On my bike: JJ Chalmers

On my bike: JJ Chalmers

We spoke to TV presenter and ex-royal marine, JJ Chalmers about life in the trike

Why do you cycle?

At first it was for my recovery, then to compete at the Invictus Games. Now I’m looking forward to my kids being old enough to ride with me.

How far do you ride each week?

Not as far as I’d like, but there is a quick and easy 12-mile route close to me that I try to get on whenever I get a spare chance.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

I have an ICE Sprint, which I love as I can fold it up and chuck it in the back of my Land Rover.



JJ's foldable ICE Sprint

What do you always take with you when cycling?

A flag! On trikes like mine you can easily be overlooked by drivers.


Who mends your punctures?

I do them myself, but the lad who plastered my house is a part-time bike mechanic and now also services my trike.

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

I rarely work nearby so cycling is not really an option. But I don’t mind getting wet on my bike. Like we used to be told in the Royal Marines, “Your skin is waterproof.”

Lycra or normal clothes?

Lycra, but I don’t need padded shorts because the big advantage of a recumbent is that it’s like riding on a sun lounger or armchair!

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

A trailer for the kids to hitch a ride on the back.



Halfords trailer

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

I did the RideLondon 100 a couple of years ago, and I now work on it for the BBC. It’s a great route, so many iconic points.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclist?

Continued improvement of infrastructure. 

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