On my bike: Mike Burrows

We spoke to cycle designer & carbon fibre pioneer, Mike Burrows about life behind the handlebars

Why do you cycle?

I’m an engineer and love efficiency. Cycling is the most efficient way to get from A to B – and to stay fit without having to exercise.

How far do you ride each week?

200-250 miles.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

The one I’m on most is the 8Freight, because that’s what I ride to work and back. For weekend touring, it’s the Ratcatcher. 

What do you always take with you when cycling?

Puncture outfit, pump, spare innertube. Usually a rain cape just in case. 

Who mends your punctures?

I do! Up to about six per tube before I dump it.

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

There is only bike – other than going to London, when I jump on the train.

Lycra or normal clothes?

I’m inclined towards the Lycra. I’ve got a dirty job; I’m a machinist. It makes sense not to go home in my working clothes because the missus wouldn’t want swarf on the sofa.

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

Some new Assos winter tights, although I’m not sure £100 would buy a pair any more.

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

Down to Walberswick in Suffolk, an 85-mile round trip. But the nicest I’ve ever done was touring through France.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Better bicycle design! It’s Victorian, the Thomas Humber diamond-frame bicycle. The bicycle needs to be seen to be a 21st century solution.