From silver bullets to black holes: Where did all the bling go?

All that glitters may not be gold, but silver doesn't half look good on a bike

A polished rear derailleur mech and cassette on a vintage looking bicycle
(Image credit: Getty Images)

This article is part of a series called ‘A love letter to…’, where Cycling Weekly writers pour praise on their favourite cycling items and share the personal connection they have with them. The below content is unfiltered, authentic and has not been paid for. 

Shiny stuff. There's a reason us cyclists, two-wheeled magpies that we are, continue to profess to love it. Essentially, shiny stuff looks great. Hung from a bike it flashes by on the road like an exploding firework, or glints in the sun with the promise of expensive jewellery. Who needs a Rolex when your bike is dripping with Campagnolo C-Record?

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.