History of the "SOLENT VETERAN BICYCLE & TRICYCLE CLUB"
The Solent club was only formed in August 1987 and is one of the newer clubs. It was formed with the aim of encouraging the restoration and use of vintage cycles by organising regular local rides, and taking in a place of interest on its ride. Membership being open to any one with a interest in early cycles.The club tries to have a ride most months of the year. In the past few years events like The Victoria Day at Portsmouth Dockyard, The Traditional Boat Rally at Henley and The Great Dorset Steam Fair have been attended. These and many other events, both large and small - together with other vintage club's rallies. In 1993 the club hosted the 39th National rally. This was held at The Royal Victoria County Park on the shore of Southampton Water. This rally was a two day event with cycle jumble, boat trips, barn dance and an auction. This together with a then record 40 penny stack. (for any one reading this web page, thinking what's a penny stack?) This penny stack was made with forty ordinaries with their riders sat on the stationary cycles, They were then supported by the bike along side till the full 40 were able to support each other with no out-side help. These stacks have got bigger as the years have gone by. In 1994 the the Tour de France came to Portsmouth and the Club put on a ride and display of about 50 cycles, with the riders all in the appropriate costumes for the bikes they were riding. This was at the start and at the finish point of this great race.The Club has carried on with this flying start to its vintage cycle life and its members ride in all the main events of the other clubs.
Recent picture of members on the Bob Pound Memorial Ride on Hayling Island
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in old bicycles or tricycles and is a modest £2.50 Per anum.