From The Chair (September 2018)

From The Chair (September 2018)

August’s monthly meeting at St Crispin’s was followed by the Slow Riding and Sausage Fest in the afternoon. The sun came out and it was great to see all 100 of the tickets sold for the food and a queue of riders willing to take on the slow riding course for the...

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From The Saddle (August 2018)

From The Saddle (August 2018)

I visited The Bike Experience yesterday. They’re a charity that helps to get disabled riders back on a bike again. The event was held at Silverstone and is one of several they hold each year. By using adapted bikes, and a lot of volunteers, The Bike Experience teaches...

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From The Chair (July 2018)

From The Chair (July 2018)

As I write this, the sun is streaming down with the forecast set to be fine for the next week, the temperature is 24 degrees, and yes, I’m actually in Berkshire. My Facebook notifications are full of TVAM member posts as they travel around Europe and the UK having...

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From The Saddle (June 2018)

From The Saddle (June 2018)

I hope that you’re all making the most of this much better weather, after such a poor start to the year. We’ve just returned from the Observer Weekend at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, where the Observers discussed and developed personal plans to improve...

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From The Chair (May 2018)

From The Chair (May 2018)

As an Observer you know when your Associates have really ‘graduated’ to become Advanced Riders when they start doing things you haven’t quite got round to. One of mine, who only passed his DVSA test 6 months before passing his IAM Test, has since gone through the...

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From The Chair (March 2018)

From The Chair (March 2018)

Who said January and February were the quietest months for bikers? It seems the mild weather has made riding a pleasure on some days and the amount of things going on in the club has meant that both of these winter months have been busy. The AGM and Moto-Jumble in...

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From the Chair (October 2017)

From the Chair (October 2017)

The Summer of ’17 How subtle the change in weather is. Through balmy June, July and August we get used to tee-shirts, summer gloves and, if you’re lucky enough, even airflow jackets. Then one day it’s a bit cooler and the long-sleeved shirt goes on, then it’s raining...

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From the Saddle (September 2017)

From the Saddle (September 2017)

That was the month that was, which is a vague reference to the political satire programme of the 60’s hosted by David Frost. In our case it refers to the August St. Crispin’s meeting where I made a total of 39 announcements, the highest ever for a single month. The...

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From the Chair (August 2017)

From the Chair (August 2017)

By tradition, the summer months are the busiest in the riding calendar. Trips to the coast, ferries to far-off places and nights with mates drinking the local produce and eating generally superb food. Well, for Committee members it’s the same, off, away, outta here,...

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From the Saddle (July 2017)

From the Saddle (July 2017)

Hi all, it’s been a busy month at TVAM with the annual Observer Weekend in Wales where we had 57 Observers and Trainee Observers attending. The Observer Weekend which is partially subsidised by the club has three objectives, these are: Communication – An opportunity...

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From the Chair (June 2017)

From the Chair (June 2017)

I’ve been really lucky this last three weeks having been on a road trip around the western region of the USA. From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, then across to Vegas and back to the coast via parts of historic Routes 66, 1, and 101 to Monterey. What strikes...

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From the Saddle (May 2017)

From the Saddle (May 2017)

I would like to open this month by thanking those of you that attended the March AGM and gave me the opportunity of being CO for another year. The role continues to be busy, challenging and very rewarding. Like all organisations, TVAM needs to continually evolve to...

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From the Chair (April 2017)

From the Chair (April 2017)

Well, I guess it wasn’t really a surprise that I found myself appointed Chairman at the end of the AGM last month. My past year as Vice-Chair supporting David Jacobi opened my eyes to all the great work that goes on within TVAM, and yet there still seems to be lots to...

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From the Saddle (March 2017)

From the Saddle (March 2017)

With Spring just around the corner, TVAM is gearing up for another busy biking season. 7Ws is already oversubscribed, so if you have missed a place this time don’t forget to look out for the Autumn dates here in Slipstream and on the website. The Rutland Rally, a new...

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DIY Heated Jacket

A few years ago I found myself commuting about an hour each way through the winter and, as the weather got colder, I started to think about electric-heated jackets.  Something all heated jackets seem to have in common is that they’re quite expensive, and I’m a...

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