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On yer bike: Can I wheely cycle my way to a 'new me'?

Barbara Scully is in love with her new bicycle, Sheila, but it’s not going to be an easy ride...

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JOY RIDE: Writer Barbara Scully hopes cycling will keep her fit and happy. Photo: Steve Humphreys

JOY RIDE: Writer Barbara Scully hopes cycling will keep her fit and happy. Photo: Steve Humphreys

JOY RIDE: Writer Barbara Scully hopes cycling will keep her fit and happy. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Ever since I visited Sweden and Denmark for the first time, two years ago, I have been dreaming of a new version of myself. This new me is slim and fit and sashays gracefully about on one of those pastel-hued, classic old bikes.

Alternative me would cycle my way majestically to the library, to the local coffee shop and, of course, to my yoga class. They all look like they do yoga, those cool northern women. My alter ego would glide by on my way to the vegetable shop, because that me would only buy locally-grown produce and would actively support small businesses, unlike the current me who pays lip service to such aspirations but still shops in a large, glitzy supermarket with notions.

Scandi me would bike out of a morning to buy a newspaper, conscious of the need to support real journalism. She would return home to make coffee and read the day’s news while listening to classical music. In fact, this other me would be constantly aware of the climate crisis and would only use her car when absolutely necessary.


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