On my bike: Michael Smiley

Comedian and Actor, Michael Smiley with his Brompton e-bike
We spoke to Michael Smiley, Comedian and Luther Actor, about his cycling habits

Why do you cycle?

I love it! It’s not only transport but exercise for the body, mind and spirit.

How far do you ride each week?

About 50-60 miles a week around London.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

It’s hard to pick; I have eight. I’ve converted my old Brompton into an e-bike with a Nano kit. It’s perfect for city living. But my favourite is my old bike from my courier days, a Tom Board, built for me in 1987.

What do you always take with you when cycling?

Helmet, water bottle, Carradice cape.

Who mends your punctures? 

Friends who do mobile repairs, Stuart & Barney Velo. 

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

Bike and my Carradice Duxback cape!

Lycra or normal clothes?

I prefer urban cycle clothing from people like Howies, Swrve, Vulpine, and Victory Chimp. Looks good off the bike too.

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

A green Brooks saddle to go on my new orange Brompton.

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

I love to use back routes through London. There are so many nooks and crannies. I’ll stop off somewhere, grab a coffee, get talking to someone. I adore that aspect of the bike in a city.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

More separated bike lanes, with raised kerbs or barriers.

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