It’s February 2015, and I’ve just bought a brand spanking new bike, assisted in no small part by the innovative ‘Bike to Work’ scheme. I start gingerly, but I discover the Dublin of today is much more receptive to cyclists, than my early years in the capital, sixteen years hence, when cycling through central Dublin was the reserve of masochists or frenzied bike messengers.
We now have many cycle paths and new ones being built every year. And in order to service the needs of Dublin’s fledging cycling communities, a host of cycling shops have opened up, throughout the city, one of which is the orange fronted ‘Cyclebike’, just off Capel St., where I’ve wandered in to search for a front light for my recent purchase. I spot a member of staff and ask for his help.
He picks up a fetching, small but perfectly formed frontlight, powered via the USB slot of one’s laptop. Not only does he give me a demo of how to operate it, he also gives me 10% off the price of the light itself. And it’s not just the service that’s impressive, it’s the range of bicycles on display too. Cube, Giant, Tokyobike, they’re all here, present and correct, and all just a little bit out of my price range.“Maybe next year” I think, “when I win the lottery”. So, until your six numbers come up, Cyclebike will look after all your two wheel needs. Everyone’s welcome here. Well, almost everyone.