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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

As a one-off, that should be completely doable. Your fitness from running and the gym should be plenty enough, especially as the route is pretty flat. Bear in mind that it will be tiring, since ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

Man, just do it! There isn't much that can go wrong. If you feel tired, turn around midway. Take a mobile phone with you in case something happens, look up the weather forecast, take something to eat ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

Nope - go for it. Here are two suggested routes from Strava, which were generated at https://www.strava.com/routes/new and then clicking a start and end point, and changing some options. This first ...
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How to tell if a folding bike is faster than a boris bike

Neither Boris bikes nor folding bikes are exactly built for speed, so we can consider mainly the gearing. For this, gear inches are a convenient measure taking into account not just the gear ratio ...
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Type of permitted folding bikes on London trains & Tube?

Some UK rail companies, such as GWR (who operate some local trains in West London as well as mainline services) only consider bikes to be folding if the wheels are up to 20". Folding bikes with a ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

The vehicular and cycle traffic has priority, since the crossing is not a zebra crossing and there are no traffic lights, which are the only situations in which the Highway Code talks about ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

According to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD) and Highway Code pedestrians only have priority at zebra and parallel crossings (which include stripes flashing orange ...
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Is it advisable to travel 11 miles one way to office every day

This is really only a question you can answer for yourself. How fit are you? How much do you ride currently, is 11 miles a long way for you? Are you comfortable in London traffic? Is it raining? ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

Our LBS has a Saturday morning ride for which we often get beginners. Many are no longer young and not particularly fit. They can do 17 miles of flat ride before lunch. I wouldn't worry about the ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

I typically tell people that any normal healthy novice can get on a bicycle and do 10 miles per hour without difficulty, so if you can walk for two hours stop for lunch and walk back, then you can do ...
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Is it advisable to travel 11 miles one way to office every day

It's subjective whether it's advisable for you. I do it, but you have to think about the following things: How often? Don't jump in to trying it every day to begin with Route. To begin with, allow ...
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can you use a cycle path to bypass red lights?

It depends totally on the design of the cycle way. Here are three examples, all from the same intersection in Christchurch, New Zealand. Note, we ride/drive on the left side of the road. Satellite ...
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How to tell if a folding bike is faster than a boris bike

I have a folder, and its not fast. Riding at about my FTP for an hour returns an average speed of "high twenties km/h" where the same power does mid to high thirties km/h on a normal road bike. My ...
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London Embankment cycle routes - are e-bikes allowed?

According to https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules the rules for eBikes (electrically assisted pedal cycle, EAPC) in the UK are very similar to other European countries: An EAPC must have pedals ...
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Type of permitted folding bikes on London trains & Tube?

Being a Londoner I would say this. If you want to guarantee being able to take a folding bike on the tube go for a Brompton or something that folds to the same size. Decathlon do very similar folding ...
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Type of permitted folding bikes on London trains & Tube?

The authorative source would be Transport for London's website at https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/cycling-in-london/bikes-on-public-transport which states: Tube: You can take a folded bike ...
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London Embankment cycle routes - are e-bikes allowed?

There are two varieties of E-bikes: slow (25 km/h that is less than a speed of a fit cyclist, may be more restrictions) and fast (more like a small motorcycle). Simplest way to tell apart, a ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

It's do-able. We have some guests, a couple in their 20s or 30s, who both know how to cycle but aren't accustomed to it. They were able to go somewhere and back, 25 km each way. Caveat: It took them ...
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Is 17 miles (27km) each way a lot for a newbie cyclist?

If you were a little older I'd say work up to it over a month or so, doing progressively longer rides to give your body time to adjust and tell you how it's doing, but at 17 you can recover from ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

English law is actually very clear. It is deemed to be who is at fault. Pedestrians are very rarely at fault (a resent case of a pedestiran crossing a road whilst looking at her mobile phone only ...
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How to attach maps, etc to handlebars of a Boris Bike? (London bike hire scheme)

Updated answer: The "Finn" phone holder: https://getfinn.com/. Cheaper at Amazon than direct, though smaller choice of colours.
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