So here it is - I will be spending the coming months with a bike named...Lola! Quite the turn around after it looked like it was definitely going to be a Billy - but there you go. Obviously the Lola fans came out en force right at the end. As entertaining as Billy is, I think I probably prefer Lola - it seems like less of a joke name! Plus, as I said before, when I'm in that delirious, half crazed, just-cycled-hundreds-of-miles-on-my-own kind of state that I'll inevitably reach, it'll be nice to have a song to sing to my bike. You all know the song, right? If not check it out here. (I never thought I'd be posted links to songs by the Kinks on my website, but here we are...another positive to come out of the naming competition!)
Anyway, thanks so much to everyone who suggested names and took part in the poll - I'm kind of astounded that over 300 people voted on it! That really makes me happy, so thanks guys.
Three people suggested Lola originally - Vanessa, an anonymous submission from this website, and my Mum! So a special thanks to you three, good choice.
Keep an eye on the site over the next couple of days, there's definitely some fairly big news coming. Until then here's a couple more photos from New York.