Guardian Photo Essay on the Rough Stuff Fellowship cycling club.

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  1. chriswoody

    chriswoody Veteran

    Wonderful photo essay in todays Guardian on the Rough Stuff Fellowship.

    "Often described as the world’s oldest off-road cycling club, the Rough-Stuff Fellowship (RSF) was founded in 1955 by a group of hardy cyclists from northern England who shunned smooth tarmac in favour of bumpy tracks, muddy bridleways and rugged hill passes. Their goal: to traverse “the rougher and less-beaten ways”

    It's an amazing look through their photo archives and puts my gravel biking exploits to shame!
  2. otek59

    otek59 Well-Known Member

    Well that puts any one who complains about their commute to shame
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  3. Afnug

    Afnug I'll Sithee

    Fantastic article, thank you for sharing @chriswoody .
  4. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Oh aye - well'ard. Brilliant stuff! What a bunch of nutters. Here's to them.
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  5. otek59

    otek59 Well-Known Member

    Makes a bunch of yanks riding down a hill look like wimps, then they claim to invented mountain bikes
  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Looks like a trike going for a tumble.
    And is that a pink balloon.
  7. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    When I started riding more seriously in the 70's it was the RSF which inspired how. We travelled with OS maps and a stove, explored footpaths and forests, lanes and byways, we often didn't get that far but we had fun doing it.
  8. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Wonderful stuff. Where were gravel bikes then?
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  9. oldwheels

    oldwheels Veteran

    The book by Davie Bell title The Highwayman has quite a bit of rough stuff in the Scottish Borders.
    I did the Lairg Ghru in the mid 1950’s with an ordinary road bike of the time. Had a bit of carrying but being young and daft never thought much about it at the time.
  10. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

  11. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    Waiting for a bunch of big girls blouses stupid enough to see a need for them.
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  12. Afnug

    Afnug I'll Sithee

    @ColinJ The link doesn't work.
  13. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    How odd - it works for me! :wacko:

    Search for all threads with "South Lakes" in the thread title.
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  14. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

  15. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

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