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  • Commuting into London
  • Roblilly
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    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?

    Cheers

    will
    Member

    Personally for a mile i’d just get a Boris bike, they really are good fun 😀

    Alternatively be a man and ride the whole route!

    Premier Icon chaos
    Subscriber

    Worth looking at the Youtube link halfway down this thread

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/the-holy-grail-of-bike-locks

    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.

    ChunkyMTB
    Member

    It’s simple really. Scrotes won’t nick a shitter so just buy one and use either the bike racks on the platforms or the multi-storey ones outside the station.

    If it does get nicked (which probably is highly likely), just replace with another cheap shitter.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    A mile? I’d walk for the hassle of carting a bike around.

    djglover
    Member

    Someone will pringle your wheels though

    brakes
    Member

    I’ve not locked my bike up at Waterloo before, but there a millions of bikes there on the racks outside and along the platforms so the chance that it would get nicked is slim I reckon.
    I work in the City and plenty of people in our office walk from Waterloo.

    Roblilly
    Member

    Great responses, thanks all!

    Mr Woppit
    Member

    Where are you commuting from?

    Roblilly
    Member

    Isle of wight…..

    ti_pin_man
    Member

    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.

    b r
    Member

    For a mile, I’d walk – easier, quicker, cheaper and you get to watch the office Totty.

    Roblilly
    Member

    Its not as bad as you would expect from the IoW!

    will
    Member

    It’s still 90 miles each way! 😆

    qwerty
    Member

    I used a folding bike to commute Liverpool St – Waterloo, worked a treat and I carried it on train into Liverpool St at rush hour without a fuss.

    T1000
    Member

    [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…..

    Roblilly
    Member

    I’m going to scour the free papers at home and get some dirt cheap bikes to use. Seems the option that I like best.

    TurnerGuy
    Member

    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.

    Where in the City? That can make a big difference!

    Roblilly
    Member

    Tudor street, so just over the bridge!

    Walk along the river, over Blackfriars Bridge. Nice stroll.

    packer
    Member

    If the bike is locked up with two decent D-locks then it’s unlikely to get nicked.

    allthepies
    Member

    I used to go from Waterloo <-> Fleet St on a Boris bike twice daily, my route went along Tudor St as it happens 🙂

    russjp
    Member

    I used to work in the west end for many years and noticed that any bike that was left anywhere overnight seemed to vandalised.

    winston
    Member

    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 money
    Just don’t get a brompton

    TurnerGuy
    Member

    Tudor street

    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.

    TurnerGuy
    Member

    Beware that Dahons are 20inch wheels and some train companies have an 18inch max restriction.

    brakes
    Member

    folders are ideally suited to whip round traffic

    and also accelerate to 10mph in 0.001 seconds but go no faster, and get trapped in potholes

    winston
    Member

    The train companies need gripping – they are now insisting you fold your bike before going through the turnstiles at LB

    TurnerGuy
    Member

    The train companies need gripping – they are now insisting you fold your bike before going through the turnstiles at LB

    Is that in the cycle policy wording?

    A SWT platform assistant tried that on me, I just ignored him and then a colleague told him to be sensible.

    TurnerGuy
    Member

    and also accelerate to 10mph in 0.001 seconds but go no faster, and get trapped in potholes

    maybe some do, but not mine 🙂

    I’ve had my Brompton chugging along nicely at 35mph down Fleet Street before without much effort.

    Anyway, for the short distance you are doing I’d be inclined to walk

    Roblilly
    Member

    Thanks guys. I will try jogging, cycling & walking. See what’s best!

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