RIDE REPORT FOR SUN 20TH OCTOBER 2019

'THE SX101 RIDE' 

A NEW RECORD! 9 riders today. Well done to all who braved the cold and turned up to ride the SX101. Everything started well as pilots drove their vehicles with Solex aboard poised to embark on this great road trip-and then Paul G’s bike wouldn’t start. No problem methinks for the mechanical master that he is. But not even he could get the lady to spark. Dead-mort-a non runner. One man down. Next Bowser Bill decides to do a bit of involuntary off roading-another man down. What else could happen? We ran head on into a marathon-hundreds of runners aiming right for us-we got out of there asap. Only horses, tractors, speedway motorists and Dapper D's fuel tank hanging off...... before a welcome grub break and a gentle run back to our cars. WOWZA What a ride!
A huge thank you to everyone for traveling today. See you next season.
TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SUN 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019

'THE BIG SKY RIDE' 

The return of the brothers Ross. Sandy and David from St.Albans joined us today riding a rouge 4600 and noir 3800. Both bikes have recently been whizzing around in France and were still carrying the compulsory GB sticker.
Welcome to new Velosolex pilot John Conroy, who travelled all the way from north Hampshire! WOWZA! I am humbled by this.
Thank you men for traveling such distances to ride in Essex.
Today’s route never disappoints - wide vistas across the river Blackwater, open countryside with long snaking lanes. These lanes were the backdrop for a cycling event which we found ourselves at the head of and appeared to cross the finishing line before anyone else. Could this be a first? A Velosolex winning a race?
Great company as always.
Thanks for coming out.
TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 1ST JUNE 2019

'THE BIG SKY RIDE' 

Welcome to John ‘Mr.Toad’ Williams from the Essex coastal town of Dovercourt. Riding his newly acquired 3800. Having only ridden his new steed for 13 miles before today’s 30 mile adventure. By all accounts it performed well, staying close behind the point man for the entire ride. Only a few minor fuel leak/brake binding issues to look at and the bike will be right.

A huge thank you to Paul ‘Groges’ Grogan for travelling from Solihull in the West Midlands to join us. His Solex is on its toes as usual and will perform well at the Calais event next week. Bonne chance!

Bowser Bill sneaked off for some comfort at the comfort break and judging by the 'victory' sign he presented all is working well in the comfort department!

Les Cargo gave us another snail like performance today but we love having him with us so no worries there.

Point man Tobe pointed like he usually does and guided us around without any wrong turns. A swift half at the pub to finish and a catch up chat. The weather was as nice as it gets. Another perfect Solex outing in the Essex outback. 
See you all soon
TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 18TH MAY 2019

THE 'GREAT LEIGHS RAMBLE' 

The magnificent seven ride AGAIN! (I know we will reach double figures soon). New rider Roger traveling from St.Albans to take part in our excursion. Welcome Roger on his very smart blue 5000.  The sun shone and everything was just lovely as we snaked our way through this picturesque part of Essex. A refreshment stop at the Owl’s Hill tearoom where Bowser Bill discovered his number plate was hanging loose. Some great video and stills from TC and a friendly postie. Anyone noticed how we do like to stop and take a photo! Everyone likes the WhatsApp group idea so I expect it will be a big success. An uneventful trip with no mechanicals. Luckily NO rain or hailstone to dampen our spirits. This is how you would always like a rideout to be - warm and fun with a great bunch of mates. Well done for coming out people. See you soon. TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 13TH APRIL 2019

THE 'TEST DRIVE' 

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE AGAIN! Everyone remembered the meeting place and away we went, touring the beautiful countryside in sunny but cold conditions. Hats, scarfs, gloves and long johns a plenty this determined company zipped along the lanes, only stopping for a comfort break and any excuse to take a photo. Chocolate brownie cake from the Turbo helped us on towards what looked like ominous dark clouds ahead. OMG do hailstones hurt when they are pinging your face at 20mph. Get me to the Owls Hill tea room as fast as a Solex can go please........so some time later and soaked to the skin we enjoyed hot chocolates, coffee and savouries at the refreshment stop. (new owners doing a sterling job) 
It was decided that TLT should reveal a shortcut and get 7 cold and wet riders back to base asap. which he did as expeditiously.
The good news is there were no mechanicals and everyone's bike performed well. The laughter on today's ride was audible. The banter was rich after the winter break. You can't help the weather. Quite a test for the crazy company who have never ridden in rain before.Vive l'esprit de Solex. TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 27TH OCTOBER 2018

THE 'TERLING T-RUN' 

It was considerably warmer in the tea room than out on the lanes. Snaking our way between empty fields, their salient stillness knows that the year is nearing it's close. The last ride of the season and we are Joined by two new men, David and Sandy Ross from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, with their lightning fast thunder bolt of a Solex 6000. What was that flying past me at 100mph?! A bright yellow flash of steel just left me standing. WOWZA! My laid-back pace plods on.......leading the magnificent seven along our well trodden route occasionally looking back to see if BB,Topcat,Snail,Helmet,New Man and the support car (Yes support car!) are all there. Wait! hold your horses, where is the support car? It is lost, along with Tobe's bell horn! (we keep losing things). Once again we had zero mechanicals but a few thought they had punctures as we heard loud bangs along the way, witnessing pheasants and partridge scattering across the road ducking for cover in the hedgerow. The local hunt was on and the loud bangs were shotgun rounds being fired off.
To finish the season with seven riders is excellent. Thank you for travelling to Essex and being a part of this thing. I applaud you for the efforts and contributions you make in creating this crazy company. Vive l'esprit de Solex. TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 13TH OCTOBER 2018

THE 'RUN TO THE SNUG' 

HAVE YOU LOST ANYTHING LATELY? Tobe le Taxi has! His flagpole is snapped. It’s unattachment left blowing in the wind. A search party sent out across a farmer's field to recover his absent appendage.
Otherwise today’s 30 miler ridden by Bowser Bill, Dapper Denis, TLT, Escargot and The Helmet was without incident, but seemed longer than the intended distance. Maybe because of strong head winds. Anyway out there in the sunshine, Neil 'The Helmet' Thompson has become the self appointed collector of lost Solex items, having gathered Kim's detached number plate and Tobe's flagpole and stiff banderole!
A welcome break at The Snug Cafe for refreshments and then back to the tarmac only to have BB stung by a B - up steps point man Tobe to perform the necessary surgery of deep sting removal. (Thanks to the Swiss Army for the knife). Latest news on the 'Snailmobile' - goes very fast downhill but not so swift on the up. Bike improving with each outing. Does anyone know if the light setup on Kim's 3300 is original or correct? He would love to know.
Lastly a big thank you to Neil for the SX VELOSOLEX decal. What a nice thing to do. It looks solextastic on the side of my rear suitcase (Never heard it called that before!)
As we near the end of the riding season we are growing slowly as a group. But then again a Solex never does anything quickly. Thanks for coming out people. TLT

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

THE 'GREAT LEIGHS CLASSIC TOUR'

The Fabulous Four set off on today's 30 miler. Ride leader Tobe le Taxi, Diesel Dave, Escargot and 'The Helmet' - Not sure we are going to stick with Neil's self appointed nickname! This was Essex at it's best. The sun shining brightly. A gentle Autumn morning. Lanes empty bar lots of equally lucky cyclists enjoying the fresh, clean air. A tea stop at the lovely 'Owls Hill' cafe in the beautiful village of Terling. Its new proprietor doing a fine job of keeping lots of customers happy. Hot chocolate, carrot cake, tea and coffee refreshed us before we set off back to the cars. No mechanicals and I am happy to report that Escargot's 3300 made it safely round. I did enquire how the snail was doing and he replied "I may be coming out of my shell, so I feel a little sluggish!!" The old ones are the best. Great to have Diesel Dave back on a tour with his Hungarian Horror performing well. And me...I'm just happy to be out there.....Vive le Solex!

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018

'THE BIG SKY RIDE' 

'The Big Sky Ride' did not disappoint. Sunny and warm and beautiful. It’s long empty lanes through autumnal fields, up gentle hills revealing wide angle vistas. It’s getting quite poetic here me thinks.
We were joined by Neil, all the way from south Buckinghamshire, on his tidy 3800 with authentic rear wine box stuffed with garlic. Nice touch.
Denis, kim and I also rode today’s 30 miler but sadly Kim had mechanicals leading him to bale out half way round. His problem seems to be fuel delivery and on closer inspection of his carb filter it was found to be made from brass (any ideas if this is correct anyone out there? - see pictures).
The rest of the ride was without incident and everyone got home safely. Thanks for coming out people-see you on the next one.

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 18TH AUGUST 2018

'THE SX101' (THE BIG ONE!)

The SX101 is exactly that - 101 kilometres around Essex, and what a great adventure is was too. Tobe leTaxi was joined by Bowser Bill, Dapper Denis, Topcat and Paul G, so it was a multi county attendance with riders from Essex, Suffolk and the West Midlands. (We are nearly an international affair.) Whilst riding one of the smaller lanes we came across a vehicle which was actually slower than a Solex. We soon shot past this snail and headed west.... Lunch was at The Snug cafe in High Easter with Panini, sandwiches, tea and cake going down well after the first two and a half hour stint! (note to self - must change that for next time - our poor derriers!). Onwards towards Terling, where this beautiful village became the backdrop for some excellent individual photos by our master photographer 'Topcat' Tony Coleman. Then crack on back to base, except for Tobe who ran out of fuel after already topping up back at the Snug. Embarrassing or what! but saved by the master of fuel 'Bowser Bill', who still had copious supplies of Solex juice.
Everyone made it safely back to base and agreed it was a successful ride as there were no mechanicals, punctures or accidents along the way. Only smiles, thumbs up and curious looks from anyone who witnessed our motley crew.

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RIDE REPORT FOR SAT 21ST JULY 2018

'THE SX VELOSOLEX RIDE'

Welcome to ‘Dapper Dennis’, from just over the border in Suffolk. (Thank you Sam for your name  suggestion). A cool guy with a nice bike, riding his furthest ever and without any mechanicals! Great to have a new addition to our group. The route was simply beautiful today. Fields full of crops. Empty lanes bar a few cyclists and a refreshment stop at the wonderful ‘Owls Hill Tearoom’. I am blown away by the quality of Topcat’s photography and video. We are very lucky to have him on board. Thank you Anthony. 

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