With finally a bit of free time I’ve dedicated myself to house (flat) hunting. I’d like somewhere in Putney, convenient for work blah blah. I’d much prefer a top floor flat – light, secure, no-one clopping about on wooden floors above, needs to be near the tube.
Then of course there’s the bikes. Having bikes is hugely high maintenance as it turns out.
You need somewhere secure to store them, possibly wet or muddy, you need space to maintain them and an outside tap to wash them off. I cannot lug one up a steep, u-turn staircase to a garret. You need to be able to park not a million miles away if you plan to take your bike places, as I do.
I’m thinking mainly of mountain bikes here – my impression is that road bikes are cleaner (fair-weather riders, cough?!)
Putting aside the obvious solution of moving out of London and buying a house or at the very least buying a ground floor flat, which doesn’t fulfill my other criteria, I really need a flat with a garage, shed or balcony and an outside tap, which rules out quite a lot.
I’m trying to be creative – I found a garage with a jet-wash and I would consider ply boarding over a spare room and getting one of those old-fashioned rectangular children’s paddling pools to stand wet bikes up in, but it’s not ideal.
Which made me think that cycling (or mountain biking anyway) is really an activity for people with garages and a handy outside tap.
So… a survey: Does everyone have an on-site shed or garage for their bikes or does anyone have to accommodate their bikes on a balcony, hall or spare bedroom and wash them off with a watering can?