This e-mail hit my inbox last week:
“I’d love to do some writing and reviewing for the blog. I read a lot
of other cycling blogs and there seems to be a gap for women like me
who love cycling in all it’s forms and aren’t pure roadies or retro
Dutch bike lovers. There has to something in between?”
With that I knew one of my goals for London Cyclist 2011 was on the way to being realised. I hereby introduce Nicole who will be contributing to London Cyclist on a weekly basis (probably Tuesdays!)…
Andreas has very kindly invited me to post on London Cyclist to add my voice to happy cycling in London. I’ve been an avid follower of the blog and have been commenting on discussion points for some time now and it seems only natural, with the growing interest in all things cycling, that we have a uniquely female perspective on the site.
My commute: Bike, Train, Boris!
I am a media lawyer who commutes by bike from West Sussex to my local railway station in all weathers. I take a train into London Bridge and then pick up a Boris bike to my office. I cycle in and around London almost every day, for pleasure or for business, almost always on a Boris bike. I’m lucky enough to be able to miss out on the morning rush, in that I don’t have to catch my train into London Bridge until about 9.15am, so my morning cycle is relatively peaceful but evenings can be as fraught as they come.
I ride a Specialized Globe Vienna to the railway station, a reliable workhorse, although I’m beginning to realise that upright bikes and hills don’t mix.
At the weekend I ride this Wiler Mortirolo, at the time of writing, my baby. I love this bike. I travel to Antwerp in Belgium every other weekend and I keep a Trek hybrid over there. It is a bike that I’ve had for at least 15 years and on which I started my London cycling journey. In future I’m also on the lookout for a more robust road bike for my commute. By robust, I mean one that I don’t mind leaving locked up at the station.
Finding the balance between Lycra and ordinary work clothes
So my cycling needs are quite varied, both in terms of machine, accessories and what to wear while doing it. However, because I cycle every day, I need to choose wisely and I need it to work. I wear a mixture of full-on racing lycra and ordinary work clothes, depending on the circumstance. And I veer between longing to do the Etape du Tour or cycle through a summer’s meadow on a Pashley Princess! I’m sure some of you can relate..
Over the coming months I’ll be posting independent gear reviews, hints and tips and discussion points on riding all year round and how to keep warm, or cool, safe and relatively stylish on the bike. I’ll be musing on London cycling and cycling generally. I hope some of it will be useful and if not, will be interesting enough to solicit responses so that we can all learn from each other.
On behalf of myself and members of the site.. a big warm welcome to Nicole! I’m thoroughly looking forward to you adding your flavour to our London cycling blog!