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.
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*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.
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…
…they are reflective in low light! #BOOM …
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…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?!
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Elle 🙂 x