Ever wondered how your commuting experience differs to others? Each month we share the story of a real Cyclescheme cycle commuter and ask them seven questions to sum up their experience from their two-wheeled commute. This month, it's Lisa.
Each month we feature one Cyclescheme participant and share their commuting story. We ask the same seven questions (hence the name, The Cyclescheme Seven) in a bid to build up a picture of cycle commuters across the UK. From John O'Groats to Lands End we scour the country for the real cycle commuters who take to their bike each morning. If you'd like to feature on our website, just drop us a line on: firstname.lastname@example.org with "I'm in' in the subject line.
This month we caught up with Lisa to see how her commute has changed her life.
CS: Where in the UK are you?
I live in Nottingham
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
I needed a bicycle that was suitable for commuting the longer distance to and from work, I wanted to get something that would fit me and my needs well and also last me for a long time.
CS: What bike did you get and why?
I got a Condor Fratello. I had a professional bike fit to make sure I got it right. It has a steel frame, which is very light and perfect for my longish commute through rolling countryside. The frame is also designed to take mudguards and a rack which are essential for my year round ride. I got to choose the components and have brake and gear levers that fit my smallish hands. The gears also suit the types of terrain I cover, including the dreaded 12% incline! I chose an orange frame with metallic blue bar tape - I love the way it looks!
CS: How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
The full £1000.
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
Every day of the week.
CS: Where do you commute from and to?
I work at a University campus about 10 miles south of the city of Nottingham. Taking quiet roads and cycle routes adds a couple of miles to my journey. So about 12 miles each way
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Cycling to work makes me feel much better each day. I have lost excess weight and generally I'm in much better shape. However, the mental benefits of riding each way are the best part. I get time to be outside, to think long thoughts and also to just empty my mind while tackling a long incline. Sun, rain, wind and frost all help me to know that I am alive. Cycling is the best form of meditation for me! I spend about two hours each day on my bike which I am happy to do when the alternative would be almost an hour in the car plus an hour in the gym. My husband also cycles to work now and so we have been able to sell one of our cars.