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Bike route help

We are coming to London in late June before we head to France for my husband to pick up a cycle tour following the Tour de France. We have found the Barclays bike hire site so we know he can hire a public bike - but my question is - are there bike friendly routes that he could ride, rather than competing with London traffic? Ideally he would like to ride about 30-50kms - but in which direction should he head? We are staying just off Marylebone High Street. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Bike route help

The Transport for London website has a whole section devoted to cycling.

www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11598.aspx

It also has downloadable local guides which will show direct, quiet and traffic-free cycling routes, and even a cycle Journey Planner.

A highly recommended resource.

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2. Re: Bike route help

On the Barclays bike hire site it does tell you that you might well find it cheaper if you want a bike for say a day or more to try a specialist bike hire company.

The barclays scheme was designed primarily for those wanting one for a couple of hours.

Using a specialist hire scheme means for example you could get a bus or train to just outside London and start your day out there

Beckenham in Kent for instance has a bike shop that hires bikes and that means you could cycle around North Kent

I found that one using the internet "Yell". So phone to check that it still exists!!

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3. Re: Bike route help

Deens Garage in Beckenham does still exist and it is a cycle shop despite the name. It's located by the roundabout opposite the Odean cinema, the nearest stations are Clock House - turn right out of the station and walk along Beckenham Road or Beckenham Junction - turn right and walk along Rectory Road. Their website is http://www.deensgarage.co.uk/info/hire.php and there are cycle routes in the area.

Edited: 16 February 2013, 12:28
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4. Re: Bike route help

My suggestion is: don't do it! The Barclays bicycles are purpose built to be heavy, slow, 3-gear machines specifically intended for short commuter journeys. Anyone riding them for 30 - 50 km (20 - 30 miles) would probably need medical treatment afterwards. I have two other ideas.

Go to Richmond Park and hire bikes from the cycle shop near the Roehampton Gate www.parkcycle.co.uk They have a range of bikes including electric ones. The nearest train station to the Roehampton Gate is Barnes NOT Richmond.

Alternatively, hire decent bikes in London and take them on a train from Paddington station to Windsor and cycle back into town along the "Thames Path". That distance is approximately 45 km.

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5. Re: Bike route help

I agree, they are heavy lumps. I would hire a decent off road bike and ride along the grand union canal out to the Hertfordshire country side.

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6. Re: Bike route help

A bit nearer the day he could see if there are any Local Sky Rides he fancies

www.goskyride.com. Hire a bike and join 20 or so leisure cyclists.

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7. Re: Bike route help

Excellent information - can't wait for a chance to put it to good use!

Many thanks

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8. Re: Bike route help

also have a look at the London Cyclist sites www.londoncyclist.co.uk/london-cycle-routes/ which has a lot of suggestions of routes to go.

If you have a look at the magazine archives on the London Cycle Campaign website then there's a few places to explore there the magazine has a suggested ride each month at the back.

To be honest from a leisure point of view I would consider getting out of the city - from Marylebone get to paddington (or go from Marylebone) and head in to the Chiltern Hills for a few hours. By the time you get up to the station, spend 30 minutes on a train to somewhere like TRING you can have two or three hours of great cycling, and a decent pub lunch, and you'll enjoy yourself.

London by bike is a good way to explore at a slow pace and see lots of bits that you would otherwise miss, but if you want to get some distance in heading out is, for my money, more rewarding.

Other routes I would commend - get out towards Didcot on the canal or up as far as the Ridgeway - join at swindon, head back to Didcot and then train back to Marylebone.

If you haven't used it before, the GPSIES website has lots of routes other people have uploaded.

definitely don't try and do such distances on a boris bike.

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9. Re: Bike route help

Thank you all so much for the information. There are a number of options that have been listed, so we will work through them and try and find some time for him to perhaps head out of London. We thought the Barclays bikes might be like the ones we have in Melbourne - a bit clunkish, but OK for short trips. Perhaps not what he is after!

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