What are you riding around on right now?
I ride on a Hybrid Trek FX 7.4. For me it’s the perfect balance between a casual Saturday afternoon cycle round the park and a serious city bike. They’re lightweight, smooth to ride, and can pick up speed pretty quickly. I’ve zipped past a few racers in my time and that’s without getting into the really low gears (not that I condone speed!). More than anything they’re reliable, and I know that I’m never going to have any unwanted issues.
What’s the most memorable ride in London you’ve ever done?
I don’t recall a specific ride or any one spectacular thing, but I love riding in the rain. The roads tend to be a little clearer of bikes, and I enjoy being in my shorts and t-shirt in the cold, but racing around London completely oblivious to the temperature. And I think I always get that little bit more satisfaction when the elements are against me. Although this may be trumped later in the year when I cycle across Ghana for charity.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t ride without?
Obviously I wouldn’t hit the road without my helmet. But a close second are my shorts. I just hate cycling in trousers, and I would never be seen in a pair of leggings. I just don’t get it!
Do you remember the first time you rode a bike?
I remember my first bike, actually it was a blue trike, with streamers off the handlebars. My first bike was a blue bmx, and my best friend growing up happened to have the same one but in red.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever had to a delivery?
I delivered a package in the midday heat one summer, after a long ride from one end of London to the other. I was absolutely drained and had actually run out of water. The customer somehow guessed as much and wouldn’t let me leave until I’d had a glass of Robinson’s orange squash. I think it was the first time I’d drunk squash in about ten years, and it was amazing! Just what I needed!