Learning to cycle in London: a case study in bossing it (video)

In Features, London by Claire

Last year my friend Cynthia, who in her spare time runs marathons and 100k races, mentioned that she couldn’t cycle. It was impossible not to say ‘let’s go to the park for a spin.’ Then after that? She cycled London to Brighton, naturally. Here’s her story in a short video from my near-obsessive time spent papping Cynthia, and some photos featuring lots of smiling. Luckily now she can simultaneously cycle and pap herself (which is vital as she changed hairstyles about three times during two months). That’s really the reason why you teach someone to cycle.

In other news: happy birthday today.

STEP 1: Laps of Victoria Park practicing the fine art of scratching your nose whilst pedalling.

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STEP 2: Cycling from London to Brighton after a handful of weeks cycling.

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STEP 3: Shopping for slightly battered steel bikes in some of my favourite East London second hand bike shops.

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STEP 4: Finally finding the right bike. And the endless smiles.

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STEP 5: Take over role of chief paparazzi. See video.

ClaireLearning to cycle in London: a case study in bossing it (video)