Gear of the year: Tech Writer Simon Smythe's 2021 picks

My five favourite bike-related things of the year

Gear of the year 2021
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Well, 2021 wasn't quite the return to normality we were expecting, was it? But as with 2020, if we were struggling to find a constant in the second year of weirdness, there was still the bike (and the end-of-year listicle).

Fortunately, unlike in 2020, bike events still took place and I’ve come to rely on the rhythm of the Surrey cycling year. The prospect of the East Surrey Hardriders in early March means I can’t let the cosiness of Christmas linger for too long. Of course I’m not going to win but it’s such an iconic event that you can truthfully say it’s the taking part that counts.

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