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I haven't slept well due to tight hamstrings.
And this morning I am a little dehydrated.
It was raining hard.
The head wind brought me to a standstill many times and made the whole journey just pain.
I couldn't spin in the saddle on the hills because you are a fixed wheel.
So I shouted out on the climb my hate for you , I cursed you and regretted choosing you over the bike with gears and it went round and round in my head, I nearly stopped to throw you in the hedge in anger, real tears came to my eyes as I tried to raise the pace over the last climb to work and I walked in soaked with sweat and empty legged.
Today I hate my fixed wheel.
When people ask why do I like to ride my bike, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is fun. The fact that it is economical, healthy, environmentally friendly etc are all just (big) bonuses.
I think back to my daily commute on London’s public transport, (especially during summer months) and it’s enough to make me want to ride to work everyday. After 8 hours on my arse in front of a computer, I am excited to ride my bike home. Every journey is a little adventure. I interact with the city and I never know what might happen or what or who I might see.
I ride a fixed gear bike, which I think makes cycling even more enjoyable. As well as being a great bike to commute on, you can try tricks on it. I remember when I was younger, hanging out with boys that skated and rode BMX, watching them play at Southbank and wishing I could do the same. I’m not sure what stopped me but I guess I was intimidated because it was so male dominated and aggressive.
I love the fact that fixed gear bikes are accessible to everyone and I see more and more girls on them all the time. There’s nothing quite like riding through the streets of London with hundreds of people from all different walks of life, from the age of fourteen to forty-plus. All brought together by their passion for riding these bikes.
Now, at the age of 29, I still hang out at skate parks with my friends, but instead of sitting on the sidelines watching, I’m actually riding with them… Which is way more fun!