About this Blog

The Wheels of Chance blog is a compendium of my bicycle related thoughts and experiences. I rode a bike when I was a child, but stopped after I graduated college. As I grew into my comfortable and increasingly rotund 40s, I decided to start cycling again to lose some weight. I’ve reduced my waistline, but more than that I’ve rediscovered the freedom that can be found on a bicycle.

The blog’s title is taken from the “The Wheels of Chance” written by H.G. Wells. The book explores how the bicycle changed English society at the end of the nineteenth century. It does this by following the adventures of a lower middle class man and an upper class woman who meet while bicycle touring. It nicely captures the sense of freedom and possibility that bicycle touring gives me so it’s fitting that I borrow the title for my blog.

Meet Stan

I’m Clive Standley (known to my friends as Stan). I work as an optical engineer, like bicycles, the theater and the cinema. Any gear that I review will have been bought with my own dollar and the opinions will also be completely my own.


8 Responses to About

  1. Like the site; there’s some very useful touring stuff going up, which I’m watching for tips.


  2. Galina T. says:

    I enjoyed reading your stories.

    This spring – April 19 – I discovered the beauty of bike riding.
    “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita…”
    On the way home after my very first ride along the Lachine Canal in Montreal I saw a double rainbow. It was a happy sign. Bike riding has made this summer unforgettable.

  3. Galina T. says:

    It was fun to read about your trip to Montreal in 2008.

    A few weeks ago I took the Estacade and returned to the Old Port via Concordia bridge ( Pont de la Concorde). The view of Montreal from the bridge seemed nice to me. I was surprised it disappointed you.
    When you’re in Montreal next time I suggest you should bike along St. Lawrence river from Verdun to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Verdun-Lasalle-Lachine-Dorval-Pointe Claire-Beaconsfield-Baie d’Urfe- Sainte-Anne…). It’s a spectacular route to my mind.

  4. House of Husar says:

    Great site. Lots of good information and trip reports. Looking forward to reading more.

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