Last update 15th February

'A chance to see how the leather in your saddle is made': Andy Short has arranged a tour of the Thomas Ware & Sons tannery on Coronation Road for 7pm on Wednesday 28th February. This is a two-hour tour for between 10 and 20 people, with a requested donation of £3 per head in aid of an Indian school supported by the tannery. Anyone interested email Andy at Getting close now!

News and Ride reviews: A few showers as we climbed the Mendips to get to Lower Langford on 15th February.

Bike shop under new management: The bike shop next to the roundabout in Downend is now called Cycle Route in Downend. Manager Alastair Keen offers a discount to members of CTC and local groups. See the facebook page here.

BTOTC on an electric bike: You can read an account of how Bill Balchin got on with his first BTOTC ride in From our own correspondent. Or click here.

And another electric bike: Read about Don Ford's experiences of two weeks on a more down-market machine, also in From our own correspondent, or click here.

Bike box for hire - reminder: Andy has a box for transporting a bike for hire. Go to the For sale/Wanted page for details.

Bike Bath sportive: Bike Bath on 1 July offers 25, 50 and 80 mile routes, or sign up for a discounted entry fee with the Julian House charity.

Bike recycling: Phil bought his second-hand fixie from Bike Back at Horfield prison. They need volunteers to work with prisoners to rebuild old bikes. Touch here for more details.

Due to an administrative error (Phil’s) we have one brand new size Large BTOTC winter jersey for £37. Anyone interested please contact or send phil an e-mail:

Facebook: BTOTC's Facebook page is here. Contact Andy Short at to join.

Give us your best shot. Dont forget to share your adventures and pictures with your BTOTC colleagues. See Bill or Pete for advice. Have a look in photo gallery/best shot now.

If you have any comments or ideas for content please let me know when I see you next.

Bill Balchin.


As the name suggests, we are a group of mostly (but not all) retired men and women with a shared passion for cycling. Click on the "What we do" button for where we go, how we do it and how it all started.

Contact Pete Campbell on 07896 357 335 for more information.