To put you in the mood for the weekend, here's Chris Akrigg's latest video, featuring one of those newfangled bikes with very very fat tyres.
It turns out they're not snow bikes or fat bikes, they're beach bikes, as Akrigg demonstrates in this video.
Snow/Fat/Beach bikes are supposed to be a bit slower and more ponderous than regular mountain bikes, the price for being able to roll over anything, but Akrigg doesn't seem to be much slowed down here as he tackles dunes, rocks, pools and the ocean.
Now all we need is for the weather to hold up for one last trip to the beach this weekend.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.