Josh Lane: Life Behind Bars

Trapped in the web....

Trapped in the web....

As I sit here in this golden age of technology, drowning in influence, possibility and opinion, I can't help but feel like we are no further forward as humans than when we decided to stand up straight, grab a tool and leave our ape-shaped ancestors behind.

Sometimes I can feel my brain hurting. It's my own fault: I've developed an addiction to 'research'. It started off when I would use the internet to find out a bit of background information on a product I wanted to buy. The more I did this, the more in-depth I found...


Body of Work

Body of Work

Last week, for the first time in my life, I found myself stood looking into a full-length mirror. I was wearing nothing but my pants and I stood staring at myself for a good few minutes. I looked at my legs first and thought too myself 'too skinny', then I moved up to my arms and body which, there was no doubt in my mind, were 'too fat' and my overall appearance . . . well I could sum up in 4 words: 'not a road cyclist'.

This recent act of vanity was a turning point for...


The Golden Age

The Golden Age

Much like nature, at this time of year the road cycling scene is in a state of pre-bloom. It's not quite spring but we all know it's just around the corner, and with spring comes the start of the race season!

I've noticed a few subtle changes at look mum no hands! recently that confirm this. Alongside the year-round commuters and hobby cyclists gracing us with their bikes we are starting to get the chiselled, fat-stripped club riders wheeling in their F1-style race machines for their preseason pimping sessions. Power meters are going on new bikes, tubs are getting...


Lost and Found

Lost and Found

I have a crisis on my hands! Well, an issue. OK, let's call it a First World Problem.

I've lost my Garmin. I'm convinced I put it in one of my jacket pockets when I was washing my bike, but after checking all my jackets (and my dad’s) I'm still no closer to finding it. I've been forced to accept that today and maybe for the pre-payday future I will be riding with no Garmin.

So without a Garmin to plan my route or to tell me how fast or far I'm going, I'll need to think outside the box...


Generation Lost . . .

Generation Lost . . .

All images: ©Josh Lane

As a bike mechanic fixing and upgrading the world's bikes I have a front row seat from which to peer into the cycling scene. My work hours are spent getting stuck into not only the worn-out cogs or outdated equipment that bring the bikes to me, but also the minds of the owners. For a while now I've played witness to a shift in the way people view bikes and the bikes that they choose to ride.

When I started out as a mechanic the bike industry was an entirely different place. My days were almost...