An intro: I'm New to Cycling

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An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby StartingOut » 29 Jun 2018, 12:04pm

Hi Fellow Cyclists,

As my name suggests, I'm new to road cycling and am keen to get started with my new Road Bike. I will be going for my first proper ride this weekend from Barking to North Greenwich this weekend and was wondering if any experienced cyclists can give me some advice ahead of Sunday?

Also, is there a specific App anyone reccomends using for navigation as Google Maps is a bit flimsy?

Many Thanks in Advance :D

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby mjr » 29 Jun 2018, 12:40pm

StartingOut wrote:Also, is there a specific App anyone reccomends using for navigation as Google Maps is a bit flimsy?

I can't really help with the current state of that route but I usually load routes from https://cycle.travel/map onto OSMAnd~ when I need navigation. It's a bit fiddly and if it's too fiddly for you, I think cyclestreets.net has an app which might offer a reasonable choice for a new rider. In my experience, Google Maps is often a work of utter fiction about cycling - Streetview can be useful for checking junctions you're unsure about, but I don't use its directions.
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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby mercalia » 29 Jun 2018, 12:48pm

Be aware of any one who shows an interest in your bike incase they try to steal it. Is happening more in London these days

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby StartingOut » 29 Jun 2018, 12:54pm

mjr wrote:
StartingOut wrote:Also, is there a specific App anyone reccomends using for navigation as Google Maps is a bit flimsy?

I can't really hope with the current state of that route but I usually load routes from https://cycle.travel/map onto OSMAnd~ when I need navigation. It's a bit fiddly and if it's too fiddly for you, I think cyclestreets.net has an app which might offer a reasonable choice for a new rider. In my experience, Google Maps is often a work of utter fiction about cycling - Streetview can be useful for checking junctions you're unsure about, but I don't use its directions.



Thanks for the swift response :) I will give cyclestreets a try. I agree about Google Maps, the streetview is very helpful but the routes are weird.

mercalia wrote:Be aware of any one who shows an interest in your bike incase they try to steal it. Is happening more in London these days


Thanks for the advice, there will always be these types of people I guess. I won't be in a rush to let anyone 'Test it out'.

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby chris_suffolk » 29 Jun 2018, 1:16pm

+1 for cycle.travel

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby StartingOut » 29 Jun 2018, 1:25pm

chris_suffolk wrote:+1 for cycle.travel


Thanks Chris

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 29 Jun 2018, 3:07pm

RidewithGps and Strava are the go to routing / recording apps for most people.

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby eileithyia » 29 Jun 2018, 8:41pm

Can't answer for the routing. However, what distance are we talking about, what mileage have done before? Are you properly equipped: spare inner tube / tyre levers / multitool? Bottles with adequate liquids.... suntan cream lightweight covering for back of the neck???? Comfortable clothing; shorts? Padding / chamois cream to prevent chaffing especially likely if you are sweating. Sunglasses.

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby MikeF » 1 Jul 2018, 11:14pm

I don't know the area at all, but cycle.travel suggests it's about 10 miles, probably much less as the crow flies, but you need to cross the Thames which seems to make for a detour. I should imagine motor traffic could be heavy on some roads so some planning ie looking at routes and maps before the ride would be advisable so you have some idea of where you're going.
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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby Username » 2 Jul 2018, 4:50am

mercalia wrote:Be aware of any one who shows an interest in your bike incase they try to steal it. Is happening more in London these days



This. Stopped at a burger van once. I was complimented on my bike and was asked how much it cost and where I live. I felt like telling them to **** off. Potential criminal activity aside, why do people often ask me where I live and whether I live on my own or with parents? That's my business and mine alone.

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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby brynpoeth » 2 Jul 2018, 9:14am

Username wrote:
mercalia wrote:Be aware of any one who shows an interest in your bike incase they try to steal it. Is happening more in London these days



This. Stopped at a burger van once. I was complimented on my bike and was asked how much it cost and where I live. I felt like telling them to **** off. Potential criminal activity aside, why do people often ask me where I live and whether I live on my own or with parents? That's my business and mine alone.

Ask them back
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Re: An intro: I'm New to Cycling

Postby Username » 2 Jul 2018, 1:18pm

brynpoeth wrote:
Username wrote:
mercalia wrote:Be aware of any one who shows an interest in your bike incase they try to steal it. Is happening more in London these days



This. Stopped at a burger van once. I was complimented on my bike and was asked how much it cost and where I live. I felt like telling them to **** off. Potential criminal activity aside, why do people often ask me where I live and whether I live on my own or with parents? That's my business and mine alone.

Ask them back
Tell lies :wink:


Fair point 8)

Never been even remotely interested in such aspects of other peoples lives tho.