Having promised to protect each other from writing out £3,000 cheques for shiny new bicycles, our Liskeard Ladies all accepted a glass of bubbly and a goody bag containing a new seat post bag, bottle cage and pump and set off round the Certini store to watch demos on fixing a chain, stretching exercises, how to get a gaiter skin on and off and what to wear to combat this winter’s cold and wet.
I will say there was absolutely no pressure to buy but with 15% discount on offer and the undivided attention of a team who were prepared to talk our language this was a great opportunity to buy, if you knew what you needed. It was also, for instance, a good opportunity to have your bum measured for a saddle suited to the particular anatomical needs of women (see pics of Megan and myself seated below) and to put your name down for a proper bike fit (apparently this takes 90 minutes rather than just noting your inside leg measurement!)
I have never really been Certini’s biggest fan. When I normally go there to pick up some gels, the shop is full of men talking about things I don’t understand. But this was a great event where this large group of women felt able to ask very basic questions and had them answered properly. We also learned of two other cycle groups that we might be able to link up with for a ride – one was a women’s group in Launceston and one was ESSA that rides out each week from Certini. It was also fantastic just to have so many local women cyclists together in one place. Thank you Certini for a great event!