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London’s triathlon clubs – A quick guide

So, you’ve signed up for a triathlon – that’s awesome. If this is your first time doing a triathlon, or if you’ve recently moved to a new area in London, you’ll probably be looking for a club to train with. This comprehensive guide will group triathlon clubs based on where they are located in the […]

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Dating for cyclists in London – what to look for?

We’ve looked at popular London cycing clubs and we’ve shared our guide to finding a cycling buddy. But what if you are looking for love? We take a look at a speed dating event designed for cyclists. Look Mum No Hands! recently teamed up with Cycle Speed Dating to hold a ‘Date & Ride’ event. Single cyclists […]

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Getting social and sustainable with Brake the Cycle

Brake the Cycle is a cycle touring company with a difference. Organised as a social enterprise, the goal is to explore sustainable living through cycling, adventure and community. London Cyclist interviewed Joe Red, the founder of the organisation, to find out more and to discover what someone can expect from one of their tours. Joe […]

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7 Summer Holiday Books for Cyclists

In the London Cyclist Friday newsletter we’ve recently been mentioning some of our favourite reads, including Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling by Carlton Reid and Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World. I thought we should continue the theme and have asked Hollie to roundup some of her favourite books for cyclists… […]

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How to deal with bike helmet hair if you have long locks

Helmet hair is the worst. This guide isn’t going to promise that you’ll look like a L’Oreal advert after a long ride (here comes the science: perfect hair isn’t going to happen after a cycle, ever). But it will give you some handy tips and tricks to help keep things in control for a day […]

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Celebrating female cyclists in London with the Women’s Tour

Something kind of awesome happens when women come together, especially in London. Like when the Women’s March echoed a chorus of ‘love trumps hate’ and ‘girls just wanna have fundamental rights’ around the world, just a few months ago. We are a strong unit, paving a powerful path of positivity in a world that can […]

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London Cycle Cafés – who? where? what?

Originally published 12/07/2010, updated 22/05/2017 The number of cyclists in London is rising and these happy pedal pushers need fuel. More specifically, they need to find this fuel at a caffeine and sugar tainted watering hole. This helps explain the simultaneous rise of cycling cafes, something that Time Magazine recognised soon after the popular Look […]

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5 South London parks worth cycling to (for a picnic)

Many Londoners found themselves rubbing in dollops of after sun lotion in the aftermath of April’s freak heatwave. Despite having to nurse red raw skin and deal with dodgy tummies from hastily organised BBQs, the city welcomed the sunshine with open arms. Summer is finally on its way (crossing my fingers right now!). Whether you’re meeting […]

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Getting back on the bike after an injury

Earlier this year, I came off my bike after swerving out of the way of a small child on an icy patch of concrete. I managed to cycle away very slowly and shaken up. I had pulled a muscle in my leg pretty badly but nothing was broken and I lived to tell the tale […]

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What I learnt from the TFL Urban cycle skills course

Even if you haven’t mounted a bike since you were young enough to non-ironically enjoy listening to Steps or Westlife, you’d probably find it easy enough to rent out a Boris bike and cycle around the local park. But what about when you take the bike from quiet country lanes, to the chaos of the […]

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A cyclist’s first signs of Spring

I somehow survived my first winter as a cyclist. It was a long slog of navigating through icy roads in the darkness and ensuring visibility by dressing like a Christmas tree wrapped in tinsel and fairy-lights. The month of March marks the start of Spring but you probably have the extortionate central heating bills and […]

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