Hi everyone just thought i'd introduce myself as I've just got into cycling and bought my first road bike.
It's a btwin triban 3 from decathlon. Was it a good move?
My first ride on it was great. I live in London and feels dangerous ( but very enjoyable )
Is there anybody else from london? (East) ??
If anybody could give me some good tips on cycling in London, that would be great
I have lived in the centre of London and cycled in Central London (all inner postal districts) on a daily basis since 1983 and occasionally before that right back to childhood in the 1960s.
London is a fantastic city to cycle in the centre of and now more so than ever. I am not keen on the arterial routes as they are noisy, crowded and full of people who conduct themselves disagreeably. Good tips already on this thread. I would underscore a comment from, I think, Rob Van Der Plas (sp?) that getting used to cycling in London takes about 6 weeks - the yet is to fall in with the rythm and pace of the traffic and learn to be part of it. Give all trucks a wide berth and look for alternative, quieter, routes and you will find a city of real delight. Get a good lock and always use it properly. Fit dynamo lights and you will save endless faffing about when commuting.
I have been car doored twice, once quite badly and knocked off once. as a pedestrian I have been mugged once and banged over the head with a plastic bread crate. I have also fallen off a few times but then I may have been less than fully capable on those occasions.
Learn to look after your bike fully (as I have done) or find a bike shop who are polite and helpful - not all of them are.
For the record, I don't wear a helmet. I have tried them and can't get on with them.
See you around and keep your eyes on the road.
All the best,