I’ve got a few, more than a few actually and I’ve also got quite a lot of ‘not-quite’ bikes that I keep promising to build up but never finding the time (probably because I’m always out riding if I’m not at work). These are the three bikes that you’re likely to catch me on the most…
Kinesis TK3 (Teacake)
My trusty Kinesis has taken me all around the UK and Europe. I bought it back in 2013 to use as a winter training bike but it’s such a comfortable set-up for me that it’s become my long-distance tourer. It’s the bike that I rode the Paris-Brest-Paris on in 2015 and it will be the bike that I ride the TCR on later this year. It’s got an Ultegra semi-compact (36-52) groupset coupled with a 11-32 cassette, so there’s not much that I can’t climb up with that set-up. For year-round riding in all conditions I’ve fitted long-drop brakes for good mudguard clearance – I can take the mudguards off in Summer but to be honest I very rarely do. An Exposure Revo dynamo hub and light set completes the long-distance picture.
For the TCR I’ve removed my semi-compact chainset and fitted a compact – minus two teeth on that little ring might make all the difference!
My TCR kit list
Cannondale Super Six Evo (Scone)
My superfast bike. It only comes out in summer when there’s not much chance of a shower and it’s so light and responsive that it feels like cheating. Definitely no mudguards on this one.
Brompton three-speed (Pudding)
My little town commuter. Bromptons get a bad rep from ‘proper cyclists’ but I flippin’ love nipping around town on mine. It’s way more convenient than having a full-size bike to consider and I never have to worry about whether I’ll be able to fit it on the train. If you’ve ever considered buying a folding bike don’t even think about getting anything other than a Brompton. I know they cost a bomb (I bought mine second-hand) but they’re worth every penny. No other folding bike folds as well as a Brompton – fact.