In a Derek Nimmo sort of way, a funny thing happened at GA towers last week.
In conversation with @BicycleSeb he mentioned that many a cyclist have more than one bike, obviously we were incredulous, before he went on to explain that some of them may even have a newfangled system for holding a chap’s forks on called a “Headset” by this time we were sat down with a large brandy muttering that it could not possibly be so.
Seeing the angst scored in the lines of my brow he went on to pour oil over my troubled waters and explained that whilst he could not make everything well at the wave of his wand, he had been having a little play with his pencils and produced a little aide memoire that would help those on even the most fashionable of bikes remember they not only have a proper bike but are a member of one of the most respectable cycling clubs in the country.
Sold on the idea, we agreed to sub-contract the finer details to Mrs Adam, before @BicycleSeb approached Kapz and hammered out the sort of deal for the GA that Mrs May can only dream of.
If you should wish to adorn “the other bike” with a plaque of style and taste then those nice people at Kapz will be more than happy to oblige.
A few months ago the GA were taken into a locked vault, issued with a pair of white cotton gloves and from a sealed chamber “P is for Peloton” was produced (This may not be a strictly accurate account of the event, but we have never let facts stand in the way of a good yarn).
“P” is for Peloton is the result of an idea by the word lady Suze Clemitson and after a tweet for assistance, the crayons of our very own Mark Fairhurst (The Cycling Photographer within these walls).
What is the book actually like? You cry. As you can probably deduce from the title the book as an A to Z of cycling facts and trivia that Suze has written with style that keeps a fellow’s interest and maybe even teach them a thing or two along the way.
As for the illustrations Mr Fairhurst has done a supreme job, not only managing to keep inside the lines through the entire book the images compliment Ms. Clemiton’s words perfectly with them both bouncing off each other’s subtle and in the case of Mr Fairhurst’s not always so subtle humour throughout the book.
Now, far be it for us to tell a fellow how to spend their money, but if you fancy a copy for yourself Mr Fairhurst is selling signed copies from his on-line shop “P” is for Peloton
Those of you Ladies and Gentlemen with a good memory maybe able to cast your minds back to the “London Bike and Ale” ride last July where aside from the torrential rain that unsuccessfully tried to dampen our spirits we met up with the author and cyclist Mr. Chris Haddon along with the photographer for the project Mr. Lyndon McNeil, these gentlemen were at the time, gathering material for a new book entitled “My Cool Bike” with an aim to provide an “inspirational guide to bikes and bike culture”
Now, obviously any tome that features the illustrious Guvnors’ Assembly can not be all bad, but after the initial flick through to page 50 and admiring the sartorial elegance and the boyish good looks of the GA, a fellow makes himself comfortable, pours a glass of good Port and leafs through the remaining 156 pages quickly realising that the book is actually rather an interesting read and well worth the pouring of a few more drinks.
The subjects are split naturally by the fall of the page and illustrated with a plethora of well photographed images and accompanied by a narrative provided by Mr Haddon. It should also be mentioned at this juncture the good author has excelled himself in his subject matter. Usually with graphical cycle style books authors have problems traveling beyond of the M25, on this occasion not only has the author travelled around the UK gathering material but the fellow has actually got on his virtual cycle and travelled the world in search of interesting subjects.
As this is a proper book if your interest has been piqued you may purchase the book from a physical book shop or, if one is suitably connected from an “on-line” shop such as these purveyors of literature or other companies such like companies who are not so keen on paying tax.