London cyclists...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Maz, 3 Mar 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Took the day off work today and went down to London, helping out on a school trip to the Science Museum and The London Eye.

    I wish I was as gutsy as some of the cycle commuters that I saw. Don't know how London cyclists cope with that level of traffic. Piccadilly/Duke of Wellington RAB looked v. scary, but no doubt there are worse places. Well done for staying in one piece fellas - hats off to you!
  2. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Why thank you!
    When you next visit if you want to see cycles and traffic in 'perfect harmony, might I draw your attention to the Elephant & Castle RAB at evening rush hour, thats an impressive sight!
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    used to go through elly belly every day on my most excellent Tottenham/Morden/Tottenham commute, it mayhave changed but I thought it alright, big and clear and well laid out

    crooked billet on the North circ now, so mad and bad they hadda put lights on it in the end, no fun having to stop and start a few times

    more traffic is safer I always think and it learns you to deal with it
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Respect...Most I did was Morden to Heffalump. I miss that commute, I might ride it one day just for the memories...
    Anyway...why Morden if I may be so bold?
  5. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Elly Belly has lights on it now, but it can still be an absolute nightmare.
    More traffic is better IMO but can concentrate the number of nutters and that goes for bikes as well as cars.
    Much respect for the Tottenham/Morden commute, the longest I ever had was Brixton to Ladbrooke Grove and back, small fry by comparison.
  6. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    I don't think London is all that bad. At least during peak hours traffic can be quite slow so I don't find it that dangerous. Traffic lights also tend to keep speed down.
    It's when drivers are able to drive fast when frustration/stupidity tends to get the better of them.

    I generally find most cars ok - apart from when they're not looking.
    My least liked vehicles are:
    - buses (big bullies)
    - white van man (aggressive)
    - large 4 x 4s (also bullies and tend to try to pass close at high speed)
    - scooters (generally not as skilled or as "understanding" of cyclists as motorbikes)

    I also find black cab drivers generally friendly - plus a good judge of speed and space.

    Never tried Elephant and Castle during the rush hour - only on a Saturday morning.

    Sorry...a bit of a personal rant... ;-)
  7. Luckily for me shouldn't be too much traffic on this mornings commute.;)
  8. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    I quite like the Hammersmith Gyratory, you can get some real speed up...

    Am planning a trip to Hanger Lane when I'm back this week, should be real fun!
  9. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Cycling in London's not bad. You just need to be alert and assertive. Indeed there are so many cyclists now, this helps as cyclists are expected to be about.
  10. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    I love cycling in London, its so much fun. Out here can be so much more of a nightmare.
  11. Lurker

    Lurker Senior Member

    Correction mode on/

    ... cycles and other traffic in perfect harmony...

    /correction mode off ;)
  12. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Sorry to correct your correction.
    That statement should have read as;

    ...cycles and other traffic in 'perfect' harmony......

    A little more emphasis on the irony of the statement.:blush:

    T x
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    I had a lovely and well paid job with lots of OT in the Heales building on Tottenham Court Road, straight out to the pub every day, restaurants etc etc lovely

    company went pop just before christmas and it was three weeks before I could get anything, by which time it felt like I'd been out of work for years

    the first thing half decent that came up was Morden area, certainly a few miles past Colliers Wood anyway, double day shifts, I drove it, tubed it and finally cycled it, 15.5 miles each way as I recall, and in those days (eight years ago?) I rode in jeans, T shirt and trainers, knew nothing, I used to lie it, all the way into and then all the way out of London

    all good fun at the time after some initial fitness issues, sadly the bike that knocked out all those miles for years and years is the one I'm riding again, bless it, it's most certainly done me proud for a £300 special

    I'm debating spending a bit on to keep it as a spare, barring a possible new rear wheel and front hub it seems to be performing very well, that or I'm a powerhouse that could pedal a pallet of bricks to work
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    What do you mean by this bit, please?
  15. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Urban cycling/commuting is preferable to being out in the sticks IMO.
    Can't beat London or other big city riding for an Adrenalin fix!
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