A Warm Welcome to Velo Vintage

Since we held our first Occasion & Ride, the gathering of old & new friends has grown, yet we hold dear to our hearts our first thoughts "Time to cycle, take tea, converse and dress with style". We hope you enjoy your visit here and that perhaps you'll join us for tea and a cycle.

Tickets now on sale

27th March
2 weeks to go until Barnstaple!

We fully expect to see this fine Pashley, ridden by a local lady to Barnstaple at our Occasion & Ride on Saturday 11th April. It was spotted here, just off the Tarka Trail, indeed where we shall be riding on the day.

Do let us know what you'll be riding on the day.

24th March
Today we popped out to meet with our wonderful and traditional artisan cyder makers. Mark Venton makes a wonderful drop of captured Devon sunshine and it is this special libation of the West Country which will greet riders at the end of our inaugural event in Barnstaple on 11th April. By the way, have you brought your ticket yet?

14th March
A little preview of some of the route for Saturday 11th April
7th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride
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7th Velo Vintage Invitation
26th February
Tickets go on sale today at 12:00 noon!
Click the ticket below

23rd February

Ladies and Gentlemen, We do of course adore our vintage machines, however quite simply we love bicycles. All ages of bicycles are welcome to be used at Velo Vintage as with the addition of a basket, some flowers and a well attired rider we think you'll be in the spirit of the Occasion & Ride. Huzzah to Amanda, seen here a few years ago on one of our outings.

20th February 2015

This splendid photograph was apparently taken near Barnstaple. Is the fellow with the shotgun about to start the race? Nice touch Sir! Off with a bang! We're so excited about our first event of 2015 and would like to thank Barnstaple Town Council for helping and supporting us on this, our first venture to the north coast of Devonshire. Tickets, which sadly we have to limit, will go on sale on this website, at about Midday, on Thursday 26th February. Huzzah! 

17th February
We think this postcard from 1907 is rather special and hope that when we ride the streets of Barnstaple on Saturday 11th April we shall look as elegant.
Ticket details to be announced very soon! Huzzah!

9th February 2015
We are all rather excited at Velo Vintage HQ as we have a truly top year ahead of us and our first of the year Occasion & Ride is feeling quite close. Tickets will go on sales very soon for our event in Barnstaple
Saturday 11th April 2015

3rd January 2015
"A very Happy New Year to you all."
A few dates for your diary, which we hope to hold events on. We have to say that we have rather a lot of work to do before we recommend you using indelible ink with these dates, however we'll keep you posted.

17th December 2014
"Christmas Greetings" to you all.
We've had a truly fabulous 2014 with two Velo Vintage Occasions and a number of events where we've been invited along. We’re lucky enough to meet such wonderful people along the way and have such terrific fun, we both feel very fortunate indeed.
May you all have just the very best of times over the festivities and we look forward to pedalling with you in 2015.
Toodle Pip!
Alistair & Sebastian  


Thursday 4th December
Huzzah! The film is finished.
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Wednesday 3rd December
Still working hard on the moving images....
not long now.

Tuesday 2nd December
We just a wonderful time on Saturday.
The weather was generous, the riders gloriously attired and courteous and the well wishers exuberant.
Thank you from Messrs Cope & Son to the Stewards and all of the Velo Vintage riders.

Some of our Winners!

Friday 28th November

Thursday 27th November
We're sorry to post this as we would just love everyone to join us, but we are sadly now down to our last couple of tickets. If you've ridden on one of our occasions before, do let us know if you've just failed to get a ticket and we'll give you priority on any cancellations.

Wednesday 26th November

We shall be sending out from Velo Vintage H.Q. a communication to all registered riders of the 6th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride, which takes place this Saturday in Exeter. Do check your post as there is some jolly important stuff to read. Not long now! Huzzah! 

Wednesday 19th November
A little something for the afternoon, or anytime of day really. Following on from the mug we produced at our last event, here is our latest addition. We're not really into the whole mail order thingy yet, however if you'd like one, let us know and you can pick it up on 29th November at our next event.

Tuesday 18th November
We have some friends to greet us at The Globe Inn

11 days to go! We've not done this before, but we need to let you know that we have almost run out of tickets for our next event! We have to restrict numbers so that we can pop indoors. So now is the time to get your ticket as they won't be for sale on the day.

Monday 17th November
Splendid to see so many of us in the WMN on Sunday!

Sunday 16th November
Less than two weeks to go! Huzzah!
Click the Penny for tickets.

Friday 14th November
We do love music, it seems to make the wheels turn around and so you'll be delighted to know that at the end of our ride on 29th we have a brilliant Gypsy Jazz band booked to help us all relax after our ride and tour of the county town and cathedral city of Exeter. 

Thursday 13th November
We have been asked "Can we ride a modern bicycle?" Well yes indeed you can, look at these fine ladies. All we ask is that you add a few decorations, perhaps a bit of holly or a few flowers to enter into the occasion. We've even got a small prize for the best decorated bicycle. 

Monday 10th November

We have been asked about attire for our 6th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride on the 29th. Well although we applaud the chaps in the photograph, we think this time of year provides a splendid opportunity to don a hat, scarf and heavy coat. Tweed is undoubtedly tops for outer garments.

Huzzah! Tickets now on Sale!
Saturday 8th November

Friday 7th November

We're all rather busy at HQ getting ready for noon tomorrow.

Wednesday 5th November
We encourage all ages of bicycles, not just vintage, but would ask that you perhaps decorate the more modern steeds in a traditional manner. So no need to panic if you haven't as yet secured a vintage ride.

Thursday 30th October

Tickets will go on sale more or less at midday on Saturday 8th November for our 6th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride and this time we're in the wonderful cathedral city of Exeter.

Sadly we have to restrict the number of tickets due to the size of the venues. We thought it prudent to make some indoor provision just in case of a little precipitation.

Wednesday 1st October
The clock is ticking and the bells chiming as we get closer to the 6th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride in Devon.
Saturday 20th September

We love a celebration and naturally a birthday, so a few hours spent to acknowledge 200 years of the family run business Lugets in Exeter was just the moment to get out a brace of pennies. We were joined by three strapping fellows from Exeter Chiefs, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Johnson and Dean Mumm, two of whom tried a little Ordinary cycling! Good effort chaps!

Tuesday 26th August
Sometimes it seems almost impossible to get three people into the same room at the same time. Last night we were delighted to present an overflowing basket of goodies from Lyme Bay Winery to the winner our Best Dressed Lady competition back in June!

Congratulations to Wendy and thank you to Andy Miller for stepping in as photographer and also for letting us use his hostelry for the relaxed presentation. We all had a truly splendid evening.

The 5th Occasion & Ride - Huzzah!
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5th Ringtons Velo Vintage Film

Friday 20th June 2014
Chapeau! Huzzah!

Well done to our Winners!

Wednesday 18th June 2014

By gosh, that was some day! Thank you all for making our 5th Occasion & Ride so very special.
Social media seems to be buzzing with photographs of the day and it was a terrific moment to see us on the BBC! We shall probably go a little quiet here, however we'll be posting photographs of our competition winners as soon as we can.

Thank you all so very much for taking so much time and trouble with your attire and bicycles. Everyone looked just fabulous!

Toodle Pip for now!
Alistair & Sebastian

Dear Riders of the
5th Ringtons Velo Vintage

Hooray! the sun is going to shine!

It might even be too hot for tweed!

Most of the information you need to know for this Sunday is on:

Next Event & Tickets
With a rough time schedule and even a map at the bottom to say where we start and finish (the same place actually). 

We're full steam ahead at H.Q. now, so if we go a bit quiet don't worry, we'll see you on Sunday or do pop along on Saturday if you would like to still register or pick up your rider numbers! (see below)

Ticket Details: Just a little reminder that you do need to book tickets before the event as you cannot purchase tickets on the day. Online ticket sales on PayPal via our website will remain open (subject to availability) until 20:00 hours this Saturday 14th June - Click & Scroll a Little (sounds like a dance move!) however it would be really great and we have to say helpful if you could book before. Thank you.  The Old Fashioned Way - You can purchase your ticket and pick up your ride numbers at Bumble & Bee, Manor Gardens, Exmouth where we're going to set up a little desk between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm this Saturday 14th June. It would be lovely to see you and answer any questions you might have. Please bring good old fashioned money as we are unable to operate online or take credit cards here.
Below is what we like to think of as a bit of a diary. If you have the time, just scroll away and enjoy some of our postings from the past. If you are a little pressed for minutes, then click one of the headings on the left to take you to the next page.  Latest newsletter is out - click here

Wednesday 11th June
Looking jolly fine!

How's it going chaps?

Thursday 5th June

Only 9 sleeps
    to go ...

Tuesday 3rd June

Many congratulations to Gemma & Johnny who were married on Saturday.
Herbert Hercules, our trusty tandem had a fab day too!

Thursday 29th May
We are truly delighted that the ever colourful & entertaining Exmouth Town Crier Roger Bourgein will be in attendance at the 5th Ringtons Velo Vintage on 15th June and indeed will be shouting us on our way!

Wednesday 28th May
We popped over to Exmouth Festival last night to listen to one of the bands playing at our next Occasion & Ride, they were just tops! Here's a tiny snippet of what we have in store for you all!
The artist at work is the unmistakable Michael Buckland - Artist in the Park

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Tuesday 27th May
Latest newsletter is out, just click the bowler!

Friday 23rd May
Thank you for your posts and emails regarding the porcelain mug, we've just ordered a few and hope to have them for collection on the 15th June. We are going to charge 10 Guineas (£10 to Velo Vintage & 50p to Headway Devon). If you'd like one just send us a message and we'll put one by for you.

Wednesday 21st May

Last night we attended the Bike Film Night in Exeter and held a small private draw with the winner gaining a ticket for the 5th Ringtons Velo Vintage. Well the lucky lady winner, has entered the spirit of things and sent us a photograph of herself in a bicycle sidecar with her parents taken about 1951/2. Thank you so much for sharing this Yvonne and we look forward to seeing you on 15th June.

Thursday 15th May

Its getting very close now, just one month to go until our summer occasion and with today's burst of sunshine, we're thinking lots of bunting, beaches, boats & bikes! As well of course, cream teas, cider & live music! By gosh, we can hardly contain ourselves. We can not sell tickets on the day so do make sure you've purchased them before.

Tuesday 13th May

We're rather proud to say that this fine collection is currently winging its way to the shire of Devon as we type! No doubt you'll see one or two of them quite soon, flying the flag for the 5th Ringtons Velo Vintage.

Monday 12th May

Best Beard - Finest Example of Pogonotrophy
Best Moustache - Most Marvellous Moustache
We are delighted that the renowned purveyor of a most first class range of delectable gentleman’s grooming requisites has stepped forward to support and sponsor two competitions.

We welcome Captain Fawcett aboard for the 5 Ringtons Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride, however the fellow is no stranger to us as his famed wax supports Cope Jr’s creations and Cope Snr has often been spotted invigorating his facial hair with the Captain’s finest ‘Private Stock’ Beard Oil.

Gentlemen, grow with pride and may the best display win!

Tuesday 6th May
One of our posters that are popping up all over the jolly place! Have you seen one?
Would you like one?
Here we go
poster.pdf (PDF — 701 KB)
Thursday 1st May
Just 44 days to go! Huzzah!
If you would like us to send some of our fab flyers to you to hand to your friends - just ask away and we'll give some to Postie. 

Saturday 26th April
The latest newsletter is being delivered today.

Thursday 24th April
We're just catching our breath after a truly fantastic Every Penny Counts ride for Headway Devon. Thank you all for your help and support, we hope that this little film gives you an idea of how it went.
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Thursday 10th April
Countdown to the Every Penny Count Ride

Alistair and hopefully a few others, will be riding from Bristol to Exmouth over Easter. The donation button is now live and more details on the last page of this website.

Thank you for your support.....it really does help and every penny counts.

Alistair was out and about on his Penny for a little practice. Here he is seen meeting up with James Lambert the General Manager at Lyme Bay Winery who has very kindly offered some refreshments for our little challenge! Thank you James.

Monday 7th April
Our latest newsletter is out! Read all about it, just by clicking the link in green above (or Mr Postie).

Wednesday 2nd April
Ringtons Velo Vintage requests the pleasure of your company and also it would be rather splendid if you invited a friend too!
The weather was just fabulous for us at our last event in December (above) with 111 riders joining in. Last summer we had 225 taking part and this June we are hoping to double that, which will be just a stunning spectacle. 

We'd like to encourage you all to invite a friend and help build the Velo Vintage family.

Monday 31st March

Some wonderful news that we have been truly desperate to share with you all is that we have a new competition and the return of one of our fabulous sponsors from last summer. Welcome to Chapeau! who most appropriately will be sponsoring the Best Hat competition for both ladies and gentlemen.

Chapeau! it has to be said, is rather favoured by Cope Snr, who more or less lived in their cycling apparel last year on his canoe cycle challenge.
"Excellent attire", he claims.

Wednesday 26th March

"Cheers, slàinte, prost, santé, Iechyd da" we'll all be hearing as the best dressed lady and gent step up for their awards! Cheers indeed to Lyme Bay Winery who have stepped up to sponsor our Best Dressed competition.

We're delighted to be working with our good friends at this wonderful local company and we do rather love their fermented produce too!” 

Monday 24th March

A choice of two routes this year!
A long one and a short (ish) one. Mind you, there are many pleasant distractions on the way if you feel the need to shorten the short.

Thursday 20th March

Details of our Best Decorated Bicycle competition have just been added to our competition page! Huzzah! Thank you Bikelands of Exmouth for your sterling support.

Wednesday 12th March

We would like to encourage this rather resplendent retro look wonderfully portrayed by Mr G Brodie. We think this is the style needed for our 26 mile route that tackles some hilly sections on the way to our lunch stop

Tuesday 11th March

We have decided to use the vacation period over the long Easter weekend to ride our Penny Farthings (Ordinary Bicycles) from Bristol to Exmouth in the shire of Devon. 

Perhaps you'd care to join us?
More information from the Every Penny Counts Page

We would encourage you to send us images of yourself and your ride, just as this splendid fellow has done. Tim along with his good lady Jill have just signed up for the 5th Ringtons Velo Vintage in June.

Thursday 6th March

We are delighted to have press ganged Devon's 'original buoy band' to join us for the 5 Ringtons Velo Vintage. The Exmouth Shanty Men are one of the most entertaining acts to burst on to the folk scene in recent years and have just been presented with the "Stan Hugill Award" for the 'most authentic shanties' at the 33-year-old Krakow International Shanty Festival.

Wednesday 5th March

One of us (Cope Snr) has been frequenting this wonderful establishment for some 40 years (its a very difficult place to leave). We are delighted that it is our meeting venue for the two routes, a place to enjoy live music, a light lunch and of course if you so wish you can buy a drink!

 P.S. We've booked the Night Owls again!! Huzzah!

It's true! The ticket office will open this Thursday, the 27th February for our 5th Occasion & Ride.

Further details will be posted here everso soon.

We're not going to let a drop of rain stop us preparing for our next event and so tickets will go on sale on Thursday 27th February 2014, probably during the evening.

Friday 13th December 2013
We had a truly wonderful day, we hope you like our little film of the 4th Rintons Velo Vintage.

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Wednesday 11th December

Dear All,
We would just like to thank all those who supported the charity draw on Saturday for Headway Devon. We have just heard that £321.12 was raised.
We are very grateful.

Alistair & Sebastian 

Monday 9th December 2013

Truly splendid coverage in the Western Morning News, indeed top spot for our Best Dressed Lady Mrs C Stockley on the front page! Huzzah!

 Onto page 4, apart from a fellow on a Penny Farthing getting the way a few more of our riders are caught in action. Tremendous stuff!

Thank you all for turning our
4th Ringtons Occasion & Event
into such a special day. You all take so much trouble with your attire, your bicycles and your impeccable approach to the day that couldn't fail to lift the hearts of all we met and passed.

Wednesday 5th December

We can now barely contain our excitement! Just a day and a bit to go!

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Monday 2nd December
& less than 4 days to go!

Some of our trusty Stewards were out and about for their final practice ride over the weekend.
They are such a sterling bunch.

Wednesday 27th November

We are truly delighted that a star of the silver screen is joining us at the start of our Occasion & Ride in just over a weeks time. 

Oliver the Oldsmobile who starred in "Churchill: The Hollywood years" is making a guest appearance at the start and may even lead our ride out, that is if the weather gods favour us as Oliver is a little
allergic to salt.

We would like to thank Stuart of Hollywood Limos for kindly offering to bring along Oliver to our event.
Saturday 23rd November

Out with the dispatch bag delivering invitations
for our next event.

Friday 22nd November

We've just found this lovely photograph from last year's December Occasion & Ride and what a glorious day it was. We just thought we'd let you know that we're doing our jolly best to arrange some fabulous sunshine like last last year


Monday 18th November

A superb prize has just been donated for our charity draw for Headway Devon, which will be held at our event on Saturday 7th December. Thoughts of summer picnics already!

Friday 15th November  Now we confess as gents endeavoring to dress correctly and so we frequent Alison's establishment and never leave empty handed! Chuffed to bits that Hanger 124 is sponsoring our Best Dressed Gent competition.


We love what Emma of Elegantly Waisted has done to her shop window in Exmouth, it's just fabulous and it's fabulous that they are our competition sponsor for the Best Dressed Lady. Thank you Emma.

A fabulous flurry of riders acquiring tickets yesterday, thank you all for your truly vintage support! 2/3rds of the allocated tickets have now gone so do sign up soon if you hope to be with us. 

Tuesday 12th November
For the Gentlemen who reside in Devon, we spotted a number of splendid uniforms in Alison's shop Hanger 124 in Fore Street, Exeter yesterday. Well worth popping in!

Caption Competition! Huzzah!

We thought, at our expense, we could have a little fun with this photographic image and encourage some captions to capture the moment. By way of a little reward, we are going to give to the winner two tickets to the Ringtons Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride on Saturday 7th December 2013 in Exmouth, Devonshire (afternoon tea and mulled cider included!) - Competition now closed.

Saturday 9th November
 We enjoyed a splendid drop of sunshine in the shire of Devon this weekend and so Cope Snr accompanied by fellow Penny rider Mr J Woolner carried out a gentle recce for the Ringtons Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride on Saturday 7th December. Suffice to say, we had a splendid time.

We do rather love our bicycles, indeed can become rather passionate about them as is quite clearly the case with many of you. So if you have signed up for our jolly on Saturday 7th December, do send us a photographic image of your ride as we'd love to post it here. Perhaps a little history as well. 

Now this fine fellow rather caught the eye of the judges and gained Best Dressed Gent last December, is he likely to be challenged on our 4th Occasion & Ride? You've just over 4 weeks to sort out your outfit and you have a choice!

Tickets are flying out of the door at a truly rapid rate so do please let your friends know as soon as you can. Toodle Pip!

It was a cold and misty start last December on our 2nd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride, but the sun came out to greet us! 

This year on what is our 4th Occasion & Ride, we have both warming and reviving tea from Ringtons and mulled cider when we get back to The Grapevine, mmmmmmm. And so much more .......

2nd November 2013

Tickets for the Ringtons Velo Vintage 4th Occasion & Ride on Saturday 7th December are now on sale. Huzzah!

31st October 2013 - Fabulous News!
We have teamed up with Ringtons for our 4th Occasion & Ride. We are truly delighted to be working with a family firm that was established in 1907 and that has such a stunning range of teas!

29th October 2013 - Huzzah! The race is on for tickets for the 4th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride. All past riders should now have received the top secret code, allowing them access to tickets. The code will be released later in the week for all aspiring Velo Vintage riders. Toodle Pip!

We are a little concerned that the friends of Mr M Fish have predicate a blustery evening on Sunday and trust that our pigeons arrive safely, if not do get in touch as we are, as per last winter, having to restrict places.

It would be splendid to see some original BSA bicycles at our Occasion & Ride in December. We have a themed period for our attire of 1930 to 1950's, but would like to focus on 1940 to 1945 so dig out those uniforms.

A week today, tickets will go on sale for our Christmas event to all past riders of our Velo Vintage Occasion & Rides. 

We have to say that we are already jolly excited about the day and have some splendid venues to revive and fortify our winter cyclists

Back from a little adventure, it’s now time to add the finishing touches to our
4th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride
and release details of how to purchase tickets.

We’re going for a 1930 to 1950s theme with a lot of encouragement for 1940 to 1945 and so we’re expecting a fine display of uniforms, which are always good in cold weather. More details on the next page.

The production team have been burning the midnight oil sifting through boxes of photographs and furlongs of film footage of what was a truly fabulous day.

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3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride 15th June 2013

 Thank you all for making our
3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride so very special.
Toodle Pip!

"Hip Hip! Huzzah!"

What a truly fabulous time we had on our
3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride!

An exceedingly large "thank you" to everyone who took part from sponsors, riders, friends and all who provided hospitality at the venues. We should also say a thank you to the weather that made the whole experience so quintessentially British!

It has been splendid to get the support of our local and regional papers who have given us a generous amount of coverage. This has only happened because you all took part in such a spirited manner and dressed with such wonderful style.

The last photographic image of our competition winners is another Chapeau! moment for Mr Allan Robinson.

 Our thanks to Will from Chapeau! for sponsoring this keenly fought battle for first place, for which our judges Sebastian and Adam set a high 'tache' standard! We also say Chapeau Sir! to Mr Robinson for his most appropriate necktie.

We say! Chapeau!
to Sue Andrew for a most imaginative tache of quite substantial proportions that stole the day in a competition that had the ladies in a quandary! Thank you to Will of Chapeau! for stepping forward, sponsoring the competition and presenting a most desirable voucher for Chapeau! goods

The winner of our Best Decorated Bicycle sponsored by Bikelands was Hayley Marchant, who as it happens has been seen in many a publication having been caught on camera on our 1st event.

Congratulations Hayley and beautifully presented Holly.

The winner at our 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride competition for the Anglo-French Best Dressed Lady sponsored by Cycle West was Mrs Tam Jackson who looked more French than the French!

Well done Mrs Jackson!

The winner of our Anglo-French Best Dressed Gent sponsored by Cycle West was Mr Strowger who looked resplendent and we feel would blend perfectly into a crowd in France. 

Many congratulations Mr Strowger!

Winner of the Ringtons Tea Best Dressed Lady was an impeccably turned out young lady from Lympstone. Authoress and our judge for the day Naomi Thompson said "I love the attention to detail, Miss Pearson has done so well". The award was presented by sponsors Marc & Carol Griffiths of Ringtons Tea and the
Mayor of Exmouth Cllr John Humphreys who joined us for the day.

Winner of the Ringtons Tea Best Dressed Gent was the inimitable Mr Rodgers who seemed to be quite the photographers favorite over the day. Naomi Thompson judged the keenly fought contest and the award was presented by sponsors Marc & Carol Griffiths and the Mayor of Exmouth Cllr John Humphreys who joined us for the day.

Well done Mr Rodgers! Chapeau!

We have heard back from Holly Keatings of Headway Devon who is, as we are, truly delighted to announce that the raffle and collection raised £403.97!!

Thank you all for your generosity, thank you also to Mark Fairhurst, Liz Pannell of Devon Leather and also Elizabeth Candelent of
A Little Bird Told Me for their gifts.

A Velo Vintage rider has just sent this photograph on to us after he stumbled across it in the West Wing. 

Its a splendid photographic image of a stunning coastline and we look forward to riding along it together this Saturday with over 200 vintage attired cyclists!
Toodle Pip!
Alistair & Sebastian

We are holding a charity draw on our 3 Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride to raise funds for Headway Devon, a local charity dedicated to improving life after brain injury. 
As many of you will know, my sister Ros suffered a serious head injury in 2000 and as a consequence and after a long battle died last month. It would have been her 60 birthday on Sunday and so it seems very appropriate to ask Headway Devon along to our event to help raise funds for their work in the community.

We have two fabulous prizes: A print donated by Mark Fairhurst and tool roll number 001 donated by Liz Pannell of Devon Leather. Many thanks to you both; I am very grateful for your support.

Tickets for the draw will be £1.00 each and Holly Keatings from Headway is not only collecting for the charity but riding with us.
Thank you all,

The 3rd is on the 15th

...... and we are officially excited!

....and there's more! Just when you thought the day was over....it started again! Don't plan to depart early Velo Vintage Riders as live music and sizzling food will take us through the evening after our 3rd Occasion & Ride.

Ladies & Gentlemen, we are delighted to announce that our exceedingly special emergency rations are being provided by Captain Tiptoes! It's going to be a very special day on Saturday 15th June 2013 Huzzah!

Dear Velo Vintage riders of the 3rd Occasion & Ride,

We have just released our e-pigeons and trust that they will be with you ever so soon! Do please look in that pesky spam box, just in case it fell in there. 

If you haven't received one just let us know and we'll wing one to you as soon as we have fed the birds.
Toodle Pip!
Alistair & Sebastian

We as pleased as punch or should we say tea! Ringtons, wonderful tea and coffee people who date back to 1907 are sponsoring our Best Dressed Category!

We are delighted to announce that an exceedingly popular Westcountry ale will great you and revive you upon your return to Spoken Cafe & Bar after our 10 mile excursion.

It can be supped and enjoyed to the sound of The Night Owls as we announce our final competition winners and watch a short fashion parade.

We discovered this gem of an outfitter the other day, just across the border in Dorset. It dates back to 1884 and it’s well worth reading their history. We spoke to Sue England who was most friendly and helpful. We just thought it would be nice to give them a little mention in case one or two of you are still giving thought to your best dressed attire!

We have heard that we might have our first full size ordinary bicycle on our 3 Occasion and Ride a week this Saturday! That would indeed be splendid! 

Bring them out ladies and gentlemen, we feel sure
that you’ll be cycling head and shoulders
above the rest of us!

We've just been sent a photograph of this fine steed that will be at our occasion & ride, which is now in less than two weeks time! 

We are delighted to say that we have made the glossies again, with a fabulous 3 page feature in the EX Magazine! With photographs from our first two Occasions & Rides many of you can be spotted! Huzzah!

Just two weeks to go until our 3 Occasion & Ride and things at Velo Vintage HQ is all pretty busy! We’re so looking forward to meeting our friends and making new ones!

We've heard that Herbert Hercules our tandem may well have some company on our 3rd Occasion & Ride! "Excellent" we say, we just love tandems!

On the 15 June part of our ride will take us through the delightful and pretty estuary village of Lympstone. Indeed our route takes us immediately passed the Swan Inn in the very heart of the village and so we considered it a tad rude not to swan in into
The Swan Inn. 

Emma-Leigh as Marilyn Monroe has popped up in the Express & Echo again! Our popular regional paper has given us a very nice mention in their “The Month Ahead”. 

Our good friend, talented, artistic & sartorially correct gentlemen
Mr Mark Fairhurst is most kindly providing
a prize for our
 3rd Occasion
& Ride on Saturday 15th June. Thank you Sir! 

We shall reveal just how you can win this splendid work of art ever so soon. For the moment, we thought you’d like to see some cyclists in a rather bank holiday weekend setting.

We do rather love this photograph of a vintage tandem.
Herbert Hercules will of course be out and about on our 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride with Naomi Thompson as the very elegant stoker.

 It would be splendid to see a few more, as somehow a tandem always brings a smile to those who watch and gaze as we pass by.

Best Tache Competition for Ladies and Gent’s!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome aboard our 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion and Ride our friends at Chapeau! 

We love their cycling garments and although it’s not strictly Devon clotted, we are soothed by their most practical cream! Just click the bowler to enter the world of Chapeau! 

Full competition details will be posted later today! Huzzah! Chapeau to Chapeau!

We would like to thank Exmouth Town Council who support us so much with our Occasions & Rides and in particular they are supporting us at A la Ronde for our afternoon cream tea. 

We are so looking forward to the music of The Night Owls, who will be playing for us at
 Spoken Cafe upon our return to Exmouth. 

The Night Owls are a four piece cafè jazz band that play hot syncopated songs of the 1920′s and wooing love songs of the 1930′s and 40′s and are based in the Southwest. 

With under a month to go until our 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride we think of our volunteer Stewards who have some practice evenings ahead and an early start on the day! 

If you would like to help as a volunteer Steward and you live near to Exmouth we might have a few places available, as a couple of our Stewards may be temporarily departing Blighty.

“Young man, I fully expect you to be propelling your own bicycle in 4 weeks time and by the by, have you brought your ticket yet?”

Huzzah! Another of our rider's on our 3rd Occasion & Ride next month have sent us on a photograph of their steed for the day. We are delighted that Mr Conner will be riding his restored Pedersen.

Congratulations go to Mr Tim Bucknall for a successful restoration project on his magnificent Aumon Tricycle, a conveyance that we have all come to know and love. 

Just a little reminder that if you're planning your weekend in Exmouth for our 3rd Occasion & Ride on 15th June, our dear friends at Blitz & Peaces have plans for us on Sunday!
We have to admit that we are rather chuffed to see a half page photograph and article in the June issue of Homes & Antiques! We picked up our copy late yesterday evening and felt an inner warm glow that our Occasion & Ride had made a glossy magazine.

A nice mention of Naomi Thompson our Best Dressed judge and we think that 4 extra issues might be purchased as it’s a rather splendid photographic image of our four Velo Vintage riders:

 Roland & Helen Morey, Huw Akiba-Jones
and Jason James.

"My Dear, this is most definitely an occasion not to be missed. I've secured my ticket, have you?

The 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride is set to be a fabulous day with a record number of registered riders, some fabulous venues and splendid entertainment!

It’s fabulous to have so many people signing up for our 3rd Occasion & Ride in June that we have never met before. Thank you all for passing on the news to your family and friends.

 Just to let you know, that we hope to get a little newsletter out to all of you who are on our mailing list. We thought a little update would be rather nice.

 By the way dear friends, we did mention the little hill just before our tea stop at A la Ronde didn't we? It’s nothing to worry about, indeed it’s an opportunity for a little stroll and to enjoy the Devon hedgerows.

We had a truly delightful surprise today when we opened a manila envelope from a Velo Vintage friend.

 Inside and completely unexpected was this delightful stitch work, which we’re going to have framed and make sure it is present at our next occasion in June. 

Thank you very much Jeni, for your very kind and thoughtful gift.

Just a little reminder that our friends at Bikelands hire some beautiful bicycles if you need one for our next Occasion & Ride on 15 June.

 In this photograph taken by Sam White of light-play  in the camera obscura we have Rebecca and Holly looking rather fab.

 Sam from Light-Play has very kindly offered to take a picture of the winning Best Dressed Lady and the Best Dressed Gent as part of their winning prize! Thank you Sam, you’re a gentleman of the highest order.

We think this photograph is rather splendid; it was taken at the Tweed Run in London by Akira Chatani.                

Sebastian is centre stage below the Duke of York Memorial and fully focused, Alistair is further back, facing away from the camera and as usual engaging in the art of conversation!

 We’re already looking forward to our group photograph in June and have some fab ideas at A la Ronde.

We are delighted to announce the sponsorship of a very special competition for our
3 Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride
Saturday 3rd June!

To celebrate the launch of the Anglo-French cycle route, the Tour de Manche, a luxury hamper of French and English goodies will be awarded to the best dressed dame and the best dressed monsieur (and their bicycles) kitted out in the most “fantastique” French costume!

So dear riders of the 3rd Velo Vintage, go Gallic!

Herbert Hercules on tour with stoker AK from Switzerland, a regular power house from the Cancellara stable it seems!

Rumour has it that an authoress of vintage note will be stoker on our 3 Occasion and Ride in June!

A message from one of our riders, Tim Bucknall "Just an update…..the Aumon tricycle is still in many pieces! 

The rebuilt axle is back from Oxfordshire, where it has been rebuilt by a tricycle specialist! The new rims are currently being painted in Cullompton, and we hope to build up the new wheels next week! Gearbox is sorted (I think & hope!!) I am also treating myself to a new Brooks B73 saddle (ouch!).  Still got to find someone to repair the old carbide lamp suspension springs……     A friend of mine will also be riding my 1910 Sunbeam Royal on June 15.

It’s the 15 April and in two months time it will be the 15 June and our 3 Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride. We have doubled the amount of tickets available and with over half the places now spoken for, it’s time to encourage your friends along for a gentle cycle, afternoon tea and of course to dress with style! 

After the event there will be the opportunity to continue our ‘vintage’ fun during the evening and again on Sunday! More details very soon.

Alistair will mostly be riding Herbert Hercules in town this weekend and Sebastian will be out and about on our Pashley Guvnor! Tally Ho!

11th April 2013 - Picking up our flyers today!

Two jolly important chaps from our December Occasion. The Best Dressed Man of the day and the bicycle talented Magic Bike Mike who can fix a broken steed anywhere! We’re delighted that both fine fellows will be with us in June.

We shall be releasing details of our best dressed competitions very soon; however we thought we should advise all gentlemen that the standard appears to have been set by those fellows from The Guvnors Assembly! One of their flock has caught the eye of our judges and taken full owners on our first two occasions! Gentlemen, can you wrestle this accolade away or will this band of well dressed chaps retain it?

We had a wonderful time this week with Sam and his Camera Obscura at our June afternoon tea venue A la Ronde. Sam has posted the photographs of the afternoon here http://light-play.org/2013/04/04/a-vintage-visit/ it’s going to be a fun addition to a most unique location for our tea stop on Saturday 15 June this year.
Tickets 12 Guineas (£12.60)

We are exceedingly excited that Sam White will be joining us on our 3 Velo Vintage occasion & ride in June this year together with his walk in camera obscura. He is seen here assembling his light contraption yesterday. It has a rather futuristic look to the outside and produces a wonderful soft image on the inside that Sam can capture for you all. We’re looking forward to a lot of fun as those on the inside watch those posing on the outside, no doubt with a cuppa to hand.

Velo Vintage – Devon Leather Prize!

The next competition we’d like to tell you about is all rather exciting! There are no guidelines, rules or help, apart from “Time to cycle, converse, take tea & dress with style”. Rather cryptic you might think, well yes, but how tantalising is a mystery?

The winner will receive a little piece of history, the first Velo Vintage – Devon Leather tool roll seen in this photograph and numbered 001.

 It is currently on the back seat of Herbert Hercules and so just might have been seen; indeed it will no doubt be spotted in London very soon!

To stand a chance of winning tool roll 001, just register for our next occasion and turn up!

Bikelands have been kind enough to sponsor our best decorated bicycle competition on all of our occasions; here is Amanda Denham on her winning decorated bicycle from our 1st Velo Vintage. Well done Amanda
Over the next few weeks we shall be posting details of our various competitions. “Splendid stuff” we hear you say, even a “yippeeeeeee!” and we heartily agree, because Velo Vintage is all about fun!
 We are delighted to welcome back as competition sponsors our very dear and lovely friends at Bikelands, who many of you are getting to know. They are, quite naturally sponsoring the ‘Best Decorated Bicycle’ competition and may the best bike win!
Harry Lucas (Lucas Lights) with cycling friends, all beautifully dressed as if they were about to set out on a Velo Vintage occasion & ride. Unsurprisingly they also have some splendid front lights, no doubt we’ll spot one or two in June, but hopefully not needed, that is until the party is over!Mr Bucknall, you clearly would have been at home in this group!
We made the local papers; in fact we made the headlines!
Thank you all for the beautiful way that you are attired at our occasions and rides, it makes our days so special for everyone and Exmouth appreciates the effort we make.
Exmouth is Devon’s oldest seaside resort and boasts a two mile long golden sandy beach, it was a “fashionable” place to visit during Victorian times and we will indeed bring fashion and style on Saturday 15 June! Our ride will take in a gentle cycle along the seafront and esplanade. May the sun shine upon us!
A little pause after a short sharp hill on the 1st Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride. Some of us are perhaps a little short of gears!
Tickets are now available for our 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride, just click the bunting below for detail of the day!
One of our riders has just sent us this photograph of the bicycle he is hoping to ride on 15 June. It is, as we can see a bit of a project, in fact he’s not quite sure what it is! We think it might be a Raleigh, any suggestions?
Do please send us photographs of the bicycle you hope to ride and any related story, that’s all very much part of Velo Vintage.
We are now fully open for bookings of our 3rd Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride. You can book your place via PayPal by clicking the bunting below. The cost is 12 Guineas (£12.60 in modern money).
 For a little more detail of the day, have a look at our Events & Occasions page and browse our photographs and short films to give you an idea of our past events.
Once you have made a payment we’ll confirm personally by email as soon as we can, it’s not automated, so if we’re away from our desks, there might be a bit of delay until we've finished our tea and cake.
We can and do indeed like other forms of payment, so do contact us and suggest how you’d like to pay for your place.
A varied trio of bicycles on the 1 Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride, seen here on the Exe Trail, we are open for registration for our next occasion on ride on 15 June 2013. Do join us.
We rather like the assortment of bicycles in this photograph from our first occasion and ride. It’s unusual as Mr Young is not on his usual steed, but a Pashley Parabike.
We do like variety and from what we’ve heard expect a considerable assortment this summer.
On a rather chilly morning on location at A la Ronde, our afternoon tea venue, we momentarily left our photo shoot to capture a few moments on film for your amusement. It was a day when Sebastian wanted to read.
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We’re looking forward to summer warmth and summer colours in June. Somehow they always put a smile on your face! A photo from last year says it all.
We had a splendid morning yesterday with Herbert Hercules riding some of our route for 15 June and most importantly visiting our wonderful venue for afternoon tea.
“Okay chaps, as we’ve ridden before, we have until this evening to get our tickets before they go on general release.”
“Okay Gentlemen, when the gun goes off get to that internet cafe as fast as you can and book your tickets for the Velo Vintage occasion on 15 June and please, can you get some for us as well?”
"Monsieur, please get us some tickets for Velo Vintage in June! We just love Devon cream teas!"
Registration for our occasion & ride on Saturday 15th June 2013 opens today for past riders and those in our little leather bound address book.
Registration will open fully next Monday, the 4th March 2013.
Numbers as usual will be limited.
Mr Tim Bucknall, one of our regular riders has contacted us with the news that his old Aumon tricycle (1911) is in hospital for major surgery!
After 102 years, most of the wheel bearings are rather tired, the rims bent, drive shaft bearings oval and drive hub twisted! On top of that, Mr Bucknall experienced “some gearbox trouble” when last out with us in December (we assume that was with regard to the Aumon and not himself)!
We would all like to wish the old Aumon tricycle a very speedy recovery and trust that it will be fit and well for our June occasion. Quite simply it wouldn’t be the same without Mr Bucknall and his three wheeled steed!
“Good Morning Victoria, Don’t forget that on Monday afternoon we can sign up for the next Velo Vintage occasion.”
We spotted this rather
impressive chain wheel and chain on an 1898 vintage bicycle in Bonneval, France last year, just prior to Sir Bradley’s rather impressive vintage moment!
Engineering has moved on a tad, however the simple efficient principle remains the same.
More details soon, however just to let you know and as is our custom, ladies and gentlemen from our past occasions will be offered the chance to register first, followed by those in our address book. Do let us know if you would like your name popped into our book.
We do find that a full amount of facial hair keeps you jolly warm on these chilly mornings and we shall of course have a little competition on 15th June in this area, but perhaps just a little different from usual.
We spotted this beautiful lamp in Bonneval , France on the day that Sir Bradley rode his stunning individual time trial – no one could hold a candle to him that day!
We should add that Sir Bradley used a different bike on that day, indeed one that was painted the same colour as a daffodil.
We have had so many fabulous comments from people about our Christmas Ride, for example from Suzanne Birkett of Exmouth Town Council “I have to say that you all brought something very special and unique to the day.  Please pass on my gratitude.”, We agree, you all made it such a special day and so “thank you” all.
Next Occasion!
We now have a firm date for our next occasion, which is Saturday 15 June 2013, which will take place in Exmouth and the area again with a very special setting for afternoon tea. As per usual, we will make sure that tickets are offered first of all to all have been on one of our occasions. More details on this we hope during February.
We have a few other little surprises that we’re working on and we’ll send you details as soon as they’ve been finalised. Toodle Pip! Alistair & Sebastian
We would like to thank you all for your support and friendship during 2012. We’ve had some fabulous cycle rides with many of you around the country and we look forward to many more during 2013 (we might even stray across the Channel with a few of you).
Have a relaxing, joyful Christmas and an adventurous, entertaining, social and naturally well attired 2013. May your bicycles forever take you to new places and new friendships.
Many Toodle Pips!
Alistair & Sebastian Cope.
We hope that this little film reminds you of a fun day if you were there or shows you a little of what we like to get up to at Velo Vintage.
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We love this photograph taken by Graham Brodie, it really captures what was a cracker of a day!
Just between us, we've been invited back by Exmouth Town Council and so Saturday 6th December 2013 is one for your diary! We like planning ahead!
Not only do Blitz & Peaces entertain us, but they also take some fab photographs! Just click their photograph to view them!
We going to be
rather busy today making sure everything is ready for everyone for tomorrow’s Cycle West – Velo Vintage. However, we are so excited and so looking forward to our day at the seaside with you all in Exmouth, Devon.
Travel safely, keep warm and of course, dress with style! Toodle Pip! Alistair & Sebastian
We are really pleased to welcome Magic Bike Mike on board for tomorrow’s occasion. Mike will be providing our mechanical support and who better to have than our local bike builder! He’s a talented fellow this Mike, if you get time ‘like’ mike, just click his street sign.
It looks as if we're going to be working late at Velo Vintage HQ to get everything ready for our next little occasion on Saturday, but we are all so jolly excited about the day!
The Guvnor has been slightly modified for the weekend, you should all be able to both see and hear it.
Black Cow - Pure Milk Vodka: from the heart of the West Dorset countryside. We are truly delighted to experience the invention of Jason Barber and we feel sure that you will be just as delighted too......that is of course, if you’re taking part in our occasion.
On Saturday, our volunteer Stewards will be there to help you, just look for their Cycle West Velo Vintage armbands. They have all been busy working towards our little occasion and if you get a moment do say “hello” and “thank you”.
We have booked some very comfortable bunkhouse accommodation in a rural location, about 2 miles easy cycling from Exmouth town centre. Some of our wonderful Stewards have reserved beds and we have a few beds remaining.
It is very clean and nicely appointed with 14 beds in three rooms. The cost is £15:00 per night per person. Do let us know as soon as you can if you are interested.
We do also still have a few places left for the ride on Saturday. Toodle Pip! Alistair and Sebastian.
We shall of course be checking the wind direction this Saturday in order to adjust our attire or even perhaps the route. Gloves, we believe may be appropriate.
Later on today, we hope to be sending out via our e-pigeon a most informative message to all of you who have registered for the Cycle West – Velo Vintage occasion this Saturday. We’re getting exceedingly excited!
“Would you be so kind as to accompany me on the Cycle West – Velo Vintage occasion next Saturday, 1st  December? We can enjoy, fine company, entertainment, hot spiced wine with mince pies and bakewell tart, together with a splendid cycle with friends new and old."
"Oh yes and the sky will be illuminated with fireworks at the end”
It’s difficult to know quite what to recommend with regards attire for our next occasion which, is now just a week away. It has, we admit been a tad damp of late in the shire and the lanes just a little agricultural on the surface. However, we have procured for the rider’s delectation an alcoholic measure that can best be described as essence of bovine. You will feel gently warmed from within upon our return from the excursion.
Velo Vintage made the back page headlines yesterday in a regional paper and not surprisingly the photograph features a lady in red.
The Midweek Herald very kindly announced our little occasion on Saturday 1 December which, we are so looking forward to.
Do join us if you can, we can only eat so many mince pies!
Splendid and inspirational work from Mark Fairhurst as usual; Mark is the fellow, who won the best dressed gent category on our last occasion. Its well worth popping across to Mark’s website for a gander at some of his other works, just click the snowmen!   
Another photograph from our last occasion in September, oh yes and by the way, did we mention that there is going to be a firework display at 7:30 pm on our next event on Saturday 1 December. Thank you Exmouth Town Council.
On our last occasion we had our midway break at The Bridge Inn and took a little time to enjoy some rather tasty slices of pie, cheese and practice the gentle art of conversation.
At our midway stop on our next ride, we thought a glass (or two) of hot spiced wine, together with mince pies and bakewell tart would rather be in order.
Just two weeks to go ...........have you registered yet? If not, go on to our next page, Events & Occasions.
Toodle Pip!
Tim Bucknall’s tricycle attracted a tremndous amount of attention on our last occasion and many  were keen to try it. Thank you for sharing Tim, it was a very special moment.
Just what Tim will be riding on our 1st December occasion only Tim knows!
“Darling, not long until the Cycle West Velo Vintage occasion, mince pies, spiced wine, coast and country cycling and can you believe it....fireworks!”
A bit of exciting, if not surprising news is that Laurel and Hardy will be coming along to entertain us. If like me, you thought they resided just beyond the vintage pearly gates, well we we’re wrong.
We spoke to Emma on Saturday about our next occasion on Saturday 1 December, but sadly she has to work. You will be missed Emma and we hope that you can make our next ride, however perhaps you can join us for a little bit of Christmas cheer at the end of your day.
Back in September, we had the pleasure of passing sometime over two days with Roger Toby Bourgein, Exmouth’s Town Crier. He is a fine fellow, who dresses resplendently and possess an exceedingly powerful voice.
We rather belatedly want to say “thank you” for making our day and hope that we may share some cheer with you on 1st December.
Have you ever noticed how some people seem to stand out in a crowd? It happens even on our relaxed vintage rides. Just click the lady in red to reserve a place on our 1st December occasion.
Well the newspapers seem to love us at the moment! I think it's because we had such a wonderful collection of riders on our little occasion.
This latest copy is from the Express & Echo, a popular regional paper
Rather splendid bit of coverage in the Exmouth Journal, as ever featuring that rather magnificent moustache of A Rodgers Esq.
The 1911 Aumon tricycle of T Bucknall Esq. also pops up as it did in many of the fine photographic collections from the day.
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