Cycling footie fan needs an emergency touring bike to help him on his quest

Our mate Simon Hood at Bicycle Kicks is in a fix: he needs a bike and he needs it fast, so if you're in the bike trade and you're reading this maybe you can help.

It's a funny game football, but it can be cruel a bit like cycling then, but maybe not quite as cruel. One minute you're riding along quietly celebrating a dull, start of the season nil-nil draw and the next “snap” the beautiful game or in this case your beautiful bike deals you a swift blow to the gnadgers. That's what happened to Simon Hood only two games in to his season long odyssey following his beloved York City for a season, home and away by bike.

30 miles from York something went snap on his Kona Sutra. The good folk at Kona UK have done their best to get him back on the road in time for a testing two week series of matches which includes a 300 mile bank holiday jaunt from London to Gateshead, but things aren't looking good – Kona Sutras aren't that common…

So if you work in the bike trade and you can get a touring bike to fit 5ft 7in Simon to York by Sunday, that he can use for two weeks he'll be forever in your debt and there'll be a whole heap of good publicity in it for you – starting here. The national press and broadcast media are taking an interest in Si's exploits and so are we. Two week pedalling the length and breadth of Blighty is a pretty good test of a bike in our opinion so Si will be filing a test report on road.cc and no doubt expressing his undying gratitude to whoever sticks a microphone under his nose.

If you can help you can contact Simon si [at] bicyclekicks.co.uk or drop us a line to info [at] road.cc and we'll help get the wheels turning.


Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.