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.


TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 10 years ago