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The biggest scaredy-cat learns to not fall off a bicycle!

Well, after 7 years of living with a cyclist (commuter/roady/grocery carrier) the biggest scaredy-cat in all of the cosmos (that'd be me) finally boarded a brompton and learnt not to fall off.

 

Amazingly (to me at least, but probably not to normal people) it only took me 6 days to go from sitting on a stationary brompton (with my feet only fleetingly leaving the ground) to pedaling from my trainer's view.

 

I am on now riding ( in a very wobbly and not very controlled fashion) but least my legs are going around (as are the wheels) and I haven't crashed  - although there are still a few stop/starts especially if I think I am too close to...well anything (posts, bumps, slopes, grates etc).

 

So, here I am...trying to be a cycle-chick, rather than just a plain chicken.

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Erko
Tell us about your bikes
Bromette (by Brompton) from Cheeky is:
- fabulously folding!
- outrageously orange!
- convenient for commuting!

Julliet (by Viva) from Velosophy is:
- sensationally sit-uppy!
- ravishingly red!
- voluptuous 'vintage-style'!
- dashingly Danish!

Latest Activity

Bicycle Belle commented on CM's group Folding Fanciers
"Hi matt, yes I knew which park despite not knowing the name! Thanks for confirmtion."
Feb 25, 2012
Bicycle Belle commented on CM's group Folding Fanciers
"Hiya, I've been away from this website for a while, but heard a whisper about this group foldy ride, if bromette can drag me outta the house tomorrow we'll see you at Belmont Park @ 11. :-)"
Feb 25, 2012
Bicycle Belle replied to hartleymartin's discussion Post a picture of your folder! in the group Folding Fanciers
"Well finally I have a photo of my little bold Bromette for you to feast your eyes on. Its a 3 gear with rear rack and some pimped up bits like bright green grips and a bell as well as new brake levers. She's been reliably commuting me to work…"
Sep 8, 2011
Bicycle Belle posted a photo

bold Bromette

my very own Brompton folding bicycle - so convenient for commuting!
Sep 8, 2011
Bicycle Belle posted a blog post

I'm a commuter convert thanks to bold Bromette

It's hard to believe it - but I'm a cycling commuter, a mere 7 months after finally facing my falling fears!!  My (still new) bold bright orange brompton (named Bromette) has been carrying me to and from work in style and comfort for a few months now.   Jealously is only thinnly vieled amongst my colleagues who are…See More
Sep 8, 2011
Bicycle Belle commented on CM's group Folding Fanciers
"My Bromette FINALLY arrived - photos to come in next few days - woo hoo!!"
Jun 10, 2011
Bicycle Belle posted an event
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Car Free Day @ Centennial Park at Centennial Park, Sydney

May 29, 2011 all day
On Car Free Days, the vehicle gates and internal roads within Centennial Park are closed to cars offering a great chance to enjoy a bike ride without vehicle traffic.So why not take your bike for a picnic. For more information, go to:  http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/activities/whats_on/major_events/car_free_days …See More
May 22, 2011
Bicycle Belle joined Susan's group
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Sydney Tweed Ride 2011

Once again the Sartorial needs of the city will be met with the 3rd annual Tweed Ride in 2011.
Apr 28, 2011
Bicycle Belle replied to DamianM's discussion How was your long weekend ride ? Hot Cross Bun edition
"I went on my longest ride EVER...10 kms (round trip) stopping off for a movie (Paul - very funny) and a show bag from the Family Show (I dare not call it an Easter Show). I cracked a mean pace too, averaging 8 km/h - its ok my max speed…"
Apr 28, 2011
Bicycle Belle commented on Bikerepairs.com.au's photo
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Bikerepairs.com.au Workshop

"LOL...and where is the cheese?"
Apr 16, 2011
Bicycle Belle commented on CM's group Folding Fanciers
"Breaking News...today I ordered an Orange Brompton (M3R)!! I'm very excited!"
Apr 16, 2011
sydneyCommuter commented on Bicycle Belle's blog post Scaredy-cat's first solo sojourn
"Well done.  The first steps are often the hardest.  You realise it's not as scary as you thought, and you gain a bit of confidence.   I'm sure your beautiful bike helped :)"
Feb 28, 2011
Bicycle Belle is attending Sammy's event
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Sydney Cyclist 3,000 Member Party at The Alexandria Hotel

March 31, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm
To celebrate the huge milestone of 3,000 members come and join us for a bevvy!Happy 3,000 Sydney Cyclist :)See More
Feb 24, 2011
Jen commented on Bicycle Belle's blog post Scaredy-cat's first solo sojourn
"Well done. Glad to hear that it was a smooth ride for your first solo outing."
Feb 23, 2011
KimR commented on Bicycle Belle's blog post Scaredy-cat's first solo sojourn
"That picture of the cat is great! Well done, starting is the hardest part. I remember how nervous I was when I tbegan a few years ago, only able to do a few laps of Centennial park. But step, by step, I gained confidence, and have now ridden over…"
Feb 23, 2011
Lauren commented on Bicycle Belle's blog post Scaredy-cat's first solo sojourn
"I’m unsure about the etiquette of telling an owner that a cable lock is not secure: before the bicycle is stolen, or after. In any case, I don’t think Knog sells locks that are secure for a supermarket trip. They had a u-lock which…"
Feb 23, 2011

Bicycle Belle's Blog

I'm a commuter convert thanks to bold Bromette

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 5:08pm 0 Comments

It's hard to believe it - but I'm a cycling commuter, a mere 7 months after finally facing my falling fears!!

  My (still new) bold bright orange brompton (named Bromette) has been carrying me to and from work in style and comfort for a few months now.…

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Scaredy-cat's first solo sojourn

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 7:31pm 5 Comments

This week I braved the big bad world, roads and drivers – without my riding instructor, escort and all round nice-guy.

 

Without anyone to monitor traffic conditions for us, Julliet and I rode slow and steadily - using park paths, back streets and shared paths. We resorted to a bell chime only once, to warn a couple who were preoccupied in a canoodle on the path. Julliet disarmed them with her sheer beauty and sparkle.…

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Sensationally sit-uppy!

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 7:24pm 8 Comments

Its now been a month since I boarded a borrowed brompton and learnt to ride. It seems that bike-lust is an automatic side-effect of acquiring pedal power - so after seeing Julliet (by Viva) in the window at Velosophy (EQ) I coveted her.

A wobbly test ride sealed the deal - so sensationally sit-uppy!  Thankfully I have a handsome, encouraging (not to say generous) partner who happened to have a credit card handy - so now Julliet is mine, mine, all mine!!

I even rode her…

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Big scaredy-cat learns to ride...

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm 7 Comments

Well, after 7 years of…

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Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 8:20am on February 7, 2011, Kathy Francis said…

Welcome to helmetless riders Bicycle Belle. I loved reading you story and I'm lusting after your bike.

 

The more of us 'normal' looking people on the roads the better for the image of cycling. Well done !!

At 9:31pm on February 7, 2011, Paul Martin said…

Cool! :)

I like your new wheels, very nice and excellent colour choice!

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