On my bike: Dr Ronx Ikharia

We spoke to Emergency Medicine Doctor and TV presenter, Dr Ronx Ikharia about their cycling habits

Why do you cycle?

I learned to cycle aged 25 and have never looked back. I feel free. My mind empties and I’m almost meditating. I’m thinking of nothing, fully aware of my surroundings.

How far do you ride each week?

My commute to work is an eight-minute walk so my Brompton stays at home. But I do love a spring or summer adventure.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

My 7-year-old Brompton is my baby. I love how it folds and that it’s British made. I can take it on buses, trains and into buildings.

What do you always take with you? 

I always forget something – lights, my helmet, trouser clip, or lock.

Who mends your punctures?

My Brompton has never had a puncture because I purchased special tyres.

It’s raining: bike, public transport, or car?

If it’s raining, I fold my Brompton and get transport. If I’m on an adventure, the waterproofs go on.

Lycra or normal clothes?

Lycra on an adventure, normal clothes for travelling in London.

If you had £100 to spend on cycling, what would you get?

Some new handle grips, either Ergon or Brooks 

What’s your favourite cycle journey? 

London to Southend-on-Sea: flat, less than 50k, with sea at the end.

What would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Dedicated, protected cycle lanes/paths all around the UK, with good signage and lighting.