Riding along in the warm spring sunshine, happily enjoying the clean fresh air, abundant birdsong and blissfully empty quiet roads. This is what riding a bike is all about.
Then the black cloud punched stomach sickening realisation that this bliss has taken hundreds of thousands of deaths, the collapse of the global economy, the lockdown of society as we know it, a tsunami of changes to our lives that we are still not fully aware of, that we may never truly recover from and a return to a normal that is going to be very different.
Still, riding along in the warm spring sunshine, happily enjoying the clean fresh air, abundant birdsong and quiet empty roads. This is what riding a bike is all about. For a moment of calm.
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 road.cc 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.