Dr Hutch: Lending kit to friends is a cycling ritual, but maybe draw the line at skinsuits

Loaning kit doesn't always pan out as planned, advises Cycling Weekly's columnist

Dr Hutch holding a wheel with 'owned by Bernard' label
(Image credit: Future)

I was complaining to my friend Bernard last week about his habit of borrowing things off me and never giving them back. We were discussing where this fell on a scale from “the benefits of friendship” to “outright premeditated theft” when he levelled at me the outrageous accusation that I also borrow things.

“What about that front TT wheel you borrowed in July? I haven’t seen it since.”

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine