My bit of rough...

I guess I've always been reasonably strait-laced. I'm a 'what you see is what you get' kind of guy.

I guess I've always been reasonably strait-laced. I'm a 'what you see is what you get' kind of guy. Black and white. One sugar. Oh and some milk. Nothing fancy. Yeah, I've tried stuff but I didn't inhale.

That's why recent events have shocked me. Left me feeling dirty even. I don't know how it happened but it did and I just don't want to live a lie anymore.

So, here goes...

I'm in a relationship with Jake.

There. Said it - I've got me a 'cross bike. I don't know why it's taken so long, but the Kona Jake, and other knobbly-tyred, relaxed road geometry cyclo-cross bikes make a load of sense in a British winter. Rugged, reliable and not adverse to the rough stuff they're a great idea for winter training.

Down here in Bath they're blinding - bored of the road on a wet Sunday ride? - sneak down on the canal towpath or the Bristol-Bath railway path and have some slightly muckier fun.

Does this make me bike-curious?

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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