Congratulations to John on being appointed to the job of his dreams

Regular readers of this blog will know that often I head out for a ride with my friend John. I first met John when we both worked for the much missed and inimitable Ottakar’s books and we’ve remained friends even though that company has been absorbed into Waterstone’s, and workwise we’ve gone our separate ways. John, in common with many Ottakar’s store managers, got out of Waterstone’s a while back when he found the difference in company culture between the two businesses to be so radical that he no longer enjoyed his job. He went into factory work for a bed and mattress company, this was always intended to be a stop-gap job where he could gather his thoughts and not have to worry about work out of hours. Often he had spoken of his dream job being speccing out and building the perfect bike for customers, moving on to brazing and frame building. Those of you who’ve followed the blog for a while (and thank you very much for reading and coming back) will remember that John has a home bike workshop and is generous with his skills. There are very few bike mechanic things that John doesn’t know how to do, in fact, I can’t think of anything. He has respect and a love for the traditional in cycling, but also a hunger for the modern and the latest technology.

So it is with great pleasure that I can announce that he has found a job that suits his skills down to the ground. Working for Moulton Cycles building up bikes! Total dream job! I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about it in the coming months as John settles in at the workshop and test track of the Bradford-on-Avon based company. To celebrate a few of us congregated at his house for a few drinks and some nibbles. Andy was the only one who arrived by bike though. I bought John a bottle of wine from Cycles Gladiator – a modern wine with a beautiful traditional label – befitting of a celebration for a man who works with cutting edge Moulton bikes and also Pashley traditional bicycles.

Nice one John – and I didn’t even mention the rubbish keg of beer you supplied that night, that would pour pints of 50% head.




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