- Commuting into London
In the new year I am going to be working in the City of London, travel up to Waterloo and was planning to do the mile to the city by bike.
Just checked with the train company and Im not allowed during commuting time to take a bike on the train (south west trains)The thought of using a folding bike makes me sick in my mouth. So I was thinking of leaving my single speed locked up at Waterloo.
Is it going to get nicked? anyone do the same?
CheersPosted 5 years agochaosSubscriber
Worth looking at the Youtube link halfway down this thread
I left a bike at Paddington for years with no issue but may just have been lucky. £50 hack bike, bit rusty looking and a ripped saddle to reduce desirability even further.Posted 5 years agoti_pin_manMember
Comutted into Waterloo some days when I was too knackered to ride and as others have said for a mile use a boris or a cheap bike locked in the racks. The better idea is to ride further if you can, but thats down to your works facilities (showers, bike racks, drying room) and your motivation. Enjoy. Riding in london can be like going to war, or a very pleasant ride. ;o)
EDIT: just seen youre coming from IoW. Ouch. Forget my last suggestion. lol.Posted 5 years agoT1000Member
[The thought of using a folding bike makes me sick in my mouth]
thats the mistake your making….think of it as a tool for a job….I regularly use a folder going into London…. I never use it for any other purpose…….
get over it! make sure your not seen by your friends….never mention it in the pub and you’ll be fine…..Posted 5 years ago
It’s more than a mile from Waterloo to the City – whereabouts precisely?
To St Pauls it’s about 25 mins brisk walk. Slower if you are reading the Metro on the way.
My Birdy folder is ace – apart from the extra twitchiness of the front end it is as fun as any other fast/agile bike.Posted 5 years agowinstonMember
Folder is the way forward – yes I know its basically being bent over by Southern and given one up the **** but you don’t have to buy a brompton
Mezzo, birdy, Airnimal and Dahon make some great folders which ride almost like proper bikes. I’ve riden my Mezzo D10 20 miles across the sussex countryside some days on the way home by getting off a few stations early and it does wonders for your stress! In town its a race track and folders are ideally suited to whip round traffic
Plus you get the bonus of being able to take them on planes easily – meeting in wherever? bring the bike and have a great evening cycling out to a pub/bar/taverna instead of being stuck in a corporate hotel
Ended up doing the L2B on mine last year for extra charity moneyPosted 5 years ago
Just don’t get a brompton
crikey, that’s no walk at all – definitely not worth getting a bike for – by the time you have unlocked it, got it down from the rack and locked it up at the other end you would be 3/4s of the way there if you were walking.
Takes me 30 mins to get to Trump street at a non-slacking walking pace.
You are going to be about 20 mins, maybe faster if you got straighter than walking by the Thames, but you would miss wandering past the skateboarders on the south bank, the pretty blue lights laced through the trees, and the retro caravans selling mini-doughnuts and waffles.Posted 5 years agoallthepiesMember
You can hire a Brompton from SWTPosted 5 years ago
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