And The 2016 Holly Run is in…

by Adam on 4, October, 2016



Well the evenings are closing in, the weather is turning for the worse it can mean only one thing, better get a date in the diary for the Holly Run, this year we have something a little different lined up for your delectation.

Based in the picturesque fishing village of Stockport in Cheshire we have been hard at the negotiating table with Tandem Coffee House (which after visiting them a few years ago with the GA is nothing short of a miracle), and the Master of the Wok Jimmy from Nasi Lemak has agreed with a little gentle persuasion to take over the kitchen and feed the GA like kings for an evening along with a few surprises from Tandem (PowerPoint has been mentioned). A few t’s still need to be crossed and i’s dotted but all the dominoes are lining up.

There will of course be a little riding involved on the Saturday and the Sunday and of course a good pub or two en route.

If you are planning on popping along, due to the fact we are planning on taking over Tandem for the evening it would be appreciated if you could pop over to the forum and leave your mark, this should let the people who are capable of organising to organise. The price for this evening will be fixed at £25.00 + booze that we haven’t properly sorted out yet

May we be so bold as to suggest if you are looking for accommodation Stockport’s Finest Hotel would make a suitable lodging.

Hopefully we shall see a few faces in the month of November

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The Pashley Picnic, They Think It’s All Over…

by Adam on 23, September, 2016

Pashley Picnic Ride 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo.

It has to be said the Guvnors’ Assembly enjoy a ride, sometimes it’s up hill and down vale chasing after chaps who have purchased Bakelite bikes under the impression it will enable them to enjoy cycling all the more. On the other side of the coin we’re not adverse to a tootle through the lanes and byways of rural England, since the Queens jubilee Pashley have been putting on one of the best.

As always the GA, accompanied by the Basket Brigade sent out an Expeditionary Force to reconnoiter the surrounding area, a few of the GA had been asked to be ride guides, and as is to be expected they took this honour very seriously and did not want to be caught out by unexpected road surfaces, inclines, ambushes etc. A few on the ride may say we went completely the wrong direction, although as it turns out the cross country foray was well advised.

That evening Pashley had laid on a little evening entertainment in the shape of The Handlebards a four man troupe cycling around the UK carrying their props and costumes on Pashley bikes and performing a bit of the Olde Shakespeare en-route. Far be it for me to critique the Bard, but the Basket Brigade were kept quiet for the best part of two hours.

Sunday morning dawned, as mornings are want to do and the Great and the Good began to gather outside The Traditional Cycle Shop until at about 10:50 prompt our leader for the day Blaaake reached for his trusty, rusty megaphone and began to rally the troops. Fortunately the fellow had the fore site to brief the GA of what was expected from them and like the well oiled machine they are at the end of every evening, they sprang into action. Springing into action basically involves pushing Little Dave in front of any traffic and leaving him to sort the ensuing chaos out.

Fortunately this years ride was along The Greenway, a converted train line, but possibly of more interest to the GA only one entrance and exit point, thereby considerably reducing the chances of loosing anyone en-route. Once at the end of The Greenway after a little trip along the road and a cut across a field (thank me later chaps) we descended upon The Shakespere Inn, in Welford Upon Avon. As ever Pashley had the stop organised and in hand, first of all it was at a pub that sold rather good beer cheers chaps and a Pashley Ice Cream bike and more lollies than you could wave a lolly pop stick at and a few tunes from The Handlebards.

Alas all too soon Blaaake gave the ten minuet warning, as it happens just long enough to get one last round in at the bar as most people had now vacated the establishment to mount their bikes. The ride back was very much along the same route as the one we had arrived on, again for the same reasons as previously mentioned an absolute boon for those fellows of the GA who were working.

Back at the Boat House the party began and people may even have had a drink or two all, in order to celebrate Pashley’s 90th birthday. A little bit of fizz, a tasty bite to eat, a bit of live music and of course the now legendary game of Pass the Parcel, all too soon the party ended leaving the GA with no alternative but to go to the pub and drown their sorrows in a pint of beer.

But what a day!

Thank you to everyone who helps put the Pashley Picnic on many, many aching jaws from laughter were in evidence the following day.

As ever a few of the chaps were running around taking snaps of things they shouldn’t here are a few of them that will not result in any form of litigation.

Happy 90th Birthday Pashley!


The 2016 Pashley Picnic

by Adam on 20, August, 2016

2016 Picnic

Well Ladies and Gentleman, it looks like Pashley are doing it again, this time in a Hollywood Blockbuster style (queue explosions and gruff American accented voice over) “Bigger and Better than ever before”.

In truth it’s probably more along the lines of “I say chaps, it’s our 90th birthday shall we push the boat out a little?” The net result of all this power talk, a virtual Pashley centric cycle festival. Obviously when we say festival we mean more of a two day event with bikes, boats and Shakespeare.

This really is an event anyone can ride along and it is always lovely to visit the home of Pashley and chat to those awfully nice people from the company. If you fancy coming along (and there really shouldn’t be any reason why you shouldn’t) then further information and tickets can be found here and here.

It would appear that the Guvnors’ Assembly HQ is in the Shire on Avon although accommodation-a-plenty can be found within the town, as it appears the official fun and frolics do not start until Saturday evening it is very likely the chaps of the GA will arrange a little spin for the Saturday.

If you still are not entirely convinced here are a few snaps from previous rides 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and of course here is what the chaps are chatting about over on the forum


The 2016 Tweed Run

August 2, 2016 Jollies

  Is it really four months since this years Tweed Run? Has it really taken this long to put pen to paper?, The answers to both these questions is yes and, embarrassingly yes. By now, one and all will probably have a good idea what occurred, to whom and why, please indulge us a little […]

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L’Eroica 2016

June 11, 2016 Jollies

Well Gentlemen, the time is nearly upon us, the last remnants of Autosol has been squeezed out of the tubes, bells have been polished to within an inch of their brass lives an the GA jerseys have been taken from the locked vaults for a final press before it’s biggest public outing of the year. […]

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Pashley and Chums at the Tweed Run

May 24, 2016 Musings

Pashley & The Tweed Run, London 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo. As a few of you are aware, the Tweed Run took place a few weekends ago, in lieu of any music while you wait for the GA’s take on events please find enclosed a little feature produced my those jolly nice people from […]

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Carry On Kent (and a bit of Surrey)!

April 26, 2016 Jollies

Once in a while, the gregarious chaps of the GA like to give a little bit back, and with open arms welcome the Ladies and Gentlemen of the GA, to their Manor to see the sites and take in a little bit of their local culture (admittedly usually Public Houses, but we have on occasion […]

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