I very much liked the comments about it being a ‘posh boy toy’ – I still get funny looks for using the bikes. I work for an almost all female company and the only other BB user is our FD who fit the Observer profile – my colleague’s loss, as I don’t think the bikes are all that female unfriendly. Once you get going I find them quite nimble (in relation to manhandling them in the docks…)and I have even cycled in a dress to work a few times without issues. Is the clothing the issue? I found the streets far less intimidating once I got used to my route (I do use back roads though)and far far less stressful than the tube (and much cheaper).