Ben Lind­ley: bike rider, bike owner, singer ex­pert and now in re­new­able en­ergy. Funny how life turns out.

All those at Eicma who helped us put to­gether this month’s guide to 2019’s in­cred­i­ble new bikes.

Adam Small­man look­ing grumpy de­spite hav­ing made him­self a fan­tas­tic work­shop in the gar­den. What’s that? The lawn mower, bar­be­cue and gar­den fur­ni­ture are com­ing back in as soon as the pic­ture’s taken?Still out there and rid­ing the Amer­i­cas. Ja­son and Lisa’s pic­tures abound in this is­sue. Fish and chips (and a bat­tered sausage) from Fish­tas­tic in Peter­bor­ough helped fuel this month’s mag­a­zine. The techno­pho­bic editor en­joy­ing the vir­tual re­al­ity rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the Arc mo­tor­cy­cles stand at Eicma. In­sight­ful ver­dict? ‘That’s weird.’ Coal­heavers Arms, Peter­bor­ough, for Ben’s farewell drink. Stu­art (Ben’s dodgy land­lord), Hugo, Ben, Ni­cola, Mikey, Paul, Nigel. He’s leav­ing Bike to go and work in New Zealand. We made him work out the a‹er­noon though.Santa Claus, in the jovial form of con­trib­u­tor, com­pul­sive bike pur­chaser (he’s up to nine now) Mark Gra­ham comes to town. What’s in your sack Santa? Boasty’s Yamaha YZ125 at Ken­dal nos­tal­gia scram­ble. Hav­ing re­tired from road rac­ing he’s en­joy­ing more sporting va­ri­ety.

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