April 03rd, 2013
Yesterday I cleaned both bikes and prepared the Ninja for a evening session at Brands Hatch this evening. I checked the tyre pressures, lubed the chain, checked all relevant fluid levels and made sure I had everything easily to hand as to not forget anything. The weather man had said it would be around 6 or 7 degrees, which although cold, wouldn't been too bad for four 15min sessions. As I left work today the temperature had barely got past 4 degrees so I didn't go. As much as I wanted to get the bike and indeed myself on the track to blow away some cobwebs, that was just too cold for me. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it, but it could have been very easy to loose a cold tyre out there, so I felt that discretion was by far the better form of valour. So despite getting ready for it, I ended up going for a swim and saving myself sixty quid. There will be plenty of chances to get the bike on track this year, three of which I've already paid for: one in April and two a week apart in May. This prolonged winter is delaying the start of the riding season, but I don't want to delay it further by smashing myself and the bike up in less that ideal conditions.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.