I attended a meeting of CTC Scotland sometimes last year and amoug other things, we had a presentation of a new organisation called Bike Club. Bike Club has been established in order to encourage people young people to take up cycling and are gonig round schools and youth clubs and holding training on cycle saftey etc.
Of the many things that they talked about and thier approach to getting young people into cycling, the thing that struck a chord with me the most is this. They want to get young people to be in love with there bike. It made me think about the joy that I get from cycling and how, yes I love my bikes!
One of the great things about cycling is that you can start with almost any bike. It doesn’t matter if your bike cost you £20 in a charity shop, or is a £3000 carbon fiber job. It matters not! The imporant thing is knowing how to look after your bike, keep it clean, and well maintained. A bike can be really old and still frun like a dream if it is looked after properly maintianed.
I love all my bikes, but in particular I’m caught up in a love affair with my 1951 Flying Scot. It’s lying in a heap in the corner of my spare room and is a work in progress. My Flying Scot and I go back a long way as I’ve had it since I was a kid. I’m going to save this story for another post!