One of the nicest things about being a cyclist is inspiring other people to take to their saddles. I think I can speak for everyone at Daisy Chain when I say that our main motivation behind the boutique is exactly that. My friend recently got back on her bike after eight years and being so enthused by her newfound freedom wrote the following in a hope to further inspire some cycling liberation.
“From the age of 17 to 27 I used to cycle absolutely everywhere, from college to work from pubs to nightclubs. I loved it. Then I had children. Life changed and my old bike stood locked up in the garden, getting rusty in the rain. Pushchairs and playgroups, school runs and supermarket shops seemed to take over. I learned to drive and forgot about my bike in the back yard. Until about three weeks ago when I went out for the evening with my friend, at the end of the night she jumped on her bike & whizzed home & I hailed a taxi & was charged the best part of ten quid for being driven a couple of miles down the road. So I decided it was time to get back on the saddle! My birthday was coming up, I combined a few prezzies & bought beautiful shiny purple Raleigh Chiltern ladies bike.
How I wish I had done it years ago. I’d forgotten that wonderful feeling of reaching the top of a hill and to then go effortlessly zooming down the other side. I have ridden my new bike almost every day since I got it, I actually feel 10 years younger both mentally & physically. I think this is because of the sense of freedom that comes with riding a bike. You can hop off when you like, no stress finding somewhere to park, you see more of the world around you, finding yourself taking routes you wouldn’t be able to in the car, taking in the scenery and feeling a little bit closer to nature. My other half has been inspired to get himself back on a bike. (After he worked out he’d save him self £80 a month on bus fare!) And I hope my writing this may inspire others to jump back on their bikes and get peddling, I promise you will wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner. “