Mash…

In the kitchen, I can whip up some good food – chilis, stews, stir fry and stuff – and I reckon I’m actually pretty good at sushi – but I’m rather weak in the ‘traditional English’ dishes which our Matt is a master of. So, it’s only with a little embarrassment that I admit that tonight, aged 40 11/12ths was the first time I actually made mashed potatoes on my own… There, I’ve said it…

Anyway, there’s a bigger embarrassment to own up to now… With the departure of my long term test bike Yeti tomorrow, and with the old Turner Flux soon to be moving to another home, I’ve realised that I don’t actually possess a mountain bike made after 2002… In my stable I currently only have my 1999 Soulcraft (wow, ten years!) and my 2001 Maverick and 2002 Surly Karate Monkey.

It’s time to get with it, isn’t it? I’m way less retro than I appear and it’s only lack of time and decision making, rather than any sense of ‘keeping it real’ that finds me in this situation. That and the fact that we have half a dozen great bikes passing through the magazine every issue.

So, what’s it to be? Suggestions welcome…