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Not a tour but a couple of days layover in London Ė Planning to use Bike hire
Posted in UK section originally but thought I might find more input here.
So it's not a full tour... but I will be in unknown territory to me.
I have a work trip coming up in mid-September and havenít traveled to the UK before. I am adding on a long weekend and think using the Bike hire system would be the best way for me to see the city. I donít want to look at concrete walls inside the tube if I can avoid it. I live in the Wash DC area and have used the bike share system here which I think is similar with regard to fare structure. I wish I could get the access key for the Barclay system but it appears I will just have a bit slower checkout using a credit card.
I see on line there are bike route maps available to UK residents. https://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/routes-and-maps
Will these be available somewhere when I arrive?
Is there a location that I can count on to find maps?
It appears they are supposed to be available at bicycle shops, but I expect they might be picked over. I will be arriving back in London after a rail trip from north of the city. But I havenít planned it out well enough to know the details of the trip.
Bikes are a big interest to me particularly old English 3 speeds. And a Brompton bike is in my future. I wish I had one now but thatís not in the cards for the moment. Iím hoping to visit the Brompton Junction store at the very least and perhaps a few bike shops. I expect to be staying in the West End area.
Are there any bike interest locations I could visit?
Is there anything notable in Nottingham commemorating the Raleigh factory?
Iíll be passing through and could adjust my schedule.
Any other suggestions for areas accessible by slow pace bicycle?