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The roads in London aren't particularly special, they can be quite busy, they are often quite full of motorised traffic, cyclists don't always have the best reputation for adhering to all laws (e.g. one-way streets and red lights) and, as a consequence, many other road users don't always go out of their way to be overly friendly or forgiving, but it's a ...


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It's a bike sharing scheme in London, the "Boris" part comes from the mayor's name. Wikipedia article on Barclays Cycle Hire There's also a small Boris Bikes community forum (Photo credit)


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You can take your non-foldable bike only as far west as Leyton on the Central Line and only off peak. The map here shows where cycles can travel on the underground. The green lines are the permitted routes. Where a station is on the route it has access for cycles. The Central Line is a very deep line so once underground it wouldn't be possible to get a bike ...


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On a slightly seperate tack from Unsliced (who covered all the bike-specific stuff I can think of): the road layouts themselves may be quite different than you're used to, even if you're familiar driving in the rest of the UK. They are often: very busy, in terms of traffic: on the plus side, the traffic is often not moving very fast, and if it's ...


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Only folding bikes are carried on the DLR, and they must be 'totally enclosed in a cover' This website has all rules for bikes on public transit for what seems to be most companies in the UK. Check it out.


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The single most important thing to know about cycling in London is never ride on the left side of a turning large vehicle, especially an articulated lorry or bendy bus. Many of the cycling fatalities in London are cyclists who ride up the outside of a large vehicle trying to negotiate a corner. Really an important rule for cycling anywhere.


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Google Maps has a (not unreasonable) bike overlay for London now: https://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=51.512589,-0.126686&spn=0.185247,0.527687&t=m&z=12&lci=bike


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Transport for London page on Bikes on Public Transport On the tube, folding bikes are good anywhere at any time. Non-folders are restricted to only certain lines - in most cases these are lines that have no deep below ground tracks - and certain times, although the above page doesn't specify these very well. In fact it says you can take your non folding ...


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It seems likely, since that is exactly NCN 4 - however, I haven't found any references to people riding the length of route 4, and the CTC route database isn't giving me anything either. For reference, I plugged Charing Cross to Fishguard into cyclestreets and it reckons a shade under 300 miles (for the balanced route). Whether that means three consecutive ...


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These services vary wildly from shop to shop. My local shop will look at any bike and tell the owner if it's safe to ride. And of course, they'll tell the owner how much it would cost to make it safe if it's not already. They're pretty honest about it, but of course I can't guarantee that other places are. Most shops offer a free "tune-up" with the ...


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In London? Check out Evans Cycles, they have a gozillion shops and do Bronze, Silver and Gold services. Their web site tells you what you get at each level, looks like their stores price separately but to give you and idea the pricing from one of their stores can be found here. Have generally found Evans a little more expensive than other shops for parts, ...


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Personally, I wouldn't go for the tune-up service package unless I needed to have everything done that was in the package. For instance, at my LBS, they charge $50 for brake, gears, minor wheel true, light cleaning (no disassembly), lube, air in the tires, safety inspection, and minor parts/accessories installation. Which might be good if I just picked up a ...


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I had a big clip that was supposed to be used to accept a ball attachment for like your windshield suction cup style cell phone holder and you could just clip it to something like a basket or a laptop screen or whatever. It had a strong spring and could be used to mount to that book holder basket thing, but for the life of me I can't find anything similar!! ...


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Phone Attachment: I would need to get better views of the front of the bike. Probably fab something starting with an existing mount (looks like you started down that direction). Map Case: It looks like you already have a map case, if not, do a search. If you take one that will fit more or less in the gap on the bar and add some lengths of double sided ...



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