Managed to combine two of my favourite things today – pies and cycling. Boris Johnson very kindly put a dock of his new hire bikes almost outside my office door. Member’s card in the slot, green light on, a hefty tug on the handlebars and I was off, leaving a knot of amused tourists on the pavement. The bike’s heavy, but well-made and comfy. A big friendly dog of a bike. It tackled the slight slope of Southwark Bridge with no drama, helped along by three very low gears. It certainly attracted a lot of attention. At one set of lights a group of office workers looked me and the vehicle over. “See, he’s a fat bloke and it copes with him on it” – said one, before going bright red when she realised that sitting on a bicycle doesn’t render you deaf. I dropped the bike in the dock at Southwark Street and nipped into Borough market to pick up a Huntsman Pie from Sillfield, and have a quick chuckle at the prices in Utobeer. After grabbing another bike, I found myself riding alongside none other than Boris Johnson himself. “So, how is it?” he fopped. “Great!” I replied. “Marvellous. Have a good one!” he blustered, and was off.

Returning the bike to Great Tower Street was less successful. The dock made a grinding noise, and a red light stayed ominously on. The bike was locked in, but the red light meant that as far as the system knew, I was still tootling around EC3. The call centre assured me all would be OK, but I can’t help thinking that somewhere a computer is preparing a £300 fine. Still, the pie was excellent.

About teninchwheels

Designer, photographer and Vespa-fixated pub bore. Born in Yorkshire, living in that London these past 20 years. Get in touch at teninchwheels@gmail.com, especially if you'd like to send me some free beer.
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3 Responses to >Piecycle

  1. Affer says:

    >How brilliant! Early adopter status, good pie AND Boris!! Well worth a 300 quid fine I would have thought.

  2. TIW says:

    >£300 would pay for a lot of pies – and one decent bike!

  3. Boak says:

    >Waiting for my key to arrive. Very excited.

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