New Town to Gyle/Gogarburn

Is that somewhere in Scotland?
 

HJ

Cycling in Scotland
Location
Auld Reekie
You should get your self a copy of the Spoke Edinburgh Cycle map, it shows all the off road routes and dedicated cycle paths. As well as the which roads are best for cycling and which should be avoided. Most cycle shops in Edinburgh sell them.
 

goo_mason

Champion barbed-wire hurdler
Location
Leith, Edinburgh
I second the Spokes map; I've lent mine to a number of people and they've ended up buying their own afterwards, which gives you an idea of how good people find it !
 

gavintc

Guru
Location
Southsea
I find the routes with bus lanes safer than the other roads. You only need to worry about buses and they tend to be driven by people with more care than the typical car driver. I think that once you get cycling, you will find the Cortsorphine Rd better than many other options. If you want traffic free, the canal towpath from fountainbridge will get you pretty close. But as most have commented - the Spokes maps are excellent.
 

Tetedelacourse

New Member
Location
Rosyth
I'm of the same opinion as Gavin; roads are much more appropriate any day and time of the week for me. But it depends on your confidence I suppose.
 

Tetedelacourse

New Member
Location
Rosyth
ps it's probably a good shout to get on the canal path at Tollcross and head out then down through sighthill if you want to avoid a lot of other (because you are also) traffic.
 

kyuss

Veteran
Location
Edinburgh
The Union Canal path is a good option if you really really want to get away from the traffic but the surface does get pretty bad out past Wester Hailes, especially when it's wet.

Avoiding traffic isn't always the best option. If you only ever ride on offroad paths you'll struggle to pick up the confidence to ride on the road. Get out there and mix it up with the cagers.:angry:

Corstorphine Road is probably one of the least stressful road routes in Edinburgh. Nice wide road with bus lanes all the way out to the Gyle, and I've found the Lothian Buses drivers to be really courteous. I don't think you'd have too much trouble.

Judging from reviews the Marin is a good bike but for £400 I'd rather have a Specialized Sirrus. The Revolution does look good at £250 though. I looked at getting a Courier Race last year for only £30 more but unfortunately the money had to go on other things. They only have a single front chainring, which might limit it on really steep hills, but I guess only you can decide whether this would be a problem.
 

Slim

Über Member
Location
Plough Lane
Slightly OT

Is there anything at Gogarburn other than RBS???

I just need to know if there's going to be any "collateral damage" when the place gets nuked by victims customers :smile:
 

Kirst

Well-Known Member
Location
Edinburgh
kyuss said:
I've found the Lothian Buses drivers to be really courteous.
I'll second that. Lothian Bus drivers are on the whole excellent at looking out for cyclists.

First Bus drivers want us dead.
 
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