Why do I cycle? What a question! The answer is that it makes me happy; some of my happiest memories are on a road bike and 9 times out of 10 I come back exhilarated. Flying along with my dad, feeling almost invincible – it is a great opportunity to spend quality time together. And the feeling of accomplishment when you make it to the top of the mountain; to know that you can push yourself further than you ever thought possible.
Second reason, cake. I’d be lying if I didn’t partially start cycling in order to eat cake, but that flapjack or teacake mid-morning always goes down well, and the brownie at lunch and the scone in the afternoon… And as a side effect, I’ve also become a rather regular baker – no-one’s complaining!
I’m also definitely a country girl at heart and being on your bike allows you to feel that little bit closer to nature. Yes, it does occasionally rain in the UK, but if you’re properly equipped, I genuinely find that it can be rather fun and refreshing. And when you’re riding along in the sunshine, a gentle breeze keeping you cool, in search of an ice-cream (I’m painting a picture right now, hey?), what more could you ask for in life? I might be a bit biased, but I can almost guarantee that even the mental image of that will make you smile.
And if you’re looking for a bit of an adventure (whether that’s an hour on a Saturday afternoon discovering the local neighbourhood or an epic mission across Europe), you can go a lot further than on foot, yet still at a pace that allows you to appreciate what is going on around you.
Why else? Commuting. In London, I use my bike all the time to get around; the idea of the tube does not appeal and it’s often much faster (well, when I don’t get lost!). My commute to work takes me over Tower Bridge (which never fails to cheer me up, no matter how grey and wet the day is) and through some glorious parts of London that I would never have discovered taking the tube. It certainly helps me to feel a little more awake in the mornings too.
Of course, getting fit is a major contributing factor for a lot of people and the commute can be a great opportunity to compete (and to get in some exercise before work leaving you more time in the evenings) – especially along the Cycle Superhighways. Only yesterday I was racing along the Embankment with a fellow lycra-clad loony; I never knew him before, but it certainly made me smile (and I almost beat him – girl power!). And it makes London feel more welcoming; as with any sport, if you find the right club, it’s a great opportunity to make like-minded friends (to eat cake with of course).
I hope that this shows you even a little bit of my passion; it’s one of the greatest things in the world! And If you want to find your next or maybe first lady bike, discover our road bike selection.