A man has had what he thinks is a romantic idea. He's taking his wife on an anniversary bike ride, all the way down the length of the entire country, on really heavy bikes with only three gears. We are no relationship experts, but we suspect there will be tears at some point in the midlands.
The couple are George and Bea Neville, who have somehow bent the terms and conditions of the borrowing of the new generation Pashley London hire bike to borrow a couple for however long it takes. If they achieve their target of a respectable 50 miles a day on their urban clunkers, the standard John o' Groats to Land's End route of 874 miles should take them about 17 days to complete, if they don't stop off for mini breaks and fun.
Let's say they average 10mph, that'd equal five hours of cycling a day; which under the standard Santander rental deal would cost them the initial £2 for the first 30 minutes of cycling, then £2 for each additional 30 minutes — a total of £20 in hire fees each day, were they running them in the city.