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on Monday, 22 October 2012
"You've got a nerve!" a total stranger called out to me recently as I cycled past him (ok, maybe I was a bit too close). Actually, what he should have said was "You've got a Nirve®" (they're pronounced exactly the same) because for the past month I've been road testing one of their high-fashion, American bikes.

It's been at least ten years since I got on a bicycle (well, fifteen if I'm honest), so at first, I was apprehensive about zooming off into central London streets with little more than schoolgirl faith to keep me upright. I've been testing the Wilshire, a Ladies 3-speed cruising bike in gleaming golden green and after my initial hesitancy it felt wonderful to feel the wind in my hair.

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A bike definitely shrinks the city – all of a sudden you can get a lot further than on foot – and somehow, the elegance and charm of this bike attracted a lot of positive attention. Cab drivers seemed more polite, pedestrians crossed the street more quickly to get out of the way (although having a bell fitted would have helped there). Infact, it drew a lot of admiring glances.

Suddenly I started noticing other bikes – especially mens. Theirs seemed much more serious and earnest with their curved handlebars, like ram's horns. The Wilshire's, by contrast, are far more elegant – straight & covered in a leather-glove type material. Indeed, you can even have flamboyant colour schemes with different textured and embossed saddles. It all goes to prove how the concept of a cycle as fashion accessory is taking root.

As days went by, the cycling bug began to bite. Instead of sneaking out for the ubiquitous cigarette, I was sneaking out for a quick spin. I don't think the boss noticed I'd disappeared, and when I came back I always felt much more energised and refreshed. It was a great tonic.
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You have to remember that the Wilshire Cruiser is just that – for cruising. It's not designed for you to go at fierce speeds with a grim expression on your face. It's for a civilised pace of pedalling. I know this because on occasions when I did try to get a bit of speed up, the pedals would lose contact with the wheels, and I had to let it glide instead.

Price: around £600. Other Classic Ladies Cycles: Real Classic Deluxe Bicycle - aluminium framed - £379 / Pashley Poppy Classic - elegant, sweeping frame - £449.99 / Real Classic Ladies Bicycle with traditional sprung saddle - £269.99 (source: www.halfords.com)

www.bigbikes.co 08700 707606

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