Singletrack Issue 124 : Metal Machine Music

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Barney visits this machinists’ paradise in Preston to find out what makes Bounce Cycles, er, bounce. 

Words & Photography Barney Marsh

Preston, a city nestled atop the north bank of the River Ribble, has many things going for it. It’s a city, for a start, which was a surprise to your scribe if I’m honest – I would’ve badged it as a bit of an aspirational town. There’s a surprisingly large and unexpectedly opulent train station thanks to its history as a Victorian industrial hub. There’s a football team. It boasts a surprisingly varied array of former inhabitants – according to Wikipedia these include, (in decreasing order of ‘fancy that’) Benjamin Franklin (yes, that one), Stu Bennett from the WWE and the bloke who plays the saxophone in Simply Red.

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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.

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