£13.00 and a lot of elbow grease later, I had this;
My bike may not look very special, but it has led a very interesting life. In the Summer of 2011 it suffered a flat tyre and was relegated to my parking spot, here it languished unused until a Saturday in October of that year. I had planned to replace the inner tube and went down to it's usual spot to check the tyre - it had gone. Our building had suffered a spate of bike thefts and after searching our parking garage from top to bottom I feared my bike had suffered the same fate. Just over a year later, I was parking my car and saw a flash of metal from the corner of my eye. On closer inspection it was my bike! Covered in filth and dust, with the same flat tyre, but my bike nonetheless! I have no idea where my bike went to, or the adventures it may have encountered, but I am so glad it is finally home :)
I have used my bike twice since fixing it, both times to cycle into town. Today I decide I would actually go on a bike ride! The Sun was shining, I had a free bike ride app downloaded to my phone (measures distance, calories, speed etc) and I was raring to go! I decided to ride to Upton Country Park, a local parkland of over 100 acres, it features a grand house, gardens, gallery and tea room. This place holds many fine memories for me, and it's free!
I decided to check the new lifting bridge - an amalgamation of design and engineering called The Twin Sails Bridge. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this piece, but I can honestly say that after seeing it in action (it was in the up position on my way back) I think it is beautiful :)