£15 Bargain Bike Covered 100,000 Miles from The Daily Telegraph
A grandfather has cycled 100,000 miles around the world on a £15 second-hand bike he bought in 1956. Oscar Hopkins, 73, bought the steel, ten-gear Rotrax through a local newspaper advertisement and has since ridden the machine all over Britain and across Europe. The odd puncture apart, the only damage has been a back wheel buckled in an accident in Birmingham.
He reached the 100,000 milestone when he cycled from his home in Birmingham to Eariswood, West Midlands and back. Mr Hopkins estimates he has cycled a total of 280,000 miles on various bikes, the equivalent of cycling the earth 11 times. He still rides about 6,000 miles a year 2,000 more than he drives.
"I can't believe this bike has lasted all this time considering it was second-hand in 1956." said Mr. Hopkins, "I've ridden across the Pyrenees, I've cycled up and through the German and Austrian Alps and through Italy, Portugal, and Norway. I've had plenty of hair-raising experiences. The Austrian Alps just after the war were pretty rough. Ironically, the most serious damage was when a car went into the back of me in Selly Oak."
But the end of the road is nigh for the Rotrax, Mr. Hopkins having spent almost £1,400 on a new American-made Trek bike.
CCP - The Distance Man by Ian Hewson
CCP's a distance man: he's master of the miles
Oh CCP, Oh CCP, there's no-one here like CCP
He's led a decade's Wine Downs now to various parts of France
Oh CCP, Oh, CCP there's no-one here like CCP
Each year for the past 50 he's clocked 10,000 miles
There are other distance riders with exploits widely known
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