The thing I love about cycling is how it’s reconnecting me with my surroundings.
You may think this sounds corny, but in all honesty, although I’ve never driven much in the city (even when I owned a car), even when using buses, trains etc I never had the chance to ‘feel’ my surroundings: the wind, rain, sun etc. By bike I am learning more and more to appreciate simplicity in the everyday things. If I need to get to my destination by a precise time I will leave my house 10min earlier, hop on my bike and reach my destination ‘sans problème’: on time, without being affected by possible traffic jams and while enjoying sight-seeing of my everyday neighbourhood.
As I shop by bike, I buy the food we actually need and eat. Not having a car boot to fill I am not drawn to the “3 for 2″ offers when I actually need only 1 anyway (of whatever thing I am buying). How many times have you found a lettuce at the bottom of your fridge, all manky, because you’d forgotten you had it? Well, it used to happen to me lots!
Similarly to food, I have slowly but surely been reducing my shopping consumption of clothes and shoes. Lately, in an effort to move away from consumerism even more I have been inspired by a fair few people out there, but especially by this lady and her blog Ms Wanda’s Wardrobe. She has vouched not to buy ‘new’ clothes for a year, unleashing her love of vintage and charity shops finds! I decided to take up this challenge too. I see it as a fun and creative way to try and hopefully show that we don’t need to buy so much stuff while still being happy.
There’s such a misconception that buying less equal being miserable and boring. But I am so glad there’s been a revival of crafts, hand made, make-and-mend etc, as trying to move away from consumerism has never been more fun and there’s no more the risk of looking dorky, yay! Plus, surely there can only be positive things if we move away from accepting and relying on cheap clothing, because the higher price we pay is other people’s poor standards of living. Not a price worthwhile to be paid.
So, I have to thank cycling, which has certainly made me grow as well as develop a clear understanding of Newton’s “every action has a reaction”, which is affecting, positively, other parts of my life.
Soooooo, this is what I wore yesterday, in the windiest day I’ve cycled in so far. The gusts of wind were so strong and so unpredictable I got quite scared on a section of Upper Brook Street (before it becomes multiple lanes) where I got sandwiched between parked cars and moving cars and the wind kept pushing me onto the moving cars. Sometimes it’s not worth the risk you know?! I much preferred getting off the bike and walking it on the pavement for a few hundreds metres till I got to a safer spot, then I rejoined traffic.
All in all I was out and about in town from 11am till 9pm, and my bike was essential… goodness know how much I would have spent on transport if I had to go places by buses or tram!
I wore a linen skirt with woolly tights and boots. No matter how wet it is out there, tights keep you warm and dry out very very quickly. Layered tops keep you warm, but if you get too warm you can always shed a layer :) simple! *I can’t help but do the meerkat style sound in my head every time I say this, ops!*
The purple top was bought in a small shop in Didsbury last summer, really reduced in price only because it had lost its button and some stitching had come loose. The shop owner told me the price was due to customers seeing the garment as a hassle… What? Sewing a button? Yep! I am no sewing queen but that took me 15min to put right and I felt like I saved a garment from being chucked away…
Anyway, on my cycle home around 9pm the wind had calmed down leaving way to a crisp, chilly evening… perfect for a cycle ride home! Was nice and warm when I arrived, after my 20min cycle!