Each year Eurobike gives plenty of reasons to be cheerful, showcasing the latest bikes, but few will be as welcome this year as the Bottle Bike created by Didi Senft, better known as Didi the Devil, who was missing from the roadside at the Tour de France in July for the first time in nearly two decades while he was recovering from brain surgery.
Didi may not quite be up to his trademark leaping up and down at the roadside trident in hand just yet, but he's obviously been busy putting together his latest creation, incorporating dozens of bidons, for the bike museum he runs in his home town of Storkow near Berlin.
The 60-year-old had to have blood clots removed from his brain earlier this year, but it's great to see him back in his costume and hopefully it won't be too long before we see that painted trident on the road surface at big races, warning the riders that he's waiting a little further along to give them his own unique brand of encouragement.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.