Ride to Leckford – Jan 22

In the Leckford car park with their bikes

A great ride to the Cafe on the Leckford Estate. After a misty start and damp roads, the sun came up, the mist cleared and the temperature rose. Another enjoyable Sunday morning. Bikes needed washing afterwards though.

Ride to H Cafe – Jan 22

Riders with their bikes at the start of the ride-out

We had a great start to 2o22 with 12 riders and their bikes meeting together at 10.30am on 1st January for our first branch ride of the year. We met up near junction 12 of the M4 and then rode to the H Cafe.

Toy Run 2021 – Photos

A group of our members rode together on the annual Reading Toy Run (see here for details). We met up about half a mile away and then rode together to the start point where we joined up with hundreds of other bikers, many in fancy dress with decorated bikes, for the ride from Reading to Wokingham where we dropped off toys to Barnado’s.

Ride to Court Hill – Nov 21

With temperatures below freezing as we got up in the morning and around 1 degree C when I left the house, I was not sure how many people would be turning up for our Sunday ride-out. However, six hardy bikers shrugged off the freezing conditions and met up at Cobbs Farm. The temperature had risen to a cool 2 degrees as we set off for the Court Hill centre near Wantage. The roads were mercifully dry, so we did not encounter any ice and arrived for coffee and cakes at the Court Hill centre with nothing more amiss than freezing hands and feet.

At the Court Hill Centre in our winter riding gear

Ride to Iron Bull and Loomies

On a bright, but cold morning, we set off from Three Mile Cross on a short ride for breakfast at the Iron Bull Inn near Old Basing. We were then warmed up enough to ride on to Loomies at West Meon where we saw an extraordinary bathtub bike decked out in poppies. Despite one member going to the wrong start point and another getting lost on the way to Loomies, we all managed to make it to both cafes for another enjoyable Sunday out.

Ride to Artyard Cafe – Oct 21

The weather forecast showed it would be dry when ten bikes and their riders gathered at Cobbs farm for our planned ride to the Artyard Cafe in Enstone in Oxfordshire. As we got ready to go it started to rain heavily. So we went in the cafe for half and hour until it stopped. After that the weather was dry although for the start of the ride the roads were wet.

With the delay and as the Artyard is quite a long run, we had quick stop at the garden centre in Bampton. A couple of riders decided to end the ride there while the rest pushed on to the Artyard.