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• All bikes cleaned and lubed - check.
• Even the winter-grimed hack-bike - check.
• All punctured tubes mended - check.
• The brake cable that had the tiny hang-nail of wire by the caliper-bolt that's been annoying me for a year, replaced - check.
• That slightly loose front hub nipped up - check.
• Graunchy freehub investigated - check.
• All coffee-shops within a wheezing half-hour phlegm-loosening, dry-hack-inducing ride tested and reviewed. Vital cappuccino quality/bun selection/pretty waitress ratio noted - check.
• Event entrance-fees wasted - check.
• Friends training in earnest so they can unleash a special kind of pain on me when I'm finally back on the bike - check.
• Being asked "Have you been taking Echinacea" ten times a day by idiots - check.
• Stopped looking at Metcheck - er, check.
• Stared out the window at the sunshine - check.
• Legs atrophying - check.
• Bulk gently sedimenting elsewhere - check.
• Bouncing off the walls, irritable, grumpy, fed up - check.
• Sense of self, collapsed - check.

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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