story so far. Cycling historian Claude B Dawes
has been summoned by the mysterious Dr. Rudolph
Moeller of the M7 Human and Alternative Powered
Vehicle Company after a very important (and
dangerous) bike part goes missing. Dawes and
M7’s top bike designer, Lucyna Langlijne
head for CycleQuest The World’s Largest
Bike Fair where the component is believed to
be hidden. ‘The Brotherhood’ is
the secretive organisation behind further unlikely
events in their relentless drive to promote
their warped vision of cycling. Now Dawes has
been issued with a conundrum. Should he risk
following the trail set out by Die Bromptonaut?
Or should he send someone else? For anyone that’s
new to the story then a quick look through the
previous chapters may help. Then again it may
quickly read the message again.
shed grid ref Q16. Note hidden on an unmarked Batavus
Cantate. Follow instruction. Go alone. Go on foot.
No mobile phone. No cycling accessories. Die Bromptonaut.>>
were over one hundred bikes neatly parked in rows.
To the untrained eye they would have all looked the
same but Dawes’ brain was already working quickly,
categorising them into ancient and modern first. 3
speed, 5 speed and 7 speed. Then he identified bikes
made by the Batavus company. Whether marked or not
the modern paintwork of this company was generally
two tone. One of these was usually a metallic silver
or gold. Quickly his choice was narrowing down. The
Cantate had a precision fitted totally enclosed chaincase.
if all bikes were made like this? Chains would last
for ever - and cycle clips would be confined to the
recycling bin of history.
it was! In the middle of the third row. Now where
would the note be hidden? More importantly who had
hidden it? Could Die Bromptonaut have slipped into
Zandvoort unseen? Or did he have an agent already
here? He fumbled in the bar end grips. Nothing. Under
the saddle? No. The chaincase - of course! Neatly
folded was another message.