The ride started in the sunshine at Chichester Railway Station, where it was nice to welcome two new members.
There were 10 of us at the start on a variety of Moultons ranging from early F Frames to Space frame Moultons.
Our route followed mainly cycle paths and quiet back roads to Chichester Marina for a coffee stop, where we were joined by two more riders. Another quiet route to West Wittering for a very nice lunch at The Boulevard Cafe to be joined by yet another Moultoneer making 13 riders in all.
After lunch, again along quiet roads, it was back to Chichester via Bracklesham, Almodington and Hunston where we joined the towpath along the Chichester Canal to the cafe at the Canal Basin where the ride ended.
A special thanks to all riders especially those who travelled from as far afield as Winchester and London. Thanks to all for a great days cycling, we covered about 20 miles in total.
Regards Arthur Smith
There are two MBC weekend rides this weekend.
1) North West Ride
Meeting at Chester Used Furniture Enterprise, Western Avenue, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5QY (car park)
On Sunday 29th October, from 10:00 to depart at 10:30
Route: Blacon to Deeside, the Wirral & Parkgate then back - (flat terrain)
Ride leader: John Holiday email@example.com.
Please advise John Holiday if you plan to come along.
2) Cambridge Ride
About 35 miles long from 10am to 4pm . Likely to include both a coffee and a lunch stop.
Rendezvous may vary. (Used to be Haywards at the Scotsdales Garden Centre CB25 9JG, but as Haywards is not in business anymore check with Ian Wright. email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
There will be a Moulton Ride this coming Sunday 22nd October in Chichester, West Sussex.
Meet at 10:00am for a 10:30am start at Chichester Railway Station (North Side).
The ride will be approximately 25 miles at a nice easy pace in the lovely. mainly flat, West Sussex countryside.
If you would like to join the ride, please email Arthur Smith, email@example.com
The following is a disturbing account about how US Moulton owner Ben Porter had his NS scammed from him.
“I sold the bike on eBay, but I was scammed in a very clever way by the buyer, who managed to get a full refund from PayPal after I had shipped the bike. Despite early assurances from PayPal that the dispute would be ruled in my favor, in the end it was not.
I would like to report this bike as stolen to the Moulton community. The serial number is 100606. I bought the bike new in April 2010 from Angle Lake Cyclery in SeaTac, Washington, USA. They are an authorized Moulton dealer.
The short version of the story is:
- the buyer made multiple payments to me via PayPal, thus taking the transaction out from under eBay’s protection;
- before and after the PayPal transaction, the buyer directed me, via eBay messages, to ship to a California address, supposedly a Korean shipping agent (buyer is Korean), and his registered address with eBay, at that time, was at this California address;
- buyer’s address on the PayPal transaction was in Korea;
- while the bike was in transit, the buyer initiated a PayPal dispute claiming non-receipt of goods;
- bike was delivered to California address two days later; and
- after much back-and-forth with PayPal, including much evidence provided by me of the buyer’s direction to ship to that California address, PayPal fully refunded the buyer’s payments to him, since the shipping address was not the address in their (PayPal) records. Simply outrageous.
The contact number given for the delivery address is bogus. The buyer did not respond to messages left at that number, nor to repeated eBay messages and emails. I enlisted the help of another tenant in the building to try and recover the bike, but it is gone. Due to the way the buyer cleverly manipulated this gray area between eBay and PayPal, neither one of these companies is protecting me. I am sickened by the whole chain of events.
And I stupidly included an invoice marked “paid” in the shipping box, because he had paid me before I shipped it. I had no idea he could get his money back.
I reported this incident to the FBI, since it constitutes wire fraud, which is a Federal offense. However, I very much doubt the FBI will take any action to investigate a US$5500 fraud.