Bertie Simmonds started out as a newspaper reporter before joining Motor Cycle News in 1995. After spells on the news desk and as a road-race reporter he joined Bike Magazine in 1997 becoming road-test editor before he left in 2000. After a spell doing PR for Cosworth, he joined Two Wheels Only Magazine in 2001, becoming editor for two years before going freelance in 2004. Since 2013 he's been editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics. He's been riding bikes since he was 15 years old.