Home Bicycle Mechanic – We’re Back!  After approximately three years away, we are back again with a fresh start and a new direction.

So, you may ask, where did we go?  Well, we got hacked.  Hard.  So hard that we lost the entire site.  If you linked to us during the hack you saw a cryptic message praising a religion that I do not practice.  I restored the site from backup, but within days we were hacked again.  I got flagged by Google for having a “malicious site” with infectious malware, and they turned off all search-engine links.  I was pretty busy with other things, so I did a hard-delete of all the content on my server, removed the URL links, and walked away.  I still feel like I have something to say, though, so it’s the right time to reestablish the Home Bicycle Mechanic presence.

So, now that we are back, what’s new?

First, I have help!  My older daughter Clara is extremely interested in visual arts – photography, video, print.  She really, really wants to help me build this space.  So, look for some kid-sized and kid-targeted content that she will help create.  One topic we’ve talked about is to author reviews of some of the area bike paths, like The Atlanta Beltline, with a kid-centric point of view.  It should be fun.

Second, new categories of content!  Since I shut down the site, I’ve gotten more in to triathlon.  I’ve completed one Ironman and three half’s.  I’ve also discovered gravel biking.  Some of the new content will touch on these topics, drifting away from home repair toward the bicycle lifestyle.

Third, video!  I bought a GoPro, partly for safety reasons when riding, but I plan to experiment with it to create content for this space.  At a minimum, expect some of my ride videos to turn up on the site.

Finally, we have a new hosting company.  Out goes the big name, ultra-cheap, limited service hosting company with the hacked servers.  In comes Amazon Web Services.  It’s almost as inexpensive, and I’m hoping it provides a little better protection against the bad guys out there.  I am also linking WordPress Jetpack, which should help me keep my WordPress version current and therefore less susceptible to hacks.

I still have some of the old content archived off, and may selectively restore some of it.  The most popular posts from the old site, remarkably and unexpectedly, were (1)  the J. P. Weigle Framesaver application instructions, and (2) the post on chainline.  Look for those, or an update of those, at some point.