A variety of web sites devoted to all things of interest for the English Gentleman Cyclist and M'Lady.

Events of Merit

The All British Cycling Event by Jon Sharratt. Another event by/for English Nutters.

The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour by Jon Sharratt. If you do just one Bummel in your lifetime, make it this one.

Bicycling Backwards by Peter Jourdain. Here is a place which celebrates the wistful whimsy of slower days and gentler ways awheel. Join us, won't you, as together we bicycle backwards toward that better place which beckons our better selves and awaits us all just beyond the horizon, just around the bend. "The Ripley Road to London & Cambridge,A Rural Ramble through Farm, Fen, Field & Fell"

The Manor and Meadow Tour in Oak Brook Illinois

Toggle Chain Tour by Graham Wilson. Cycle touring in the grand style returns to England.

Society of Three Speeds by Shawn Granton. Preserving, enjoying, and riding three speed hub-geared bicycles in the Portland Oregon area.

The Tin Can Ten by David Eccles. The only other event that requires a hub gear. Now you know of them both.

AdventureCORP by Chris Kostman. Chris says: "The 3-Speed Tour is a real pleasure and a true treasure and Lake Pepin is easily one of the nicest, most charming, and most hospitable areas in which I've ever cycled!" View over 150 photos of the 2006 3-Speed Tour.

English Cycling

Cycling Before Lycra by Allan Nelson. Wonderful insight into English cycling in the 1930s.

Retro Raleighs by several rabid Raleigh enthusiasts and hosted by Sheldon Brown. "...dedicated to the British-made Raleigh/Carlton bicycles built in Nottingham and Worksop, England." The Raleigh catalog archive is not to be missed.

The Raleigh Clubman by Peter Kohler. The perfect mount for the 3-Speed Tour.

The Raleigh Lentons by Peter Kohler. Crikey! Peter has outdone himself this time!

Tall Bike Tour of Britain by Will and Ed Stevens. The first journey of its kind, Tall Bike Tour Britain was a major event in the history of long-distance cycling, and a record-breaking expedition concluding in September of 2006.

English Cycling Clubs

The Cyclists Touring Club. The grand-daddy of all cycling clubs. Organized in 1878.

The Veteran-Cycle Club.  An English bi-monthy magazine with a recent feature on the ABCE and 3-Speed Tour.

The Fellowship of Cycling Old-Timers by Sian Charlton. Sooner or later, we will all be here and it's reassuring to know cycling is fun for everyone still above ground.

The Autumn Tints Cycling Comrades by John Sole. Founded in 1924 by Tom Hughes, this group of hearty cyclists considers you a Junior member until you hit 70; and I don't mean MPH. Now sadly disbanded because of legal or insurance issues.

The Rough Stuff Fellowship; an English club for riders who enjoy a mix of on and off road cycling.

English Cycle Parts, Shoes and Clothing

Brooks Saddles. In 1866 John Boultbee Brooks began producing what would become the heart and soul of all English bicycles to come: The leather saddle. A very elegant site with tantalizing looks at their new line of holdalls and bags.

Wallingford Bicycle Parts by Bill Laine. Proper English equipment including Carradice saddle bags and rain gear.

St. John Street Cycles. Extensive stockists of the obscure.

Three Speed Hub; A grand web site with plenty of resources for the hub gear and English iron enthusiast.

The Old Bicycle Company by Tim Gunn. A vast selection of odd bits and cycles ranging back to the earliest days of cycling.

Pashley Cycles Ltd. Hand crafted in Stratford-upon-Avon for over 70 years and the last stronghold of the truly English roadster. Note the double-top-tube roadster for the taller Gentleman.

David Hembrow, Basketmaker by David Hembrow. Need a proper holdall for your Royal Enfield Low Gravity carrier? Perhaps a custom mix of colours too? David is a Moulton cyclist and a 4th generation basket maker formerly of Cambridge, now in Assen Netherlands. Now shipping worldwide.

Sturmey-Archer Historical Hub Archive. Back in 1902 Henry Sturmey and James archer started a little garage shop called "The 3-speed Gear Syndicate" and the rest, as they say, is history. Dave Brierley calls this a "3-beer web site".

Bikesmith Design and Fabrication by Mark Stonich. Mark sells a gratifyingly lumpish cotter press; an absolute essential for the English cycle shop.

Reynolds Cycling Shoes of Bletchley (formerly Northampton), Milton Keynes. Without question, the finest traditional cycling shoe available and still made in England.

Bicycle Fixation is offering their first product: wool cycling breeks. The world is suddenly more comfortable.

The Vermont Country Store offers a stunning straw hat; perfect for cycling, it stays in place and is well ventilated.

English Culture

The Collected Works of Shakespeare. What would the Bard ride? A 3-speed of course!

The Guild of Professional English Butlers. "Jeeves, perhaps a spot of Earl Grey my good man. Oh yes, my slippers and pipe too."

The English Monarchy. Don't know the Duke of York from the Princess Royal? Sort it out here. You may also check the Queen Mum's schedule and pop her an email or read about the history of the Monarchy back to 849AD.

The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles and the new Duchess of Cornwall are always in the news but the bigger spotlight is on Prince William and Prince Harry.

Chap Magazine. An excellent English satirical magazine for modern gentlemen. "The web site you are about to enter contains words and images that may induce excessive languidity and an increase in levels of panache, leading to an overall rise in self-esteem."

The Scottish Tartans Authority. Over 5500 registered styles of Tartan in a searchable database along with clans, history, heraldry, membership, merchandise and Highland dress for men and women. At least a 2-beer web site.

English Cuisine

Marmite. The taste for Marmite runs unbridled through the land. Distribution is at an all time high with many households and almost every corner shop stocking the noxious gunk. These are troubled times indeed.

British Supplies. Fancy a good chutney? A spot of Bovril after a cold ride? Perhaps a whacking great bowl of Scott's Porage Oats then? The English have never been known for haute cuisine and you can prove it here.

TeaSource by Bill Waddington in St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. "Tea is perhaps the most amazing beverage in the history of mankind". Fine tea from the world over and all within walking distance of my house. Jealous yet? OK, Bill will ship to your door.

Barley John's Brew Pub by John Moore in New Brighton Minnesota. Mr. Moore continues to welcome the ABCE and all it's oddities with a fine selection of ales, lagers, bitters, porters and Belgians; perfect for the discriminating Gentleman Cyclist or Nutter of the Realm. We still meet here every first Monday of the month at 6pm.

Cream Teas from The BBC Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything. Mmmm, a cream tea is usually eaten as a mid-afternoon snack or when on holiday as a stop-gap during that long break between the midday and evening meals. Tea, scone, jam and clotted cream round out this true delicacy. It sounds more appealing to Yanks and other foreigners if you understand clotted cream is like ice cream without the cold.

English Architecture

Faux Books by The Original Book Works Ltd. Need to disguise the entrance to your Bond 007 memorabilia collection? Anticipating the need for a gentlemanly discreet exit? Here is architectural tomfoolery at its finest: "Secret passageways, priest holes, hidden doors, false panels and faux books are all part of our architectural heritage. Based in Gloucestershire, England, our skilled craftsmen help to preserve the art of illusion and keep the secrets created by faux books."


Hub bearing preload adjusted: 25 April 2014