The Twisted Spoke

Emergency mono-printed number bashed out on home Adana printing press.
Unofficial organ of the V-CC Flat Section covering all easterly Angles


By our Industrial Correspondent Hugh Briss

A printers strike at the V-CC Hot Metal foundry may well delay the next issue of the club magazine 'News And Views' in which is printed details of our next ride.  Ignoring shouts of 'dirty blacklegs' and crossing all picket lines we rush this emergency issue of The Twisted Spoke (non-Union) in order to break news to you of the following:

Trike Ride this coming Saturday 9th of August.  It plans to be a one mile sprint on a non-car tarmacked path from Halesworth to Mells and back, traversing 4 cattle grids, 4 wide-enough (just) gates and various dogs, pedestrians and cows.  Each rider attempts two runs and the rider with the closest times wins a grand trophy.  A second trophy is awarded to the rider of the greatest personal age plus age of bike plus longest time taken.

There are no swamps, hills or footpads on the route, the ride is open to all trikes, whether three-wheeled or just the two.  Mick Madgett is practised at the art of the two-wheel trike and may give a demonstration if one wheel leaves him again.

Meet at Focus Foods in The Thoroughfare, Halesworth at 15:00 (3 pm) on Saturday 9th.  Great coffee, tea and cakes abound.  We aim to finish easily by 18.00 in order to saunter off piste to the newly re-opened Wisset Plough, then the Rumburgh Buck ending at the Cratlield Poacher for supper at 20.30pm.  Food, there, ought to be pre-booked direct by phoning 01986 798 206.  Please pass on a copy of this missive to all you think may wish to have a go, it is open to members and non-members alike.

(untwisted) SPOKE AND STEAM

Once again we all congregate at the railway museum, Brockford at midday on August 24th.  Several start points to suit all ages. Details of the museum: and details of the ride from member Ian Maddams, phone number in the book.


Contrary to what was written up in the previous Twisted Spoke diary-of-events, the 31st Suffolk Trudge takes place on a Sunday, namely the 28th of September.  All previous mention of it being on Sept 31st (which as eny fule kno does not exist) is to be treated with the wry raise of a single eyebrow.  The proof reader in charge that day has been disciplined and then lately sacked.  The trudge gathers at Marlinspike Hall on Sunday September 28th at 10.00 in order to cram as many buns, cakes and biscuits into ones mouth at a single sweep, washing all down with tea, coffee and softer drinks.  Whilst this is happening; whoever is so inclined to rid their sheds of surplus jumble, be it of a cycling nature or not, can park up, lift their boots skywards and do a brisk trade until the off, resuming upon return.  No charge is made for such booty-exchange of course.  We consider 'charging' not to be the behaviour behoven of a gentleman.  The ride itself leaves at 11.30 and wends its way Northwards, ending for lunch at the famous Rumburgh Buck.  Food must be pre-booked directly with the pub on 01986 785 257, picnics can he eaten outside after asking nicely and buying refreshments.

All machines are welcome, but the route favours and flatters the older type of machine so choose wisely.  Non-members are welcome but you may soon be press-ganged onto our merry deck of pranksters.  The ride ends at Marlinspike at tea time, so titled as it is often the right time for tea.

There is no need to book a place or phone or to confirm or even to ride, just turn up, but please park on the front paddock if you are not selling jumble, and please leave noisily so as to disturb our neighbours.

Further details for all events, call Cally on 01 98 67 84 664, or Mick Madgett on 01379 642 735.  Send some postage stamps should you want to take up further issues: Marlinspike Hall, Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9AR.