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!