22 April 2010

Sunsets from the Saddle

The withdrawal symptoms I was suffering last weekend have gone: I've been cycling into work all week & loving it! It's funny how much I missed it - especially when I was in Portsmouth last weekend where it felt like every chic being was on a bike...

Anyway - back to this week: Weather has been fabulous for cycling in London (not too hot and not too cold), so it's been early morning starts for a leisurely ride to the office. The boots have been replaced with Ballet Pumps...


... the stuffy & sweaty carraiges of the DLR in the evenings after work have been replaced with fresh air and views without dirty windows..


... and my grouchy mood travelling home has been replaced with a feeling of being relaxed and taking it all in...



I'm liking this - a lot.

17 April 2010

I'm still here: Cycle Planning

I have been rather lacklustre on updating further adventures on Frankie. I've not been able to ride her over the past week due to things & events happening after work, which would not correspond well with me on a Pashley. Will be back on the saddle next week... I've been missing the feeling of how energised I get riding!

In the meantime, it would appear that the Sun has decided to stick his hat on - meaning more people are out in force on two wheels - which is always lovely to see. I'm in Portsmouth at the moment (a long weekend which started on Thursday afternoon) and there are plenty of cyclists out and about, soaking in the good weather. I've yet to see any Pashleys, but there have been some wonderful looking girls on retro bikes... all of which have made me crave having one here.

It's not very likely that I will be taking Frankie for jaunts to Portsmouth, so I've decided to get a second bike for here! It might not be anything on the scale of a Pashley Princess, but I am after something that looks retro and cute. There are at least 2 bike shops here that I will be checking out for a little cycle to keep here - and I'm very excited about this to put it mildly :)

Will update when more is sorted, but I'm hoping to get it all done in a matter of 2 weeks - fingers crossed...

6 April 2010

Spring & Ting

"Thank you!" Spring for finally showing your sunny face today...
"Thank you!" Easter Holidays for giving me clear & quiet roads this morning...

After not getting to ride over Easter, a cycle on Frankie was just what I needed to start up the (short) week. Left home at 08:00 in the sunshine & took a leisurely pace... clear roads meant that I wasn't freaked by cars - I even managed not to get spooked by any Buses behind or in front of me.

Cycling back at 18:00 was really lovely: sun was still out and everything looked rather nice in my corner of East London from the Vélo view... I've discovered a set of Squirrels that live along the path I ride through too - will try and get pictures of them at some point. Anyway - as I don't lug my D80 around, this is the best I could do with my iPhone: