7.11.13

One gal, her bicycle and a plastic bag...

Hey folks :)

I think I must've mentioned somewhere that I would be getting a bike again now I am back in London?! Did I?! ...Well, I got the bike, and have been cycle commuting to work (and other places) pretty much everyday since I got it (it's been about 2 weeks). In those two weeks...I have learnt a lot...not all the easy way so I thought I would a) share some of my learning and b) ask you to share some of what you have learnt!

This is the bike I chose...


So here goes on my part...

*Firstly let me explain how I came by the post title.
On route to work, maybe day 3, I cycled past a plastic bag in the road. It caught onto my bike and after a few attempts to kick it off while cycling I gave up as I didn't fancy swerving into a moving vehicle. A few hundred metres down the road though, something didn't feel right but I continued cycling. A few more hundred metres, I looked down and the bag was still there! So I stopped. I looked. I almost cried. The bag was wrapped, so very tightly around my gears. There I was at the side of the road struggling and pulling with all my might to get the bag out. I feared the bike chain would come off and I had no clue whatsoever how to put it back on. So grateful for google as I am sure there must be a video out there on YouTube right?!

Action: must learn how to put chain back on bike. Must purchase pump / puncture repair kit etc in case of emergency.


goto love the bitstrip takeover...

*Then. Inevitably, being in London, it rained. I didn't realise until I already left the house. I didn't have time to catch a bus so it was cycle or nothing. I ran back indoors, grabbed a pair of salopettes and journeyed to work.

Lessons I have learnt so far:
*The importance of waterproof clothing including footwear and a bag cover
*Not to wear mascara (especially non waterproof) on raining days
*Pack a change of (dry) clothes for arrival
*A mudguard might be useful

I put out a post on the new keep it simpElle Facebook page for some cycling tips and got a couple of useful ones...




Tip: Never be in a hurry.

I always leave with more than enough time; I certainly don't attempt or even consider racing vehicles or other cyclists!

Tip: Cycle like you are a car and never go down the left hand side of the bus.

I cycle confidently and I don't allow buses, cars or anything else to intimidate me into making myself unsafe! Usually, I end up waiting for buses to move from bus stops if there aren't a million people getting on it.

Tip: Always look behind you

This was a great one. It really helped me gain confidence especially when crossing lanes to make right hand turns.

What else...

The importance of high vis clothing?! and lights on your bicycle?! ...I've purchase a high vis (pink) waistcoat so far! I'll share some pictures of my new found cycle wardrobe soon. I've also got my eyes on a pair of these bad boys...

hello :) 

...they are reflective in low light! #BOOM ...

on my wish list

...oh then, it took my butt an entire week to acclimatise to sitting on a saddle for 60 minutes or more a day! It's about 3.5 miles to work each way...which saves me energy to do other activities. However, it has increased my appetite substantially! I ensure I pack a healthy snack in my bag, along with my nuun hydration tablets to stay feeling great! ...and don't forget tissues! It seems that cycling, much like running, induces the runny nose syndrome! 

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So guys and gals, what tips / advice do you have to share with me?! 

...and any suggestions what I can name my bicycle?! 

what can I name her?! 


Elle :) x

10 comments:

  1. What helmet is it that you have? I am looking for one like that but having trouble deciding!
    Thanks,

    Anna

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    1. Hey Anna,

      My helmet is a Bern Watts. It's actually a men's model but I really liked the colour :)

      I'm gonna get a cute high vis bow to attach to the back to make it extra extra girly! lol

      Elle :) x

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    2. Thanks! I have been looking at the Bern ones. Just need to work out what size I need, I have a massive head! I have seen the bows too, i'll definitely need one of them as well!

      Anna x

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    3. Hahahaha!! I have a massive head too!! Made bigger with my hair!! ...I whipped out a tape measure and compared against the Bern sizing charts (added a few cm for my hair) and went for a Large! ...The bow will help me reiterate that I'm not a man with a large head! haha!

      Elle ;) x

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  2. Watch out for mirrors! Other cars may see you better than people sitting in parked cars. I fear getting hit by a car door more than being hit by a moving car...

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    1. Yes Chrissy! That is a very good point! ...noted :) and thank you!

      Elle :) x

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  3. I also have a Specialized, a road bike (Dolce Elite) and named her Dolce Zin! Because I love red zinfandel, and zin zin zin sounds fast.

    Great tips for cycling in the city - I have bike commuted with my dad a few times and every time I learn something new. Once it was how to change a flat, once it was that I needed a fender on my wheel or my shorts would be soaked in the rain, once it was to have a reflective jacket.

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    1. Love it! ...I'm guessing you don't indulge in the vino AND cycle :) lol
      ...learning to change a flat is defo on my list of things to do!! And a fender (if its what I think we call a mud guard here in the UK) would make cycling in rain much better! No mud splashes on my clothes! ..and I bought a little pink reflective waistcoat that I can put over any jacket I wear! ...I've realised the money I save from travel is being spent on food and cycle clothing with I guess the added bonus of keeping fit! :) x

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  4. My tip would be to make sure you have at least one, if not two really good padlocks. Tyres get stolen easily, so make sure you secure them before leaving your bike!

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    1. YES! ...times have changed! 18 years ago we'd leave our bikes outside sweet shops without a second thought!
      ...I was advised to purchase the D lock that came with the other long bit which I use to secure one wheel to the frame and then attach to the d lock which secure the other wheel and bike to whatever I'm locking it to! ...erm, does that make sense?! lmao! ...I usually look like a novice as sometimes it takes me quite a few mins to get my bike secure but I would rather not rush! :) x

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