y o u b i k e l o n d o n; Christian from Greenwich


Name?
Christian
Age?
36
Where do you live?
Greenwich, and I cycle to work at London Bridge
What do you ride?
It's a Firefox step-through with swept-back handlebars - it might look like a 'ladies' bike but it's not, it's utalitarian.  And comfortable.
How often do you ride?
Three of four times a week usually.
Helmet or no helmet?
It depends - it's about 50/50 depending on whether I remember it or not.
What's your primary reason for cycling?
The trains are just too congested and it's just as quick to cycle, and much less stressful.
Least favourite aspect of cycling?
The lack of secure parking spaces for bikes.
Most favourite aspect of cycling?
The de-stressing factor - it's just so relaxing.
What advice would you give to an aspiring cyclist thinking of cycling in London for the first time?
Speak to someone who cycles in London first and choose some quiet routes, and just do it - it's not as dangerous as you think.

2 comments:

Anne said...

That is one GREAT looking bike he's got there.

So, Mark, do you just hail people on bikes and say, "Hey, can I interview you for my blog?"

Just curious. I really enjoy this feature and look forward to it every week.

Mark said...

Hi Anne,

I'm glad you like it - I enjoy doing it, and seeing other cyclist's thoughts are great; they show we are a diverse bunch and, in the same breath, that we're not alone. The primary aim is to show cyclists to be everyday, ordinary and HUMAN as sometimes I think this perspective is lost in our world.

It's a mixture of stopping people in the street and hoping they don't think I'm a bit odd, or going to events like Skyride and Critical Mass, where I know there will be lots of cyclists, and asking them then - I usually do 5 or 6 in one go.

I have a new camera so there should be fewer fuzzy pictures from now on!

I love the double top bar of his bike, it's pretty cool in a weird kind of way.

Have a great weekend.

Mark