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Actually, seven crazy guys. On one bike.
By Phil Prosser - (contact)

York to Leeds

Thursday August 12, 2010

Another wet night, but fortunately it was dry in the morning.

We tucked into our Dorset Cereal once more while waiting for Jack to finish in the bathroom. What does he do in there? Tents down, we returned to York to deliver the bike to Get Cycling, who were to repair her.

They seemed pleased to have her back, and slightly incredulous that she'd made it this far, but rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.

The transmission was straightforward, but getting the brake to seal up was more challenging. I think they took the caliper to a motorbike shop over the road for more expert attention.

Meanwhile, we pedallers had free run of Get Cycling's collection of weird and whacky bikes. We took full advantage of this. Here are just a few examples.

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I think this bike's meant to be for two. Keith's obviously had enough of us.

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Just good friends.

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This is a lot harder than it looks.

When this palled and the rain became unbearable, we repaired down the road to the sandwich shop and Indulged.

Jack and Ed, of course, ever devoted to the cause, were taking advantage of Get Cycling's computers and web access to update blogs and catch up with emails.

It was about three when we finally set off back to the Minster to carry on where we left off - with the journey to Leeds still to do. The bike was running very nicely, though, with all seven pedalling stations now in action, both brakes now working, and four brand new tyres. We girded our loins (what exactly does that mean?) and headed off through Acomb westwards. We made good time, partly because we didn't stop to take many photographs.

After a few steady climbs, we began a series of nice descents into Leeds city centre, the whirring of the bike's many universal joints added to by the bickering of three Yorkshiremen on board, all of whom were convinced they knew the best way into town.

In spite of them all, we found our way to the station...

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Leeds Station. You'd look pleased with yourself too if you'd helped get us here in the time we did.

... where everyone scarpered except for Jack, Ed and I. We did, however, pick up one extra rider, Ed's cousin Kate. She helped us pedal the bike back around the one-way system to the Hilton Hotel, where Ed had somehow wangled us rooms for the night! I think pedalling the bike, with only three of us on board, past the entrance and up the steep ramp into the indoor car parking was possibly the most surreal moment so far.

While the other three went to use the Spa (far too much energy. OK, Ed had been driving the van and Kate had only just arrived, but Jack should have been far too knackered); I enjoyed an immense hot bath and fluffy towels. We then procured pizza from over the road and ate it watching television - I'd almost forgotten what one looked like.


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