Thursday, 24 April 2008

Bikes in New York

I’ve been away on my hols in New York city so no cycling for a while. I did look out for cyclists in Manhattan. They are there but not as many on the many streets compared to Central London, very few. I saw only one folding bike on Madison Avenue and because it looked like a Brompton I crossed the street to take a photo only to discover it was a Dahon, still it was a folding bike. I think cyclists stick to Central Park and most people in Manhattan walk or take the subway which is so cheap!

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Lesson Four

I didn’t get to have a lesson today at the Greenwich Cycle Training. Instead we went out for a ride along the Thames Cycle Path towards Thames Mead. The Brompton held its own on the off road sections of the path. I may have found a convert to the Brompton. K asked me lots of questions about the bike and is considering getting one. However L keeps referring to my Brompton as ‘not a proper bike’. I politely said nothing.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Tulips on Tuesday

After the snow on Sunday we have sun 48 hours later.  I had the day off and I took the bike out to get some sun.  

Sunday, 6 April 2008

More snow!

Who would believe that 48 hours ago we had brilliant sunshine and we had to get out the sunscreen. I had planned to go out really early on the bike, just to get some exercise but it is clearly not happening today.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Lesson Three

I am making progress with the Cycle Training which is a great antidote to shopping on a Saturday afternoon. I was guided by L out of the comfort of the Royal Arsenal onto the road where I did roundabouts. Once again it was cold and wet and only four of us turned up. By the end of the two hours my hands were freezing and I am very very grateful to the M&S leather gloves that protect me and give me a good grip.

Sore Knees

I have found out why, despite my strong thighs I still get sore knees. The soreness appears the next day after cycling. It seems that I am putting too much pressure on the knees when riding uphill or in too high a gear. Answer, lower the gear. (Haven't I been here before?) It is obvious when you do it but you just don’t consider it when you’re trying to keep upright.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Eight weeks

I have been cycling for 8 weeks! Had I known it was going to be very hard to begin with I probably would not have done it. But it does get easier and even when I was really sore and tired the times when I was cycling along the Thames or freewheeling down a hill were worth it.

The weather has not been great recently and I am on the look out for an old fashion plastic mac to keep the rain off. I brought the Brompton during a warm spell in February and and it’s been bad weather since then. But I keep telling myself if I can do it now I can cycle all the year round.

I am breathing easier and my legs are stronger.

(Notes from the first week.)