Being Bikeminded with Nielsen Cerbolles


Nielsen Cerbolles just got his hands on a gorgeous new Brompton and has been testing it out around the borough.  He’s our latest bike hero, and he’s been documenting his journey so far over at his blog and on tumblr. We caught up with him to ask about a few of his favourite things



What bike do you ride now? A navy blue Apollo folding bike jokingly nicknamed Murray. Got it last year on my birthday when I knew my 18+ year Oyster Card would stop working. Been taking it around the Borough and the occasional trip to Richmond Park ever since. My best friend – who lives in Notting Hill – quite liked my bike so she bought it too. Calls it Sasha (an in-joke if you watch TV series Scrubs).


What is your favourite route?  My best friend lives on Hereford Road next to Westbourne Grove so I regularly head over to Notting Hill from where I live in Imperial Wharf. Head over to Fulham Road, turn to Cranely Gardens, through Kensington Gardens then to Westbourne Grove. Not an easy route because the route getting there is mainly uphill but the return journey is great.


And the best cafe on that route?  Wi-fi enabled café? Easy: Starbucks. The chairs facing the window in the Shawfield Street branch gives me the chance to people spot if I feel the urge to procrastinate (don’t tell [other Bike Hero] Jonathan!).


Otherwise, any café in the Borough will do as long as it has a good selection of croissants – either Paul or Le Pain Quotidien. I actually saw now-Necastle manager Alan Pardrew and comedian Rory Bremner in King’s Road Le Pain.


Favourite shop? I’m a H&M obsessive. I somehow always end up in the High Street Kensington branch every week whether or not I have money! And I can spend hours in Notting Hill Gate’s vinyl and CD exchange stores.


What’s the best place for some peace and quiet ? An early morning walk in Notting Hill before the horde of tourists come in, taking a breather in Chelsea Farmers Market or burying myself in books at Chelsea Library.


And the best cinema? Coronet and Gate Cinemas in Notting Hill for a mix of blockbusters and independents. Saatchi Gallery is fantastic because they mind boggling art and a good way to spend an hour.


How about the most challenging cycle route? Traveling from Chelsea to Richmond before tackling those incredibly steep hills in Richmond Park. Who needs a gym?


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