Old bikes don't die...

They just become avant garde sculptures down by the canal.

The towpath alongside the Kennet and Avon canal is brimming with bikes. At the weekend it's pretty much impossible to ride (or walk) along the path without running into dozens of other riders. And the barge-dwellers, rather wisely, have a huge selection of bikes strapped to their floating homes so that they can ride into Bath when they need to stock up on food and rainbow jumpers...

Some of the machines that the permanent bargees own are pretty knackered - rusty old Raleigh folders or garage forecourt MTBs that could really do with a bit of oil. Others are a little more exotic - three wheeled machines with improvised trailers. On my Sunday ride there was even a Bianchi Pista fixie leaning seductively against a narrow boat.

But my favourite bike spot this weekend was the 'bike sculpture' sitting atop half an old tree. No idea how it got there, who did it, or why, but I like it!

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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