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Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« on: December 22, 2015, 07:50:59 pm »
Hi all

I am doing a blog project, writing a piece about every bike I have owned, somewhere around 30. From my first kids bikes to Road Racing via BMX, then MTB and finally onto Audax - with some touring and a lot of commuting thrown in! I start in NZ and eventually make it to the UK via Australia.

Its a lot about bikes, and a lot about the experience of being a cyclist.

I have written my first two, you can find them here: http://bikeby.bike/

Hope you like it. I will post further Episodes on here - feel free to comment or take the mickey or add your own experiences or memories of your bikes....

Allen

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 12:08:19 am »
Nice read so far..

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 01:39:10 pm »
Ok, I've done another two.

First one about my first and last BMX: http://bikeby.bike/bikes/3-america-calling/

Second one about my first 10 speed: http://bikeby.bike/bikes/04-ten-speeds-and-true/

Al

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2016, 02:03:48 pm »
And another couple:

One about wheels http://bikeby.bike/bikes/the-wheels/
And one about first steps in racing and a 'Gios Torino' - sort of: http://bikeby.bike/bikes/5-gios-negra/

A

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2017, 07:39:43 am »
For anyone who found this fun there's more on the blog.

ETA. I'm loving reading it. Almost feels like there's a book in it.
Rust never sleeps

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 09:42:33 am »
I'm supposed to be working today. This is wasting a lot of my time instead.

There might be a book in this. It's fascinating.
<i>Marmite slave</i>

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 09:54:06 am »
It is very interesting to read and rather revealing.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 04:14:56 pm »
Like most of the best bike writing, the bikes are in introduction to the rest of life.
When the sun is up it is always shining
On cloudy days you see the silver lining

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2017, 11:17:02 pm »
I’m enjoying reading this blog. It evokes some memories. I’ve never been one for helmets but until seeing this photo I had thought I had witnessed all the stages of its development. But not this stage:



That would have been as much use as a lump of polystyrene on your head :-)

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2017, 04:20:24 pm »
I missed this when first posted but just followed a link from another thread and it's properly excellent stuff. Now all I need to do is work my way through the archives...

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 09:41:53 am »
Hi all. Thanks for your comments.

I am still forging ahead, managing to write one piece every month. I have finally moved to the UK in the last two posts, so they should be a bit more relevant to UK audience.

My last one (bike 17) is about a crappy ridgeback, but is really about English landscape!

http://bikeby.bike/bikes/17-world-horizon/

The next one, about my much loved Kinesis 4t, contains my first audax. I found it tedious and dull  :facepalm:

Allen


Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2017, 11:37:38 pm »
Hey, this is good stuff. I’ve had the site open in a tab for the last few days and have read all the way to the 16th bicycle. At the bottom of that page, the link to number 17 (“Horizons”) doesn’t work. I guess you changed the URL at some point. I realised how much I was enjoying this series when I felt mild panic at the error message.

Mainly moaning about this to bump the thread in the hope that someone else hears about this blog.

Vince

  • Can't climb; won't climb
Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 07:39:08 pm »
Thanks for bumping. Now engrossed.
216km from Marsh Gibbon

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 09:45:44 pm »
You totally lost me with the post where you went cycling in yorkshire.

I know you are a southern wuss and don't understand our northern ways, but lads standing on corners inhaling out of plastic bags aren't sniffing petrol, they are inhaling the fumes of vinegar from their chips.
<i>Marmite slave</i>

fruitcake

  • some kind of fruitcake
    • Bailey
Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2017, 06:21:08 pm »
Having dipped in and out of some of the later chapters, one evening last week, I went to the beginning, read, followed the link to the next page, read, followed the link, and just carried on. After a while I noticed it was 4am.

I don't normally do that.

 :-)

Re: Bike by bike - A life, one bicycle at a time
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2018, 09:30:17 am »
Another two episodes added !!
Rust never sleeps

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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2018, 10:29:16 am »
There are so many truths in there..
'Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence'.

Martin John Rees.