I cycle to work because it’s easy

Here in Dublin, when you tell someone that you commute to work by bike, they make an assumption that you are a speed daemon dressed head-to-toe in Lycra. They associate cycling with sport or recreation, and imagine that people on bikes need to be athletic and brave/foolish.

The thing is, I’m not athletic, and I’m not sporty. I don’t cycle to work because I want to get fit. I cycle to work because it’s… easy!

Bike tyres are so much easier to fix

I was enjoying a lazy Saturday morning at home when the text message appeared on my phone: Car has puncture

My wife had taken the car out to do some grocery shopping, and as she was driving out of the supermarket car park she realised the car had a flat. She had pulled over to the side of the road, but wasn’t entirely sure what to do next.

Workcycles Opafiets – the latest object of my affection

The latest object of my affection – the Workcycles Opafiets dutch style bike.

It seems to tick all my boxes – it’s a proper transportation bike with an upright seating position, it had the option of 8-speed hub gears, and as luck would have it the Dutch Bike Shop here in Dublin are a Workcycles dealership – and they also do the bike to work scheme.

Deciding on a new Dutch Bike

I’m thinking about getting myself a new Dutch-style upright bike, but I’m not exactly sure which one I want. I’m considering both the Pashley Roadster Sovereign and the BSP Barista, which both appeal to me for different reasons, but I’ve not really fallen in love with either of them.