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Dave M. Healthy Living Professional

Charleston, South Carolina
I am an ex-bicycle framebuilder, now a writer with a published novel called Prodigal Child. Originally from England, I emigrated to the US in 1979. I worked for Vic and Mike Fraysse in Ridgfield Park, NJ and built frames under their Paris Sport name. I later moved to Southern California and worked... Full Bio
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My Philly – New York City Trip by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I just got back yesterday from a weeklong trip to Philadelphia and New York City. It came about when I was invited to speak at the Philly Bike Expo, held at the Conven ... Read on »
Working Bike: Fast Eddie by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking At the end of September I wrote a piece here about a track bike I built, now being used by a New York City bike messenger. I have since learned more, the bikes owner ... Read on »
An open letter to all shorts manufacturers: Please take care of the Butt Crack issue by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Back in 2007 I wrote a tongue in cheek piece called “Batman and Robin never had this problem.” It addressed the problem of cycling shorts being so shear, that the out ... Read on »
On being Working Class. by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking If a man had a marijuana leaf tattoo on his neck and piercings in his nose and eyebrows, it would probably bar him from gaining employment in most places. On the other han ... Read on »
See you at the Philly Bike Expo by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I will be at the Philly Bike Expo to be held November 8, and 9, 2014, at the Convention Center, Broad Street, Philadelphia. I was fortunate enough to be invited as on ... Read on »
Working Bike by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking It gives me great satisfaction to see a bike I built in pristine condition, but there is also a measure of fulfilment when I see one that has obviously been ridden ha ... Read on »
I Don't Suffer for my Art by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I have just published a new book titled “I Don’t Suffer for my Art.” The subtitle inside reads “It’s the people who read this shit that suffer for my art.” It is a ... Read on »
NiteRider Rechargeable Bike Lights by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Bicycle lights have improved tremendously since the introduction of LED light bulbs, emitting more light with longer battery life. There is really no excuse for anyon ... Read on »
Stan Higginson 1931 – 2014 by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Former British National 25 Mile TT Champion and Competition Record Holder, Stan Higginson, died on August 31st. He would have been 83 on the 20th of September. On ... Read on »
Weight Weenies and the WSJ by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I got a mention in the Wall Street Journal in an article about the rising cost of high end bicycles .  We all know that when it comes to bicycles, “Less costs more.” Less ... Read on »
Bikes or Insurance, is it the same thing? by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Someone recently asked me: “You were a frame builder, so you didn’t actually make complete bicycles?” I explained that I built frames that either had the ‘dave m ... Read on »
Mystery Bikes by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking In my last post I mentioned Kent and Kyle Radford, the owners of the Recherche brand name. A few days ago I got the following email from Kyle: Hey Dave, years ... Read on »
Two Recent Finds by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Two very different and interesting pieces of my past work recently surfaced and were brought to my attention. The first is a tandem built in England in 1975 recently s ... Read on »
Chicken or the Egg? by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Which came first, did Alberto Contador’s bike break and cause him to crash, or did Contador fall breaking his leg and the frame at the same time? The above pictur ... Read on »
Disappointed but not Heartbroken by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I am sorry to see Chris Froome out of the Tour de France. Disappointed but not devastated. Froome is a rider who can be exciting to watch, but at other times annoying and ... Read on »
A traditional hip flask with a cycling design by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Some of the finest whiskey in the world comes from Scotland, so it is fitting that a company that specializes in hip flasks to carry the precious liquid, is based in Edinb ... Read on »
New Fuso: Back to the future by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking After my last article about building up vintage Fuso frames with modern components, longtime friend and regular reader of my blog, Steve Farner sent me pictures of hi ... Read on »
Mixing the old with the new by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Last year I managed to find a 49cm. Fuso frame for $350, Shipping cost rounded it up to $400. The frame built in 1985 was in mint condition, at looked like it had har ... Read on »
70th Anniversary of D-Day by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking Seventy years ago on the 6th June 1944 the Allied Forces invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, otherwise known as D-Day. It was the turning point of WWII. At the ti ... Read on »
Cycling Specific Prescription Sunglasses by Dave M. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Biking I have been wearing prescription glasses for 30 years now, and for whatever reason have never previously owned a pair of cycling specific prescription eye wear. Having ... Read on »