Would you think this is the same person?
Sometimes even I wouldn’t!
When I got Vita, my beautiful Pashley, I thought one bike would have been enough… but it wasn’t long till I caught the cycling bug and wanted to add to my two wheel family. Barolo, my Dawes tourer, came along and I entered the +1 bike gang!
Two different bikes, two totally different rides.
I hop on Vita and I wear my best clothes, I take my time, my heart rate slows down (in a good way), drivers’ ignorance doesn’t really bother me… I just ring my delightful bell and I continue on. I do feel very ladylike even if I am wearing jeans and trainers.
I hop on Barolo and I get that child-like adrenaline rush! She’s fast and smooth, I just push a little harder on the pedals and she’s so responsive. I take a more aggressive riding position (aggressive as in I push myself more, not towards others!), I feel my heart pumping and I feel really alive!
It’s great! I have always had an interest in cars, I like the engineering & mechanics of it – but not the damage they cause to the environment, hence why I don’t own one anymore – but I never got the enjoyment nor the satisfaction of driving a car like I do of riding my bikes, especially Barolo. You know those car adverts that tantalise you about feeling ‘connected’ behind the wheels of x,y and z? I tell you it’s lie, you get that feeling honestly when you find your perfect bike and you ride in synchrony. That is a beautiful feeling!