January blues banished with a bit of winter cycle chic

It might be grey, cold and miserable outside, but if you're riding through winter you won't have failed to notice how many other riders are joining you and sticking with cycling throughout these cold months.  This time last year the roads were just reappearing after a month under snow and it was bitterly cold.  This year's winter has been petulantly mild, and whilst we might have the odd wet day thrown in (with a bit of wind for good measure!) it seems to me that the unseasonably warm weather we've been having has been keeping people on bikes for longer. 

At Broadway Market in Hackney, recently, I was sharing the streets with these wonderful other riders...

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..so, the person next to you at the traffic lights may be a seasoned all-year-round cycling old hand, or they might just be starting out their life on two wheels.  Either way, why not give them a cheery wave and ride through winter together?

What better way to beat the January blues than a bike ride in style?

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6 comments:

Paul M said...

Lawks - not a skid lid among them. Whatever would the WI say?

Anonymous said...

It looks great! In our city winter is cold, too. But... temperature is -35 C and a lot of snow :) But I ride my bike on weekends. But my city is locate on the Far East, Russia =)

ibikelondon said...

Ha! Knowing Hackney I'd dare say a number of these ladies pictured might even be involved with their local WI and they are FIERCE with it.

Chandra said...

Nice street pics! If I saw that many commuters in my neck of the woods, I would faint :)

Paz :)

ibikelondon said...

Here's the thing Chandra, these aren't pictures of commuters. The photos were taken over the weekend; these are just everyday and ordinary people getting about by bike. At 8.30AM on a Monday morning this area gets SERIOUSLY busy with bicycles! :o)

Matt from Irvine said...

Beautiful pictures! I love cycling on a cold day; you feel so fresh when you arrive.
Keep up the good work. I've shown your site and cycle chic to a few anti-cycling mates of mine and it's amazing how people's positions soften when they see the pics.