I’ve finally mastered the art of installing cantilever brakes and shifted all the old kit from my bent SJS frame (derailleur, dropout and pannier strap all melded into one dreadful mess) onto a new Kaffenback frame, from soon-to-be Sheffield firm, Planet X: www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk/?page_id=1174. I took it out for a first spin, with my mother’s warning about ‘ice and bikes not mixing’ ringing in my ears. Worth it though, it rides beautifully, although it tracks in a very different way to any other road bike I’ve ridden. Probably due to a long fork trail. An hour in the Peak District helps restore the soul, and allows me to justify a pleasingly large slice of Christmas cake.