Welcome to the February issue of Twist Grip
No sooner does the sun start rising before 8am and setting tantalizingly close to 5pm, than our friendly roving jetstream dishes up lean angles for riding in straight lines and major trials for modern waterproof gear. Still, even if I am not enamoured of battling against winds that are quicker than me, riding in the rain can have a revelatory, almost cozy quality – assuming of course that your waterproofs hold. I have a painful memory of an exceptionally wet ride in tandem with my brother, from Oxford to Lancashire one New Year's Eve in the early 1980s: stood at traffic lights in the centre of Manchester (he was still on L-plates, hence the non-motorway route), I could have sworn that someone had stuffed a garden hose down my kecks and opened the tap wide. Wet-weather riding isn't like that any more, thank goodness. Still, drier and warmer weather will make getting the bike out that bit more rewarding after much gritting of teeth over the winter. Until then, I hope that this edition of Twist Grip will brighten up your days, despite the paucity of Run Reports.
I should draw attention in particular to Sandy Dickson's piece on Bob Crawley's retirement from examining, a fitting tribute to the energy and commitment that Bob has brought to our and other groups over the years.
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