Bimbling home on the Africabike last night and a road bike buzzed past me on the steep bit of the railway bridge. So I did the sums. Running shorts, trainers, rucksack. It was a Claud Butler, the rear tyre looked a bit flat. But it was a road bike, for sure. And I was on a 42lb steel shopper, in civvies, trying not to get too sweaty. My thoughts:
You'd better hope you can make that stick.
Put on a spurt to get to his back wheel and sat there. Sure enough, his pace began to slow on the long drag to the turn. The Africabike is a great bike to suck a wheel on, with the basket rattling and the three speed clicking there's never any doubt you're there.
The pace slows some more, he has a shifty look over his shoulder. It's in the bag. I spot a friend riding up the Wellsway and dart out and round, across the road and away.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.