Scotland Borders Trip Fully Booked

Sorry folks, we’ve been overwhelmed with demand for this trip and it is now fully booked. I’m very sorry if you missed out this time.

David Haywood

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Notice of HAB Annual AGM 8th April 2024

Please find advanced notice and Nomination form below.

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HAB 3-Day ‘Mid-Week’ Ride Out Tour – Weds May 8th to Friday May 10th 2024

As in recent years we are organising another 2-night trip into the Scottish Borders. This year marks a return to the Auld Cross Keys Inn in Denholm (nr Hawick). The hotel provides great accommodation with excellent food for breakfast (included) and evening meals as well as being well placed for exploring the north east Borders and Northumberland.

Note this trip will replace the regular ‘First Wednesday in the Month’ Ride Out for May.

Auld Cross Keys Inn, Denholm TD9 8NU, Weds/Thurs nights 8/9th May. Twin rooms to share are available along with a (limited) number for single occupancy. Hotel costs / conditions as follows:

RoomOccupancyRoom Cost (2 nights)Cost pp (2 nights)
Standard Twin2 sharing£220£110
Superior Twin2 sharing£240£120
(All prices include full breakfast)

No deposit required – Full booking cost payable on departure.

Cancellation Conditions:

If a booking is cancelled less than 2 days before arrival then a charge equal to the full booking amount will be made. In the event of a no show or booking reduction the full cost of the booking is charged.

I’ve pre-reserved a number of rooms. If you wish to join us and in order to secure a booking, please let me know as soon as possible together with your room preference.

David Haywood

0777 921 4331

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HAB Sunday 18th February Ride Out

Meet at Dragon Road Lorry Park, Harrogate next to ASDA with fuel available on site. 9.15 for a 9.30am start and return to Ripley at 4.30pm.

The social ride out on Sunday 18th February is approximately 136 miles starting at Dragon Road and heads off through Timble and Silsden for breakfast at Earby. Thereafter head into the Forest of Bowland and stop for lunch at Ingleton. Continue across the Dales skirting Hawes and along the top road through Askrigg and Redmire through Leyburn (fuel stop) for a final brew stop at Constable Burton. The final leg of the route takes us through Bedale, Kirkby Malzeard and finishes at Ripley Car Park at about 4.30pm. Details of the stops are on the map picture for your reference.

Not sure what the weather will have to offer but the scenery will be a joy. If anyone wants a GPX copy of the route, please e-mail me, Derek Saunders, on

Usual caveat with the weather, if it’s grim and I decide to cancel I will post it on FB and on the HAB website before 8am on the Sunday morning so be sure to check before leaving home.

Derek Saunders (07879 470 554) ride leader. Barry Ring (07847 786 608) TEC.

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Monday’s 12th Feb HAB Meeting Review

First of all congratulations to Richard Smith on his IAM Test Pass.

It was clear everyone enjoyed the presentation from Julie Emmitt of BikeTrac. Julie gave us lots of great advice and information about Trackers and hard security devices. It was a good turn out for a winter meeting, 23 members attending in total.

Comments from members. “It was really well attended and a well informed meeting, Julie from BikeTrac did a fabulous job!” “Brilliant night and so well attended”. Roy Beniston, a recent purchaser of a BikeTrac tracker, was impressed to get a retrospective discount.

Any HAB members wishing to make a purchase and claim your IAM discount and 0% finance offer please contact Julie by email: or phone 07778 335 145.

Julie wasn’t making a hard sell, but if you interested in purchasing a bike tracker and are going to The London Bike Show this weekend, BikeTrac are exhibiting. If you make a tracker purchase at the show you can get an additional 6 months subscription discount (in addition to the 3 months IAM discount). You heard it here first. Just see Julie on the stand.

Make a date in your diary for our next HAB club meeting on Monday March 11th featuring a Touring Workshop with Ian (Alf) Garnett.

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HAB Monday 12th Feb Club Meeting with BikeTrac

This coming Monday 12th February is our monthly Harrogate Advanced Bikes club meeting at Bilton Cricket Club starting at 7.30pm. Arrive from 7.00pm for the chance of a chat before we get going.

Julie Emmitt from BikeTrac has kindly offered to discuss security for your bike, both at home and while you are out and about. The aim is to ensure you have all the information to make the right choice for you and your individual circumstances. Julie will be answering your questions on trackers and hard security, and giving you some helpful tips and tricks.

Our usual buffet will be available after Julie’s presentation.

You can get a a flavour of what Biketrac do by visiting:

Images courtesy of BikeTrac

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Camping Trips 2024

Hello everyone!
Just a quick heads up, I have planned a couple of bike camping trips this year if anyone is interested in coming along please get in touch –

First trip is to Scotland on a 4 day trip to see a bit of the Scottish 6 day trial along with lots of great roads to ride. Dates are May 4th to 7th Kinlochleven nr Fort William expect around 1000 miles.

Second trip is to the Isle of Mann TT for 6 days covering some practice week and some race week travelling from Liverpool 29th May at 01:00am returning to Heysham June 4th at 11.45pm there are currently sailing’s available but I don’t know how many or for how long.

Both trips involve camping in your own tent and catering for yourself although both camp sites have good facilities.

Get in touch if interested
Regards John Watts

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Subs Final Reminder

Dear Members,

This is the final reminder for all members and associates to pay your £15 annual subscriptions for 2024. This can be done by BACS or in person at Lloyd’s Bank, Harrogate, name Harrogate Advanced Bikes, sort code 30-93-91 and account number 01807888.

Though not preferred, if you don’t have access to electronic banking, you can give me cash or a cheque at the next meeting. There will not be any further reminders.

It is also my duty to point out that, to engage in club activities, you must remain members of the IAM.

Best wishes,

Richard Stembrowicz


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HAB Ride to Hornsea Wednesday 7th February

Meet at Wetherby Wilderness car park (this is not the usual one on the Main Street!). It’s down Bridgefoot, off the mini roundabout just before the bridge and down by the riverside, LS22 6RF (What3words – quest.according.scratches.). Meet at 9.15am for 9.30am start. We are heading out through Long Marston to the York Ring Road on to the A64 roundabout, then to Elvington with a coffee stop at Rebecca’s Kitchen, YO41 4DY. Continue on to Market Weighton, Beverley and into Hornsea for lunch at Lily’s Fish and Chips, HU18 1PA.

Homeward takes us briefly along the seafront (we have to see the sea) to Skipsea! Then through the countryside to Driffield and on to the A166 towards Wetwang and Stamford Bridge, then heading north at Gate Helmsley, through the villages, finishing our route in the lay-by on the A59 just before St. James Retail Park, HG5 8PZ.

Total mileage is 131 miles. John Blanchfield will lead the ride and will be looking for a happy volunteer for TEC. Fingers crossed for the fair weather to continue until then.

GPX files available for those who wish. Email John at

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Not the Christmas dinner – Final Payment Due

Morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

for those of you who have booked to come on the Not for Christmas Dinner, please can I kindly request that you pay the final balance of £20pp no later than Wednesday 7th February.

My bank details are as follows:

Name: Smith PN (Personal Account)
Sort: 54-30-46 (National Westminster)
Account: 41195957

Warm regards

Peter & Karen Smith

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