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I had two conflicting bicycle-related offers this morning – one from Shani, and the other from Tim.  Given that they share an email address, and use of a mobile phone (officially it’s Shani’s) it made me smile.  Tim’s was a ’round the river’* leaving at 6am.  Shani’s was as an add-on to Sarah’s invitation to a girl’s ride from South Beach to the Lefroy street farmer’s markets for breakfast leaving at 8am.  I’d already spent Saturday mountain biking so had sluggish-feeling legs – and more importantly the start time was a bit more attractive.  All I had to do was take a few pictures and not be too ‘male’.

Shani won.

Rebecca's (Freo Cycle Chic) invitation to Shani - duly passed on to Sarah and Rachel (her sister).  No mention made of partners...

Rebecca’s (Freo Cycle Chic) invitation to Shani – duly passed on to Sarah and Rachel (her sister). No mention made of partners…

We even made it out of the house in a timely fashion – after a surprisingly time-coordinated feed – only slightly marred by someone forgetting the nappy bag.

All up-hill from here.  Someone not only forgot the nappies (and was sent back in disgust), but the data card for the 'proper' camera.  So all these are iPhone photos

All up-hill from here. Someone not only forgot the nappies (and was sent back in disgust), but the data card for the ‘proper’ camera. So all these are iPhone photos

Continuing topics from their walk the day before; Rachel and Sarah (with Bryn in sling) take the lead

Continuing topics from their walk the day before; Rachel and Sarah (with Bryn in sling) take the lead

Opening up an inadvertent lead.  Given their recent record in direction senses clouded by conversation it's best to keep them in eye-shot

Opening up an inadvertent lead and given their recent record in direction senses clouded by conversation it’s best to keep them in eye-shot

The pack in chase

The pack giving chase

Thankfully all is brought into hand by Hampton Road; where Shani takes charge of directions while Rachel keep Gynne under control.

Thankfully all is brought into hand by Hampton Road; where Shani takes charge of directions while Rachel keep Gwynne under control.

Shani, sporting an electric-assist motor built into her front wheel, thinks she's got the tussle for the lead nailed

Shani, sporting an electric-assist motor built into her front wheel, thinks she’s got the tussle for the lead nailed

However Gwynne, how's not constrained by riding surfaces, isn't to be outdone

However Gwynne, who’s not constrained by riding surfaces, isn’t to be outdone

Actually chatting pre-dominates - with Bryn safely-warmly tucked away up front

Actually chatting pre-dominates – with Bryn safely-warmly tucked away up front

with single-file only for corners

with single-file only for corners

The final stretch

The final stretch

An easy, mostly traffic-free way to get to breakfast with plenty of nattering was had by all.

Thanks to Rebecca and Shani for inviting us.  Tim arrived shortly afterwards, having thought better of excessive exercise in favour of some breakfast and company. The Lefroy Street Grower’s Market happens every Sunday morning from 8-12 midday.

*45-50km from Fremantle to Perth and back – out along one shore of the Swan river, and back along the other.  Which way you go is a matter of habit and occasionally something as premeditated as the weather/wind.  Early in the morning on weekends this is a practice of thousands of Perth cyclists – mostly logo/lycra clad, but sometimes by people in a less formal/polished mood (Tim and I fit in the minority category – great opportunities for the ‘game’ if we’re not in the mindspace to be overtaken).

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