“I can’t wait to get back on the underground” said nobody around the office water cooler ever.
Instead the conversation is typically “Riding my bike in to work is sooooo great, I come in feeling awake and refreshed.”
We hear you, at London Cyclist Blog Corporate HQ (Otherwise known as Emily’s lounge) we feel smug too.
But in our quest for boundless inner self contentment – you know.. this emoji 😌 there are some major obstacles in our way from our fellow happy commuters.
Here are three things we struggle to comprehend.
1. Choosing to ride a bike without a mudguard
There are days in London where it’s raining so much that we consider quitting our blogging jobs and setting out to build a modern day Noah’s Ark. Whilst storage for all those animals does seem like a pain, at least there would finally be room for our 7(teen) bikes.
Mudguards cost £5 to £35 if you really want to get fancy. So why do people choose not to use them?
On a rainy day, you wouldn’t want to walk out your front door, step on to the road and proceed to lie down in the nearest puddle filled with a delicious concoction of rain water, mud and car oil.
So why do it on your bike?
Is it because mudguards don’t look cool?
Is it because they are a pain to fit?
It takes the best part of a day for me to assemble an Ikea Hemnes bedside table and I can still get a mudguard on my bike in under 30 seconds.
2. Bike shoaling
We’re not about the speed here at London Cyclist. We’re big advocates for everyone riding at their own pace. Just check our Strava numbers.
(3,737 out of 4,698 yay, I’m not last!)
However, sometimes, once a month perhaps, we overtake a fellow cyclist. Often, our feeling of joy is cut short by a red traffic light.
What is extremely odd however, is when the cyclist that has just been overtaken, then pulls up infront at the traffic light.
I.e. Bike Shoaling.
This means I now have to overtake this person again! What the?!
On some roads where there are several sets of traffic lights (think Dalston Kingsland road), this becomes some ridiculous game of leap frog. Agh!
It’s not the cycling slowly we have a problem with. Its the complete disregard for other people.
3. Riding without checking or signalling
We’re thrilled to see cyclists with the wind rushing through their hair, riding care free but a little situational awareness isn’t such a bad thing. No signalling means cyclists behind have to anticipate the next action. It means having to dangerously meander in to traffic.
This is bad news for everyone involved.
Unless you are Spiderman and your senses tingle when there’s another cyclist nearby or a passing car, it’s worth checking nothing is coming and signalling clearly.
What do you encounter from fellow cyclists that you just cannot comprehend?