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Cycling in the April sunshine (really!)

April 27, 2012 in Joy Rides

The weather gods smiled on the Joy Riders again for the bicycle ride on Sunday 22 April.  Despite a week of mixed-up monsoon weather there was a little pocket of warm sunshine and blue skies for our lovely spring Ride.  Setting out from Riverside Barns at Ickleton,  we traversed some not inconsiderable inclines (puff! pant!) up to Strethall on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border.

We passed glorious bright yellow fields of rapeseed, vivid against  green hedgerows, and saw sky larks frolicking in the sunshine.  It was blissful!  We then continued on to the lovely little village of Littlebury and passed Howes Wood, resplendent with bluebells.  From there, it was downhill all the way (wheeeeee!) to Ickleton village and then a quick cycle along the main road back to the Riverside Barns.

Over a cup of coffee and very fine cake (the carrot cake was especially yummy!) we enjoyed the sunshine, sitting by the lake and watching the ducks and chickens who popped across to make friends (hoping for some cake, of course!).

  1. “Crikey, my ducks!  Check out that stunning bike over there”

It was a fabulous way to spend a Sunday morning and even more enjoyable as the spring weather had decided to return for our ride!  Many thanks to Malcolm P for the cycle route and to Kay and Malcolm, Jess (who came all the way from London), Sarah, Nick and Annie for coming along on the ride.  It was delightful to meet Sally from The Cambridge Raincoat Company who came along on the ride and was modelling a very swish red raincoat with lovely polka dot linking from her own range that we were all coveting!

 

The next Joy Ride is on Sunday 13 May – more details to follow!

Feel the Breeze…

April 13, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Sites we like...

OK, so they’re not quite our favourite bicycles, but this incredible ‘cinemagraph’ by Jamie Beck is definitely one of our all-time favourite cycling images.  His flirtatious twist of the handlebar, her vintage skirt wafting in the breeze… the pseudo-nonchalant chemistry flying around, and that stunning scenery!!

Jamie is a New York-based photographer, has an great blog, From Me to You where she documents beautifully recreated vintage style and  incredible fashion images.  She also produces ‘cinemagraphs’ – photography with a flicker of movement that almost sends a shiver down your spine!  You can see Jamie’s portfolio here.

Happy Easter…

April 6, 2012 in Bicycles

… to all our customers, suppliers and friends!  Anyone got any good rides planned over the break?

We’re open today (Good Friday), Saturday 7th April and then all back to normal from Tuesday 10th April, but do send us an email.  Its hard to resist answering (SHOULDN’T YOU BE OUT ON YOUR BIKE, we hear being yelled across the office!).  If we get the desired amount of chocolate we are hoping for, a bike ride will certainly be in order.