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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

SFNR on Quarry Hill, Redmires; The Sheffield Pals Sep '14

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon, in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle
Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
RESCHEDULED – Friday 9th August June 2019
Art Deco
Start 6.30pm SHUSU Hubs Paternoster Row S1 2QQ

Ride Leader: Jeff Carroll
Theme: Jeff has curated a set of Art Deco sites in Sheffield for us to ride to, look at and enjoy. Art Deco was a movement from between the world wars that was stylish, modern and innovative with materials. This ride takes us to some of the suburbs of Sheffield where examples of art deco housing and factories were built as well as sites where redevelopments were built in Art Deco style, eg we start on Paternoster Row opposite the Showroom which used to be the Art Deco Kennings Garage (strewth! I even remember renting a car from there – the view below is from Sheaf St)

All details with map at

We had an enthusiastic meeting last year of ppl offering to research ride themes and work with Mick and Simon on routes.
It looks like that we will be riding at least once a month, more or less, between the equinoxes.
Obvs we’re busy and we need to confirm dates with ride proposers (always more research is needed!)
and dates may change depending on all sorts of things.
So rides we propose in March and April are below – nb there may be than one ride a month(!)

Mick’s ride on 12 April will rework the Sheffield Modern ride that we had to cut short in October 2018.
(Jim pls get back to me to plan a route for theatres!)

Ride 104 Fri 12/4/2019 Sheffield Modern II Mick Nott
May, June and all months ff will be put up as soon as we confirm the rides

and deffo
21 June 2019 Full Monty RL Mick. Start and Finish (with the film) at The Dorothy Pax
a chance to revisit the first SFNR ever with a ride to external locations of the film and reflect on how SHF has changed over the last two decades.

and coming up (depending on holiday opportunities)

Municipal Dreams RL Mick. Start and Finish tbd
2019 is the centenary of the 1919 Housing Act which led to a massive national programme of building council housing.
Sheffield built 28,000 council homes between the wars and carried on with building council housing into the 70s
This ride will be to sites of council housing from the 20s to the 70s and
it will be argued that council housing was well designed and layed-out
providing a welcome alternative to private rented accommodation.

There are lots of ideas for rides and they are on the Future Sheffield FNR page. If you want to turn one of these ideas into a ride or have ideas for another theme then let us know at
So get on the email list ( or like the fb page.
SFNR is also on twitter as @sheffieldfnr. Tweets are usually announcements only.

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Russell’s Bike Shed, Bike ReHab and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Sheffield Cycle Jumble – May and October, book early if you want to have a table; it gets busy and is a great event to go to

Mark’s contact details are on the poster for the jumble if you want to book a table for a jumble.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great modern Sheffield tune about Sheffielders and we can la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”


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