Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time.
My flatmate sent me a bike advertisement that her friend put up on Facebook. It wasn’t quite what I was looking for, but since I was on the site already, I did a quick search. This lil beauty had just been posted and the seller offered to bring it to East London. This solved both the problems I’d been having finding a bike: getting the right size and finding one in a place where I could easily pick it up.
He brought it right to my office! After a quick test ride, I noticed the rear brakes were a bit spongy and the gears were a bit sticky, but the wheels were true and the frame was solid. I talked him down.
I took it on the train a fair way, to get through central London and then rode from West Brompton. The streets were pretty quiet. It actually wasn’t hard staying on the left at all.
I definitely need some more practice to get the balance of this new bike and I need to do some maintenance on it. But I am so happy! The weather was so pleasant riding home. It was quick. It felt good to get a little work out. This is def going to change my perspective on living here.