Tuesday, April 27, 2010

10 things I learnt last week

1    When your feeling tired and you want to have a break...keep going, it will soon pass.
2    London's road ways can be very confusing to begin with!
3    It's a lot easier to indicate if you're sat back in your seat.
4    Wear underwear that wont bunch up, because that can be annoy-ing I tell you!
5    Nobody thinks they look good in a helmet, so just get on with it and wear one.
   Cycling is thirsty work, drink lots of water (do not substitute for beer!)
7    Going up hill on a single speed is totally do-able.
8    I'm feeling like a kook, but that's ok because I'm still learning.
9    This is a big one...cycling in the city, it's really not that scary.
10  And finally...blue jeans and a white bike seat do not mix! (check out exhibit A)

Friday, April 23, 2010

in my own time

So I got this bike with a view to commuting to work on it.  I've been riding it lots...just not in central London.  That's been something I had to psych myself up for.  And it wasn't just the intimidation of London traffic, there were also the snowstorms which swept the nation.  But now the weather has perked up massively, and I've been getting more road savvy so I decided it was time to ride into the West End to work.  Yesterday I had a day off, so I decided that it was a good time to do a dry run from home to work (so there was no pressure of needing to get in at a set time).
I checked out my maps and figured out a route that didn't look too bewildering.  Admittedly I got lost a couple of times along the way, on account of one way streets, but I made it!  And I tell you...I don't know why I had been putting it off for so long!  Granted it took me double the time it should have, but so what.  Now I know the route in there should be no stopping me.
I left my bike at work so tonight I can ride it home...just need to decipher the maps again, because it's going to have to be a completely different route on account of one way streets.
I heard a rumour that cyclist may soon legally be able to cycle down one way streets the wrong way...I hope so because it would make plotting A to B a lot less confusing!