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Being Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

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OUT FOR A SPIN

Hello, hello and hello there and thanks for reading my Being Bikeminded despite the lack of posts. Just the one announcement before I recount my cycling tales: Being Bikeminded posts will be moved to a monthly feature until the end of my first academic year of uni. Quite annoyed since I enjoy the weekly posts but I guess I needed to sacrifice something so I can attempt to balance my life out.

So yes with that out of the way, there hasn’t been any change of destinations for me and my bike. However, the surroundings and atmosphere has changed. Portobello Road, King’s Road, Oxford Street, Fulham Broadway, Hyde Park: all these places have been given the Christmas makeover. Christmas trees, lights, ornaments have been scattered across the city whilst restaurants and stores have started to spin their Christmas playlists.

And now has never been a better time to get on your bike, bring out the camera and see the sights. With those nifty lights Bikeminded gave me, I too, looked like a glowing ornament that wouldn’t look out of place on a Christmas tree.

Also seeing the mix of traffic and festive lights, for example, while cycling make it seem like you’re in some psychedelic happy-land or travelling on the Millennium Falcon going into hyperspace.

Of course the one draw back about cycling at this time of year is that you carry more weight in order to keep yourself warm from the biting temperatures. Ok, so those biting temperatures haven’t arrived but when they do come, do make sure to get the correct gear which I’ll get to in a tick.

A word of advise: don’t actually taken any hallucinogens.

Stay safe, stay warm and keep cycling!

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ON BIKEMINDED.ORG: DRESSING FOR THE COLD AND RAIN

Just because its been the mildest November since records began doesn’t mean the cold and rain (and snow!) won’t arriving to buffet and subdue us back into the tempting safety and warmth of our beds. When they do come, clothing will be an important factor: is it waterproof? Will it hinder my movement? Do I look like a hideous ogre in this raincoat? Bikeminded have kindly posted some tips that could potentially save your arse, look and feel graceful and keep you safe this season.

Want a tip from me?  FirstlyWear your pyjamas underneath*. My word…the warmth I feel. Secondly, keep all electronics in your bag, not in your pocket. My friend Robbin, who accompanied me on this year’s London Skyride, nearly broke his iPhone’s speakers.

Correction: I nearly broke his iPhone’s speakers.

Finally, don’t forget your lights. It’s against the law to cycle in the evening without any lights. Red lights at the back, white lights at the front.

*Not recommended for all. May not work if you want some freedom in the general leg and groin area.

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Like always, you can follow all my cycling shenanigans on Tumblr, beingbikeminded.

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For my previous entry, click here

Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

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OUT FOR A SPIN

Hai again and I’m bringing you an autumn themed blog post this week, so bring out your lights, grab your gloves and for the love of God wrap up warm!

I haven’t been on my bike as much as I would like to this week but I was reminded of how different cycling is during the autumn period. The load I’ve been carrying has increased because of the amount of layers I have to put on in an attempt to keep the biting chill at bay, and despite wearing glasses, my eyes cannot stop watering because they feel like they’ve pinched by someone who hasn’t cut their fingernails in 5 months.

I think I may need some tips on how to wrap up warm and remain comfortable whilst on my bike (some tips and tricks needed if you’re reading, Bikeminded!)

Today [Sunday], I discovered a weird back route to get to High Street Kensington. My neighbour and fellow cyclist, kingsroadrocks, showed me a quiet route to bypass the sometimes unforgiving nature of RBKC’s roads. But in typical fashion, I got lost for the first time in more than a decade. Mews, dead ends, roads I thought didn’t exist – at some point, consulting my iPhone for directions would have been a sensible idea. But where’s the fun in that? Cycling gives you a perspective that you wouldn’t get when you’re in a car and I ended up cycling and visiting cafés that I’ve never seen before in the 14+ years I’ve been in and around High Street Ken.

Bypassed mob-like traffic, found new cafés, stayed warm – yup, a good week!

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ON BIKEMINDED.ORG: LIGHT MY WAY

When the days are dark as the nights are long, bike lights are a must and required by law. Fortunately, Bikeminded has provided me with their own branded set of lights to cover that problem. Yet I somehow managed to miss this as part of their awesome autumn tips:

2. The safest combination of lights would be to use 2 front lights ( one flashing and one constant beam to light your way ) and 2 rear lights ( flashing and constant ). But as a minimum you need a front white light and a rear red light. You should also have a rear reflector.

But in typical Nielsen style:

Back of bike

Front of bike

Here’s a top tip: don’t mix up where you’re supposed to place your lights. You’ll look like a fool.

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Like always, you can follow all my cycling shenanigans on Tumblr, beingbikeminded.

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For my previous entry, click here

Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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TAKING THE BIKE OUT FOR A SPIN

First week back with Murray and I’ve got to say, I did miss that rattling, single geared….blue – who am I kidding? It’s not the same as the Brompton!

At least the bike is still rideable and can get me from A to B in Chelsea town but is still in need of some repairs. I should just purchase a new bike altogether. If you know any place where I can get a good bike for about £100 then tweet or drop me a comment.

Or you can donate some cash? No? Worth a shot.

In other news, I returned to the King’s Road’s Bluebird Epecerie and it got me thinking, “why haven’t I visited this place more often?” There is a large bike park literally outside the café where you can keep an eye on it whilst working or having some tea. I highly recommended their hot chocolate but Le Pain Quotidien’s one is still the one to beat.

Unless another café has anything to say about it…..

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ON BIKEMINDED.ORG: I WONDER IF THEY SELL HAIRMETS?

Hair and helmets aren’t really great friends. You pop a helmet on, cycle, collect sweat, park your bike, take it off and viola: anime hair or hair looks like its been flattened by an encyclopaedia for several days. Kell Skott, hair stylist from Notting Hill’s Kell Skott’s Haircare, has provided some awesome tips to keep the helmet hair at bay.

However, if you want a simple solution…..

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Like always, you can follow all my cycling shenanigans on Tumblr, beingbikeminded.

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For my previous entry, click here

Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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