Technical Editor & Tech Talk Columnist
Probably like most of you, I fell for cycling as a kid. But unlike most of you, when it came time to get a real job, I stuck with what I had done in college — and with what I loved — and kept working as a bicycle mechanic. That was my profession between 1972 and 1989 in shops in New Hampshire, Vermont and California, where I live today. During those years I assembled and repaired thousands of bikes. Sold a bunch too. Built a couple of frames plus hundreds of wheels. And I introduced the great sport of cycling to legions of customers.
I learned everything I could about bicycles and repairing them through experience, reading and from all the people kind enough to show me the way. Plus, I got serious about riding, first touring (across the U.S. in 1979) and then racing — everything from road and cyclocross to mountain and triathlon. Road racing is still a passion. In 1989 my cycling background and degree in English led to a full-time job with Bicycling magazine.
At Bicycling I became the technical editor, handling how-to articles, buyer’s guides, bicycle road tests, the Tech Q&A column and the New Products department. I also served as the magazine’s curator of bicycle history and collectibles. I did all of the wrenching, too, before we expanded the office and hired a mechanic. And I was in charge of the photo shoots, experience that came in handy when I was asked to rewrite the photo-intensive book Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair.
Today, I put my cycling knowledge to use as RBR’s Technical Editor and Tech Talk columnist and author of the eBook Your Home Bicycle Workshop. I’ve written for RBR since 2003. In my real job I work as an Associate Mechanical Engineer at Praxis Works Bicycle Components, where we design and manufacture chainrings, cranksets, bottom brackets and wheels. I also maintain my personal bike websites www.jimlangley.net and jimlangley.blogspot.com where I help people get into cycling, and share info and photos of many of my cycling interests. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
Of course, I’m still crazy about cycling and ride literally every day. In fact, I haven’t missed a day in more than 23 years (for those of you counting at home, that’s more than 8,500 consecutive days!). My original goal was to ride daily for 10 years. But after reaching that milestone I kept right on going, because bicycling is what I do and who I am.