Season transitions are perhaps best appreciated on a bike. Remember these 5 things to get the most out of the Spring-Summer shift in London.
- Children on bike rides: often new to road riding, young and old can be enthusiastic and oblivious. Give them a wide berth.
- Melting tarmac: this happens surprisingly often on days above 25˚. Don’t ruin your tyres, gears or footwear by riding through or stepping into it at a stop.
- Seasonal commuters: they emerge bleary-eyed and used the disengagement of the tube. Beware their creaky frames and weaving ways until they’ve re-seasoned.
- Coaches: Spring into summer is holiday season and the roads are suddenly filled with continental coaches. Remember they have to board road-side and give them a bit of space. Also if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you. Space is key.
- April/May/June/July (it’s England, you get the picture) showers: keep a lightweight waterproof handy. It might be shorts weather but there’s nothing worse than getting caught in a 5-minute downpour.