So, I didn't chicken out after all and cycled into work. R gave me a new handle bar for the bike this Christmas. Yes, and odd kind of present, but most practical, and I really love it now that he has put it in place (not much use otherwise...). It makes me cycle straight, and I feel a bit Dutch, which reminds me of when we went to Amsterdam to celebrate our engagement last June.
Tip of the day: do not wear sticky gloss if you plan to cover your face with a wooly scarf.