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News on Iron Leg Veteran Bike Ride

(Nederlandse versie beneden.)

(Deutsch ist auch weiter unten.)

Plans for the Iron Leg are progressing. At the moment we´re looking at Sunday 19 April 2015, with a 10 a.m. start in the parking lot on the corner of Ringstraße and Goerdelerstraße, between Edeka and the bakery, in 49191 Belm, close to Osnabrück. Can´t be missed. Please re-check this post closer to the time just in case. Also, could you please register before taking part; among other things I need to know how much raisin bread to get, don´t I? Thanks.

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, unless there´s more than about 20 participants, at a 20-22kph average. The ride is mainly for hand made steel framed bicycles, possibly older than 1984, but not necessarily so: Modern steel framed bikes are welcome, too.

Here are the villages I would like to visit: Starting out in Belm, 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,


a moated castle,

EBSchelenbsomething hardly recognizable as a castle,

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


a village sporting a number of half timbered houses,


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.

You can register now (in spite of participation being free), but please re-check this category nearer to the time.

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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 20-22er Schnitt. Kommt bitte auf handgemachten Fahrrädern mit Stahlrahmen vor 1984 (grober Anhaltspunkt). Start ist in 49191 Belm, Ecke Ringstraße/Goerdelerstraße, wo es reichlich kostenlose Parkplätze gibt. Bitte meldet Euch auf dem Kontaktformular oben an; ich muss ja wissen, wieviel Rosinenbrot ich besorgen muss, oder?

Es ist ganz schön hügelig bei uns (Route oben im englischen Teil), daher bitte Schaltung und Bremsen checken. Falls mehrere Leute 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.

Bitte 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 20 – 22 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, Ringstraße/Goerdelerstraße, 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!

Inschrijven aub, boven.

(Vertaling Marten Gerritsen)

Ride Report

So, a few days ago we´ve had a wonderful ride – the weather was really marvellous, spring at its best, and were well fed by my son and Martin, a friend from University. Thanks, boys!

There were 12 of us, all in all, and we had great fun. Another thank you, this time for attending.

People came from as far afield as Dortmund and the Netherlands, so the breaks (two in all) could have been much shorter, but the participants got talking over the great bikes that were brought. Also there were four of in the group who want to try PBP this year, which contributed greatly to the talking time. I´d love to repeat the ride next spring, but I´ll have to see if I can find the time (and the helpers) to stage it again. Here´s some snaps to convey a little of the atmosphere:


1960s Schumacher on fixed


Marschall which will hopefully cover PBP this year

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New Veteran Bike Ride?

I´ve been thinking about staging a veteran bike ride, once again after 17 years, if people will find it interesting. The Iron Leg ride could take place in our moderately hilly Teutoburger Wald which is dotted with loads of touristy and less touristy sights. For the Dutch I could call it Yzeren Been, I´d love that, sounds a bit like a 1920s race in Flanders, although of course it won´t be a race.

Anyone? Drop me a line via the comments.