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Entering a new world...

31 January 2011

After a long wait, my Cyclescheme voucher finally arrived in my postbox. I marched into the nearest bicycle shop and purchased a Giant Defy 2 (2009-2010 Model) plus helmet, D-Lock, cycling cap and lights for the princely sum of £700. The bike is an “old” model--old in the sense that there’s a new 2010-2011 version available--but I have a hunch that these contraptions are like razors: any innovations these days are minutely incremental in nature.  So for a bike with an RRP of £775, I saved a fair few pennies.

From now on I’ll be cycling to work and I’ll be blogging about my travels in and around London.  Before long I’ll probably head further afield too.

Now I’m a proud cyclist, no longer at the mercy of London’s temperamental tube network.

About the author

Daniel Irvine is a software craftsman at 8th Light, based in London. These days he prefers to code in Clojure and Ruby, despite having been a C++ and C# developer for the majority of his career.

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