I have been considering this for some time now and I think the time has come to retire from riding trials!
I honestly lost interest in riding last year but was enjoying the Sammy Miller series as there are a lot of good guys that ride the series and the banter was more fun than the actual riding.
I decided that this might be my last season so I got a bit fitter and lost some weight and thought that I would give it one serious go then after a couple of rounds with good results I received an offer that I couldn’t refuse for my SWM and I almost called time but I had lined up the Fantic 300 and thought it would be fun to build another trick bike that would be a bit different and allow me to spend a bit of time with my Dad.
Since building the bike I have had a 10th (or is it 11th?) knee operation and have been laid up with whooping cough so I actually haven’t ridden since May and haven’t missed riding at all. On the few occasions I have taken the bike out to try it on the sections at home I didn’t feel confident on the knee and didnt feel any sort of inspiration to want to compete.
This weekend I went to Builth Wells for the Sammy Miller trial and couldn’t get the bike to start (totally my fault and a simple fault that was easily rectified) but rather than being annoyed at missing the event, I really wasn’t that bothered except the lost 4 hours on a Saturday morning when I could have been doing something else!
What I do enjoy is building bikes that are different and sourcing parts to bring together competitive classic bikes that stand out in the crowd. I don’t think that will change and the fact that I wont be riding will not necessarily mean that I wont be building bikes either to sell or for other riders that have something that requires a makeover.
I will therefore be selling the Fantic to make way for potential new projects and will keep the website updated with information and projects as they happen.
If you are interested in the bike please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07725 644321