R as in Raleigh
If the streets (and pavements) of Oxford were catwalks, my recently acquired Raleigh bicycle would no doubt take the grand prize as the most beautiful model around. Even better, it came custom fitted with a golden finish, handbrakes, three gears (in theory they should work), a titanium front carrier and a state of the art, high-durability plastic rear carrier which makes it easy for me to transport (whilst not forgetting to charge) 3+ people to London, Paris, etc. in no time.
As students we have been advised by college officials to ride our bikes â€œdefensively” since cycle paths are scarce and car psychopaths are not. Nevertheless, having been taught through my entire youth by the Donald Rumsfeld of urban bicycling, I do not really feel like giving up what has become an instinct: ride your bike like you own the place.
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