Bicycles of the Highway Cycling Group

Here are the bikes currently owned by the Highway Cycling Group:

1) LeMond Etape:
My newest bike and my principle ride, aluminium and carbon, just about race-level, almost, maybe, perhaps.

French clips, Italian straps.leather saddle bagRivendell water bottle
Accessories include a small antique leather case as a saddlebag and a Rivendell Bicycle Works water bottle. The pedals have been adapted with ALE leather toestraps (with shoe protectors), and French built steel clips made by Lapize.

2) Brompton L6:
The Brompton

Bought by my family for my birthday when I needed to cycle from Bradford on Avon to Trowbridge, catch the train then cycle from Salisbury station to work. A marvellous bike that I still use when I want to pootle somewhere. The great thing is the pressure is off to ride fast, it just can’t be done. It can also carry a lot of stuff.

3) Saracen Powertrax:
I got this bike in ’96 and it’s done me proud, though it’s all rigid forks and about 28lbs without kit on. It has a WTB saddle and tyres (Velociraptors) and a mixture of Respro and Mint Sauce decals.

4) Alpine 10:
Alpine 10
This is the only surviving bike from my teenage years. I think it belonged to my Dad first, but I can’t really remember. In this picture it’s just been pulled from a pile of wood and straw in my mother’s shed. It was initially white and a ten speed, I refitted all the parts (including rebuilding the bottom bracket and cottered cranks, no mean feat) converted it to a twelve speed, and sprayed it yellow. Now I’m currently rebuilding it as a six speed tourer using parts bought on ebay and from Rivendell Bicycle Works, it will live again, but not for a while. It’s a slow moving project and I’ll post regularly as I restore it.

Published on May 24, 2007 at 7:47 pm  Comments (9)  

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  1. Mint Sauce – there’s a blast from the past. I rode a Scott Boulder for nearly ten years. Most of that time, it was adorned with a Mint Sauce decal that read:

    “Never lose faith in the colour of the sky”

    I found your blog while searching for a picture of those hideous old Ever Ready lights and I have added it to my RSS feeds.

    PS How do you take your on-bike photos? Is the camera attached to the bike or do you just hold it?

  2. Thanks Adrian, a Scott Boulder is a step up from a Powertrax, nice bike.

    I always likes Mint’s cod-philosophical meanderings, as a cod philosopher myself they ring true to me, “Never lose faith in the colour of the sky” is a particularly good one.

    In terms of on bike photos. I hold the camera, it has a large screen on the back so I can see roughly what I’m taking a picture of – generally I throw away 90% of the pics I take in this way. I find good pics can be taken by holding the camera backwards, leaning down to the front forks and shooting back down the bike – it works particularly well if someone is riding behind you. Nowadays I’ve taken to using my phone camera, a sony cybershot, flick open the shutter with your finger and the camera is primed. close the shutter to switch it off again, very quick and very versatile, but only 2 megapixels.

    Thanks very much for your comment.

  3. I’ve been reading blogs for some time now, since I started to cycle again, about 2-3 years ago, after not cycling at all for at least, 35 years. Your blog is the one I’ve been looking for, thanks.

  4. Congratulations on your new job John!
    Years since you were at Warminster Cycles!
    You will be following in the footsteps of the late great Jack Lauterwasser who lived in Bratton and worked for Moulton in a build and design role!
    He was a silver medalist in the 1924 olympics and in my youth I knew him well as many cyclists also knew him a great guy!
    Anyway good luck I am sure you will be Md or Sales director in a few years especially with your selling skills!
    Kindest Regards

  5. Have you had a ride on the Dutch Bakfiets Cargobike a great child and freight carrier, fast and manouverable, leaves 3 wheelers standing.
    Happy to lend one of these out for you to test, I am based in Cambridge
    Also some specials coming out soon based on our Azor Transport and Priestbike

    Regards Hugh

    *Hugh I’ve edited your comment to remove your mobile number, not sure you want it published, I’ll put it back if you do. I’ve added in your URL – David

  6. Hi there, I’m getting a beach cruiser and am looking for some sort of bag for it. Where did you get the antique bag? I love it!

    • Hi Amber, it was a genuine antique. It belonged to my wife’s grandfather and was for his tobacco. It had a silver tin that came with it, I slipped that out and just used the bag. Go to for some really, really lovely bags. Or if you want one similar to the one I have, Brooks (makers of saddles) have a nice one, it’s a little pricey

      Thank you very much for reading, come back and tell us how you get on with your cruiser.

  7. Is the alpine 10 a rare or special bike I just happen to have the same one?

    • Hi Fernando. Thanks for your comment. I don’t think so, I think it was a low-range standard Raleigh bike. A good workhorse though.

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