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Meet the Team - Chrissie Decker

How are you connected to Life Cycle?                                                                                                                                                                                                                

I started as a volunteer support rider for Bike Minded. I now help run the bike recycling scheme based at Horfield prison and I work in our youth project which delivers cycling activities at Bristol's adventure playgrounds.

What's your earliest cycling memory?

I remember being desperate to be able to ride a two wheeled bike but I was finding it difficult. One lunchtime at infant school I found a bike leaning against the wall and I had the idea to sit on it whilst it was still leaning and push off from the wall. It worked, I was off and totally elated.

What was your first bike?

A Dawes orange shopper bike. I fitted a plastic handlebar grip that made a motorbike noise when you twisted it towards you.

What would your dream bike be?

A dutch style sit-up bike but with enough gears to cope with Bristol's hills.

What are your favourite cycling routes in Bristol/UK?

The two tunnels loop in Bath is beautiful. It is great for families, just the right length, mostly traffic free and pases some lovely pubs.

How long does it take you to fix a puncture?

About half an hour, unless it blows near a nice pub, then it may take hours.

If you could wave a magic wand, and make something better about cycling, what would it be?

Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. Traffic free cycling so that everyone can feel safe enough to do it.

Who would your ideal tandem partner be?

My son Jake. We make a good team and we like to go to at the same pace with plenty of stops to see interesting things.

What's your favourite pre/post cycling food?

Pre cycling would have to be a hearty breakfast of fruit, muesli and yoghurt. Post cycling would be a pint and a BBQ.

What's your best cycling related joke?

What is the hardest thing when learning to ride a bike? The pavement!