Did you know that my Fiat 500 Joanie and I have been together almost eighteen months? In that time we’ve had a lot of adventures, but Joan doesn’t often explore the city with me. She prefers long-distance adventures like our trip to Scotland, and does her best to stay out of central London. But recently I’ve been dreaming of exploring my city in much more depth.
So today I’d like to introduce you to the lady I’m hoping will make my London adventure aspirations a reality. Readers, meet the aptly-named Sunrise!
Sunrise is a lovely, bright orange hybrid Raleigh bike who has been living the quiet life in my parents’ shed for a few years now. She and I have been friends since I was about twelve or thirteen, and since I haven’t grown any taller since then and can still ride her, I decided it was time to liberate her and give her a taste of the London life.
But I was aware that perhaps my choice of relocation time was a bit awkward. Deciding to start biking on the approach to the chilliest part of the year, when the roads are frozen solid under layers of black ice? Perhaps not my smartest idea. How do I stay safe in bad weather? What happens if I get a puncture? Do I need to get a new set of lights?
As luck would have it, just as I was pondering these very questions, an email pinged into my inbox from a rather lovely chap named Shaun at Joe Blogs. Working alongside LV, Joe Blogs were running a campaign for safe winter cycling, and would I like to be involved?
I couldn’t think of a better way to get Sunrise ready for winter, so I jumped at the chance!
Many of you will know that I work in the city as a graphic designer and illustrator, so when Shaun began by sending me these winter cycling tips infographics I had a bit of a design nerd moment! I love the simplicity of the illustrations in this contrasting colour theme.
Shaun also sent me a links to a host of easily-digestible hints and tips LV had put together to help those wanting to cycle safely and sensibly in the colder half of the year, including this brilliant one offering basic winter biking guidance and a more specific offering on cycling nutrition. If you’ve fallen head over heels in love with life on two wheels, then these short guides really are a must-read.
And finally, Shaun and LV were sweet enough to surprise with Sunrise a “welcome to winter” gift pack! She’s got a new set of lights, a phone frame bag, a puncture repair kit and even a high-vis backpack cover for me to wear when cycling late at night. What lucky girls we are!
So be sure to keep your eye on the blog over the next few months as Sunrise and I start to explore the city from a whole new perspective. I can’t wait to tell you how we get on!
Huge thanks to Shaun at Joe Blogs and the folks at LV for the wonderful winter cycling goodie pack, plus all the hints and tips. If you’re a blogger too, you could do much worse than dropping Joe Blogs a line; they’re lovely genuine folks with a passion for connecting writers with good quality sponsorships. Top chaps indeed.