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He plays in a world-famous band and has toured the globe for the last 40 years. And yet, all he really wants to do is ride bikes. And if he can’t, then he likes nothing better than to talk about them.


The bass guitarist prowls the stage in front of the sold out festival audience. As the band plays one of its many top ten singles, the bass player glares menacingly at the audience, pointing his low-slung black bass at the crowd like a flamethrower. The glossy black body of the bass is plain, apart from some mysterious ancient runes in white. The runes doubtless have some significance to the thousands of blackclad fans and… wait a second… that’s not an ancient rune, that’s an Orange Bikes logo. What the…?

Theere’s no easy way of saying this, but Simon Gallup, the long-standing bass player in the Cure, yes, that the Cure, is an out-and-out bike geek. Give him the choice between attending a VIP music industry shindig and a cold, wet, muddy ride somewhere over the Ridgeway, and he’ll leap at the latter. And despite being legitimate rock royalty – having played bass with the Cure for 40 years – it turns out that he has more bikes than bass guitars.

Way more…

I first met Simon at Mountain Mayhem a couple of years ago when he was racing in the Ride for Michael team, promoting the charity that supports the paralysed bike industry stalwart, Michael Bonney, a long-time friend of Gallup’s. In the way of people you might have seen somewhere before, perhaps on a stage or a poster, he seemed somehow in sharper focus than the people surrounding him, all jet-black hair, Iron Maiden T-shirt and cut-off denim jacket, but any fears I might have had about rock diva (or divo)-ness were instantly dismissed when he introduced himself and asked what bike I was riding. After meeting again at Mayhem the following year, we bonded over a common love of bikes and beer, swapping notes about bikes, gear and complaining about the weather. When I asked if he’d mind being interviewed about his bikes and relationship to them, he seemed genuinely excited and so, on a sunny August afternoon, I found myself at his house in a quiet, leafy bit of Hampshire.

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