I have a secret and slightly naive belief that most cyclist are actually quite good people –so I was pleased to hear that the good folks at Innocent Drinks are doing something nice for us.
Innocent Mechanics will be descending upon London this week and over the weekend to spruce up commuter’s bike – just to help us out. They’ll be pumping tyres, oiling chains, and leaving saddle protectors on vulnerable seats to keep them dry.
I did question whether the Innocent Mechanics would be letting cyclists know what they’d been up to – just in case, for example, they wanted their tyres a little squishy, or wanted to be made aware that their chain had been re-lubed. Thankfully, Clemmie from Innocent informed me that every doctored bike would be left with a courtesy saddle cover and a label, telling the lucky rider that all this has been done by a professional ‘tyre man’ (I think tyre person might be better but a minor point):
To celebrate the good deed, they’ve also sent me two weeks’ worth of drinks vouchers for one lucky reader to win – entry details are at the very bottom of this post (of course).
Why pick cyclists?
We’re a varied community, and we divide into clans – roadies, MTBers, commuters, triathletes and more – but we have plenty in common. Despite our differences, we all have a love of life on two wheels, we thrive on endorphins, adrenaline and the great outdoors. Though some of us relish carbon and expensive goodies – we all know the simple pleasures matter most .
In my time as a cyclist, I’ve met random roadies who have given me directions, leant me C02, and from time to time a rear wheel on a hard day out on the bike.
When I tested the off-road terrain, I had great fun meeting the fellow CXers who struck up conversation at the sight of my bike as I negotiated my way around the mountain bikers heaven at Holmbury Hill.
But it’s not always great…
Most of us have, at some time or another, come up against another road user not so keen to share the lane with us. Others of us have, at some point, had our pride and joy taken from us by a thief, again a sad victimization of the person who chooses a sustainable, but stealable, method of transport.
And all of us have had a ride that has not gone as planned – one where we’ve got wet, or cold, one where our lights have run out of juice and we’ve had to walk home, or where we’ve blown all our tubes on shattered glass on a country lane.
We’re nice people, who sometimes suffer the odd struggle
That is probably true of most people, in some way or another, but the lovely people at Innocent Drinks have noted that cyclists sometimes could do with a little bit of love – and they’re doing just that. All this is part of their Chain of Good philosophy of doing good deeds (and donating 10 per cent of their profits to charity).
On top of lubing your chain and pumping your tyres – Innocent have also provided me with 2 weeks’ worth of drink vouchers – one for you, and one for a friend. SO – the bit you’ve been waiting for: