I start riding road in Richmond Park next week when my bike is finished, welcome to join me if you're anywhere near when you get to London 8)
Courage Monsieur wrote:
Welcome back to Blighty.
I moved to London 3 years ago from S Wales and my cycling really suffered for it. London can be a very frustrating place to ride.
However, much depends on where you live. I'm in SE London and the Crystal Palace and out route that I and a thousand others use can be very good. There's a good network of lanes with some interesting options (or maybe it just seems like that cos I'm in central London the rest of the time). Also there are lots of riders out there, which is great to see.
But nipping out for 90 minutes like I used to in Cardiff is now almost pointless. By the time I get back from work and get ready it then takes me 30 mins to get past the worst of the traffic and lights, and the same on the return leg. This makes midweek riding such a challenge that I may buy a turbo instead. Richmond Park is a very handy alternative if you live near it.
I commuted to work on the bike for a few months but it was a hassle and the training benefit was minimal - short route, lights galore, traffic etc.
My mate who I used to ride with moved from SE London to Islington and tells me he barely gets out now because it's such a joyless chore to get out of London proper.
Haven't tried getting the train. Again, I'd suggest that's a weekend only option.
So, if you haven't sorted your accommodation out yet, pick the right spot!
Or alternatively there's Tuesdays evenings doing laps of Regents Park inner circle (though you'll need to join London Phoenix CC for that. 8))
Are you one of the faux racers that recently been wrecking our attempts at a 2 hour structured club training session then buggering off after 30 minutes?
Sounds like you're in a similar area to me (I'm about a mile north of Regents Park) - your routes out of town would be welcomed knowledge! I always seem to end up heading down to Richmond (45 minutes of frustrating riding) or doing intervals on Swains Lane Do you have any of your routes on bikely.net? If not, feel free to PM me any good routes