Uncle John’s Bike

Uncle John rides a mountainbike round the Devon lanes now, but a few decades ago he was one of the legendary Corsham Roadmen, time-trialing around the Wiltshire countryside early on a Sunday morning before the world was properly awake. Now his racer hangs from the ceiling, yet I feel it still seems to retain a certain power, a pent up energy perhaps suggested by the tension in the retaining straps, or maybe it’s the stripped down cleanliness of its lines, it just looks ‘ready to go’.

The Falcon hangs from the ceiling

The Falcon hangs from the ceiling

Steel clips and leather straps

Steel clips and leather straps

The well worn Brooks leather saddle show damage from Uncle John's Really Bad Accident

The well worn Brooks leather saddle shows damage from Uncle John's Really Bad Accident

Uncle John is a very busy man, every time we come to visit he’s hosting a family event, shifting something round, or sorting something out. One day soon I will talk to him at length about his days as a Corsham Roadman, and if he is willing, post about it here.

That bike has stories that must be told.

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