Roe Valley roadster ride 11.05.13

We woke up on saturday morning to wind and rain so things were not looking good for our VCC ride.
Seven members traveled to the ride and as we left Limavady the rain stopped and we soon joined the small lanes in the local country side in the flat lands of Myroe. All machines ran well as we traveled along the small roads and when we finished the ride tea / coffee plus food was enjoyed by all.

Andy Parker
Resillion brake lever on the Andy Parker

1941 Royal Enfield sport & 1951 Rudge

1938 Rudge

     Sperrins Lightweight Ride 20-04-2013

We had our first lightweight ride of the New Year on Saturday 20th April 2013. The snow has at last vanished from the mountain tops within the past weeks and although the day dawned bright and sunny, a strengthening breeze and grey skies welcomed the riders at the start. Rain was forecast for later in the day, but a light shower added to the welcome at the start.

The ride followed the same route as last year, on quite roads through the village of Gortin and on into the Sperrins. The route passed standing stones, wending its way along river valleys in a circuit back to the start point. The weather was kind and stayed dry throughout the run, however the wind continued to increase in strength. No mechanical problems encountered and everyone was able to ride up all the hills on their old machines.

The run finished with refreshments and a visit to the run organiser's workshop and bicycle collection to view some of the current projects. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all participants.

Sperrins Lightweight Ride 20-04-2013

Donegal Roadster Ride 16/9/12

We had our first VCC ride in County Donegal on the 16th September. The ride started at the harbour in Ramelton, once a busy port during the linen trading boom but now little used apart from a few fishing boats. The old stone warehouses, Kelly’s flour mill (disused),  McDaid’s Bottling Plant (still working) and the many old Georgian houses made a nice backdrop for a vintage bike ride.

Rain capes were quickly discarded as the sky cleared quickly after we set off. We proceeded out of the town and along quiet minor roads through a wooded area and past Lough Thorn before joining the coast road along Lough Swilly for the final few miles into the seaside resort of Rathmullen.  

After a brief halt in Ratmullen for refreshments, we then made our return journey back to Ramelton, with a few stops for photos and we were also forced to take shelter underneath some trees when the rain returned.  Everyone enjoyed themselves despite the sudden and heavy showers.

21-7-12 Small wheel ride

Susan Sharp lead our small wheel ride which started in a small car park along the river Bann two miles outside Coleraine. This year the ride had a good mixture of interesting machines some which had not been seen before including a 20" wheel tandem and a 1965 Royal Enfield . Young Jack Fletcher brought a very tidy Raleigh Grifter to the ride and his dad Rode a Raleigh RSW. The ride used the sustrans route 94 along the river into Coleraine and along the cycle path to Portstewart. The sea front was very busy as the good weather had brought lots of holiday makers out and we stopped on the waters age to enjoy tea / coffee in the cafe then we sat and watched the world go by. We returned along the same route to the summerset car park and everyone had enjoyed the ride and we all stood about test riding other owners machines before we all left for home.

9-6-12 Ballintoy Vintage Rally

Our VCC Northern Ireland Section had a static display at this Vintage Rally and our members put on an interesting display. From a folding roadster to a Classic Lightweight Sun tandem plus a good selection of machines including a unrestored 1908 Premier cycle company 28" twin bared roadster.

Antrim two day ride 2/3.6.12
7 cyclists turned up outside the Antrim forum at 10.00am on saturday for a ride led by Andy & Jack Fletcher with Michael bringing out his very nice 1954 unrestored Raleigh Lenton. The ride went to Crumlin on small quiet roads and as we passed Aldergrove airport a large jet passed us overhead about 50 feet above us. We stopped in Crumlin for tea / coffee and then made our way through Dundrod along the Ulster Grand Prix motorcycle road race circuit back to Antrim. The weather was kind to us and we had no mechanical problems.

Sundays ride was held in cooler weather with added wind made the day harder. Andy led the ride along small roads using some Sustrans routes through Randalstown to Toom on small roads. We stopped at an old  grave yard on the edge of Lough Neagh to admire the view of the lough and then stopped in Toombridge for
lunch. The return leg was very hard into a steady head wind and we all were glad to see the finish in Antrim.

  Roe Valley roadster ride 12-5-12
17 Cyclists turned up at Aghanloo just a few miles outside Limavady and after a heavy shower at the start we all enjoyed a dry day on our machines. The highlight of the ride was a tea stop at the half way point where we all enjoyed  a break in an old traditional thatched Irish cottage. After the tea stop we returned to the start on small quiet roads. We had a visitor who traveled from Boston in the USA To take part in our ride and we all were pleased that Lovely Bicycle enjoyed the event .

Rose  1933 Elswick

              Sperrins Lightweight Ride 15-04-2012

The first Sperrins lightweight ride was run on Sunday 15th April 2012. The run required bicycles equipped with multi-speed freewheels. The course was undulating with quite a few hills to test the legs and combat the cold. The weather was sunny with a noticeable drop in temperature in the shade. Quiet roads were enjoyed with time to view the wild flowers in the hedgerows, neolithic standing stones, buzzards soaring in the clear sky and fine views of the Sperrin mountains. Friendships renewed and good company enjoyed       

                                                                    country roads

                                                                     1952 Georges Martin
                                                                 50's Armstrong


On the 25th of March Keith Campbell held our first N.I. Section ride of 2012. Keith's ride was for
roadsters and eight cyclists traveled to Antrim were sunshine and good weather made the ride a great
day out. The ride took us along small counrtry roads along Lough Neagh were the scenery was very
nice plus with little traffic made it a quality event.


Riding small country lanes

Along Lough Neagh 

We held our 2012 Date fixing / AGM today 15-10-11 in Ballymoney with a ride to the local Dark Hedges after the meeting . Vanda led the ride today in poor conditions as it rained all the way and nine cyclists turned out for the ride. This is our last event in 2011 and we are looking forward to 2012 as a few new members have joined us plus a few new events for 2012 including a two day ride and also an ride in Donegal.

Nine of our members at the Dark Hedges after our section AGM / Date fixing
Andy on his Dawes Club

Jack Taylor
Michael with his 1966 Moulton

Stopped when Jack punctured 

15th October  Northern Ireland Section - Date Fixing
Venue Joey Dunlop leisure centre Ballymoney  Well sign posted by road & by a Sustrans path
from beside Ballymoney rail station.
Time 11.00

Ride  12.15 app

Date fixing / AGM  (non members welcome ) 

The Section Lightweight Ride took place on Sunday 7th August in fine dry weather. Eight riders supported the event, travelling from Counties Donegal, Londonderry, Antrim, Armagh and Tyrone, to the start at Poyntzpass. The route followed the tow path of the currently derelict Newry Canal to Portadown before returning to the start for lunch. One member rode his 1932 Raleigh Tradesman bicycle, one junior member on his 24” wheel Emelle and the remainder were on lightweight machines. Six riders undertook the second half of the ride to Newry and back, giving a total mileage of 38 miles. The weather was kind, the company and craic shared made it an excellent day out for the club, enjoying the industrial history of the canal and railway, as well as the beautiful scenery. Hopefully everyone will be keen to repeat the experience of a lightweight ride next year. Machines which took part were:-

1932 Raleigh Tradesman bicycle
1937 Saxon 'Bailey'
1947 Mercian
1952 Rotrax
1977 Carlton
1979 Jack Taylor
1980 Miss Mercian Mixte
1980s Emelle 24” wheel boys sports

Chris A

Newry Canal
                                                        Newry Canal
                                                   Newry Canal

Newry Canal
Newry Canal
                                                   Newry Canal
                                                     Newry Canal

                                                  Newry Canal

Maghera Lanes 11-sept-11

This will be our last ride of the year on small hedge lined lanes at the bottom of the Glenshane Pass. Starting in Maghera town we soon leave the main roads and ride
along quiet lanes with a few short hills and stop in the small village of Tobermore.
Then we return to Maghera and walk the climb to the finish car park where cyclists
spend a time talking bikes before traveling home . This ride is suitable for single speed roadsters & ClassicLightweights are also welcome.

2am start


Our  small wheel ride on Sunday 3rd July at 2pm was held in sunny dry conditions from the Start at Castleroe near Coleraine along cycle paths to Portstewart where we stopped at a coffee shop on the promenade . Seven cyclists supported the ride and we all had a great day with no machine trouble and we stopped to watch the water skiing competition on the River Bann in Coleraine. We had to walk a short distance along the cycle path as the good weather had brought the crowds out in force to watch the event on the river. As we made our way back to Castleroe and got a group photo we all went our own ways after a great ride.
2 Moulton's
3 Raleigh / Triumph 20's
1 O Brien
1 Brompton


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