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inappropriate_bike

Member since Feb 2016 • Last active Nov 2017
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    That's why I have electric gears. No idea how you install a gear cable, but I do know how to plug things in.

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    Lambeth council won't even take away abandoned cars. Do they really bother with bikes?

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    Have you tried pushing a pram around London?

    None of the pavements are level, the dropped kerbs are missing or blocked by illegal parking, the crossings are blocked by busses, and as a result its a genuinely physically exhausting activity.

    On top of which, the parent is dealing with years of sleep deprivation, a badly behaved child, the generally shittiness of being a parent, the stress of being late for everything, a mountain of un-done work and personal admin, and the outright hostility of commuters.

    Sometimes, under these circumstances, bad decisions are made. Best to give pram-pushers a wide berth whenever you can. Or at least have the decency to aim for the parent and put them out of their misery.

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    Expensive, though.

    Have they been worth the money for you?

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    Exactly. The status of the average cyclist has changed in public perception.

    These days cyclists are statistically less like bus users, and more like Audi drivers.

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    much like Thatcher's remark about using buses when you're in your thirties

    "A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure."

    Most of LFGSS would probably agree with that.

    Anyway, this is why Dentists Riding Pinarallos have collectively done a lot to help cycling.

    There's a pretty good chance a London cyclist selected at random between 8-9am on Monday morning earns more than the adjacent car driver. And he or she is likely to be fitter and better looking to boot.

    That makes it harder to look down on cyclists as a bunch of wierdo hippies who should buy a car but can't afford one.

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    It is an impressive article isn't it:- Van runs over pedestrian, cyclists to blame.

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    From New Cross, definitely give Q1 a go as @amey suggested - https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documeĀ­nts/q1-waterloo-greenwich-map.pdf

    Maze Hill, Woolwich Ferry, Tower Bridge makes an unusual loop with lots to see.

    Forest Hill has lots of hills for a quick (>1h) workout. Up to 18%.

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    Which bit of SE London are you in?

    For road cycling in a SE direction, worth looking up routes into Kent. The pub at Ide Hill is a good destination if you fancy a chilled out solo ride.

    Never, ever, ever, rely on Google's cycling directions in London and/or Kent unless you like cyclo-cross. One day it'll take you down Pitchfont Lane.

    Strava route planner is pretty good around London although it has a preference for main roads used by commuters. Those are fine in rush hour but not the best at quieter times.

    Enjoy exploring!

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    Rode my audax bike for the first time since LEL today.

    It took less than 7 miles for knee pain to set in - whereas I've recovered and been fine for 100k+ distances on my commuter.

    Time for a bike fit I guess. Or maybe just copy the commuter measurements onto the audax bike.

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