Dr Hutch column: Nothing revitalises a jaded cyclist like the click of new cleats

'New bar tape, neatly applied, feels faster than a new bike'

(Alamy)

(Image credit: Alamy Stock Photo)

If, just suppose, the joy you take from cycling started to wane a little, what would you do? It can happen occasionally. You just feel that the whole thing needs a bit of a kick to make it sparkle again.

As true bike riders, the way we’re supposed to deal with it is via “more” cycling. Try a different route, perhaps. Swap your riding companions for some different ones whose anecdote about allegedly beating Chris Froome in some time trial somewhere you haven’t heard already. Or try a new training programme, or a new race target.

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