Hi, I’m Johanna and welcome to my brand new blog. My friends call me Jo and you can read a bit more about me here.
This space is for all things bikeable. I’m not a cyclist and in no way does my cycling kit match. However, I do cycle everywhere. I like talking to people about their adventures on their bike. I appreciate sharing clever cycling tips on surviving the cold wet winters. I could spend hours watching the cyclists of Edinburgh whizz by and I”m overwhelmed with admiration when folks pull off style and function on two wheels.
While I’m in no way a professional on a bike, I have learned a lot since taking up cycling in Edinburgh a couple years back.
The most important part of your bikeable style (or a blog on bikeable style for that matter) is a loved bike. It doesn’t have to be expensive or brand new or top of the line – but you do have to care a great deal about it. It seems sentimental value is very fashionable on the streets these days.
I met my bike last year at Soul Cycles by surprise. It was love at first sight – and after a short test drive, I had to have her. A British-made Saracen from the late 80s, I’m told her former owner was cyclist from the British National Team in the 60s. It was the last bike she ever rode. I scrambled for £150 and then she was mine.
When I first got her, I didn’t know much about bikes. I had borrowed friends’ bikes before and never really felt a great deal of ownership over them. But I needed to give her a good home. Since then, I’ve learned how to take care of her, fix her tires, clean her parts. I get nervous when things just don’t feel right and am relieved when it’s something small. I miss her when I’m away on holiday and don’t ride for a few weeks.
I have only fallen off her once, but she has been very good to me. From the long ride home after a break up to the cycle to work while preparing for a presentation – and not to mention countless renditions of the Eagles’ ‘Take it Easy’ on the late night trips home – she’s seen me through some pretty exciting moments of my life. And she brought me here – so I owe this cookie a lot.
So I look forward to seeing where the Saracen and Bikeable Jo will take me next…