A friend of mine, Phil Williamson died last Sunday. Even as I’m typing this it seems unreal. Phil was 44 years old. I met Phil about 16 or 17 years ago when I wnt to work for his brother in what was then Williamson Cycles, a bike shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. I was into bikes then but was pretty inexperienced and needed a lot of help and guidance. Phil gave me that and much more. I remember him as a brilliant bike mechanic. I learned a tremendous amount from him and he was the first to teach me and encourage me to build my own wheels.
Phil was at the forefront of mountain biking in Scotland in the late 80s/early 90s and along with the rest of ‘Team Moont’, he could genuinely be called a mountain bike pioneer. Biking was in Phil’s blood. There were times when I was riding with Phil when he made me realise how important it was to just get out there and put some miles in. No matter if you felt like it or not. I regret I’ve not followed that advice nearly as much as I should have over the past couple of years. I promise I’ll do better Phil!
Sometimes when riding with Phil, it seemed like he was riding because he had to, not because he necessarily wanted to. It was part of him. I’ve been on rides with Phil when he arrived silently, did a ride without saying too much, packed up and headed home with barely 2 or 3 sentences uttered. It didn’t matter. Phil was dong what he had to. He was riding.
I hadn’t seen Phil for about 6 months when I heard the news of his death. The last time I saw him, he was on his bike and I’ll take some kind of personal comfort from that. Keep riding Phil. We’ll miss you.
I think it must have been a joke, but my request for someone to show me something nice from Eurobike spawned this monstrosity.
That should be against the law.
Currently playing in iTunes: Bridal Train (Studio Version) by The Waifs
Not sure if I like this or not. I think I do.
Currently playing in iTunes: Tank Park Salute by Billy Bragg
I’m sure it’s way better if you’re actually there but I can’t believe how uninspired I am by all the pics coming out of Germany this year. It’s so bad that this Kona Paddywagon is about the best thing I’ve seen so far and it’s boring now too. Please someone show me something nice!
Currently playing in iTunes: Get up and Go by Pete Seeger
Don’t ask why but I’ve just bought this:
I’m going to strip it down and rebuild it. As if I don’t have any other projects on the go!
It’s a Myford ML4 (I think) which they stopped making in about 1946 so I guess that makes it something like 60 years old. I know pretty much diddly-squat about lathes so if anyone has any useful information they’d like to share I’d appreciate some help.
Currently playing in iTunes: Rick James Acoustic Style by The Lemonheads