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Apr. 23rd, 2012 | 0001
mood: excitedexcited

 One of the wonderful things about seeing London by bike is that if you see something that catches your eye, you can just pick a safe spot to stop, pull over, and lock up your bicycle while you investigate.

property of Just.SoozOne the left is an image I took of a wonderful shop on Camberwell Road. If any of you have been watching The Apprentice you might remember episode 4 when the teams had to 'upcycle' vintage stock (read the Guardian Live Blog for a reminder on how not to use the Union Jack on furniture). They might have done well to take a few tips from this store as even the undeniably over-the-top chairs seem covetable.

The owners were lovely, and as I hadn't locked my bike they kindly volunteered to keep an eye on it for me whle I explored the shop interior, even offering to bring it in for me.
Pay them a visit at 152 Camberwell Road, 0207 701 2413.

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I heart my... throw.

Apr. 21st, 2012 | 1159
mood: artisticartistic

As it's the weekend, treat yourself to a new adorable bicycle throw from Urban Outfitters to liven up your home decor. It's listed at £35, but if you drop UKCR15 into the promotional code box, you'll get 15% off until midnight 11 May 2012.

Bike Tapestry Throw, Urban Outfitters. here.

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Mayor of London 2012

Apr. 21st, 2012 | 1127
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

With the election for Mayor of London coming up, it's time to have a think about voting, and LCC have released an analysis of mayoral candidates' cycle policies and rated them out of ten. Unfortunately they only consider Jenny Jones (Green), Boris Johnson (Conservative), Ken Livingstone (Labour) and Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrats), meaning that once again the independent candidate Siobhan Benita is ignored/forgotten.

Have a look at the article here on the London Cycle Campaign website.

And don't forget that election day is May 3rd.

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Baby love

Apr. 14th, 2012 | 1624
mood: calmcalm

What a lovely change from the usual deep wicker basket - this toddler seat is a handy yet chic addition to the Pashley Poppy I spotted recently.

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property of Just.Sooz
Elephant and Castle, SE1.

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That time again, old boy.

Apr. 6th, 2012 | 2213
mood: calmcalm

This year's Tweed Ride will be on May 6th, and they are holding a raffle to see who can be one of the 400 participants. Entries must be received by midnight tomorrow night (Saturday 7 April), so if you'd like to take part, pop down to the website and register now.


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Cath Kidston bike-bargain

Mar. 29th, 2012 | 2240
mood: calmcalm

We may be in a draught warning zone, but Spring showers are always a possibility, and we can definitely guarantee our fair share of Weather once autumn sets in. Once you've decided on your cycle outfit, the last thing you want to do is to have to sit on a wet seat and soak your bum, so a saddle cover is the best solution.

Hurry down to your local Cath Kidston or visit the website and pick up their funky saddle cover with 15% its usual £3.50 price using the ecode EGGS. The discount expires on 31st March so don't think about it for too long or you might miss out!

Cath Kidston Be A Good Sport bike seat cover.

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Mar. 28th, 2012 | 1409
mood: pleasedpleased

I couldn't help but share this wonderful shop display with you - all the way from Edinburgh! This is the current display at Clarks on Princes Street and gosh how lovely is that bicycle with its matching fabric seat and mudguards? Plus a wicker basket brimming with flowers and shoes is enough to get your heart racing. Those delightful canary yellow t-bars are on their way to me thanks to the joys of internet shopping. Summer cycling, here we come...

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property of Just.Sooz

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Cyclists and the Highway Code

Mar. 27th, 2012 | 1330
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Not everybody has the time or inclination to read the Highway Code. Let's face it, it's hardly as exciting as reading the newest Game of Thrones book. But it is an interesting read for the most part and I highly recommend it, not only because as a cyclists you have a responsibility to other road users to understand the rules of the road, but also because being informed will provide you with ammunition to be able to cycle with confidence because you know what your rights are.

"The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, particularly children, older or disabled people, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. It is important that all road users are aware of the Code and are considerate towards each other. This applies to pedestrians as much as to drivers and riders.

Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison. Such rules are identified by the use of the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’. In addition, the rule includes an abbreviated reference to the legislation which creates the offence. An explanation of the abbreviations can be found in 'The road user and the law'."

I have combed the code with the help of my Kindle, and collected the clauses that are relevant to cyclists, whether that be as law directly addressing us, or regarding how others should behave when cyclists are around.....

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To read the full Highway Code visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/index.htm, and the link directly to the Cyclists section is here.

For more tips and hints on how to stay on the right side, follow the UK Cycle Rules blog by Jorren Knibbe.

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Something for the weekend...

Mar. 11th, 2012 | 1135
mood: amusedamused


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A deeper shade of blue

Feb. 29th, 2012 | 1133
mood: impressedimpressed

We’ve all seen Pashley bicycles before, but lovely navy hue definitely demands attention.

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Guy’s hospital, London Bridge.


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Huge fan or Advertising?

Feb. 24th, 2012 | 1359
mood: busybusy

We've all seen cars promoting certain brands, but have you ever seen a bicycle? This themed bicycle is either a clever bit of advertising or belongs to somebody who loves Corona. Car owners can get around £220 per month just to have acrylic skins on their motor, and who can deny that this bike is just as eye-catching?

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Bermondsey Square, SE1.

And speaking of clever advertising - have a gander at this campaign for Smart Car.


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Wrap it up

Dec. 23rd, 2011 | 1224
mood: amusedamused

If, like me, you're wrapping presents now, this photo article by Daily Candy offers some great ideas on how to jazz up your presentation. My favourite of course has to be the bicycle bell bow!

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Something for the weekend...

Dec. 9th, 2011 | 1330
mood: artisticartistic


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The drive of your life

Dec. 7th, 2011 | 1325
mood: artisticartistic

South East London is a wonderful place: it's close to the city, rental prices are as reasonable as you'll find for London's zone 1/2, you can generally cycle to work in no more than forty-five minutes, and occasionally you'll be walking down that same old street you always walk down, and you'll notice something new. For me, that something new was The Peckham Space a gallery space tucked into the courtyard of the Peckham Library at the bottom of the high street. This Peugeot bicycle was locked outside.

The current exhibition is Open 2011, displaying work from local artists that describes their views of the area and gives the public an opportunity to buy original artworks. If you have any way of getting yourself to SE15 (the transport options are numerous!) pay a visit to the Peckham Space before December 17.

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property of Just.Sooz  property of Just.Sooz
Spotted at The Peckham Space, SE15.

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Cyclists, know your rights!

Nov. 22nd, 2011 | 0025
mood: enragedenraged

On my way to work this morning, I glanced over a fellow passenger's shoulder and spotted a headline that caught my eye. Now I'm not one for reading over people's shoulders, but when I'm informed that "25% of drivers want road tax for cyclists" (read the article at Metro), my metaphorical ears perk up and my brow furrows with outrage. The issue is road tax is something that I have come across in the past on various occasions, both in passing, and in confrontation with ill-informed motorists. The most recent example of this is when a woman with three children in the back of her Land Rover tried to squeeze past me in a single lane alley and when I indicated that she should back off (and no, I didn't swear at her) she proceeded to rant about how she pays road tax so I should get out of the way.

If you are a cyclist in the UK take note:

'Road Tax' does not exist. What motorists pay is VED - vehicle excise duty, which is a tax calculated according to the vehicle's emissions, and bicycles do not pollute therefore a cyclist's VED is £0.00. This VED is the tax disc that cars display on their windscreens.

The article states "that 25 per cent of drivers believe that those on bicycles should contribute to the cost of maintaining the roads"
It does not bother to follow this statement by clarifying that roads are maintained by the borough council. Therefore if you are a UK taxpayer who does not dodge your council tax, you contribute towards the upkeep of roads.

It is vital to put an end to this misinformation. The article quotes a few statistics relating to motorists' opinion on cyclists' "free-loading", with no mention of the fact that a lot of those opinions are mistaken. Next time a motorist in the throes of road rage rolls down the car window and hollers at you that you don't pay road tax - you can scoff at how much better informed you are than the troll behind the wheel.

Please read the article and if you can, drop it into your next conversation. There is no excuse for road rage against cyclists - who are in every way more vulnerable than motorists, and the best way to put a stop to it is simply to educate. One person at a time, if needs be.

For further reading on this, here are a couple of good reads. I strongly recommend the Guardian article.
"Cyclists are not tax dodgers" @The Guardian
"Bloody cyclists / Cyclists don't pay road tax" @Chapman Central
"Editorial: Marketing campaign asks the wrong question" @BikePortland.org

The best way for a cyclist to stay out of trouble, and get out of any misconceived trouble that finds you is simply to be clued up on what your rights are and what the law is. For this purpose, the UK Cycle Rules blog is a fantastic blog to follow, keeping you informed on everything from what you can (and can't!) get a fixed penalty notice for, to how to handle tricky shared path situations and other cycle law Must Knows.

EDIT 22/11/11: I came across this site this morning discussing the Confused.com study that provided the statistics for the inflammatory journalism.

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