet in the mudguard, are gone. XGchaing XGcrankrust  Acres of rust after all the time out in the open.XGforkcr XGfthubrustXGhbargrip The handlebar grips are modern, and old ones are not easy to get nowadays. XGlwrheadl XGplungerbksplit

The lower tube of the plunger brake is so rusty that is has split. This is less dangerous than it sounds; plunger brakes were completely useless anyway.XGrack

The rubber inserts which go between the traverse wires are gone.XGrearmudg  This is what the rear mudguard looks like.XGttdentsThe dents in the top tube.

The Ladies´ Bike

It´s a model 512, meaning Miele Original, 28 inch wheel diameter, 52 cms frame size.

In a case like this, grime is your friend.

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The oiler is missing its cap, but that is not much of a problem.XLbell

Both on the bell and the cranks, 99 per cent of the chrome will be saved.XLchainguard

The gold lining and the lettering are still there.XLchainguardbolt XLchainwhcrankchrome Hardly any rust here, and absolutely no play in the bearing.

XLchromerimgrimeEven on the chromed rims, which were an expensive extra, underneath the grime…

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… there is some chrome left, easily uncovered by a fingernail. Much rust will stay on the rims, however.XLdyntiresize XLlamprefl

Neither headlight nor dynamo are even remotely suitable for a mid-fifties bike. The Miele lighting seen on some of my other bikes was an extra. At the time bikes were sold without lighting. Miele parts were expensive, so many customers chose cheaper Bosch or Impex lighting. The first owner of this bike spent a lot of money on the Original model plus chrome rims, so the idea about the gents´ Bosch equipment might not be good after all. I´ll cross that river when I come to it.XLflammungabblättern

This is bad. The geflammte paint is flaking off. White was sprayed over black, and then specially trained workmen would put on the lining and actually take a small flame to the white paint. Its soot would then be covered with a clear coat. Lots of stages to commit mistakes, which I assume to have happened. Just figured that warranty has run out. Heck.XLforkcr XLfrontmudguardgrime

I guess that underneath all the dirt, much of the paintwotk will be quite good still.XLftdoXLgeptrbef XLheadb  XLlightconnect

The little connector which connects the interior lighting cable to the exterior one coming from the dynamo. XLpletscherpllightgrommetAnd this is where the cable re-surfaces again. Note the rubber grommet which in this case survives. The Pletscher plate holding the kick stand is a hint at the bike being a late production one. XLnetting Also the protective netting still is in place. Its rubbery parts however are not rubbery any longer, letting the netting hanging down slack, so it will have to be replaced. XLpumppegsawedoff

The top pump peg – or what´s left of it. It protruded from the seat lug and must have caused holes in the rider´s clothing. It really is in a daft place, so it was sawed off.XLpumppegstillon

This is the lower one.XLrack

Rubber strips still in place.XLrearlight

Rarely still present: The original rear light. The chrome is gone, however, so it will be painted black.XLrearmudguard

The horse – let´s hope it will come off without either leaving a sticky mess or taking the paint with it.XLsaddle

Original leather saddle in very nice condition.XLtoolpouch

Worth its weight in gold – the tool pouch in good condition. Its leather straps will be easily replaced – only one is moe or less intact and the pouche´s life literally hung by a thread.XLtopsteerhead XLtorpyear

Funnily enough, no frame number could be found. Usually this is in the seat lug, but not this time. I guess I´ll surprised by it jumping in my face when I´ll be busy cleaning. Until then, the little “55” must serve as a hint at how old the bike is.XLUnionfthubNo Miele hub – not that late. The Union hub is great, indestructible, but it´s not the same, is it, not having the “Miele” script on the hub. Neither is it on the pedals. Again, the oily grime will clean up very nicely.

So far, so good. I´ll keep you posted.

Season´s End

Last weekend it was the end of this year´s century riding season in Germany, not very successful for me, but the two rides on Saturday and Sunday were great. Inspired routes, great company, great bikes. One of which is a Koga Miyara Arabesque which was in the 2012 edition of Eroica. Not many words needed, wonderful craftsmanship and luckily an owner who appreciates this marvel. Cramped quarters and lack of time make this a somewhat incomplete set of snaps.

KAfullKAbbembell KAbrakebr KAchainstaybent KAforkcrKAheadb KAlwrheadl KAreardo KAseatcl KAseatl KAtopheadl KAtubingstickerLastly, two views of the early morning start on Sunday.

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Kids´ Stuff

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“Bluschke” is the private label of the cycle sport shop in the town near to where we are situated

A few days ago our cycling club decided to get rid of two old bikes which had been used as training bikes for young riders years and years ago. Both have been snapped up quickly by their new owners.

One is a kid´s bike which I found remarkable as it has tubs and a complete RX 100 groupset. Once staple diet, these parts are becoming rarer, but they still are more or less indestructible alternatives for riders who want to keep it simple.

Like all hire bikes this child´s bike has had a hard life, but its new owner is a cycle nut who has a lot of knowledge and is a great mechanic, plus he has the daughter to go with the bike, so chances are that it will see a renaissance. Nuff said, here´s some snaps.

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Taking photographs of this bike made me think about a really cute little thing which has been languishing in my basement for many years.

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I bought it in a fleamarket for 30 French Francs while on holidays in Britanny – must be nearly twenty years ago. I had planned it to be my son´s first randonneur, so I got some tires in France in a size unobtainable here. The bike had come without pedals, and at home I realized that the pedal threads were French too, so during our next French holidays I had to get some pedals.

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As all dads do, I got the bike with lots of time to spare, and even after I bought the pedals, my son still had to wait for quite some time until he grew into the frame size. I kept the bike in my attic study, and my son would come up ever so often to see if he hadn´t yet grown sufficiently. When he had, we did some beginner´s touring on it, among other things we attended a huge cycle meeting called 1000 Räder Bünde (1,000 cycles in Bünde). Aged 8, my son completed a 25 km course, for which he received a medal.

JM1000RBMedHere´s some details of the Moto-B:

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The shop does not seem to exist anymore

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Faux lugs

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The infamous Delrin

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Child-size brake levers

JM3spJMbb JMforkcr JMfrontbk JMfthubJMheadbadge JMrack JMseatclAfter this, my son grew into and out of a 48cm Alan, a 52 cm Trek 5200 which he crashed, though it wasn´t his fault, a 52 cm Gazelle AB, and an Ellis-Briggs Randonneur which he has been using since 2009. Time flies, and the bikes with it.

News on Iron Leg Veteran Bike Ride

(Nederlandse versie beneden.)

Plans for the Iron Leg are progressing. At the moment we´re looking at Sunday 19 April 2015, with a 10 a.m. start. That may well change again.

We have been checking out a route with loads of hills (not mountains, we don´t have any of those around) and of about 80km length. We will be riding in one group at a 22-25kph average. The ride is mainly for hand made steel framed bicycles, possibly older than 1984, but not necessarily so.

Here are the villages I would like to visit: Starting out in Belm, Marktring, close to Osnabrück, passing through Mönkehöfen (hill with rough stuff), Bad Essen (big hill), Schledehausen, Wissingen (hill), Melle (break from the hills), Wellingholzhausen, Holte (really big hill), Bissendorf (last hill) and back to Belm. Check the route on the internet, and if the hills are too numerous leave a comment, we can change things.

Please bring bikes with effective brakes and gears, and let´s avoid a repeat of the Amerongen tubular shootout if possible.

There will be mostly small roads,

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a moated castle,

EBSchelenbsomething hardly recognizable as a castle,

Yholteburgone of the few places in the world where rivers (streams?) bifurcate,

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a village sporting a number of half timbered houses,

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a really steep hill on which one of the few remaining hill climb races for cars are held (not when we will be there, though), and other picturesque places.

EBHäuschenWe will meet in a village with ample free parking spaces and an ice cream parlour, there will be at least one spot in which participants will be handed refreshments, and of course the weather will be horrible, most likely.

The meeting place in Belm is about 222 km away from Amerongen, 223 km from Rommerskirchen, 272km from Haarlem, 232 km from Neerkant, 420 km from Oudenaarde, 181 km from Kiel-Windeweer and 291 km from Voorburg.

Once we have finalized everything we will ask people to register (in spite of participation being free) beforehand for various reasons, so please check this category nearer to the time.

I have for once added sharing buttons, please make liberal use of them.

Die wichtigste Info zur Eisenbein-Tour auf deutsch:

Voraussichtlich am 19. April 2015, 10 Uhr, veranstalten wir eine kleine 80km – Ausfahrt mit alten Rennrädern mit einem 22-25er Schnitt. Kommt bitte auf handgemachten Fahrrädern mit Stahlrahmen vor 1984 (grober Anhaltspunkt). Start ist in 49191 Belm, Marktring, wo es reichlich kostenlose Parkplätze gibt. Es ist ganz schön hügelig bei uns (Route oben im englischen Teil), daher bitte Schaltung und Bremsen checken. Falls mehrere Leute (bitte über die Kommentar-Funktion) sagen, dass es zu viele Hügel sind, können wir das noch ändern.

Die Tour soll Spaß machen, daher schauen wir uns ein paar hübsche Dörfchen an, ein Wasserschloss gibt´s auch unterwegs, und mindestens einen Erfrischungspunkt. Wir werden meist auf kleinen Sträßchen unterwegs sein, nicht überall ist die Straße asphaltiert, also auch die Reifen prüfen, besonders Schlauchreifen.

Wenn alles genau geplant ist, werden wir trotz kostenloser Teilnahme darum bitten sich anzumelden. Also demnächst nochmal diese Blog-Kategorie (Iron Leg) prüfen, ob es etwas neues gibt.

Nu is er ook een Nederlandse versie.

Het plannen van de Ijzeren Been tourtocht is in volle gang. Op dit moment denk ik aan zondag 19 April 2015, vertrek 10 uur. De rit zal worden gehouden in een heuvelachtige omgeving, afstand rond de 80 km, gemiddelte snelheid 22 – 25 km/u. Er zal tenminste één lunchstop zijn met broodjes en frisdrank. De route voert langs diverse rustieke dorpjes en zelfs een kasteel met slotgracht. Een routebeschrijving is beschikbaar in het engels; stuur een comment als het te heuvelachtig is.

Start is in 49191 Belm, Marktring, vanaf een openbare en gratis parkeerplaats, dus geen parkeerproblemen. Belm ligt tegen het Teutoburger woud, vanaf Amerongen is het 222km, vanaf Haarlem 272km, Neerkant 232km, Oudenaarde 420km, Kiel-Windeweer 181km en Voorburg 291km.

Belangrijk in verband met het klimmen en dalen: zorg ervoor dat versnellingen en remmen in goede staat zijn. Idem voor de banden, bespaar jezelf – en anderen- het tube knal feest van Amerongen!

(Vertaling Marten Gerritsen)

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