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Friday
Dec282012

Looking back at 2012

I posted 77 articles on these pages in 2012. That was more than one per week, but less than two. Coincidentally 77 will be my age on my next birthday just six weeks away.

I kicked off the year with a piece called “What is a Cyclist,” in which I explored the makeup of a cyclist. On February 7, I announced that my ex-apprentice Russ Denny was re-introducing the Fuso brand of bicycle frames.

This lead to my attending the North American Hand-built Bicycle Show. (NAHBS) Held in Sacramento, California in early March. Later Russ built me one of the new Fuso frames,  I posted pictures and I wrote about it after I put 150 miles on it.

My new bike (Picture top.) got me serious about riding again and after putting in 150 to 200 miles per week during the early part of the year, I did a solo 100 mile ride in 7 hours in August. The last time I did a Century was back in England in the mid 1970s.

Also in August I wrote about “The other Moulton bicycle.” Alex Moulton that is. His company celebrated 60 years, and for those who didn’t hear, Sir Alex Moulton died earlier this month at age 92.

Also passing away at close to 92 years was Italian cyclist Fiorenzo Magni, (Picture left.)

He was one of the last living links to the other Italian greats Fausto Coppi, and Gino Bartali.

And yet another 92 year old, Tommy Godwin, Olympic track cyclist, and former British Team Manager died in November.

I left the bike business in October 1993, so this coming year will mark twenty years out of the business.

I am amazed and humbled that there are people still riding bikes I built 30 or more years ago.

I want to thank those who stop by here to read my postings and sometimes comment. I will continue to post articles as long as I can find topics to write about, and as long as there are those who want to read them.

I wish you well for 2013, but most of all I wish you Health and Happiness.

 

                       

Reader Comments (15)

A good 2013 for you also. I enjoy your blog, thanks for taking the time to write and post.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan O

The best wish is for health and happiness. Third: more posts and many more safe bike miles. Happy New Year Dave.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Thanks for the posts Dave. I enjoy your insights into cycling and the world. A Happy Biirthday to you ahead of time. Keep writing and riding. Best Wishes for 2013.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDennis Smith

Happy 77th Dave, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and all on the list. I know Dave we have had our differences but then thats what makes life interesting isnt it. I do wsh that I had the nack that you have in putting words to paper. I DO think that YOU Dave and maybe me, have set an example to the young ems on the list that keeping healthy and riding a bike can do wonders for your heath and long life. This year for ME , I got near to my goal of 10k miles riiding up to this week over 8k I also did two 100s one in 6hrs the other in 8 so we are both on the right path. I do aim on June 7 2013 on my 80th B/D doing 80miles in the Elephant Rock ride in Castle Rock Co with my daughter and friends. I also have deceided that I am going to sign off with your blog and the Classicrendezvous group do some traveling with my wife of 50yrs, while I can enjoy it. Cheers mate. John Crump

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Crump

Happy New Year and Birthday to you too Dave. I often refer your site to others on subjects that I believe need some wise and experience perspective thrown into the discussion. Thanks for you contributions and this blog which I check more than twice a week!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSJX426

Dave, congratulations on a good year and all the best in the New Year to come.

You said "I am amazed and humbled that there are people still riding bikes I built 30 or more years ago." You should be proud. I bet you any money there won't be anyone riding any of the plastic bikes built today 30 years from now.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn B

Thanks for your blog Dave. It is a treasure.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLanceOldstrong

Sir Bradley Wiggens , a knight on a bike !

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlee

Happy 2013 Dave. Enjoy your blog and visit regularly. Keep up the great articles and most of all keep riding your bike.

Cheers

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJW

Well I was out shovelling snow , always a contemplative exercise . Along time ago "Whole Earth Catalog " had a story "Divine Rights Trip " POV of the travels of a VW van . So with all your bikes ,you have started quite a few tales , and contine with this blog , the road goes on . Thanks

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlee

Dave, Would it be of interest to the readers to know how many replies you have got to your posts over the year and which subject received the most? which also got the least interest?

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Crump

Good stuff Dave. I enjoy your reflective style of writing on cycling and life in general.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfrankie b.

Happy New Years, Dave. And, best wishes on that birthday. May 2013 be a great year for you and this blog.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbystander

Dave... I met you last year at the NAHMBS show in Sacramento Ca. I still ride the Fuso you built in 1984 (purchased in 1985). I hope to be riding it at your age now, that will be (for me) in another 25 years. I am an Automotive instructor at a local community college. I would like to think that something I have imparted on my students all these years, may effect their daily lives. But nothing I have done, is as tangible as the bike I ride, the one you built. Have a wonderful 2013.

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRich T.

Happy new year Mr. Moulton. Just so you know this is one of my favorite places on the web and I enjoy reading your posts very much. Thank you for sharing them. Best wishes for 2013.

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy M.

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