I’m looking for a new lid and just found out that Helmet City has a shop and clearance centre in Chichester, so decide to kill two birds with one stone and head down there today for my ride out.
It is quite dull as I get my bike out but then the sun comes out and if The Sun Has Got His Hat On then you definitely need to go out and play! ( link is for any of my American friends reading this who have no idea about this classic tune!)
A nice ride down to the outskirts of Chichester-City of roundabouts!
Helmet City is just off the second roundabout!
The shop is a bit of a Tardis- looks tiny on the outside but holds loads of stock.
I get chatting to this couple who have just bought this tiger 800 from Destination Triumph and are trying to fit a top box,
I’ve come down to try out the Schubert Pro C3 Women as online it is shown at a great price (which unfortunately is only for the XS).
This ” ladies” helmet catches my eye with its funky lining.
The Schuberth is too expensive, but the salesmen recommends the Shark Evo-One-still quite a lot of money at £380, but it fits nicely and with its flip front that stays locked when open, it might be the one for me. They dont stock the white one here so I have some time to think it over, before I need to order it into their Tatsfield shop.
Meanwhile I head across the car park to the clearance centre. This is definately worth a visit if you are not bothered about having the latest gear.
The only item i really need other than a new lid is a pair of summer gloves. so I’m pleased to see they have a whole load of them at £25- only trouble is they are not necessarily in pairs-so its into jumble sale mode to search through 3 tiers of gloves.
I start chatting to another lady biker who is doing the same-we quickly check that we are not both searching for the same ‘other’ glove! Luckily we aren’t.
We get talking about Kevlar leggings as I’m wearing my GoGos and it turns out Linda ( Hello Linda if you are reading this) is also a member of the Facebook group Motorbike women.
I eventually find the matching glove to the ones I like and a purchase is made.
I then ride up back to Arundel, for some more retail therapy in one of my favourite clothes shops Fanny Adams.
The town is really busy, but I manage to just sneak in on the end of a parking space!
The Victoria Institute has seen better days…with one of the castles’s towers in the background.
After my shopping I pop into enjoy a cuppa and crumpet with my friends’ Jane and Gareth who live in Arundel.
They are currently dog sitting Rufus, who likes a crumpet too, or would if he had a chance!
Isn’t he a handsome boy?
I get home just as it is turning dark- that was an enjoyable day’s riding.
A couple of hours later and I’m meeting up with some old biking friends for a curry in Lingfield.
I’m really looking forward to end of May when i will be biking with them again over in France.