March 08, 2020
Ahoj! as they say here in the Czech Republic. I’m Rob, a half-English, half-Swedish, digital product designer living with my Czech family in Prague. I love a bit of solitude as I’m an HSP/INTJ. I do also like people, just in small doses 🙂 My moto: Serious but not necessarily solemn.
I have enjoyed cycling for as long as I can remember. My first ‘proper bike’ was rescued from a skip by my Mum, and repainted gold and red for my 6th birthday. In the 1970s in the UK, all the kids wanted a Raleigh Chopper (we couldn’t afford one), but nevertheless I spent as much time as I could riding my ‘custom’ bike.
I toyed with the idea of joining a cycling club after I gave up being a Boy Scout, but never took the plunge. But I cycled to school, and to athletics training where I used to throw the javelin. At university I found on old white Peugeot in the back garden of my digs, gave it a bit of TLC, and used it to get around campus.
When I graduated I took to riding various MTBs, and did some team endurance events with my friends in Cambridge. When I moved to London, I bought a beautiful steel second-hand road frame, and built-it-up using ‘vintage’ parts found on Ebay. It of course got stolen when I moved back to Cambridge; home to thousands of bikes. And bike thieves 😦
These days I cycle primarily to get to work, but manage some longer recreational rides when I get the time. If I have the choice, almost every day is a leg day 🙂 Apart from being a great way to get about, the main thing I appreciate about biking is the head-space it gives me. There’s just something so therapeutic about concentrating just enough not to fall off (and avoid all the idiot drivers), but at the same time meditating on the events of the day, and see the world flash past (yeah in your dreams Rob). Walking does (almost) the same for me, but given the choice I’d rather be on two wheels.
I’m delighted to be part of the SSCC. Chapeau! and safe riding everyone.