On Monday evening I got the bus (haha) to this event in Central London at Evans Cycles. Having attended a similar event at another store a few months ago I had high hopes for this evening. We were emailed and told to have our questions ready…so there I was…ready to get the lowdown on winter cycling not only to be in the know myself, but to share with you!
I’m not one to be negative, but I will be honest. The event started at 6pm with the first 50 attendees getting a goody bag. I arrived at 6.10pm and was somehow attendee number 51 yet some of numbers 1 – 50 hadn’t even arrived yet…they just got their mates to pick up one for them as well… Not the most impressive start, and I did bring this to the attention of the staff there…
So, the talk…couldn’t hear a word the lady was saying so I wandered off to say hello to a few people I had bumped into and check out if there was anything I needed on which I could get a 20% discount…
I decided to go for a waterproof jacket (originally £129.99) currently £49.99. I teamed that with a pair of waterproof over trousers. Both were by Altura, and labels said it was 3 for 2 on Altura but that didn’t apply this evening. Disappointed much?!
The evening wasn’t what I was expecting. There were no chairs for the talk so being at the back I couldn’t see or hear anything and wandered off, like I said. There seemed to be a lot of staff when you had no questions but then they all disappeared at the same time… When I found someone to ask a question…they didn’t always know the answer!
Positives are that I am hopefully now more suitably kitted out to make it through winter 🙂
Ideally, I’d love to add a waterproof bag cover to my kit along with some warm and / or waterproof gloves. If there is anything else essential I need I certainly don’t know about it…yet!
I must add that the Store Manager found me during the evening to apologise about the goody bag incident; he took my details and promised to get one for me… so fingers crossed.
On reflection, I don’t think this needed to be a women’s specific evening unless they were going to be more relevant (and organised) talks. It’s great as I now know that particular store exists though 🙂
In principle, this could have made for a fantastic evening. But I still have all my questions to be asked of someone…anyone…
Elle 🙂 x
Here are some of my questions…
1. What is the ultimate cycling outfit for commuting during winter? Something that means I don’t have to take an entire change of clothes for work?
2. Any tips for accessories I should defo have? i.e do I need to own a pump? repair kit? bike cleaner??
3. Top tips (and the very basics) for maintaining my bike?
4. Should I stay off my bike when ice drops or the snow falls??
5. With all the recent tragedy, what are essential tips for staying safe on the roads?