The Bicycle Clip Diaries - Boro Author Charity Offer
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 14:13:00
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Boro fan Nick Raistrick is a devoted cyclist but his devotion is not to the hyper expensive modern bikes with their flashy light frames and comfortable sadles but to the sensible old-fashioned "sit up and beg" bikes that get people to and from work and shops etc from China to Kenya.

Nick's quest starts when sorting out his dad's garage in Middlesbrough suburb, Marton. The contents of an envelope left to him from his deceased grandad are a mystery that he sets out to unravel with the help of the bicycle clips next to the ancient guide book within.

Nick takes these clips on trails through Africa, South America and the Far East. Yet, nowhere is more perilous than the A444 Coventry to Nuneaton! as he attempts to cycle home through Britain.

Nick is making a charity pledge for anyone that would buy his book this month. The book starts with him cycling through East Africa and talking about community projects working at grass root levels.
Each time you buy the #BicycleClipDiaries this month, £12.99 goes to my Kenyan friend's charity, which distributes food parcels and supports Covid-hit small businesses in a Nairobi slum.… If you are using twitter please RT #matharegirlpower

Nick has plenty of time to think on his old steady eddie bikes and the result is a book studded by reflection both personal and global. There are some really interesting big ideas in this book that start at a local level on two wheels on a cycle path that might be your route to the shops or through the Andean mountain.
Some of you will remember Boro fan, Nick's late father, who was a local league referee as well as Boro season ticket holder, he actually officiated in a charity game between MSS and an fmttm XI at the Riverside. He did enjoy a cigar as well.

Nick says, "The Nairobi charity started out rescuing girls from child labour and training them to do vocational stuff .... now they are delivering food and keeping an eye out for folk." The person behind it sounds interesting also.
"My mate who started it is an amazing lady. A Kenyan Premier league ref and CAAF commissioner."

So, we start with a referee, Nick's dad's garage and now a project developed by a referee to help local Kenyans in need in these COVID challenging times.

Excellently entertaining book by the way and at a time when our world is in some ways smaller than ever Nick takes us far away and through the world beyond but links it all together. Although rather than him than me on those uncomfortable sadles and dodgy suspension.

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