How to Choose A Bicycle | Cycle2Work

Like everybody else, I have made New Years Resolutions. I tried a new formula that I felt would be easier to stick to.

By adding tasks I knew I would complete to the top of my list, I made January’s resolutions instantly successful, February’s easily attainable and boosted my Resolution Motivation in the process, which will hopefully help me for the rest of the year. 

One of my most difficult goals is to improve my fitness.
I’m not massively unfit, but we live on the 3rd floor (for now) and my main source of exercise is taking the stairs twice a day – and that’s only because there isn’t a lift.

As if the Good Lord himself saw my spectacular January progress (following my new “if it takes less than 5 minutes to do, do it now” rule and reading more) February brought some good news at work. Our company is finally registered with the Bike2Work scheme!
What joy!
Although our flat isn’t huge, we decided that we would be able to fit an extra bicycle somewhere and I set about making my cycle selection.

I went to Keep Pedalling in Manchester’s Northern Quarter (diagonally across the square from Fred Aldous) as I had heard fabulous things about their service, and I knew they stocked the line of bicycles I was interested in.
I arrived early(ish) on a Saturday morning and was shown around the selection of cycles – they asked what I was looking for and how far I was planning to cycle and made some suggestions based on what I wanted.
I’m the sort of person who feels like a fraud going into JD Sports to buy gym wear because they might know I’m not active, but I felt so at home at Keep Pedalling – the guys there are clued up, helpful and chatty in just the right measures, and selecting my cycle was a real treat!

In the end I decided on the gorgeous Bobbin Bramble, some lights, a lock and a basket.
I couldn’t leave with my items as the Bike2Work scheme takes some time to process your order – but I did leave with a smile on my face and now I’ve got New Bike sweats!


The Bobbin Bramble is a 1940s style “sporty” bicycle. It has 7 gears – just enough to make a difference on the hills, but not too many that I’ll get lost in the change parade.
My model has 26″ wheels and chrome mudguards & chain guard plus a rear carrier – and it is absolutely beautiful.
My plan is to hitch a wicker-style basket to the front and just cycle my little legs off every weekend from now until eternity (and of course arrive at work in fabulous vintage style every day).

I can’t wait to receive my big, shiny, chrome bundle of keepfit!

Final KITTY suggestive digestive-01


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