I hate to be one of those people who spends all of their time banging on about the weather, but this past ten days or so has had that kind of effect on me. I was all set for a weekend at the seaside, packing cute dresses and sunglasses, but now I'm thinking I'll need to add my waterproof onesie to the mix.
One of the things the nicer weather has me all enthused about is spending more time on my bike. Don't get me wrong, I love my Pashley, but I have to admit I'm a bit of a fairweather cyclist. I have a lot of local friends who are in the cycle business- both commercially, running one of the best cycle shops around, and professionally, riding for teams across the globe. but whilst some of their enthusiasm has rubbed off on me, I'm never going to be heading out in the middle of winter for a 50mile ride, just for the fun. Unlike one of the locals, you'll never see me riding the Tour de Yorkshire!
That said, as soon as the sunny weather hits, I'm much more likely to head into town to run some errands or visit friends on my bike. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who pedals about in the summer weather, but what I have to admit I don't tend to give a lot of thought to is cycle safety. I realised after reading this article and the piece Adam links to by Simpson Millar, that I don't really do any of these things. I don't even own a cycle helmet. I always assume that because I live in a rather quiet area, rather than cycling around a busy city centre, it's a lot safer, but to be honest, rural roads have some pretty fast-moving traffic on them, so they're probably worse.
|CK cycle helmet // Basket // Jacket // Socks // Reflectors // SF cycle helmet|
Never one to pass up an opportunity for some online shopping, I headed on over to the Cycle Chic site and picked out some of my favourite stylish-yet-sensible cycle accessories. I've dreamed about a Sawako Furuno bike helmet for years now, although this Cath Kidston one makes a more pocket-friendly alternative.
I love that this jacket is so much more stylish than one of those horrid yellow high-vis vests that you get when you do your Cycling Proficiency course, and I think the reflectors would look pretty cute on the spokes of my wheels, as well as being useful. I know that basket isn't a safety aspect, but I'd quite like a rack adding to the back of my bike so that I could fit a pannier or some more storage - so useful for running errands.
Do you cycle? And if so, do you give much thought to keeping safe?