I just want to ride my bike!!!

It's still cold, but the roads are rideable. Great...er no...

Here at Cycling Plus we spend a lot of time riding. It's one of the perks of the job. The last few weeks, then, have been pretty darned miserable. Ice, snow, more ice...riding a bike on the roads around Bath has been nigh on impossible. The main roads have been okay-ish - if you don't mind dicing with drivers who've scraped just a letter-box sized hole in the snow on their windscreens...

Sing hossanas, then, as yesterday it seemed as if a mini-thaw had set in. So, I hopped on to a bike and took to the roads for the first time in at least a fortnight. It felt brilliant! The roads were still reasonably free of cars - skivers! - and little beats a bit of cold air to blow away the cobwebs. Aaah, bliss...for fifteen bleeding minutes and then the chain snapped. At least I got some decent exercise tottering back to the office on icy pavements in cycling shoes...

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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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