Our club has had a magazine since January 1938 as a way of giving members information about events and rides. Over the years it has expanded to include local ride reports, tour write ups, quiz items, reviews and even jokes.. some of them quite good.
The name remains the same as when it started – the Awheel magazine, although from 1941 to 1945 the “Exiles Gazette” was produced and this was sent to members serving overseas as well as those at home.
1941 First Gazette
Production methods have moved with the times. In early years it was done at home using a Roneo duplicator. Each page was typed on a “skin” then this was put into the machine which was wound round to print the pages. You may spot that sometimes the ink was a bit thin in places. In the 1980’s and 1990’s George Clapton spent all day photocopying using the machine at Mercian Cycles, then putting pages for each copy in order before stapling. A thankless task. Nowadays it is printed at Derby University, resulting in a colourful and smart looking magazine. You can subscribe for future issues, details HERE
We have the majority of the issues from 1955 to the current date together with the Exile Gazettes and issue number 2 from 1938. If you come across any old issues please let us know.