My first bike, 1982 Raleigh Burner.

Do you remember your first bike? It may be thirty five years ago but I’ll never forget mine. Father Christmas left me a BMX. Not just any BMX, a red and yellow 1982 MK1.2 Raleigh Burner BMX. The MK1.2 version was also known as the Model B. It had the metal wheels, plastic pedals and two tone rubber grips. It was my pride and joy for many years. I wanted a Raleigh Grifter after the Burner but I sadly ended up with a Raleigh Strika instead. The Raleigh Strika were built like tanks but were awful things to ride. They had a bizarre almost Harley Davidson like uncomfortable seating position. The seat was huge and the front of the bike had this bizarre imitation suspension system. Do you remember your first bike and all the bikes you had as a child? If so let me know by commenting below…

I once parked my bike in a tree.

Locking your bike to a tree branch isn’t the best idea. In fact locking your tree to any object that can be easily removed, knocked down or sawn off is not the best idea. A few years ago I took my Kona Caldera hard tail mountain bike on a a train to the Lake District. I cycled from Windermere to the bike friendly Thorney How youth hostel near Grasmere. On the way I took a quick hike up Loughrigg Fell. That time I could lock my bike up against a bike lockup area behind the toilets in the public car park at the foot of the hill. The next day I got up at 5am and cycled back to Windermere. On my way I stopped at the small hamlet of Rydal where I needed to park the bike for a hike up the Fairfield Horseshoe. There was nowhere to lock the bike at all. I thought about leaving it deep in the woodland out of view from the main road unlocked. In the end I found this tree with a fairly thick branch and hung the locked bike on it. It was a lame deterrent that I would not have trusted elsewhere but decided in the quiet setting of a Cumbrian woodland at 6am on a Sunday morning I could probably get away with it. I certainly wouldn’t recommend doing it elsewhere. Have you ever had to lock your bike somewhere daft? If so let me know by commenting below…