This was my bike, which was so very kindly lent to me by David of Velo-ideale. She was an absolute beauty, and coincidentally almost the same bike as the one that I am doing up - it was very nice to road-test one with wheels!
This was the Husbands - styley!
We had such fun riding around some very special places in Christchurch ... there were moments when I could have sworn we were back in France!
The hotel had a very handy bike stand right outside, and they even let us store the bicycles inside over night!
We rode along the river and checked out the punting ... as you do ...
And we even found some conkers to take home for our youngest daughter to play with ... that really took me back - bruised knuckles, frozen fingers!!
Bicycles were everywhere - they were an icon for the city
We selected our restaurants and cafes based on bike-friendliness!
Of course we checked out every bicycle shop that we came across ...
but apart from the examples shown in the above 2 pictures (and of course David's place), all of the bicycle shops were very much - walk in ... boring, same old same old ... walk out!
But then ...
David had suggested that we visit Around Again Cycles on Ferry Road, and oh what a find - it was a bicycle Aladdin's cave!
Rumour has it that they are opening a shop next door to their present business to sell all of these beauties - reconditioned for a street near you!!
So, obviously, the decision was made that we just had to move to Christchurch. On the way back to the hotel I picked the place I wanted to live - the top floor of this building; on the corner with the balconies ... and the turret!