OUR BROAD CHURCH
I was most disappointed by the letter from Ian Smith ‘More Miles More Smiles’ in the April issue of
CB, as he manages to insult both your magazine and no doubt a large group of readers simultaneously. Our interest covers a wide demographic of people and there simply is no ‘one size fits all’ or necessity to ride a minimum amount of miles per year on a bike in a particular condition.
Personally, I am one of those that contributes to the lower part of the statistical average of 835 miles per year. Having three bikes ranging from 1929 to 1964, I enjoy the odd ‘potter’ down my local country lanes these days, probably covering around 300 miles per year! That said, at 48 years old I have consistently owned, restored and ridden classic bikes since my teens, at various points using them for daily transport.
To draw a parallel, some people see a restoration as sub-contracting and then assembling, while others see it as a full rebuild in which they complete much of the work themselves. The latter point being that the beauty of our interest is that the wide demographic includes people of all ages, abilities and walks of life – some ride, some restore, some do both to a greater or lesser degree. Let’s keep it that way by enjoying our interest and your magazine as it is, taking from it the parts that are important to each of us individually without looking over our shoulders and (inaccurately) measuring others!