I have a certain compulsion for clean bikes. It’s not a major issue, but I do find myself feeling rather agitated when I see someone with a dirty bike. To be specific, I’m not so bothered about a mucky frame and wheels – that can easily be dealt with by a bucket of soapy water and a sponge.
Did you know that broccoli comes from the Italian word broccoli meaning branch or arm? Purple sprouting broccoli was initially cultivated by the Romans and this versatile green veg is just coming to the end of its season.
Although seen as relatively new, gravel riding actually harks back to the creation of the bicycle. In those days the bicycle offered an opportunity to seek new adventures and horizons on unsurfaced roads and tracks. However, for modern-day riders their experience of cycling may only extend as far as mountain biking and road cycling – gravel bikes offer the best of both worlds.
I’m kicking myself for not watching the recent series of MasterChef: The Professionals. Although it did mean that I experienced finalist Dean Banks’s new venture, Haar, without expectation or preconception. And, after meeting Dean, the concept makes perfect sense. Riding the tide of MasterChef success, everything about Haar is fresh-faced and brimming with his contagious enthusiasm.