OUR BROAD CHURCH

Classic Bike (UK) - - World | Letters -

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!

PHIL PARKER

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