It’s that time of year. The leaves are falling, October is almost over and the clocks are about to go back. This can mean only one thing – time to get the winter bike out.

There’s only on problem – I don’t want to, not yet anyway.

It could be an age thing but the hills aren’t getting any less steep and the lighter the bike, the easier I can get up them. I need all the help I can get and lumbering myself with an extra couple of pounds is no good thing.

The illusion of speed is harder to come by these day and I need all the help I can get. If you’re only riding for fun, then it makes sense to do it on your best bike.

Of course the weather hasn’t really turned yet. It’s still very dry and there isn’t much muck on the roads. That’s when I’ll probably change my mind, the point I start feeling guilty about wrecking expensive equipment on the grit-strewn lanes. It’s another excuse not to go out in the wet and in any typical winter it would mean a distinct lack of miles.

You’ve got to have the right bike for the job. As David Millar says in this week’s ‘Tweets of the Week’: “Just been getting the errands done on the P4 in Girona… feels like going to the bakery in a Ferrari”.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

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