Hi guys, Jeff here and I want to say thank you for stopping by my website, Bike Titan.
Since you’re here, I might as well tell you who I am and what my site’s all about.
I’ve been a bike enthusiast for as long as I can remember. My first ever bike was a bright blue kid’s hybrid bike that had green acorns on it (don’t ask me why they were green).
I might have had a tricycle or something before that, but the blue hybrid stands out because it had a kick-ass ping bell and a frame bag.
I loved that frame bag.
I’d put everything in it from penny sweets I’d buy from Barry at my local sweet shop, ($1 went a long way back then!) to unfortunate ladybugs I used to catch, name and keep as pets.
I progressed from my first bike when my mum bought me a mountain bike, which was a bit big for me at the time. However it didn’t take long for me to grow into it and go off on adventures through forests with my big brother and best friend.
Fun Fact: My best friend didn’t have a bike at that time, so he tagged along on my sister’s miniature pink one haha! For the sake of his reputation, I won’t name him but, boy, do I wish I had my smartphone camera back then 🙂
Fast forward a few years to the present day and I’d gone through quite a few bikes in between, which had all been mountain bikes. However my most drastic shift came in the year 2013:
I got my first road bike – an Apollo Fusion.
While it was nowhere near the high-end, I was proud because I bought it entirely with my own money – my previous bikes were always gifts or birthday presents.
Being an avid mountain biker, I was surprised that my Fusion had no suspension whatsoever. It took me a few weeks (and a few bruises) of adjusting, but when I did, I was really happy with how fast it was.
I could easily clock 30mph on the roads, which meant I could beat the bus to my gym and get there in only 25 minutes (a 6 mile ride over flat terrain).
However, years of riding my mountain bike caught up with me one summer’s morning…
I was riding along my usual bike route to get to my gym when I noticed a group of cyclists who had stopped on the path ahead. Now I’d ridden this route 1000 times before and thought, hey there’s no need to slow down, I’ll just swerve them and maintain my break-neck speed.
While I’m happy to say I didn’t break my neck, I found out the hard way that road bikes aren’t as manoeuvrable as mountain bikes… I had to make a sharp right turn to avoid a full-on collision….
Now this wouldn’t have been a bad thing – maybe a few cuts and bruises – however did I forget to mention that on the right side of the bike route was a cold, deep, blue canal?
Yup, the next thing I knew I was upside down, neck deep in salty canal water and treading water with ducks haha!
Both me and my bike were okay – just wet and really embarrassed. The same could not be said about my iPod Classic which went straight to the depths of the canal, never to be seen again.
This really sucked because Apple stopped making them soon after so I never got it replaced… R.I.P
However moving forward, in the last year, I returned to my hybrid roots and got a Mongoose Banish.
As you can see, this bike looks like the mountain bikes I’ve grown to love but has hybrid features of being speedy and lightweight. It suits my lifestyle and needs right now so I can’t see myself changing anytime soon, but we’ll see!
And I haven’t driven it into any canals yet, so that’s a big plus!
One thing I realized over the years, however, is that every time I was searching for a new bike on the internet, there wasn’t a lot of good information out there.
I mean sure, you’ll find bike specs on manufacturer’s websites but I always struggled to find a good resource to compare bikes.
So, putting 2 and 2 together I thought:
“Hey, I’ve liked and ridden bikes all my life, I can probably do a pretty good job of researching the best bikes out there and put them in front of readers with the help of my friends and good writers”…
Fast forward to August 2016 and Bike Titan was born!
We aim to bring you the ultimate bike guides and reviews on the web.
I want you all to be able to use my website as a resource to get the best knowledge on the best bikes on the market year on year.
My goal is to make your job of finding the best bike easier than it has been for me in the past.
To do this, I will frequently be updating my buying guides to keep them fresh and up to date with what comes out in the market.
I’ll also release helpful ‘how to’ articles to help you deal with everyday problems that come with owning a bike, like replacing your bike chain – something I used to struggle with but has become second nature to me now.
Well, that’s all I have for now, it’s been fun!
If I can think of anything else, I’ll be sure to come back and edit this post. I’m always forgetting things, so I’m sure it won’t be long until you hear from me again!
If you have any questions about me or my website, be sure to contact me using the contact form, and I’ll be glad to speak with you.
I hope you enjoy your stay,
Jeff, from Bike Titan.