Thursday, 28 May 2015

Another year older, another bike cake

I swear these birthday things get even better every year.

Every year I prepare myself for an epic meltdown but it has not happened. Yet. Ok, there was that one time I ran away from my 27th birthday party in Lima and didn't stop for two hours and had to be picked up from the sketchiest part of town but I'm going to blame that on the altitude (alcohol) and living away from home. The only thing more stressful than organising your birthday is having someone else try and organise something for you. My biggest fear in life is a surprise party. I know I'd be wearing my running kit and no make up as all my glamorous friends jump out, shout 'SURPRISE' as I cry in their faces.

So I sack all that off in favour of birthday challenges (remember my 30th?)This year as proof that I'm no wiser I started a new birthday tradition that can only get harder as I get older. I invented a birthday triathlon with added party hats. I ran 3.3 miles, cycled 33 km, swam for 33 minutes and probably ate 33 pieces of cake. If you are wondering how old I am, after all that I looked 50.
3.3 mile run. I wish running came first in triathlons as it's my weakest event. It's my birthday triathlon so i got my own way.

33 km cycle. I truly believe the party hat unihorn made me go faster. 
33 minute swim. The party hats did not do so well in the water.
Danced off 33 cakes. I'm going to campaign to get dancing added to make them quadathlons.
I like to make birthday resolutions. This year I want to master pistol squats, bring back jelly and finally go to Scotland. Oh and have lots more adventures on my bike.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cycling Essentials: Masking Tape

The second I put a banana in my bag it gets bruised and becomes poisonous. Stay where I can see you bike banana.
There are lots of things I forget when I'm going on bike rides like spare inner tubes, lights, where i'm going, my worries, but I always remember masking tape. It's ideal for taping maps and snacks to your handle bars without damaging your bike. I've also used it for minor repairs and was known to have had a back light taped to the back of my seat for a whole season.Also, I don't think i've had a pair of sunglasses that haven't benefited from a tape up à la Jack Duckworth.
Masking tape, I salute you.
An alternative to the carrot on the stick. I go so much faster with one of these taped to my bars.
Screw you Google Maps, screw you.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Richmond Park// Summer, the prequel

All the deer, no idea
To celebrate the sun showing its face and enjoying it before it disappears again until June (it's bluffing, don't put your gloves away yet), I followed in Charles I's plague escaping Stuart footsteps and fled to Richmond Park

Friday, 27 March 2015

View from my bike

Can you believe the London Eye is 15 years old already? It will be finishing school and getting a National Insurance card soon
I never get bored cycling around my city. It's constantly changing and I notice new things every day. I always look around and think of all these amazing sights I would miss out on if I was standing under someone's armpit on the tube.
As it's turning into spring I thought I'd share some of the sights I've been enjoying recently in-between taking off layers and losing gloves.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Happy 5th Birthday Ecobici

 So Mexico City's public cycle hire scheme, Ecobici, celebrates its 5th birthday. I have such fond memories of my time riding around that amazing city with them so here is my homage in photographic form. Cue music....

Friday, 13 February 2015


Happy Valentine's Day you sexy bunch. Here, have a look at some couples loving it up on bikes:

Monday, 9 February 2015

Brooks England x Levi's Commuter

It's a given that you will ruin many pairs of trousers cycling. I've hulked many pairs of jeans over the years on my bike. While we can all accept that fault and even boast that it is a sign of wear and tear, ruining saddles with denim stains is a different matter. In recent years I have favoured pink, orange and (stupidly) white saddles, all of which have in no time become grubby due to cycling in jeans. 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Landmark Peekaboo

Oh my gosh Gherkin, stop following me

I've been cycling around London for years secretly playing peekaboo with these guys:

Monday, 22 December 2014

Five emergency last minute Christmas gifts

Yes you can get a Christmas tree on the back of a tandem
How the hell is it already Christmas? I still haven't put my halloween costume away, damn it. Here are some gifts you can buy online, any time:

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Girl's Bicycle Handbook book signing

My brother was looking for a present to buy me and he found this book he thought I'd love. In the queue to buy it he had a quick flick through the pages and sent me a message saying; "You are so hard to buy presents for. I found a book I thought you'd like but you are in it so you probably already have it."
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