In the middle of June, I received an email from Dan Hopes, store manager of the Rapha Archive Store in Shepton Mallet. He was interested in a putting on a temporary display of Stan’s work in the shop. Stan worked in Crewkerne, so Dan was keen to showcase a local framebuilder*.
After a few of emails to Pike owners and with the help of Stan’s son, the display now running until mid-September. It’s well worth a visit, and you might be able to pick up a Rapha bargain at the same time.
Huge thanks to Dan for the idea of the display, Chris for putting the finishing touches to Tim’s beautiful time trial bike (and to Tim for agreeing to loan his bike), and Steve for loaning his precious memorabilia.
*Dan learned about Stan’s frames while riding with Jack Wood in Seoul. And Jack’s Stan Pike was the first bike ever to be featured on this website. It’s a small world.
If you’re taking part on a Stan Pike (or have an interest in Stan Pike bicycles), please meet us outside the registration tent on Saturday 17th at 5pm. It’d be great to have a chat, compare bikes and a take a few Stan Pike group photographs.
We’re hoping to gather as many Stan Pike’s together at next year’s Eroica Britannia – The Great British Adventure – from 16-18 June 2017.
If you haven’t heard of Eroica Britannia, it’s a three day festival of cycling in the beautiful Peak District. There are three rides to choose from (25, 55 and 100) – all for pre 1987 bikes. Remember though, these are rides NOT races. You’ll be cycling sedately alongside vicars on unicycles, butchers on their bikes and land girls on tandems. There are lots of chances to rest, enjoy the views and eat some delicious food.
But it’s not all about the rides, it’s a family event with great music, glorious vintage, shopping, food, drink and camping. And dogs. Plenty of dogs.
Last year’s event was brilliant and this year’s event, in a new venue, looks set to be even better. So if you’re thinking about taking part on a Stan Pike, please get in touch through the Contact Form. It would be fantastic to meet up for a chat and a Stan Pike photo opportunity.
I was contacted a few days ago by Barry Dobson, as both he and Chris Davey are riding in this year’s L’Eroica Britannia and L’Eroica Italia. They’d been discussing the idea of getting some Stan Pike merino knitted vintage-style jerseys produced so that they look the part.
Before proceeding we’d obviously need permission from Stan’s family to use the Stan Pike name and logo. The wheels were set in motion. I contacted Stan’s son. He liked the idea and sent me photos of what we think is the last remaining long-sleeved jersey.
But it’s not all about the rides, there is fun for all the family. Three days of live music, entertainment, acres of shopping, the World’s biggest Bike Jumble and a Food Festival.
Last year’s event got brilliant reviews, and this year’s event looks set to be even better. So if you’re thinking about taking part (on a Stan Pike), please get in touch through the Contact Form. It would be fantastic to meet up for a chat and a Stan Pike photo opportunity.
Was Chris Davey (below) the only rider on a Stan Pike in 2014?
By the way, tickets are said to be selling like hot cakes. Don’t delay, buy today!
“John Woodburn is a most remarkable rider… notably the End-to-End record (Land’s End to John O’Groats) which he broke in 1982 at the age of 45.”
John Woodburn (born 1937), was a British road and time-trial cyclist, who set the Land’s End to John O’ Groats (end-to-end) record in 1982 with a time of 1 day, 21 hours and 3 minutes, with an average speed of 18.828mph. He broke the existing record by 96 minutes.
And guess what? He rode the the 848 miles on a Stan Pike. Actually, two Stan Pike bikes were used*.
Click on the extracts from Cycling, May 12, 1984 to read about his epic cycle ride.
A film by Ray Pascoe, John Woodburn: 2 days and 2 nights Revisited, is available on DVD here. There are several shots of Stan and a closing shot of him with the record breaking bike at the end.
John’s time was beaten by Andy Wilkinson in October 1990 by less than two minutes. The record is now 44 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds, set by Gethin Butler in 2001 when he cycled a route of 840 miles.
John added to his long list of achievements by winning the RTTC’s national 12-hour championship on a Stan Pike…
*Two frames were made for the record breaking event. One broke (and we think was later repaired and returned to John), and the other is owned by the Pike family. Both frames were made from Reynolds 753.
There have been a number of frames advertised for sale with descriptions such as: “It is the same build as the John Woodburn frame that he rode on his End-to-End“
The Pike name will forever be linked to the Woodburn record. When people advertise a frame with the description “same build” as the record-breaking bike, they own a Stan Pike frame, built by Stan Pike, but not a replica of the Woodburn frame. Noreplicas of the John Woodburn frames were ever built.
John passed away, aged 80, on Friday 15th April 2017.