We had an email from Will Stewart, the Director of Made Good, telling us about his new website. We opened the link and were pleasantly surprised to see a beautifully crafted and enormously useful new website. Will has produced over 70 films detailing everything from how to fit a hollow crank to how to wash your bike.
So we got back to Will and asked what motivated him to put together this amazing and free(!!) website. “I had some great books on bike mechanics growing up and used them religiously. Video is a great medium but until now nobody’s produced a ‘one stop shop’ for bike repair on the internet. We’ve only just scratched the surface at the moment, but we’re hoping to be the first, true replacement for the books I used to own. Text and image is important too, and it seems that people have forgotten about that in the youtube era.”
We’re really impressed. The quality of the films is great, and it’s pretty incredible how many different things you can pick up on the site. What does Will suggest then for keeping your bike in a road worthy condition? “Take an interest in how your bike works. Bike mechanics isn’t just about saving money, it’s about fixing things on the fly and getting home in time. Most of the time you just need to tweak things here and there to prevent something major from going wrong. Use your local mechanic by all means, but it’s important to know what they’re doing for you and when to use them.”
So a man with that much knowledge must have a couple of interesting bikes at home, right? “I could never understand the fashion for fixed wheel bikes. Feels backward to me, and braking hurts my knees. Having said that, I do ride a single speed round town. I have a habit of riding old steel frames into the ground, so my bike is a bit of an odd mix of parts. The current frame is made by a guy called Jack Parker. There is a shop up Lancashire of the same name but not sure if it’s the one responsible for my frame.
Other than that I have a Condor Fratello that I like to use for cycle touring and a hard tail mountain bike I built from an unbranded aluminium frame. My next project is a steel track bike built from an old but never used Claude Butler frame. ”
And what would Will suggest to anyone inspired by Wiggo’s success who wants to take to two wheels? “I live in London and the two most common concerns I hear from new cyclists are that they don’t know what bike to get, and that they are scared to ride on the busy London roads.
For the first point, I would say that you are the only one who knows what bike is right for you. Buy a cheap second hand bike or borrow one from a friend, you’ll work out what you want as you go along. It’ll depend on budget, the type of riding you’ll do, and personal preference.
For the second point I would say it’s a lot safer than you might think! Remember, most cyclist stick to quiet back streets and if you do have to cross a busy or intimidating section of the road, you can always get off and walk. Take your time and travel at your leisure, you’ll still get there much quicker than the bus.” That is great advice, thanks Will! We’d highly recommend you all take a look at his website, you won’t be disappointed! www.madegood.org