In the words of British band the Kaiser Chiefs, "oh my god, I can't believe it!"
Yes, after yet another extended hiatus (almost 6 weeks — a combination of annual leave, yet another upper respiratory tract infection, back pain and sheer bloody laziness) I finally took my poor trusted treadly out of storage and trundled into work this morning. I'd forgotten how exciting it is to battle with London traffic, but by goodness where did all you cyclists come from? Honestly, I've never seen so many two-wheels out and about at 7.45am — normally the influx doesn't hit the roads until after 8am.
I have such mixed feelings about seeing more cyclists on the road. Yes, it's wonderful that so many are ditching motorised vehicles (or the tube), but I can't stand all the idiots who ride their bikes as if the entire world revolves around them.
Here's some handy tips you newbie cyclists might like to take note of:
WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GOING!! OR, MORE IMPORTANTLY, WATCH WHERE OTHER CYCLISTS ARE GOING — DON'T EXPECT THEM TO GET OUT OF YOUR WAY BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T SEE THEM!!
DON'T WEAVE ALL OVER THE ROAD — TRY TO KEEP A STRAIGHT LINE
DON'T CUT OTHER CYCLISTS UP (SEE ABOVE)
USE HAND SIGNALS — WE'RE NOT ALL MIND READERS, YOU KNOW
DON'T OVERTAKE BUSES WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR INDICATORS ON (UNLESS YOU FANCY BECOMING SOMEONE'S DINNER)
TRY TO TAKE OFF FROM THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT A FAST PACE; WHEN YOU PUTTER ALONG IT CAN PUT OTHER CYCLISTS BEHIND YOU IN A DANGEROUS POSITION.
DON'T WEAR YOUR FRIGGIN' iPOD — HOW CAN YOU HEAR WHAT'S APPROACHING IF YOU'VE GOT AMY WINEHOUSE PUMPING INTO YOUR EARS AT 20 DECIBELS?
There. Glad I've got that off my chest.
See you all tomorrow for more tales of commuting across the capital!
Total distance: 12.28 miles | Ride time: 1hr, 13min and 31sec | Average speed: 10.64mph | Top speed: 18.5mph