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An Old Bike Made New for Christmas

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NTW Member Brendan “Aggie” Hayden has shared with us a wonderful project he undertook last year. He took a sentimental piece of history and restored it to it glorious best! Well done Aggie, you did an fantastic job,

 

“While lots of kids received new bikes for Christmas, for my Dad (Tom Hayden), this Christmas brought a bike that certainly had the look of something new but was definitely from another era.

In the early 1950’s, he had purchased a second-hand Raleigh for “8 quid” from Corrigan’s Bike Shop on Mitchell Street from the late Jimmy Brett. It has been a long time since bicycles have been sold from this location…you are more likely to walk away from as it is now Ger Gavin House of Gifts. My dad took many a trip with his Raleigh over the railway bridge to work at the aluminium factory. And of course, the occasional cross-bar for my Mother (Kathleen).

The task of re-furbishing the bike was undertaken after I completed a Bicycle Mechanics course at Downland Cycles just outside Canterbury in England. After completely stripping down the bike to clean and salvage as many parts as possible, putting the old bike back together involved lots of elbow grease and several new parts.

Many thanks to Peter and David at Moynan’s for all their help (without which I could never have completed the task) in sourcing parts and assistance to get the bike back to its fully functional glory.

 

All the hard work paid off

 

All this made for a pretty special moment on Christmas morning to re-unite my dad with his classic Raleigh.”

-Brendan “Aggie” Hayden

The Coming Week…

Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.

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NTW Club Turbo Session Resume

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Turbo Training resumes in Ballycommon Hall on Tuesday 08th January @ 7pm sharp

Now that 2019 is upon us, it’s time to get serious about being prepared for the coming cycling year. Whether your target is racing, or a specific challenge such as that 160km sportive that you’ve been promising yourself to do, or even to enjoy your leisure cycling more, then the Turbo Training sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday night will benefit you hugely in achieving your goal.

 

All club members are strongly encouraged to support the Turbo classes.

Rob puts huge effort into each class, and the benefits of attending regularly are felt after only a few classes.

Non-members are welcome too!…

 

These sessions are open to anyone (not just current club members) who would like to come and join us and are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Ballycommon Hall. The sessions begin at 7pm sharp, so everyone will need to be setup and ready to go by 7pm. Anyone interested will need to bring their own bike and turbo trainer, and a mat or towel for under their bike to protect the floor. Remember, to get the best from these sessions it is advisable that you have real time access to your cadence and heart rate, and if at all possible, your power data.

 

There are two main ways to achieve this, either with a capable bike computer/cadence & heart rate sensor/power meter combination, or with a smart turbo trainer and a smart phone and heart rate sensor. Of course, if you don’t have this equipment you are still very welcome to come and do turbo training with us!

 

The club has a small number of spare turbo trainers that anyone can use if they do not have their own. These will be available on a first come first served basis, but existing club members and anyone who did the turbo sessions last season should really be looking to bring their own and leave the spare ones for new people to try.

 

Rob has put a lot of work into preparing for the turbo training sessions and there will be info. sheets available on the night, so we hope that as many as possible will follow the program.

 

Cost is €3 per session collected on the night, and there will be a sign-in sheet for all participants.

 

Good luck and enjoy the sessions.

 

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Club Updates

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Just a short report this week, not a lot happening in the run-in to Christmas.
Club Spins:
Sunday Red Group club spin:
A few of the lads headed out early on Sunday morning and rumour has it that it was a fast-paced
spin with no prisoners taken. Rob’s newly refurbished winter steed was well broken in. Mind you,
as the picture shows, the lads never pass their favourite café without stopping for refreshments.

Sunday Orange Group club spin:
Eight members departed Moynan’s at 9am and headed to Toomevara, turning right for
Ballinamona cross and on through Dolla, Silvermines and Shallee, before turning right and up onto
the Limerick-Nenagh road. A few headed back to Nenagh at that stage while the others headed for
Ballina and into Killaloe where they stopped for coffee. After that they headed for O’Briensbridge
and back to Nenagh via Daly’s cross. An enjoyable and excellent 77km put into the legs. Well
done all. Thanks to Sean O’Neill for the report.

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: No turbo session. Turbo resumes January 3rd 2019
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.

NOTE: This is the last website update until after Christmas. North Tipperary Wheelers would
like to wish all our members, friends, and families a happy and peaceful Christmas and a great
2019. 2018 was a busy but great year for NTW, and we look forward to more of the same in 2019.
Above all stay safe, especially if you are out cycling.

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Club Updates

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Just a short report this week(and a little late) , not a lot happening in the run-in to Christmas.

Club Spins:
Sunday Leisure Group club spin:
Only Ger and Kathy were out from the leisure group on Sunday. The went to Birdhill, up the ramp
and home again. No report of any avian mis-behaviour this week!

Sunday Orange Group club spin:
The orange group departed Moynan’s at 9am and headed north towards Portumna before turning
right at The Ferry Inn and out the Birr road. They then turned right and went through Lorrha village
before re-joining the Portumna to Nenagh road again just before Carrigahorig. From there they
decided to take the lumpy road home through Terryglass and Ballinderry. Cathal and Peter were
mad for road by all accounts and set a fairly fast pace. Overall around 80km done on a good dry
day for cycling. Thanks to Sean for the report.

The week ahead:
Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.

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Club Open Night:
The first Open Night of the year was held on Monday evening in Moynan’s Bike Shop. A good few
turned up on the night and they were able to renew or register their membership for the coming
year, buy club gear which was on display (some bargains in there still, so talk to Jan), discuss any
issue with regard to cycling with the club and cycling in general, and browse the great range of
bikes and cycling products in the shop. Many thanks to Peter and David for hosting us on the
night. As usual, great craic was to be had on what is a very sociable and enjoyable evening.
Conversation invariably turned to the eye-catching black Giant Propel Advanced 1 on display, and
Santa may have to make a few more deliveries than normal if the level of interest shown is
followed through! Peter kindly allowed us to try out some of the ebikes at the end of the night, and
after a short tour of the car park everyone who took one out returned with a smile on their faces.
Officials will have to be extra vigilant at the club races and time trials for 2019.

Club Spins:

Sunday Leisure Group club spin:
Six from the leisure group headed to Cloughjordan, Moneygall, Ballinamona and home, about 55-
65 km depending on where home is! It was a lovely morning for a cycle. After the coffee stop
at the Obama Plaza one saddle was covered in a very large and very runny bird poo. Advice was
given that it was very lucky and to immediately do the lotto! This advice was ignored and much
tissue was used to clean up the mess. However, two minutes later the unlucky cyclist had a
puncture. The moral of the story: sit on it!

Sunday Orange Group club spin:
A group of nine members headed towards Ballina, taking on the always testing Portroe hill on the
way. A few hadn’t done it in a while so the lungs and legs were given a good early workout. Sean
O’Neill suffered an almost career ending stitch at the top but made a miraculous recovery on the
pacey descent to Ballina. From Ballina, Peter and Eva headed back home to do some early
Christmas shopping, while the rest of the group headed on towards Daly’s Cross where by all
accounts John O’Carroll insisted on having a well-deserved coffee break (regular Sunday spin
participants may question the accuracy of this particular statement). The group then headed back
towards Nenagh, battling the elements as the forecasted rain came down. The strong pace
resulted in a split in the group going up Kilmastulla hill, where Amy and Roger started to wilt from
the searing effort. Not to fear, no less than two guardian angels appeared in the form of Sean
(completely recovered by now) and the ever improving Eoin Dillon who dragged the stragglers
back into the group. Amy has an excuse as she’s new to the Sunday spin, but Roger needs more
Turbo (Tuesdays and Thursdays @7pm in Ballycommon Hall). Paul Madden got a puncture close
to Nenagh (well-timed by all accounts), and rather than fix the puncture it was decided to send
Super Domestique Sean in to Nenagh to get his van. Just another Sunday adventure for the
orange group.

 

The week ahead:

Tuesday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Thursday: Turbo Session, Ballycommon Hall @ 7pm
Saturday: Training spin leaving from Woodies car park, Nenagh at 9am.
Sunday: Club spin leaves Moynans at 9am. Route to be decided on the morning.