WHEN most cyclists set out on the Land’s End to John O’Groats journey they are kitted out with all the latest equipment – but one man has decided to do the 850-mile trip on a bike built in the 1950s.
Karl Pentelow, of Moor Road, Rushden, is confident his old green bike can keep up with the more modern cycles being ridden by the other people he’s travelling with.
Despite its age, the bike is in full working order and Mr Pentelow said it’s more comfortable than modern bikes.
The 34-year-old knows a thing or two about bicycles as he used to run a bike shop in Rushden and he has competed in professional BXM tournaments.
He set out on the epic journey on Saturday morning.
He hopes that by taking part he will be able to raise at least £1,000 in sponsorship money for the mental health charity MIND.
He said: “It’s something that I have always wanted to do, but I never got around to it because of all the BMX stuff I was doing.
“My friend got me involved and I thought there was nothing better than doing it for a local charity.
“I couldn’t wait to start, but I think I am the only one in the group doing it on an old bike.
“I think my bike has got advantages on some of the newer bikes because I think it’s more comfortable and the posture is better.
“Those bikes are designed for it – I would rather be on something that is reliable and old.”
To sponsor Mr Pentelow contact him through Facebook. Donations can also be made at Orbit Tyres and TM Auto Parts in Rushden.