I have always enjoyed cycling, saving up my pennies from a paper round so that I could up grade my bike to a new racer. I would get out and about on my bike both as a mode of transport with the independance to get to band practice in the summer but also just to enjoy the freedom to explore and yes when younger bike tig was also a favourite game. Then I found the joy of driving and although this took over I would still get out from time to time.
After moving to the Isle of Wight I started working within walking distance from home and would walk to work but then I decided to get back on my bike, my shiny racer from days gone by was long gone so I headed down to a well known car and bike shop to pick up a bargain, an ex-display mountain bike. I just wanted to get something cheep and cheerfull to get going again and this was just the ticket, it did take a while to get used to the wider arm span than the tuck of a racer. After some time and enjoying being mobile on two wheels again it was time for a new bike and to revert back to a racer, something lighter and with narrow tyres. My company participated in a ride to work scheme giving me the opportunity to purchase a new bike. I certainly noticed the difference cycling to work up the hill on a lighter road bike with much less friction. I cycled to work in all weathers, well almost all weathers, high winds and snow and ice were the only exceptions. Waterproof trousers and jacket allowed cycling in the worst rain and there were definately some occasions that some down hills were hard going against a head wind but with the commute being about five minutes this was a breaze and a pleasure in the good weather. It was also a pleasure to get out and about on longer runs around the local area and used it to nip up to the local shop, much better than jumping in the car for short trip.
On moving back to Scotland I am just a wee bit too far to cycle into work, I did think about it but it would probably be about an hour to cycle in, which wouldn’t be too bad but then another hour to get home, taking up too much time when Emma and I are looking to get on with other activities in the evenings. There is also the added issue of the Stirling bypass, that I would have to join for a short part then cross over to get into Stirling. There are some people that cycle on this road but those that know it will understand when I say that it is one better to avoid, there can be some crazy driving. Since moving back my bike has therefore gathered dust in the garage feeling a bit unloved. Time to change this again.
I still do not plan to cycle into work but now that I am in the way of exercising in the morning before work, I have started mixing it up a bit and going out for a walk some mornings rather than the gym, so I have decided to also go out for a cycle some mornings. I have thought about this for a while and not got round to it, time to change that. Emma and I have been walking along an old road that is now closed to traffic for most of the way and I realised that this would also be a good place for a morning cycle. When walking we drive to a car park a third of a way along the route but I could cycle out there from the house. Now that I have decided to get back on my bike I better give it some TLC.
Today I got my bike out and gave it a clean and a check over, the tyres need pumping up they were a wee tad deflated. All ready to go now for my first cycle in a couple of years. I am looking forward to getting back out and hopefully will manage to get out in the morning, today we had other plans as we were also getting the garden tidied as we head into Autum.
Some further updates to follow on how I get on when I get back on my bike and further training for our dog sledding challenge, please see our JustGiving page for further details. ReleasetheDream JustGiving.
Continuing to live the dream