Biking in Scotland has many pleasures, but not many of them are to experienced during winter. As the council shovel mound after mound of salt onto the roads to keep them frost free bikes become caked in death-muck, eroding and corroding all your most sensitive extremities. Ouch.
So this week when I found it was taking a mightier tug on the brakes to slow the bike I knew it was brake cleaning time. Right enough, both front calipers were seized as the pads had been corroded into place...so 30 minutes spent lovingly with WD40, a brass brush and some copper grease turns a solid lump of no-confidence into the mean stoppers they should be.