So they ‘found’ (invented?) a pair of teenagers, Mike (just 18) and Mary (17) and showed them and the readers how to prepare for a biking holiday on the new Ariel Arrow Mike had bought from Slocombes (£192).
The Craven carrier and panniers (£12 19s 6d) were apparently Mary’s brainwave, having struggled through previous biking holidays with an old rucksack on her back. Mike also fitted a Motoplas Tripoint windscreen (£5 5s) and Raydet handlebar mirror (£1 5s).
Motor Cycle said Mike “had to put his foot down and insist that Mary stuck to essentials” and she chose to wear a casual leather Matador jacket (£12 7s 6d), leather jeans (£12 3s 6d) and zip-back boots (£6 9s 6d) – all from Pride & Clarke. She chose a Kangol Mk 7 helmet (£2 14s also from Pride & Clarke) with Stadium goggles (£1 1s) and chose Waddingtons’ ski-mitts (£2 7s 11d).
Mike opted for Lewis Leathers’ Western horsehide jeans (£11 7s 6d) together with the jacket of his Belstaff Trialmaster suit (£6 4s 6d), the trousers (£4 18s) they said would “be packed away on all but the wettest days” since the jeans had been treated with Lewis Leathertreat (5s 6d a bottle) and would keep out an hour’s drizzle.
In case of heavy rain, Mike invested in a Peter Storm, bri-nylon anorak (£3 8s) and matching trousers (£2 1s 3d). Under the jacket, Mike wore a Greeland pullover (£2 14s). He also opted for D Lewis Huntmaster boots (£5 12s), Slazenger gloves (£2 17s 6d), Everoak Clubmaster helmet (£3 15s) and Stadium goggles (£1 1s).
Filling the panniers were: pyjamas(!), soap, face flannel, towels, toothbrushes, sample-size toothpaste, swim suit, spare nylon shirts, T-shirts, socks, lightweight non-crinkle trousers and jacket, denim jeans, handkerchiefs, shoes, headscarf, extra nylon blouses, spare jumper, terylene skirt, cotton dress and plastic mac.
They also packed a bed and breakfast guide (3s 6d) – which Mike apparently found “invaluable” – and an Ilford camera (£11 19s 6d). The holiday planned was a “spot of hub and spoke touring centred on Ambleside in the Lake District”. Wonder how they got on?Enjoy more Classic Bike Guide reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.