Vital Fixies

By | 13 April, 2015

Vital Fixies are a Dublin based company that specialises in selling fixie bikes.

I’m not really a fixie rider myself – I prefer a nice selection of gears when it comes to climbing hills – but I do love the vibrant colours and simplistic styling on these bikes. I wonder why you don’t see geared bikes styled in the same way.

Drivers, cyclists aren’t the problem, they’re part of the solution

By | 6 February, 2015

Taxi drivers seems to be the worst about vocalising their dislike of cyclists. I can’t seem to take a cab ride without the driver complaining about cyclists being in the way and slowing them down.

But what they don’t realise is that they’ve got it all wrong. Having to wait before you can safely overtake a cyclist may cost you a few seconds on your journey – but the real people who are slowing down your journey aren’t cyclists, they are other drivers.

I cycle to work because it’s easy

By | 5 February, 2015

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

By | 4 February, 2015

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.