Throwback Thursday: Drowning, not Riding

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Got too many bikes to actually ride? Geoff Johnson reckons that less is more. And we know that you’ll agree with him. We also know you’ll then completely ignore him and carry on as before.

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Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

Comments (5)

    shut your damn mouth i need more bikes!!

    What even if I’ve got 26″ wheels?!

    ‘Luckily’ my financial situation assists me in keeping a lid on bike buying. Still want more though!

    Yep I completely agree. No more new bikes for me , after I have bought that essential winter single speed.

    I hear what you’re saying but mountain biking is as much about the passion for the gear as it is for the riding (rightly or wrongly). That aside, we’re not alone; surfers decide whether to ride their Malibu, Mini-Mal, Short Board Pin Tail, Short Board Square Tail etc etc depending on the break so really – it’s the same sort of thing. And most of the surfers I know have a shed full of current and retired boards of all shapes and sizes. One bike / board is totally doable but half the fun is changing things up. Even picking the wrong tool for the job can be fun sometimes.

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