A Bike for Life
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A Bike for Life

How our choices can transform life

About the Book

If you are bored with all the bikes that follow the same trends: lighter, faster, shorter life, more maintenance.

If you long for a bike that can do more than look pretty.

If you have lost hope in British manufacturing, in quality and personality.

Then "A Bike for Life" can inspire you. Follow Dave's dream to create a Bike to transform life. Learn how your choices can help you embrace and celebrate life, not just for you but for others to.

The search for a Bike for Life was a long process inspired by a Lands End to John o'Groats ride in the wettest June on record and by Rob Penn's "It's all about the bike". The search was informed by a huge variety of bikes over the years from fixie's to recumbent tandem trikes, a desire to be free of high maintenance bikes that are unsuitable for everyday use.

The result is a Bike for Life, a very special Shand Stoater and the book examines the impact of every choice helping us in our own search for the Bike for us.

All income is going to support the creation of a Youth Cafe at Syston Methodist Church.

Drafts of chapters 1 to 8 are now published.

About the Author

Dave Warnock
Dave Warnock

A Methodist Minister who loves riding bikes, talking about bikes and asking for great cycle infrastructure

Table of Contents

    • Preface
  • A Bike for Life?
    • 1. What is a Bike for Life?
    • 2. Inspirations for A Bike for Life
      • LEJoG (Lands End to John o’Groats)
      • Rob Penn
      • My history with other bikes
      • The Netherlands and Denmark
    • 3. What is all this “for Life” about
      • For Life
      • For Life: Whole of Life
      • For Life: Whole life
      • For Life: Affirming
  • My Bike for Life
    • 4. The Process
    • 5. The First Choices
    • 6. The Details
      • Frame
      • Drive-train
      • Lighting and Electronics
      • Cockpit
      • Wheels
      • Brakes
      • For my bum
      • Carrying stuff
      • Security
    • 7. Getting Built
      • On waiting
      • Collection
      • What I wanted?
      • The issues
      • Conclusion
    • 8. Living with the bike for life
      • Bike for Life Rebuild!
      • What about the rest of the time?
      • When don’t I ride it?
      • A direct comparison ride (August 2013)
      • Sabbatical Versatile Touring
      • Maintenance
    • 9. Lessons Learnt
    • 10. The next bike
  • Your Bike for Life
    • 11. Two out of Three
    • 12. Your Budget
      • The Comparison Method
      • Valuing the benefits
      • Spreading the cost over the Long term
      • Back to the budget
      • Summary
    • 13. Your Priorities
    • 14. Creative Options
    • 15. Making Do
    • 16. Collected Examples

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