Today, for the first time in years, I switched into first gear (on my three-gear bike) in order to get up a hill. And it wasn’t even a particularly steep hill – it was the gentle slope up Ludgate Hill towards St. Paul’s.

This is a historical moment, really. I remember the last time I used the first gear: it was on a very sandy path in Richmond Park, where the wheels were digging in and the bike was almost getting stuck in the sand. That was at least two years ago. And I cannot even remember if I had ever used it before that.

Well, I guess it’s good that I finally found some use for it!