Tillie & Coco

two ladies, two bicycles, two hemispheres

Category: Bikeminded

Bikeminded Cake and Coffee Cruise

by Tillie

I finally sorted my back rack and pannier! I can totally fit the kitchen sink in that thing.

Hi Coco,

I had the best weekend of cycling. I have even overdone it and couldn’t cycle in to work yesterday due to a serious case of jelly legs – I could barely do stairs. On Saturday I went on the Bikeminded Cake & Coffee Cruise with some great folks from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Bike Heroes, and a number of other bloggers. We started off at Pedlars in Notting Hill for coffee, then set off on a very interesting route of quiet back streets through the Borough. In all, we had five stops to drink coffee / eat cake. The cakes were all delicious, and cleverly varied: a cupcake, macaron, friand, and an afternoon tea spread to finish, complete with vintage cups.

The only downer was being told off by staff at The Chelsea Teapot for taking this photo:

Clearly an attempt to steal cake designs.

It was great to learn about new places to buy cake. The shops were mostly in little side-streets I would never know to visit, which brings me to the other highlight of the day, the route! We were led through quiet residential streets – easy to chat to other cyclists and a much more interesting and enjoyable than tackling busy roads as a big group. It’s easy to think of your city in terms of the main streets when you’re used to taking the bus or driving everywhere, but it’s possible to get around quite easily on back streets, as long as you have a map (or a sat nav or whatever). I met the lovely Jemma from Help! My Chain Came Off, and Lady Velo, and Simon from The Fixed Factor, and lots of other great people who love cycling and cake. The excellent Kate (who wrote Part One of Kate & Nic) did an amazing job. She arranged for temporary cycle parking, bike valets, marshals, and a cycling photographer. IT WAS FAB.

Photo courtesy RBKC

Also courtesy RBKC

Don't mind if I do, man with friands!

On Sunday I clearly had not had enough of cycling and went on a picnic with Sergei. We didn’t go far, but as we had both cycled epic journeys on Saturday, it felt far. I was delighted to discover this eminently sensible sign at Wimbledon Park:

Have I mentioned that it’s Autumn?

In preparation for the colder weather, I have purchased some Bern winter earwarmers from London Cycle Chic. They are SUPER warm! It’s great not getting cold ear headaches cycling in the early morning. I’ve also ordered the Pashley rear light to fit my new rear rack, as it’s quickly becoming dark in the evenings and foggy in the mornings. Even though Pashley no longer offer dynamo lights separately (sadly), you can still purchase the rear LED light. John from Pashley customer services very helpfully gave me the part number and a comprehensive list of stockists. Thanks John!

How are things in Sydney? Tell the baby hello from me.

T x

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Bikeminded update

by Tillie

Just posted on the Bikeminded blog, this wonderful interview by Paul Shackleton with Sir Mark Jones, who recently stepped down as Director of the V&A after a decade at the Museum. My favourite line:

Q: Have you ever worn lycra?
A: No!

http://www.bikeminded.org/2011/08/va-interview-sir-mark-jones/