Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Ipswich, England
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Rule Britannia! Hmm...
Hiya! I'm a thirty something, mum of three (ages 5, 3 and 1). I can be seen most days trying to get the two littl'uns into the trailer and the big one on to his (rather large - daddy chose it) bike to do the school run. We live on a new estate where the planners had the insight to convert an ancient bridle path into a cycle track making it possible for an enthusiastic but wobbly 5 year old to cycle a mile to school.
In my student days I lugged one of those early, heavy duty Raleigh mountain bikes across the South Downs and had a great time. Good job no-one told me that I needed suspension, a lightweight bike, expensive shoes, funny pedals, indexed gears and funky clothes!
My bike now is a 1989 Muddy Fox Trailblazer. It used to be an odd hybrid with mtb tyres and drop handlebars, but I decided I liked off roading too much and put mtb handlebars on it. I've still got the old stem though - not sure whether I should change it or not - any suggestions? My love of cycling has been recently rekindled as I don't intend to be pregnant ever again! I'd like to do one of those 50 odd mile charity rides sometime soon, though it will take more practice than the four miles I ride each day. And that is how I discovered this site. I'm contemplating SPD pedals and shoes and wanted to know whether it really is a good idea - especially on a tight (under £50) budget.