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There were a number of cycling clubs in Brighton, in the early 60s. The first one I joined was the Brighton and Hove Wheelers, in 1963. We met in a large old building on Carlton Hill. A favourite was the roller racing machine. You put your bike on the machine, got your balance and then ‘rode’ as fast as you could. I believe that in roller racing competitions, someone held your bike on the rollers.
Around this time there was also the Cyclist Touring club, which concentrated on more leisurely rides into the country. I am not sure if this club still exists, but I would think it probably does. It was a national club and not just a local one.
There was a bit of snobbery about racing clubs. If you were a racing cyclist, you nodded to any other racing cyclist who came past you, the other way. However, you would never nod at a member of the Cyclist Touring Club. How vain we were.
I joined Brighton Velo, in about 1964. I seem to remember that it had been renamed but i can’t remember the original name. I joined it, partly, because part of the riding gear was a yellow racing top, which I thought was very flash. Each week we would sit in room in the house of the man who ran the club. The meeting was all about swapping stories of riders, races and so on. I found the meetings interesting at first but got bored with them. There seemed to me to be only so much you could say about the past. I was 14 or 15 and I was more interested in riding my bike.
Having said that, I could easily spend an hour or probably more at Bill Rayment’s bike shop in Hove. He made his own frames, from scratch and I loved watching him weld them. I also liked looking at all the bike equipment that he had for sale. I was fortunate to end up with a Bill Rament frame. It was one that had been ridden by Ron Pannell.
Regarding the posts about the BLRC, I remembered a fellow where I worked in Hove as an apprentice in 1953 to 1958, was once a rider for Brighton Velo. His name was Les Compton, a pal of Brian Hutton. It was because of Les that I became interested in cycling as a hobby and into racing with Brighton Excelsior, an NCU & RTTC registered club. He used to pull my leg being a member of a NCU club.
I was a member of Shiverers Swimming Club, 1952 to 1955. I clearly remember Brian Beal and Dudley Siefert. Our trainer was a Mr Wooton. I can recall one competition in Ilford, and also a gala to celebrate the coronation. I believe the National Championships were held at King Alfred around that time.
I’ll try to upload a couple of images. I always thought the building was a fantastic rabbit warren of corridors, stairs and rooms. I couldn’t find any pictures on internet which is a shame, this is what I have.
My name is Michael Endean. I have spent 40 years as scout and leader. I still keep my camp blanket going and will be staying with our son for the 1st week in September. I would like to swap badges with a Bright/Hove scout. I have over 300 items on my blanket and will bring it with me. (Contact details supplied but not published for data privacy reasons).
This may be too late to be of any use but I have the indenture transferring ownership of No.8 Eaton Stables from a Miss Jane Lucas Mills of Cornwall Gardens, Kensington in the County of Middlesex, to a Mr William Willett of No. 9 Wilbury Road, Hove in the County of Sussex, builder, dated 11/11/1880. There is a plan on the indenture showing the location of No.8 Eaton Stables, off The Drive and a few yards North of the crossroads with Cromwell Road, ie. what is now named Eaton Grove. I hope this is of some interest still.