2 years old

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Really, 2 years? Wow. It is hard to believe that it has been that long since the day I started this blog on a whim. At the time, I never would have imagined that I would still be blogging about bike design two years later, but here I am. In September of 2005, I had just started reading a few other bike blogs and thought that it seemed like something fun to try. A Blogger blog doesn’t take much time to set up, so it was really just a matter of minutes between that initial thought about blogging and my first post, a marker sketch of a track bike that I did something like 20 years ago. I used that particular rendering because it was convenient. I had the image on my hard drive that day because I had just scanned a few old drawings before throwing out a moldy box of stuff from college that had been sitting in my parent’s basement for years. Right after I posted that sketch, I remember thinking that it was a bit dated and that maybe I should have drawn something new to put out on the internet for the whole world to see. Oh well, I thought, no big deal; nobody is going to see it anyway.

Fast forward two years; Bicycle Design now gets quite a few daily hits, more than I ever expected. Through the blog, I have met some great people (many of whom, like me, happen to be completely obsessed with bikes of all types). There have been a few times in the past year when I felt like I was just way too busy with other things to keep the blog going. Thoughts of ending it fade quickly though. In reality, I think I would have a hard time letting it go at this point. As long as I can find an hour or two a week to frantically type the occasional semi-coherent post, I plan to keep this blog going. Whether I have time for it or not, the blog has become something that I really do enjoy; I hope that all of you who read Bicycle Design on a regular basis will continue to enjoy it as well.

Oh yeah, one more thing before I get all teary eyed from this sappy reflective post. If any of you are going to be at Interbike, please send me photos and tips on what you see that is cool, new, and notable. I wish I could make it out to Vegas next week but my work schedule won’t allow it; maybe next year.

Photo credit: Ameliaaah on Flickr

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14 Comments

  1. Nathan September 20, 2007 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Congrats! Keep up the good work.

  2. Fritz September 20, 2007 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Woo hoo! James, you’re doing a tremendous job here and on the Greenville site too.

  3. Austin September 20, 2007 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations James, and keep up the good work!

  4. Tim Jackson- Masi Guy September 20, 2007 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    2? Good for you!

    Thanks for all the good content over “the years”.

    I promise I’ll get pics… as always.

  5. Rocket September 21, 2007 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday B.D!
    Thanks for your interesting contents, really one my favourite!

  6. carlos September 21, 2007 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Congrats James! Keep doing this!, Thanks for all.

  7. Jason September 21, 2007 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Congrats, James! Your blog has earned a permanent place in my bookmarks, and I look forward to many more years of great reading.

  8. Jim G September 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Congrats on 2 years. I like the pursuit bike sketch! I’d love to see sketches and other ideas regarding modern interpretations of classic touring and/or randonneuring bikes, with full fenders, baggage/racks, lighting, etc. For example: a carbon fork with an integrated wheel fender, front bag rack, and integrated headlamp. Ideas? Thoughts?

  9. bikesgonewild September 22, 2007 at 3:39 am -  Reply

    …congrats…good on you for your first two years…wish i’d found ya sooner, but c’est la vie…
    …just came across the big wheel trike from august ‘n’ though i’d hang around, take a look at the rest ‘a’ the site…
    …good stuff, things ta learn, things ta see…

  10. Ignacio Castro September 23, 2007 at 2:55 am -  Reply

    conngrats James.
    This is my first post ever on you’re blog. but im always visiting and reading from a guy who knows what is talking.

    keep on blogging and thanks again for sharing all you’re knowledges.

    keep on and hapy btday

  11. Kati September 23, 2007 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    I’m a just-started-reading-a-few-seconds-ago fan of your blog, and it rox! I hope that your blog sees many more birthdays.

    Congratulations on your landmark two years and keep up the good work!

    -Kati ~ bored out of my mind, literally

  12. James September 24, 2007 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and well wishes. I greatly appreciate them all.

    Jim G, I like your idea about modern interpretations of classic functional bike designs. Actually, that is something that I am quite interested in. I don’t have much time now to sketch bike ideas, but I have posted on that subject several times. This post has a quick sketch that I did which is probably the closest so far to the concept you describe.

    Here is another old post (one of my first ones) that is sort of along those lines.

  13. Olivier Blanchard September 25, 2007 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Happy blogbirthday!!!

  14. BikingBis October 6, 2007 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Keep up the good work James. You write with such authority that you certainly add to the sum of human knowledge. Don’t ever quit!

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