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Old 06-13-11, 06:01 AM   #1
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Another rare bicycle film (Not a helmet in sight, and not many cars either!)

I think you will enjoy these two clips about a cycling trip in the English Midlands in 1955. I was born a few months after that film was made and only a mile from Kenilworth Castle which features towards the end of part one.

If only the roads were that quiet now!
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Born in Royal Leamington Spa, 5 miles south of Kenilworth, but a bit earlier

Rode through almost every one of the towns/villages shown on the films during the mid-late 50s. Baggy ex-army store khaki shorts, cotton shirt, etc. First Sunday ride with a mate - 100 miles on 78" fixed. Suspect I've never equalled the revs going down some of the Cotswold hills flat out. Switched to 5-speed derailleur pretty quickly.

Traffic was as shown, i.e. nearly non-existent except round Straford-on-Avon and some of the Cotswolds' honey-spots like Bourton-on-the-Water

Please excuse me while I pause to wipe tears of nostalgia.

Eee, them were t'days.

Young folk nowadays wi' their fancy 30 speed, carbon fibre, aerodynamic framed machines. They're soft - none o' 'em would face doing a 180-mile Sunday club run on nobbut a few cheese and jam sarnies and a bottle of lemonade after workin' a 92 hour week, getting back from work at 2 o'clock on a sunday mornin' and then settin' off at half past sparrowfart to meet at t'rendezvous 27 miles away. And on a bike med o' gaspipe weighing about 52 pounds.

Dribble, dribble.

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Love the bit from 6:00 to 6:30 about the cyclists being welcomed in the county side because of their lack of noise and fumes, and about the cyclist's talking together and re-discovering their common humanity.

Also, traffic as shown? WOW

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