the option of commuting along canal towpaths, through parks and along less congested, but often rougher, back roads looks more and more appealing. A mountain bike is robust enough to take all that in its stride, and when you do come across traffic, disc brakes, wide tyres and a more upright position contribute to a greater sense of security. Road bikes are great, but as a tool for getting too and from work in a major city, a basic rigid mountain bike is safer, not much slower and a whole lot more fun.
Does this also mean an end to yellow, Netti jerseys, zip ties on helmets and suede, lace up, entry level mtb shoes? Will those middle aged, bearded, engineers in the Public Service have to upgrade to Tiagra equipped, flat bar, road bikes?
It’s good for lols, particularly when she strongly advises something only to realise a little while later that her advice was complete bullshit. She will never acknowledge her errors.
Also, the fawning comments are amazing.