On my bike: Matt Barbet

Matt Interviewing Jon Snow while cycling for his (Matt’s) podcast, Home Roads
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On my bike: Matt Barbet

We spoke to TV presenter, journalist, and Home Roads podcast host, Matt Barbet, about his cycling habits

Why do you cycle?

It makes me feel good. It’s the best way of seeing places. It keeps my impact on the environment down. It’s even given me paying work.

How far do you ride each week?

It varies, but usually around 150-200km a week. 

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

Depends on my mood and need. I have a couple of road bikes, a gravel bike, a town bike, and a track bike.

What do you always take with you when cycling?

Phone, keys, pump, tube, levers, Wahoo Roam computer. 

Who mends your punctures?

I do! Everyone should learn – or go tubeless.

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

I cycle most journeys in London but take the bus if I need to work at the same time.

Lycra or normal clothes?

Lycra to train and for big rides. If I’m riding into work or running an errand, whatever I’m wearing.

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

Put it towards a bike fit. The right bicycle can do wonders for your enjoyment. So many people have the wrong size frame or the saddle at the wrong height.

What’s your favourite cycle journey? 

Favourite places include Mallorca, Snowdonia and reliable Regents Park, early on a summer morning.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Acceptance by all road-users that roads are for sharing responsibly and not solely the preserve of people going quickly in motorised metal boxes.

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