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Old 10-07-04, 09:09 AM   #1
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Hello from London, UK

Hi all,

I've been enjoying these forums for awhile now and so thought it was about time to make it official.

I commute by bike almost everyday and try to do as much off-road on the weekend as I can.

I started cycling again 3 years ago when I moved to London, purely as a cost-effective commuting alternative to public transport. I slowly but surely got addicted to cycling and now I love it so much that I just can't get enough. The only things that stop me from cycling all day every day are work and the awful London weather.

I started off with a super el cheapo hybrid commuter. When I realised that cycling was meant much more than getting from point A to point B, I upgraded to a Trek 6045 (internal hub gear). I used that for well over 2 years and a month ago upgraded to Rockhopper as I started to really enjoy offroad cycling.

Err... that's about it.

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Old 10-07-04, 03:17 PM   #2
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hey ikology , welcome to the forums
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Old 10-07-04, 04:17 PM   #3
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So ikology, how far do you have to ride someplace in London to then be able to ride offroad? That is one sprawling city. Are there "in city" trails? Welcome to the forums, have fun!
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Old 10-08-04, 03:00 AM   #4
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So ikology, how far do you have to ride someplace in London to then be able to ride offroad? That is one sprawling city. Are there "in city" trails? Welcome to the forums, have fun!
Thanks for the welcome(s).

To get to some proper trails in the hills you only need to travel an hour or so (which I've done by train because I don't have a car). But there are also a few "in city" trails if you know where to look. I'm lucky enough to live close to a few really big parks (with loads of deer and foxes), and for example: my commute this morning was about 10miles and probably half of that was offroad through parkland.

Also, you can cycle for miles and miles along the River Thames cycle path, and none of it is paved where I live. Very tame, but still, no cars.
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I spend a couple of weeks each year in London, and thoroughly look forward to it. I haven't tried renting a bike while there, don't get much free time unfortunately.
The traffic downtown scares me silly. Did you know that the crosswalks are painted with "Look left" or "Look right"? That's for us mentally handicapped Americans who can't figure out which direction traffic will come from. Works for me.
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We Brits call them zebra or panda crossings.

What's the difference?

Pandas eat more bamboo shoots....
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Old 10-08-04, 08:36 AM   #7
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I haven't tried renting a bike while there, don't get much free time unfortunately.
They're testing out a interesting bike rental scheme at the moment in West London. It works like this:

There are strategically located "special" bike stands with a few bikes locked to them. You use your mobile to call a number, they give you the combination of the lock and charge you for rental. You're then free to use it and lock it up at the nearest "special" bike stand when you're done.

Pretty cool, and although I've seen them, I haven't tried it yet.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3856535.stm
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Hi,

I cycled in London for 12yrs - Peckham to the City or Victoria depending on the work.. I found a plastic whistle very useful - it stopped me from shouting at those silly pedestrians, and when you get used to it it is a very quick way of warning people...

It takes a bit of time to stop dribbling - but it is worth it - I used it for about 5yrs and never got into arguments again..

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Old 10-09-04, 12:50 PM   #9
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Why, 'ello! Jolly good to have you old chap! Okay, Okay...I tried.
Hi.
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Old 10-11-04, 02:35 AM   #10
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I found a plastic whistle very useful...
Thanks for the tip - bells don't seem work very well. Haha, I can see how dribble could be a problem though.
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Old 10-11-04, 02:39 AM   #11
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Why, 'ello! Jolly good to have you old chap! Okay, Okay...I tried.
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Haha... well, a doff of the bowler hat to you then.
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