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How to set up a new bike

If you’ve bought a bike online, we are going to help you get it up and running quickly and easily. This is particularly useful this time of year with Christmas presents on the horizon. Most of these tips will apply to bikes of all sizes, so good for kiddy bikes too. If this is your first […]

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‘Cycle Revolution’ at the Design Museum.

This weekend we had the chance to see the new exhibition at the Design Museum, Cycle Revolution, along with a guided tour by the curator, Donna Loveday. The exhibition has thus far had mixed but generally positive press, and previous exhibitions I have seen at the Design Museum have been excellent. Therefore I was greatly looking […]

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A first Christmas list – things to keep relatives happy

As much as I would like to pretend that it is no where near Christmas right now, I would be in pointless denial. After being hassled mercilessly by my Christmas crazy sister for present ideas nearly 3 weeks ago, I realised it was time to get real. Therefore London Cyclist brings you an initial Christmas list of […]

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8 rookie bike maintenance mistakes

Being able to service your bike yourself is an awesome feeling. However if you are new to it, before diving into bicycle maintenance it’s good to have a heads up on the most common errors people make when they first start maintaining their own bike. If you avoid them all the time, you’ll soon be better […]

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CS5 – one step closer to cycling utopia?

CS5 has been unofficially open and in use for a little while now but the segregated two-way lane across Vauxhall Bridge it had its official launch today. The Mayor came down along with many of the head cycling planning honchos from TfL. The Route The ultimate goal of CS5 is to link Victoria Station up to New […]

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How to Clean Your Bicycle

Prolong the life of your bike and enjoy a smoother riding experience by cleaning regularly. To really be able to lubricate your bike and give it a full safety check, you need to clean it off. This week we take you through how to clean a bike without using any special tools or taking it […]

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Bike repairs: DIY or leave to the professionals?

At London Cyclist whether you want to maintain your bike yourself or would rather just take it to your favourite local bike shop, that’s fine with us. We’ve started running a regular series on bike maintenance (See: How to do a bike safety check). These maintenance guides are also available inside our Bike Doctor App, for easy […]

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Review of the £299.99 Mango Single Speed

As promised last week, here is a full review of the Mango single speed I have been riding for a month now. Mango was started in 2012 by two uni friends who wanted a bike that was fun and easy to ride, but was affordable. They acknowledged that students are poor but also that bike […]

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How to Lubricate Your Bike

Keep your bike in great condition by lubricating it properly. This is especially important in the winter when you bike gets wet frequently and the roads get even dirtier than normal. The question often asked is how frequently should someone apply lubricant to their bike. It is a tough question to answer because it varies depending […]

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£300 or less: Three of best single speed bikes

Single speed bikes have a certain allure to many riders in London and beyond. There are people who love them and take great pride in their bike set ups. They feel that riding single speed, or even better: fixed, is true cycling. Then there are those who are skeptics, who believe that ‘gears were invented […]

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Do you need cycling clothes?

Reading this blog or many other bike blogs, you will have inevitably come across talk of “essential” clothing and accessories for cycling. Is this all just hokum to sell things? Well, that depends. What one person deems essential is going to vary from the next person. A number of factors come in to play including distance of commute, type […]

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How to do a bike safety check

Completing a safety check helps diagnose any maintenance issues before they affect you while you are out cycling. Depending on how much time you’ve got you may want to do the 10 second check, or if you’ve got 5 minutes then the M-Check is far more comprehensive. These instructions are taken from the Bike Doctor app […]

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