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    Best Single Speed Cities in England

    What are the best single speed cities in England, in terms of a flat terrains, traffic accommodations, and convenient urban centers? By convenient urban centers, I mean a city with a decent population where most needs can be easily met within a reasonable proximity to your local residence. Like most things needed would be within a few miles of one another and therefore, considered pretty much local.

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    They all look like a nightmare for singlespeed or multi-speed bike to me.
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    One of the most ridiculous questions ever posted on BF, and that is saying something. There must be at least a couple of hundred towns and cities in England that meet that description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    One of the most ridiculous questions ever posted on BF, and that is saying something. There must be at least a couple of hundred towns and cities in England that meet that description.

    Just admit that you don't possess the scrupples in order to make an intelligent determination as to which cities, to the best of your knowledge, best suits my request.

    I'm not from England. Therefore, I would have absolutely no idea as to what your major cities thoroughfares and urban centers look like.

    Now I have asked the same question with respect to the United States, as to which cities are the flattest and the most single speed accommodating insofar as terrain is concerned and I got many reponses. Now do you mean to say that Americans are capable of making such an assessment, but Englanders are not?

    If so, I would have to strenuously disagree with you. I've personally met many British folks who are very intelligent and possess skills far beyond the simple mention of a city or two which strikes them as particularly suiting to my question.

    I just think there's something about me you haven't liked since the very beginning and you're on to me like a pitbull on a bone. It's people like you that possess something dark, held deep inside, and the root of it causes wars, human strife, and discord.


    If you feel stifled, stumped, or hampered by the question, then just move on! Don't troll for trouble!


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    Alternatively, you could have stated that the majority of cities in England are flat and don't possess many hills of any significance, that would impede the progress of most single speed cyclists.

    Such a response would have been succinct, intelligent, socially responsible, and polite!

    Not crude, obtrusive, disharmonious, and rude!
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    No, he is saying it is a poor question to ask. He is stating that there are too many cities to list.

    I have not been to England so take my input with a grain of salt, but my wife grew up outside of Manchester, and has described to me numerous times that almost every city/town is walkable, there is little need for a vehicle, and the country is relatively flat. Town centers are comprehensive, and people generally don't have a need to travel far from where they live to fulfill daily necessities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared. View Post
    No, he is saying it is a poor question to ask. He is stating that there are too many cities to list.

    I have not been to England so take my input with a grain of salt, but my wife grew up outside of Manchester, and has described to me numerous times that almost every city/town is walkable, there is little need for a vehicle, and the country is relatively flat. Town centers are comprehensive, and people generally don't have a need to travel far from where they live to fulfill daily necessities.
    So what makes it a poor question if I've have no prior experience to draw upon?

    If your wife didn't arm you with that information, would you have been able to respond at all?

    I tried to Google the information without much success. I therefore, opted to ask here..

    Apparently that's been a big mistake thus far!

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    perhaps your question will be best answered here: http://www.lfgss.com/

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    I think this is a completely normal question to ask. I don't get what's wrong with people!

    I live in Manchester and it is pretty much flat on the roads, one or two slightly steep hills that you may struggle with riding a single speed but nothing too extreme.

    As for the urban centres that you mention - I'm not too sure what you mean but if you mean things like main shopping areas like a high street: there are TOO many in my opinion. In big places like Manchester, no matter what part you're in, you're never more than a 10-20 walk (or 5 minute ride) from any urban centres.

    I hope that answers your question! (At least a bit.)

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    didnt you already do this?
    ride bikes, eat food. the circle of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackmucky View Post
    I think this is a completely normal question to ask. I don't get what's wrong with people!

    I live in Manchester and it is pretty much flat on the roads, one or two slightly steep hills that you may struggle with riding a single speed but nothing too extreme.

    As for the urban centres that you mention - I'm not too sure what you mean but if you mean things like main shopping areas like a high street: there are TOO many in my opinion. In big places like Manchester, no matter what part you're in, you're never more than a 10-20 walk (or 5 minute ride) from any urban centres.

    I hope that answers your question! (At least a bit.)

    Thank you, Jackmucky!

    I really do appreciate an intelligent and civil response. Of course, you also got the gist of my question concerning urban centers, as well.

    Thanks Again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
    didnt you already do this?
    No. That was for cities within the USA.

    This is for cities within England...

    Have A Nice Day!

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    Dude, whats up with you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    Dude, whats up with you?
    Could you be more specific, DUDE...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Could you be more specific, DUDE...?
    You've recently been bogging up this sub with random questions you don't need the answers to.


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    Are you traveling to England in the near future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared. View Post
    Are you traveling to England in the near future?
    Yes. England will just be one of four countries I'll be visting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    You've recently been bogging up this sub with random questions you don't need the answers to.


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    That's the problem! Your crystal ball is way too cloudy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    What are the best single speed cities in England, in terms of a flat terrains, traffic accommodations,
    Traffic accommodations? I hear they drive on the wrong side of the road and most of the roads are barely wide enough for one Coupe Deville to fit on. Luckily very few of them drive Cadillacs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    That's the problem! Your crystal ball is way too cloudy...

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    So's your judgment on what questions to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    So's your judgment on what questions to ask.

    Dude.
    There was this stellar gentleman, by the name of Jackmucky, who intelligently and quite sufficiently answered my questions. Since then, I've been besieged by one monkey in particular.

    Wanna banana?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    There was this stellar gentleman, by the name of Jackmucky, who intelligently and quite sufficiently answered my questions. Since then, I've been beseiged by one monkey in particular.

    Wanna banana?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Yes. England will just be one of four countries I'll be visting.
    So why not ask about the area you will be visiting? You've received info on Manchester, but what if you are in the south of England, or the north?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared. View Post
    So why not ask about the area you will be visiting? You've received info on Manchester, but what if you are in the south of England, or the north?
    We will spend an entire week in England alone. We'll be all over the country. I was hoping that more British responders would chime in, so that I could get a better picture of typical English urban life and the cycling terrain of Britain. We won't be so much northwest and into the Highlands (perhaps just one day), as we will focus more towards London and the East Anglia area.

    We will be cycling for the most part. However, I was just wondering if we could just traverse all of England, simply on single speeds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    We will spend an entire week in England alone. We'll be all over the country. I was hoping that more British responders would chime in, so that I could get a better picture of typical English urban life and the cycling terrain of Britain. We won't be so much northwest and into the Highlands (perhaps just one day), as we will focus more towards London and the East Anglia area.

    We will be cycling for the most part. However, I was just wondering if we could just traverse all of England, simply on single speeds!
    You appear not to know the difference between England and Britain, for a start. As for the terrain, why don't you just look up the geography of the country or countries that you are visiting rather than expect forum members to waste their time answering questions that are so unspecific that they require either a several hundred-word answer, or none. FWIW, East Anglia is flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    You appear not to know the difference between England and Britain, for a start. As for the terrain, why don't you just look up the geography of the country or countries that you are visiting rather than expect forum members to waste their time answering questions that are so unspecific that they require either a several hundred-word answer, or none. FWIW, East Anglia is flat.

    You're so ignorantly wrong again!

    Not only do I know the difference between Great Britain and England, I also know the difference between Great Britain and the UK. Do you?

    Just what is it that iritates you so about me?

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