y o u b i k e l o n d o n; Liza from Clapham

Name / age?
Liza, and I'm 26
Where do you live / ride to?
I'm just moving to Clapham at the moment, and today I rode from Brixton to Crouch End on my brand new bike!
What do you ride?
A Specialized Sirrus 2010
How often do you ride?
Every day
Helmet or no helmet?
What's your primary reason for cycling?
Mainly as transport - it's more fun, it's green.  It's cheaper too.

Least favourite aspect of cycling?
Maintenance; I'd rather pay someone to do it for me to be honest,  I do try but it takes me a really long time to do anything - it's easier just to go to the bike shop.
Most favourite aspect of cycling?
The satisfaction of beating the Tube, it feels great!
What do you never leave home without when riding?
Lights, as I never know how long I'm going to be out so it gives me that much more flexibility not having to keep an eye on the sun going down and trying to hurry home.
How many locks do you carry, and have you ever had a bike stolen?
I've had 3 stolen in London, now I always use a cable and a D-lock.  I never saw them again and I was really angry at the time.  The third time it happened I was standing next to my bike and this litle kid just jumped on it and started riding.  I laughed at first and thought he was playing around and joking, then I realised he was basically a child thief and was nicking my bike. I was furious!
What advice would you give to an aspiring cyclist thinking of riding in London for the very first time?
Get the London Cycling Campaign maps - they're free and give you great quiet routes all round London, oh, and come on Critical Mass!  It's fun to be amongst lots of cyclists on a Friday night once a month!

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Anonymous said...

years ago a man grabbed my purse and ran. I too thought he was just joking. I think i was angrier at myself than at him because if felt so stupid for thinking it was just a joke.

he was caught a few minutes later though

Melissa said...

I lost a bike in London while talking to a friend of mine a teen grabs my bike and rolled away just like that. I really felt stupid.