Ikea Bicycle Parking Fail

After a phone call from the other half last night as I was leaving work I ended up detouring to meet the family at our local Ikea store for a spot of shopping and dinner.

As usual I was on my bike so I rode into the car park and made my way round to the big “Bicycle Parking” sign on the side of the store and found this

Invisible racks! What a good idea......

I can only assume it’s some sort of space saving bicycle parking 😦

Ended up locking the bike to some of the railings at the bottom of the massive chimneys that stand in the car park, a good 50 yards from the store entrance. No other railings really looked suitable and I didn’t want to attach them to the ones for the trolley parks (although someone else had left their BSO locked up to them by the time we left)

Might forward the picture to Ikea customer services especially as the store used to offer fully enclosed bicycle boxes/sheds to lock bikes up in but they have seemingly vanished!

I’m still alive

Just a quick blog update as it’s been a long time since I’ve made a post!

It would have been a lot longer tho if my brakes hadn’t been working so well, as caught by a fellow commuter in this video:

If you hadn’t guessed I’m the one in the high-vis (ironically), the video doesn’t quite show how close I was but I must add that I missed the back of the van by about a foot! Certainly one way to wake yourself  up on the morning commute 🙂

I’d like to say a big thanks to Gaz for capturing and sharing this clip.

Asides from near misses with small trucks since my last blog update I’ve been on a rather enjoyable long weekend break to Centre Parcs with the family, courtesy of my mother for her birthday. A very enjoyable time was had by all and my 2 eldest showed some very encouraging cycling which would worry both Contador and Cancellara as they took on the hills at Longleat 🙂