Why hello there, I'm Mike.
When asked what I wanted to be when I grow up. I always thought...
I have no idea Uncle Barry, I only see you twice a year, what an awkward question to ask.
But, I'd normally answer with how much I enjoyed data entry, so probably an accountant...
That would quieten my interrogators for a while, and I was able to dodge the question until the next family gathering.
A few years on I had a degree in Public health, and I was still unsure what I wanted to do.
I couldn't get a job I liked, so I did what anyone would do. I left the UK to volunteer at a community bicycle center in Bologna, Italy.
Nearly 2 months there motivated a 2000km solo cycle to Berlin.
That trip taught me two things.
- Mosquito bites itch.
- I want to work with bicycles every day.
So with my 2 essential life lessons learned. I packed some bug spray and flew to another community bicycle project.
This time to Kuala Lumpur in the SE Asian country of Malaysia.
While here, I learned basic web design and built a site for the bicycle project.
Then it hit me. I found my calling in life.
I'll be a bicycle blogger!
The original name for this site was "Mike The Bike," but I had to change it after people were getting the wrong impression.
So with that, Pinch-Flat was born.
Just a heads up. I do earn a little commission from the products I recommend. This is great as it means I can put off getting a real job for a while longer!
Why You Should Follow Pinch-Flat
You can read more about me and how I started my story of Pinch-Flat here. My goal is to bring honest, genuine, actionable cycling advice to as many people as possible.
I cover all sorts of topics including some of the below:
- Bicycle travel destinations.
- Nutrition advice to cycle for longer.
- Weight training information to get faster.
- Gear advice for the goals you have.
Why Am I Different?
Cycling is a crowded market these days. With so much information (and misinformation) out there, I go the extra mile to give you the best chance of improving everything cycling related.
At Pinch-Flat I aim to give an unbiased view. Many big sites avoid criticizing certain cycling products. I strive to give impartial, unbiased advice so you can make informed decisions about your favorite hobby.
How To Use The Site
You can find my top content as well as newest on my home page. I also review many of the best cycling products on the market in my bikes, gear, travel and training sections.
I post regularly so check back often and follow me on Twitter for even more convenient updates.
I also give extra content for FREE to my email subscribers. Click here to join 10,000+ cycling enthusiasts who also subscribe. You'll get all my latest updates first.
To get started, here are some of my best articles that will get you excited about your next ride. Where ever that may be!
Bike Related Info:
How Much Does A Bike Tune Up Cost: What's The Average?
Are Fixed Gear Bikes Good For Commuting? Let's Find Out
How To Use Bike Gears For Dummies
Bicycle Frame Builders: Here's 7 Of The Best
Getting The Right Gear:
See Through Cycling Shorts: Are You Guilty?
Bicycle Stealth Camping: The Ultimate Resource To Keep You Hidden
Best Platform Pedals For Your Road Bike: Pimp Out Your Pedals
Most Comfortable Bike Seat In The World: A Guide On How To Find It
Where In The World To Cycle:
Bicycle Touring Malaysia? Make Sure You Visit The Basikal
Cycling Girona: Spain's Best Destination For Cyclists?
Cycling In Penang: Every Bicycle Related Activity You Could Do
La Rioja Bike Rides, Local Wine And Stunning Scenery: What More Could You Want
How To Be The Best Cyclist Possible:
Best Cheap Protein Powder: A Buyer's Guide To Keeping In Shape
How Far Is Too Far To Bike To Work: What Do You Think?
Perineal Numbness Cycling: You Are Not Alone My Friend
Kettlebell Training For Cyclists: Want To Improve Performance?
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It's something unpredictable but in the end it's right... I hope you have time of you life...