Ian Hibell, cyclist.
September 17, 2008 10:33 AM Subscribe
R.I.P. Ian Hibell
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. Bikes rarely let him down. Escaping once from spear-throwing Turkana in northern Kenya, he felt the chain come off, but managed to coast downhill to safety. He crossed China from north to south—in 2006, at 72—with just three brake-block changes, one jammed rear-brake cable and a change of tape on the handlebars. In his book, “Into the Remote Places” (1984), he described his bike as a companion, a crutch and a friend. Setting off in the morning light with “the quiet hum of the wheels, the creak of strap against load, the clink of something in the pannier”, was “delicious”.
A page on Ian Hibell, set up by a friend, is here
, with pages on Hibell's bikes
and earlier trips to Indonesia
, and his companion, Laura
. Another fine example of the English art of the obituary is here
. Hibell's memoir, Into the Remote
, is out of print, at least in the United States.