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Jgav




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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:15 am    Post subject: My first bike commute into London Reply with quote

Did my first bike commute from Hertforshire into London. Trying to find ways to fit in more training time without taking up any more family time.

It's 25km each way, mostly down hill on the way there which means I have the joy of an uphill ride on the way home. Took 1h10m at 21kim/h average, not bad with city traffic.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool...go steady...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
cool...go steady...


I was the slowest thing on the road once I hit central London roads, waiting at red lights etc. Average speed for the first half was more like 24km/h as it is long straight roads with a nice downhill gradient.

Still petrified of lorries in London and rightfully so I think.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jgav wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cool...go steady...


I was the slowest thing on the road once I hit central London roads, waiting at red lights etc. Average speed for the first half was more like 24km/h as it is long straight roads with a nice downhill gradient.

Still petrified of lorries in London and rightfully so I think.


yep...cycle defensively, wear lots of hi viz....better to slow people down than get mown down...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cycled in london once after ride london to get to my car-never again
the buses were a nightmare
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's certainly busy, but I actually prefer central London to the suburbs. Unless you're on roads well out of the city that are completely quiet, in the city centre at least cyclists are always on the minds of divers, and they aren't really going that fast either. All my cases of near (or not) misses have come in the suburbs
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I commute a lot (from south) and the last few years its far better than 15 years ago!

I ride fixed and do about 18km , average speed is similar 14-15mph and i also have the joy of uphill on way home. I used to do morning harder and home easy years ago but with fixed i tend to ride far more leisurely all round, although going up 5-9% hills on a 42x17 isn't easy after a long day
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been right into the centre of London since, hmm, must be 2006. I don't miss it one single bit. I've definitely come to love the semi-rural life nowadays; living literally a few seconds from open roads. I suspect there are a large group that are equally happy never leaving the boroughs of London.

OP - please post so we know you're okay!
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Jgav




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:


OP - please post so we know you're okay!


All good, made it home in 1h15m, so 5 minutes slower. Garmin says it was 320m of climbing and felt like a good workout. Also really took it out of me and made me sleep like a baby. I think my cycling endurance needs more work.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

snowie wrote:
cycled in london once after ride london to get to my car-never again
the buses were a nightmare


That might not have been an ideal time... Everything is screwed up by the bloody cyclists.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 with Snowie about buses. Last time I cycled in Central London I had a panic moment when I pulled out to overtake a bendy bus that had stopped to find there were three others in front. The next few minutes of trying to get past and out of the busy and fast car lanes was enough to send me back to rural Surrey and the Peaks.
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