Kathryn McNicoll from Cyclox speaks to bicycle owner Jennifer Simmons about her experiences as a cyclist around the years.
Well, Jennifer has experienced her bike for 31 a long time. It is a pretty superior bicycle, acquired on the principle that you should really acquire the moment and get well, so she acquired a sturdy Raleigh.
It has experienced heaps of spare parts around the many years, but it is still the bicycle she utilized to journey to school when she was increasing up in Kidlington.
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The bike went with her to college in Southampton, it went with her when she labored in London, despite the fact that storing a bicycle in a terrace residence is not incredibly effortless.
Now Jennifer is back in Oxford and commutes from the Summertown place into town for operate.
She works in finance for a charity in the town centre that supplies bicycle parking, which is incredibly easy.
She also has a fold-up bicycle, acquired by means of the fantastic cycle to work scheme, which is wonderful if you want to just take your bike on the practice to London or somewhere like that.
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What about excursions? She remembers her very first authentic outing was at the age of 16, driving in the Peak District with her sister for three or four evenings.
She says she must have marked the title greater – Peak District implies peaks – ie mountains – but nevertheless she actually relished this trip.
The two sisters stayed in youth hostels and it was their initially true flavor of flexibility.
Additional just lately, on turning 40, she resolved to do some cycling ‘pilgrimages’ – to destinations that have meant some thing to her. For that reason, she has cycled to Bathtub having over a number of times (and back again on the teach) to Southampton, where she was at college and Cambridge to Ipswich (both towns she has lived in).
In the summer of 2020 she took on the Avon and Kennett Canal path from Bathtub to Studying – a good activity right after the first lockdown.
Canal cycling does not have the exact same selection as getting out on region roads, even though it’s excellent for not obtaining to get worried about navigation – you’re possibly 100% correct or 100% incorrect!
She has also carried out a three-working day tour of Hadrian’s Way as component of an organised tour. This year’s undertaking? Tub to Bournemouth.
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She has genuinely liked led cycling holidays abroad as properly, but with individuals she makes use of the bicycle provided by the enterprise.
Getting your bicycle overseas by train is not quick. She has cycled in both equally Provence and Tuscany.
Biking holidays match her most effective simply because she enjoys currently being active, enjoys the problem.
Even superior are organised cycling excursions: that way, she doesn’t have to worry about the route or the arrangements, she can mentally zone out. ‘It normally takes me to a distinct position,’ she claims.
She can enable her head wander and she finds that immensely refreshing.
It also indicates meeting new people today, checking out new spots. She has tried using a little bit of guided mountain biking in New Zealand, while however at a level over her convenience zone.
She produced it as a result of the technological sections, but have to have been concentrating truly tricky as she then fell off throughout the very last reasonably very simple section.
No big hurt done, although her shorts were being terribly ripped so it was a bit uncomfortable!
Even the limited cycle to perform, while, is refreshing: she became particularly aware of this through lockdown.
Like anyone else she began functioning from residence and was pretty mindful that she wasn’t finding that frequent 20-moment trip to and from do the job and she actually skipped that.
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What does she believe about biking in Oxford?
She is psyched about the enhancements like the cycle route together The Slade and hopes that a lot of extra of these will be introduced.
This story was created by Andy Ffrench, he joined the workforce extra than 20 yrs ago and now handles community news across Oxfordshire.
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