HERBERT "Bert" Lambert had a lifelong affair with cycling.
He learned to ride in 1922, on a butcher's rusty old bike which had tyres stuffed with paper.
And his mastery of that machine began a love of cycling which lasted more than 70 years, until his death in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on December 14 at the age of 89.
He went on to take up mountain biking a few months before his 80th birthday and became the oldest member of Huddersfield Star Wheelers cycling club.
And in 1997, Mr Lambert, of Lepton completed the 17-mile Examiner Charity Walk and Cycle Ride at the ripe old age of 83.
He cycled up to 30 miles a day in his 80s, although he admitted it did have some limitations.
"I still enjoy cycling as much as ever. I wish I was starting again. It's a good sport, but if you can't suffer you'll never be a cyclist. You have to ride through the pain barrier at times," he said in 1990.
Mr Lambert left school at 13 to become an apprentice panel beater. He was a welder for more than 40 years, until he retired at 65.
His love of sport included swimming, boxing, wrestling and rugby. He played with Brighouse Rangers when they were one of the top teams in Yorkshire.
But cycling remained his greatest love and he joined Holme Valley Wheelers, Huddersfield Star Wheelers and Huddersfield's branch of the Cyclists' Touring Club, through which he met his wife, Kathleen.
The couple enjoyed many happy hours of cycling together.
Mr Lambert also raced regularly in Isle of Man time trials.
He leaves two daughters, Marie and Kay, and four grandchildren.