I used to love cycling as a youngster, but as soon as I passed my driving test the amount of cycling dropped off. Getting motivated to jump on the bike, given that almost every route out of where I live involves climbing some hills means that my bike has been gathering dust for too long.
I’ve always owned decent bikes, not at the multi-thousand-pound lightweight carbon level, but always decent enough that the groupsets work reliably. As my weight increased I swapped a lightweight road bike for a mountain bike thinking that the riding position would be more suited to my physique and that getting off-road would be nicer than breathing diesel fumes and particulates.
The reality is that because my daily routine normally involves a lengthy commute, the desire to jump on the bike after a long workday was diminished and at the weekends the motivation was frequently not present.Continue reading