Cycling Holiday

Before you get all excited:

This is not my new bike

I think it was Mikael from Copenhagen Cycle Chic who once waxed lyrical about the joys of holiday bikes – the ones found under years’ worth of spider webs in sheds in holiday homes. This used to be my Mum’s – who was once for a year in her youth a Copenhagen Girl on a Bike, and no doubt a very chic one too. The bike – unlike my mother of course – has seen better days but once the other half had spent a couple of days sorting out its brakes (the back one did nothing, and the front one merely squealed) it was perfectly ridable and I took it out for a spin along the seafront.

newcastle_cycle_parkingI had thought I made relatively stately progress on my own bike, but the sit-up-and-beg position of this one was something else – there’s no way to ride it but sedately and cars give you an amazing amount of room compared to on a normal bike. Which was good because – although Newcastle desperately needs more cyclists and fewer cars – the powers that be had obviously just removed the one on-road cycle lane in the town. The one-way system is designed to keep cars moving, which it does, but there’s no real provision for bikes so that they too end up being channeled down to a big roundabout instead of being able to cut through the town. Obviously the planners thought we’d stick to the promenade along with the other holiday-makers, with no thought for anyone wanting to get from A to B not via the sea.

newcastle_headwindFortunately, though, I was a holiday maker, and one with no particular place to go. And being befuddled by the one-way system meant I got rather more mapping done than I had planned. I was just glad I wasn’t battling the headwind that produced this particular piece of living sculpture, and was instead basked in glorious and uncharacteristic sunshine. This is Ireland, right? Someone hasn’t towed it into the Mediterranean by mistake, have they?


Anyway, now that we’ve fixed the bike, my mother took it out for a spin herself. She came back with a big grin on her face and has vowed not to neglect it so badly again…

7 Responses to Cycling Holiday

  1. Jenny says:

    What a GREAT bike! Does your Mum want to be an honorary member of the Scottish Handlebra Easy Rider Club? We don’t have anyone that far north.

  2. disgruntled says:

    She would be delighted, although I expect she wouldn’t be able to join you for many of your rides

  3. Newcastle?! When was this? We could have had scones & tea!

  4. disgruntled says:

    Not that Newcastle I think – unless you’re in Co Down?

  5. Tyne & Wear. Actually, I’m much relieved to find out that it was in Ireland – I was starting to panic that I recognised NONE of your holiday snap locations. A sure sign of spending too much time in front of a computer screen…

  6. disgruntled says:

    hehe – I have to admit I had to go back & have a quick rifle through your archives thinking ‘I could have sworn he was in the NE but maybe it was Northern Ireland – how could I have missed that?’

  7. […] have actually written about cycling in Newcastle (Co Down, that is, not the other Newcastle) – but for the first time we had two bikes at our […]

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