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okgookgo Posts: 4,368
edited May 2015 in Commuting chat
Hi all,

Was wondering if anyone can advise me on the quickest most trouble free route from The Strand to Hillingdon cycle circuit. Last week I went through Kensington, then shep bush, uxbridge road and it was horrid.

Anything better out there?
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,718
    I have been cycling to Hillingdon for years and roads are all censored , unless you can afford to take the Grand Union canal path, but of course you need suitable tyres.

    However, the A 4020 Uxbridge Road has large sections of cycle path, some even segregated, so it's not as bad after all... worse on the way back, but by then you've done your race and maybe you can use the canal path to Brentford Lock... it's very pretty
  • okgookgo Posts: 4,368
    Which bit has cycle path?

    After the race I head back south to surbiton so not a worry on way back...
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,718
    okgo wrote:
    Which bit has cycle path?

    After the race I head back south to surbiton so not a worry on way back...

    Admittedly it's the bit after the circuit and towards Uxbridge... but the A 4020 is not too bad, I've used it for years and I am still alive
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,731
    i genuinely dont know a better way. especially if you're on a TT bike. I wouldnt want to use canals...
  • okgookgo Posts: 4,368
    As soon as you get beyond Shep Bush its just dire.

    Got abused by some yoot on scooters in Acton. If Iived out that way I wouldn't commute by bike, period.
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  • rower63rower63 Posts: 1,991
    ... but the A 4020 is not too bad, I've used it for years and I am still alive
    survivorship bias :wink:
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,718
    okgo wrote:
    As soon as you get beyond Shep Bush its just dire.

    Got abused by some yoot on scooters in Acton. If Iived out that way I wouldn't commute by bike, period.

    Well, it's not cycle friendly crowd, but I've had very few problems over the years... in Shepherds Bush you have to look out for stoned hippies and Rastamen... Acton and Ealing are OK... Southall smells nice and it's always jammed solid, so no risk there... Hayes and Hillingdon can be hairy at night, but you turn left before getting to the worst bits... the thing is you are a bit soft... :wink:
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