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A-Wandering to Wimpole

September 27, 2011 in Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides


Oh Summer – you have returned… and what fortuitous timing you have, for September’s Joy Ride was on Sunday. Esther had a great day leading the ride and meeting old friends and new.

 

In Esther’s words;

“A beautiful day greeted us…  Blue skies, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze – perfect cycling conditions!  We cycled from Shepreth train station along the lovely Cambridgeshire country lanes and passed through some of the county’s most picturesque villages, including Orwell and Barrington.

Arriving at Wimpole Hall, we cruised down the grand entrance and were instantly transported back in time to Wimpole’s wartime days, as we encountered vintage 1940s cars and an ARP stop (all a bit unnerving – where were our identity cards?!)  We took a welcome break with coffee and cake at the Stable’s cafe (excellent lemon sponge cake!) and absorbed the ‘forties atmosphere.  With jolly bunting up around us and surrounded by visitors dressed as wartime RAF, Land Army, and stylishly-attired civilians, we were loathe to leave and enjoyed the vintage clothing stalls and wonderful stands selling locally produced food.  We even came across Winston Churchill!

It was soon time to wend our way back through the country lanes to Shepreth and we arrived feeling a real sense of achievement (we had, after all, cycled a total of 12 miles!) and the camaraderie of being part of the Joy Ride!

Huge thanks to Malcolm, who devised and led the ride, and to Louise, Steve, Niki, Dave P, Dave B, Bea, Nick and Sarah for making the September Joy Ride so special!

The next Joy Ride is on Sunday 30 October – we’re busy choosing the route at the moment.  Hope to see you there!”

World View

September 22, 2011 in Bicycles, Town and Country Cycling

We’ve been shipping to Poland, the US, Australia, Italy, Mexico and Singapore recently…  the world s a very small place these days and we’d be delighted to give you a shipping cost to wherever you are if you can’t see your home country on our website.

Please just drop us a line on hello@begbicycles.com and we’ll happily look into shipping rates for you…

 

This month’s Joy Ride…

September 20, 2011 in Bicycles

… is a beauty!

We’ll be cycling from Shepreth train station (meet in the car park next to the train station) through the lovely Cambridgeshire country lanes to the magisterial Wimpole Hall Estate, where we’ll stop for coffee and cake at the Stables Coffee Shop. Of course, it will be a beautiful sunny September day, so we’ll have chance to enjoy the changing colours of the autumn season as we cycle along!

One of our fellow Joy Riders has assured us that this lovely ride is do-able for all, even those who are only just getting back into the pedal of things!

If you’re coming from Cambridge and need to travel by train, there is one from Cambridge at 09.44am, arriving at 10.12am. We’ll officially meet at 10.30am. We’ll wait awhile for any latecomers, anyway!

National Rail times for Sunday 25 September from Cambridge to Shepreth can be found here.

Wimpole Hall will be in the throws of the Second World War on Sunday 25 September, as it hosts the Wimpole at War weekend. So we’re bound to meet some Land Girls or Home Guard on the way in to the Hall. Best behaviour everyone and remember – no lycra!

If you have any queries, you can get in touch with us at here or on 01223 655222.  Hope you can come…

 

I heart…

September 19, 2011 in Bicycle inspiration

photo courtesy of {snapminds} via {thebicycleisart}

Pick of the Crop

September 16, 2011 in Press

We are so pleased to have been spotted by Niki Goss and the team at Gardens Illustrated, and wanted to say a big thank you for giving our Betty bicycle, Cutie Coolbox, Porters Crate and Picnic Rug leading roles in their beautiful September edition double page feature.  September’s magazine will be on sale until September 26th and is a delight!

New shoes

September 16, 2011 in Bicycles


We’ve been rather remiss with the old blog this past few weeks… there’s something about September that means life is rather frenzied and all about change, starting new things, meeting new people, getting set for chilly days and all that. Guess it’s deeply engrained in all of us from a young age with the whole ‘back to school’ thing… new shoes, new teacher etc etc!

This is what we have fervently been up to as part of our ‘back to school’  (and yikes… it’s mid-September already!);

… photo shoots for our winter collection ready for our launch of our men’s bicycles and accessories (we’ve not REALLY told the world about them yet) and sifting through hundreds (dare I say thousands) of images and STILL not being able to decide which ones we like best!

… going to lots of ‘bike-world’ and ‘non-bike-world’ trade shows, seeking out new and fabulous cycling accessories, involving endless coffee and and lots of walking up and down and very tired feet.

… planning September’s Joy Ride (thanks to everyone who has signed up again and welcome to our new friends – looking forward to meeting you!) and discovering even more fantastic routes than we previously thought.

… meeting many of you who have come to see us for a test ride … it’s been a pleasure!

… trying to get in as many late sumer rides as possible amongst all the above to catch the last of rays…

We’re also busy getting packed and loaded up with all our wares for this week-end’s Cambridge Town and Country Show (17th and 18th September 2011) where we’re going to have a little stand.

We’ll be in the marquee, accompanied by a Bella and a Bertie and satchels, picnic rugs, willow baskets and flasks galore, so if you’re up for a jolly good day out, a spot of lunch in town, an amble along the Backs and then a test ride of a beauty of a bicycle, Cambridge is the place to be!  We’ll have stock of all items, so you can take your purchase away and save the postage to boot.

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