ISSUE No 14   FREE EVEN TO THEY WHO AVOID PAYING
The Twisted Spoke
THIS EDITION NOT TO BE COMPARED WITH THE BIG ISSUE.

Being the official organ of The Flat Section of the V-CC, the informal gathering of cycling fellowes and fellocettes in the Eastern Reaches of England, and most other Lowlands - both at home and overseas, incorporating the Guild of Ancient Motive Engineers (GAME) and The Royal Society for the Preservation of Patina (RSPP)

Our artist's impression of Judges 2006 tried-and-tested 'Barrister' model, thought likely to be a huge success in Suffolk court circles next year.

GADZOOKS!


By our Correspondent Mr Percy Flaaje


As the winter nights draw in I beg to draw your attention to some pressing matters concerning that new diary you will receive for Christmas.  It will give you ample opportunity to rip its wrapping off in a fit of pique, (do piques only come in fits?) - and get busy with a pencil in front of your loved ones, giving the impression that 2006 contains many a function on offer that sets you up as an in-demand socialite or gadabout.

No sooner has Xmas blown up in your face then we intend to provide the perfect 'In-Law Escape Ride' (not referring, to our local Constabulary) organised by Mr Mick Madgett.

Mick will throw open the doors of his esteemed bicycle emporium in Diss at 10:00am on December 27th in preparation for a 10:30 departure much along the same lanes as last year's ride, and always ending at an Hostel for Pints and Pies.  Last years was cold, frosty and a cracker of a day.  Undeterred by this, Mick then plans another '25' Light Time Trial on March 26th, but you must phone to register a fortnight beforehand and check for details on this.  It is a sprightly run from Diss to Thetford and back to tea and cakes.  More details will be available on the 27th event, or by calling Mick on his dedicated events-line: 013 79 65 04 19.  Last year's event saw three Ordinaries battling it out alongside many a traditional lightweight, but no Choppers.

The Boot and Back will be held on the first Sunday in March as per normal, details in News And Views, our rival publication.

LOOK MUMMY, IT'S A TRUDGE!

The 14th Suffolk Trudge will be held on Sunday 2nd of April, consisting of 30 meandering miles ending in a fine Pub, after which the miles meander even more.  Usual terms and conditions apply: gather at 10:00am for a 11:00 depart, from Marlinspike Hall, opposite the church in Walpole, Suffolk, and, for this event, we will be encouraging pre-1950 machines if at all possible, please.  More details on 01 98 67 86 664

THE LOWENBACH MALE VOICE CHOIR

Last year's Jubilee event: the by-now legendary 'Lowenbach', is planned to have a second gasp on July 9th, this time starting from within the Heveningham Hall Country Fair where a tent will be raised and a display set out of the participants cycles.  It will start and finish in the tent: a 12-mile there-and-back speed-judging event.  We plan to encourage as many children on this, preferably on period children's machines, the older and crankier the better.

A CASE OF THE MONTHLIES...

I highly recommend a monthly check-up on these, and other facts by attending The Scole Inn at Diss on the last Monday in each month at 7:30.  An Inn that is a bit worse for wear, and with a service that would put Her Majesty's Prisons in a kindly and caring light, we soon pedal off for a 5 mile saunter to a more suitable Pub.  A recent after dark sprint was heightened by the smell of oil lamps well alight and Mick Noble aboard a 1977 Claud Butler 'Rocket' ("Goes Like A Bomb") equipped with rare 'Guy' forks, and with seasonal rockets and sparklers attached he gave us a hair-raising demonstration of gunpowder assisted travel.  Details from Mick or Cally on those usual 'phone numbers.


Dear Mr Newsagent, please reserve me a copy of The Twisted Spoke.  I understand that the likelihood of back-issues is but slight, so I'd like to get my request in now.  I understand to ensure a copy I should call Cally on 01 98 67 84 664, get his address and then send him some stamps.