Old bike will ride again to honour a dear uncle

2013-09-28 00:00

RIDING the Amashova Durban Classic is in itself a difficult undertaking.

But doing it on an old-fashioned Rudge-Whitworth bicycle made in the 1930s can perhaps be described as sheer lunacy.

Yet, this is exactly what Chris Lyle is attempting to do this year.

The bike belonged to his grandfather, who used to ride it every day to the factory where he worked.

The reason for this “madness” as Lyle puts it, is two-fold: to honour the memory of his uncle, Bill Daly, who was murdered in Morningside on August 19, and to raise awareness for the “We are Durban” organisation. No one has yet been arrested for Daly’s murder.

“The day after my uncle’s memorial we went to his basement to look for my grandfather’s bike. After hours of searching I finally spotted a wheel and after lots of digging we got it out. We knew it was in there. Bill was my grandfather’s brother,” said Lyle.

The bike, which was almost completely rusted, requires a lot of work to make it roadworthy.

“The frame is still good, but the wheels need to be replaced. The seat is rustic so I’m replacing it, otherwise it will be the longest ride of my life. It is also mechanically different, it will be a challenge.”

This will be Lyle’s second Ama­shova. He chose to ride his grandfather’s bike to be different and really bring people’s attention to his cause.

He really believes in the “We are Durban” organisation, which aims to help the people of Durban in any way they can, be it through volunteering or raising funds for projects.

“Bill Daly and family made a massive difference in Durban, apart from being the most amazing great-uncle, who touched so many lives. His legacy is one which I find so inspiring. Like Bill, ‘We Are Durban’ is also making a massive difference in Durban. They are driven by people with generously open hearts for Durban and the people living in this great city. It is so easy to get involved in a charity that makes such an impact in my home town.”

The Amashova Durban Classic will be taking place on October 13.

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