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The essential guide for new commuters

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by jonny jeez, 3 Jun 2010.

  1. Top 20 tips for those considering a commute through the city.

    If you are new to cycling, or have any concerns about riding through a city, then this guide is perfect for you.

    The link below will download our guide representing a compilation of ideas and thoughts from the members of the Cycle Chat community, to help keep you prepared and safe.

    It will be regularly updated to accommodate changes in topic and riding practice.

    Just click the link below to begin the download, its a pretty large document so, depending on your 'tinternet speed it may take a few seconds to complete.

    Good Luck


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    [Latest update: 3 Aug, 2012]
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  2. I've not had time to read it all yet JJ but it looks the part, well done.
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  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Bloody hell, that looks a mighty task, well done, well done indeed.
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  4. Rykard

    Rykard Über Member

    Downloaded - can't wait to read...
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  5. thomas

    thomas the tank engine

    Not read it all, but what I did read looks great ;)

    Perhaps a mention of different road types. For instance, if I was on a duel carriageway I would always hold primary in the inside lane to encourage motorists to overtake in the outside lane, and to stop people squeezing past in the inside lane (while undertaking someone in the outside lane).

    Some roads, especially in London seem to have up to 5 lanes going the same way, which even I would find quite daunting so maybe something on how best to go about it. Probably, know where you're going and allow plenty of time to get in the lane.
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  6. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Jonny, v good work.

    Could you punctuate this para with a full stop (at the moment it gives terrible advice!):

    If there is oncoming traffic either don't filter and wait in line or filter closer to the same direction traffic in your lane (but more circumspectly), or consider undertaking high-sided vehicles - be extra careful if you're going to filter right beyond them as not only can you not see ahead of them, but they might not see you and can kill you at crawling pace...Better to stay behind them in a position that they can see you in their mirrors - do not go on their left.


    or consider undertaking. High-sided vehicles - be extra careful if you're going to filter right beyond...

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  7. the power of a full stop!!!

    well spotted, I'll do it now and update
  8. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    Looks great, had a quick shuffty through it. Not fully read it yet though.

    One comment I noticed upon quickly glancing through it:

    In the bike category section

    this hole should be whole

    I will read in more detail later, and I expect I'll enjoy it ;)
  9. Done

    Good spot Rob3rt, I'll change this in a little while as I am sure there will be more typos to adjust.

    I wanted to change origamists bit swiftly as it was in danger of mis-interpreted by new riders
  10. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    My do comment is incorrect, the sentence doesnt need a do, that was my mistake in reading it, hence I edited out of my post, but you got in there fast ;)
  11. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Great stuff. A couple of minor typos for you to fix (changes in bold):

    p. 5
    Should be

    p. 9
    Should be

    p. 15

    Should be

    p. 15: big space between "one and a half times the" and "distance of your ride"

    All in all, great stuff, really useful.
  12. Thanks Benb...all noted and will be adjusted on the "typo sweep up" later today.
  13. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    No prob. Maybe I missed my calling - I should have been a proofreader.
  14. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    Jonny, great work.
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  15. karan733

    karan733 New Member

    This is a really good piece and Ill download it and share it with newbie riders (gf, her sisters). A few typos and general cleaning, but its nearly ready. I did notice an incomplete section during the first read, but when I just downloaded it to find out page numbers, its already been corrected!

    Good work :laugh:
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