Pedal cycling – my jouney on Two Wheels

Having had a variety of bikes over a number of years – I bought this one at the Lloyd’s Auction at Wandsworth about 9 or 10 years ago.  I was delighted with it – and at the time went slightly mad with buying bikes at auction – I think part of this was NOT my fault – I had purchased something – I forget what, and then nobody wanted the 4 bikes before the ONE that I got… But when I went to collect, I found that the auctioneer had decided to bundle them all together…

I had a devil of a job getting them to Kingston where was living.  One didn’t have a saddle – however – eventually I bought a new saddle – which cost me £30 as I also had an extended saddle post.  I did then sell it to someone, they gave me £10 of the £30 I asked…. When they moved on the bike moved back to me…

However, the Barracuda has been with me  for ages – and it has seen some action – but not until this September have I been serious about using it as a means to get to school and back again.  To this aim I lashed out on an expensive saddle bag, and a decent light both bought through Halfords at Kingston-upon-Thames.  The saddlebag was ordered and paid for online, but the lights were a spur of the moment decision.   I have yet to invest in something with greater power, but when I do – it will probably be an Ebay or online purchase.

So for the first part of term I couldn’t manage more than a couple of days into school via pedal power, but then I managed 3 and last week 4 days.  The only downside is that by Friday I was absolutely bushed!

I am including some photos taken when out with the dog in the woods this morning.


Did you notice that when I got back I actually CLEANED my bike – a little… just hot water and washing up liquid,,,, and a darn good brush.


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