DON’T GIVE UP YOUR RIDE

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Three years ago, I was riding my new Pashley home from the store in London Bridge. I’d not been on a bike for ten years. I had serious moments of doubt…

Three years ago, I was riding my new Pashley home from the store in London Bridge. I’d not been on a bike for ten years. I had serious doubts I could manage it amongst the busy traffic and mayhem of London. There I was, wobbling from side to side, trying to find my balance. Feeling nervous next to the traffic around me. I kept on hearing a voice in my head "You’ve forgotten how to ride a bike… this is a massive mistake Jools. Give up."

Giving up. That’s something I’d done too often in my life, and my desire to start cycling again outweighed that feeling to jack it all in. That’s something I’ll never forget, and now every time I set off for a ride, I think back to that memory and smile. Getting back on the saddle has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’d actually fallen in love with cycling and the way it started to change my life. The way I think, feel and see life is very different to the person I was three years ago. Yes, that probably sounds corny and over the top, but it’s true.

Every journey on my bike feels like a new experience; it doesn’t matter if it’s a short ride to the shops or a long weekend jaunt with The Boy; each ride makes an impact. I always get a wonderful sense of freedom and escape when I’m cycling and it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

To some, my kind of cycling may not sound like the most exciting in the world: riding around town on a Dutch style sit-up-and-beg. It’s not fast paced or filled with the adrenalin of ultra-light, sleek road bikes, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get your heart pumping, lift your spirits or fill you with joy. That to me is the power of cycling; no matter what you ride or how your ride it, if it makes you happy. It can’t be wrong.

I’m pleased I didn’t listen to that little voice in my head that day. Just trying to imagine my life without cycling feels almost impossible. The friends that I’ve made along the way, the experiences I’m having and of course learning more about myself every time I take a ride… pushing myself that little bit further each time feels good.

Don’t give up – keep riding. Whatever your ride means to you.

Jools works for Vulpine. She has had a great deal to do with the new Vulpine women’s range launching in April, and throughout this year.

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