The reports that I have been writing for the past week in the newspaper (and which also may be read online through searching my name) concern C(...)

Gary Walker (left) and Geoff Hill at the Hotel Rambrandt, Amsterdam. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Searching for a hotel in Amsterdam named Rembrandt turns out to be a little like searching for a pub in London called The Queen’s Head. T(...)

Gary Walker holding up the Ace Cafe counter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Ace Cafe in north London is a landmark institution for bikers, spoken of with reverence and respect. It is in a scroful(...)

Geoff Hill at St Werburgh Street in Chester, with Chester Cathedral behind, visited in November 1912 by Carl Stearns Clancy. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The road from Northwich to Chester is today probably very much as it was 100 years ago when Carl Stearns Clancy and his motorcycle partner Walt(...)

Geoff Hill (left) and Gary Walker at Gretna Green, visited by Carl Clancy in 1912. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

In 1754 a quirk in the law had it that marriage in England had to take place in a church and those concerned had to be 21 years old or over. Bu(...)

Gary Walker, right, on a 1922 Henderson Delux, and Geoff Hill before the first leg of their round-the-world trip to commemorate the first round-the-world bike ride, by Carl Stearns Clancy, which started in Dublin last October. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Historical weather records tell us that the winter of 1912 and 1913 was fairly dull and wet, at least on these islands. Carl Stearns Clan(...)