IMG_20131003_204726Well, that’s it then. The mudguards are on the road bike. Winter is here, yes, winter. For a cyclist in Britain, there’s just two seasons, winter (mudguards) and summer (no mudguards). There will be many days of wet, cold, windy darkness before sunshine and warmth return, and it’s going to get much, much worse before it gets better. Time to dig out the winter clothes, the softshells and waterproofs and overshoes. My next job is to build up a singlespeed MTB out of the spares box, so I don’t trash almost an entire groupset like I did last year. There will be entire months of people looking at me like I should be locked up when I tell them I’ve been outside! On a bike! In this weather!

Bring it on.