Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Me and my wheels

I thought it would be a nice change to show you my set of wheels. I have to admit I am not the most glamorous advertisement for cycling, but I do love the freedom it provides me with the ability to go anywhere (well provided its not the highway and there not to many uphills - small legs you see!).  My bike for me tends to be more a form of transport rather than a form of exercise!

So here I am in all my glory, still in my uniform, just having cycled back from teaching a T'ai Chi class.

My bike was kindly given to me by a friend who was moving to Berlin, although my Apollo bike originally started its life at The Bike Station, which is an amazing organization across Scotland, very similar to Remade in Edinburgh. They promote cycling through bicycle recycling, cycling training and bicycle maintenance and training. They teaches people the skills to repair their own bikes whilst providing them with the tools and guidance to do so. They also salvage and accept donations of old bikes and to the best to fix them up for resale - no wastage here!
For more information about the Bike Station please CLICK HERE.

My high vise jacket comes from One Less Car (as you can see printed on the back). Not sure how wise it is to have that on your back, might simply entice massive jeeps to skim me all the more, but.... The jacket is made from a co-operatives worker's factory and the ink for printing is vegetable ink. Doesn't it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Although I am sad to find out and announce that they have stopped trading as said co-operative factory has closed down...they seem really bitter about it. I hope and I'm sure they'll find another way to continue what they do.

My most awesome kitsch-amazing panniers are from Kitchen Kitsch from CycleChic which specialise is exquisite, retro/vintage cycle attire for the more refined cyclist (I still have a lot to work towards, although in my mind when I cycle I look like the models on this website - I can still dream!). For more information on CycleChic please CLICK HERE.

My light is a PowerPlus Swallow Wind Up Bike Light and it is very eco-friendly as it is hand wound and no batteries or bulbs needed. Its also very powerful and doubles as a hand-held flash light and can charge your mobile in cases of emergencies. For more information please CLICK HERE.

Finally, although not very visible in the picture (you can just see it under my hand) is my handmade yellow-ish pompom made from recycled plastic bags. I'm totally obsessed with making them, although in the first place we should simple refuse plastic bags completely, but I think this is a great reuse for them...also makes it easier to find my bike.

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