I want to ride my bicycle

Saturday, 13 September 2014

I’ve recently moved to North London and have decided to finally bite the bullet (and be very brave) by cycling to work. I spent a long time choosing the perfect bike, and finally picked this beauty. 

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She’s called Beatrice.


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As I work in Hackney she had to be super trendy and that’s exactly what she is. People even shout “I like your bike” as I ride past, that’s how cool we are! 


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Now that I’ve been riding for 2 weeks (!!) and saved myself the grand total of £62.80 in train fares, I thought it was about time I shared my cycling wisdom. Truthfully these are all DG’s tips, but its good advice so I’ll pass it on you.

Keep a metre away from parked cars – Now this one wouldn’t have crossed my mind as I would have stayed close to the parked cars to avoid the moving cars. But parked cars sometimes have people in them who need to get out by swinging the door open straight into your path. This, I can only imagine, would be extremely painful and is not something that I’d like to experience.

I’m watching you! – Make eye contact with drivers; it helps them to realise you are a real person and not just a chunk of metal with wheels. Hopefully this’ll stop them wanting to squeeze past you and knock you off. I always take a peep over my shoulder at lights so drivers will hopefully see my smiley face and not want to run me over as I slowly tootle along my way. 


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Protect your head – it holds some serious technology. Not one to happily ruin my hair by strapping it to my head, even I wear a helmet. Yes, I have helmet hair every day but it also means that if I fall off, which is quite likely as I’m wobbly, then I’ll be keeping my head in one piece. 


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Think car, Act car - When you pull up at a stop sign, traffic lights, junction etc make sure you park yourself in the centre of the lane. Think car and own the road. Otherwise cheeky drivers will try to squeeze past you in their haste and could potentially give you a bump. 


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And the best bit of advice ever is.....

Walk! - I always thought it would be cheating to hop off your bike and walk certain scarier parts of your journey. DG has assured me that he does this for dangerous junctions, and he’s a proper cyclist with a road bike and a padded bottom, so I’m taking his word for it being ok. Now I hop off my bike to cross the road instead of trying to squeeze my way around a treacherous roundabout.

So that’s my top 5 tips for road cycling. I hope you’ve found it useful. I imagine I’ll be a fair weather cyclist so when the rain returns I might be back to some serious oyster card usage.

Stay safe.

Little London Girl x

2 comments:

  1. I've only just moved back to the US after 6 years in London...your photos are making me miss it!! I was *never* brave enough to try and cycle there though - well done, you! Hackney is such a fab neighborhood, I lived in Dalston for a while and became an addict of the Street Feast ;)

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  2. You look lovely on the bike and the bike it's so posh. Great way to exercise and spend less money on the tube.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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