This isn’t my normal bike. It’s not what I normally ride on, at least not until this point.

I’ve always written about, photographed and talked about mountain biking. It’s a passion more than anything else and has been such a benefit to my own wellbeing – both physically and mentally – as well as the most fun hobby I’ve ever had. And that’s what I class it as: a hobby. I’ve earned little bits of money here and there taking photographs of bike things but it’s not something that pays the bills. I’ve attended events on behalf of others, but it’s always been for a straight swap for something else; I’ve never been any sort of ‘professional’ within the mountain biking world.

With so much time and energy dedicated to mountain biking as a hobby, it was probably more obvious to others that I’d end up branching out into other areas of cycling. I certainly didn’t see it coming but it didn’t really surprise my partner when I told her I’d ordered a Calibre Lost Lad.

Over the last couple of months I’ve done more rides from my own back door than ever before and they were becoming a little bit of a pain. I’d either slog the mountain bike around or I’d go on the old road bike which, until recently, had just been a turbo bike. Whilst the Bronson isn’t a hard bike to pedal around on trails, it certainly isn’t made for roads or our flat bridleways. It goes but, it’s not easy to cover lots of miles in a short amount of time. The road bike is the complete opposite. It covers lots of miles in a short time but the tradeoff is comfort. I didn’t want to pedal that thing around, even with its speed, because I couldn’t put up with feeling every little bump in our not-so-well paved roads. I pressed buy on the Calibre Lost Lad.

It’s got so few reviews online that it seemed a bit of a gamble at the time. Of the few reviews out there, some said it was spot on for the money. Others said that the tradeoffs made to keep the price down would make it almost unrideable. I decided, for the reasonably price of £400 it was worth a punt. I hoped the higher volume tyres would provide comfort, whilst allowing me to cover more miles than my mountain bike. A compromise in both speed and comfort to become a bit of a Jack of all trades.

My first impressions are positive. I’ve been out a few times now and found that the gamble, at least for me, has paid off. There’ll be a proper review coming over the coming weeks, when I’ve had time to test further. At least for now, I’m happy with the purchase and, whilst it does shake you around on off-road descents, it’s both comfy and fast enough to spend a few hours on a Sunday morning taking in some of the Yorkshire Wolds. That’s something worth doing, at least for me.

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