I need a strapline for the London Cyclist Handbook – Can you help?

london-cyclist-handbook-smallThe launch date for the new London Cyclist eBook is set: 17th of July 2012. But if you want to get your hands on a copy before everyone else (for Kindle, iPad, Google Nexus, laptop or pretty much any digital device) then help me come up with a strapline!

The handbook has six distinct sections:

  1. Getting started: This contains everything I wish someone had told me, when I first started cycling in London. From finding the right bike for you, to staying safe and planning a great route.
  2. Love London: From great bike shops, to charming cycle cafes and unmissable cycling events – London cyclists are truly spoilt. This section is a guide to it all.
  3. Gear Guide: Helping to guide you through the dazzling array of cycling gear that is available to cyclists. Includes a section on the best upgrades for your bike.
  4. The Urban Cyclist: From getting oil off your clothes, to the steps to take if your bike is stolen. This is quite a diverse section but will appeal to anyone who’s been cycling for a while.
  5. The Lazy Cyclists Guide to Bicycle Maintenance: This is the maintenance guide most of us need!
  6. Go Big or Go Home: This humorously named section is about what comes after you’ve fallen in love with cycling. It’s about how you can take things up to the next level. From sportives to touring – it’s all covered here.

All I need now is a strappy line that explains in a sentence what the handbook is about. If you think you can help – then please leave a comment below! All suggestions are welcome.

If I use your suggestion, you’ll be the first one to receive a copy!

P.S. I seriously appreciate your help – the strapline is something I’ve really been struggling with and the talented illustrator Jack is rightly pestering me to get it over to him so we can finish the cover.

Update: I’ve been absolutely blown away by the suggestions this morning – there’s some very creative minds out there for this early on a Monday! Thank you everyone – can’t reply to all the suggestions right now as I’m jumping on the train to get back to London but keep them coming!

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226 Responses to I need a strapline for the London Cyclist Handbook – Can you help?

  1. tim 09/07/2012 at 8:48 pm #

    – Don’t Panic! (With apologies to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

    -The London Revolution

    -The book you wish you’d had when you started

    • barton 09/07/2012 at 9:12 pm #

      giggled at the first, love the last!

  2. Mike 09/07/2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Do it once, do it right and never look back

    • Jules 10/07/2012 at 1:46 pm #

      …unless negotiating around a parked car.

  3. CycleSprog (Chris) 09/07/2012 at 10:31 pm #

    – For the two wheeled explorer in you

    – Unleash the two wheeled explorer in you

    – Open up the City and make it yours

    – Wear it, fix it, ride it

  4. Tony M 09/07/2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Hi Andreas,

    heres a couple;-

    The A to Z of cycling in the
    ultimate cyclists city.


    Everything you need to know
    to cycle in the ultimate
    cycling city.


    Tony M

  5. John Flood 09/07/2012 at 11:31 pm #

    “How to conquer London by bike in 6 easy steps”

    “Six ways for your bike to love London”

  6. Sonya 10/07/2012 at 12:09 am #

    cyclist digest or the bug of all riders

  7. Richard Newman 10/07/2012 at 12:14 am #

    The city cyclopedia.

  8. Christian Huesch 10/07/2012 at 12:15 am #

    Discover the joy of cycling in the city !

  9. Jim 10/07/2012 at 3:03 am #

    2 wheels and the capital is covered

  10. Julian 10/07/2012 at 7:14 am #

    Something like;

    “Cycling the Grid, The Handbook for the Novice to the Passionate”

  11. Mary-go-round 10/07/2012 at 7:28 am #

    How to enjoy the fun and freedom of cycling in the capital

  12. Andy Powell 10/07/2012 at 7:36 am #

    “A handbook… for cyclists… in London – it ain’t rocket science!”

    “Two wheels, one city, one handbook”

  13. Matt 10/07/2012 at 8:07 am #

    “How to stay safe, clean, fast and happy on the city streets.”

    “Everything you need to know to enjoy cycling in the city”

    “A guide to falling in love with city cycling”

    “Keeping the wheels on your cycling ambitions”

    Might I suggest also that the book seems to be missing a chapter on cycling etiquette?

  14. Liz Wall 10/07/2012 at 9:06 am #

    Coffee, cakes and bikes all you need to know

  15. L Sewell 10/07/2012 at 9:09 am #

    The City from a saddle – a new perspective.

  16. Pavan 10/07/2012 at 9:43 am #

    Health ‘Mantra’ with fun

  17. bob 10/07/2012 at 10:01 am #

    How to survive the London-cycleopolis

  18. Dave Raeside 10/07/2012 at 2:01 pm #

    How about

    pedalling London

    pedalling the monopoly board

    pedalling the world’s best city

    pedalling people and places

  19. Christopher 10/07/2012 at 3:09 pm #

    – a wheely useful guide to cycling in London
    – re: cycling in London
    – London by bike
    – everything you always wanted to know about cycling in London but were too cool to ask

  20. Roger Stocker 10/07/2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Cycling – from cable to shave
    Cycling – from cable to behave
    Cycling – from cable to wave

    I think you get the idea…

  21. Eliot B 10/07/2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Crucial knowledge for life by bike inside the motorway

  22. Steve 10/07/2012 at 6:25 pm #

    All you need to know to enjoy cycling in London

  23. Jim 10/07/2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Capital Gains on 2 wheels

    Capitalizing by bike

    Capitalizing on 2 Wheels

    2 Wheels for the Capital

  24. sean 10/07/2012 at 7:34 pm #

    for all those contemplating cycling in London – its the definative companion

  25. Angus 10/07/2012 at 8:43 pm #

    London: A cyclists survival guide.

  26. Bob 10/07/2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Cycling – Because it makes sense!

  27. Alfred and Ted 10/07/2012 at 9:04 pm #

    London By Cycle – the best way to see the best city.

  28. Mike H 10/07/2012 at 9:28 pm #

    – From Sloane Square Shifters to Cockney Cranks: Your Complete Guide To Biking In The Big Smoke

    – Nevermind the buttocks

  29. Paul 11/07/2012 at 11:48 am #

    London rides again.

    City slickers.

  30. Jim 11/07/2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Always pointing your wheels in the right direction

    These wheels were meant for riding, and that’s just what we’ll help you do

    Bikes were meant for riding and that’s just what we’ll help you do

  31. philcycle 11/07/2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Sounds like a great book and I suggest a strap line could be “From novice to expert, this book is all you need to know about cycling in London (and useful for almost anywhere!)”.

  32. Jim 11/07/2012 at 6:25 pm #

    The know-how is within

  33. John 11/07/2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Suggested straplines:
    Be a part of the revolution.
    Be a part of the two-wheeled revolution.
    Be a part of the life-changing revolution.
    The compleat cyclopedia.
    Commuter, shopper, racer, adventurer.

  34. Piotr 12/07/2012 at 2:23 am #

    Find out why they really invented wheel for.

  35. Nestor San Andres 12/07/2012 at 2:33 am #

    Biking made easy for every bikers especially for Londoners.

  36. Neil 12/07/2012 at 8:38 am #

    London spoked

  37. John H. 12/07/2012 at 8:44 am #

    Falling down
    Taste the road
    wheely good read
    two falts and buckled wheel
    riding the range
    Cockneys on bikes
    Ass rash and petrol fumes

  38. Marten 12/07/2012 at 10:35 am #

    ‘For when you’re on your bike’

    ‘All the information you’ll need’

    ‘Your guide to the capital’

  39. Jim 12/07/2012 at 11:49 am #

    The capital is built for cycling

    The best form of transport for the capital

    The best way to travel around the capital

    It’s great for the environment,your health and your pocket too.
    So find out more

  40. michael 12/07/2012 at 8:22 pm #

    A definitive guide for successful cycling in the modern metropolis for all.

  41. Danbo 12/07/2012 at 11:18 pm #

    The How What Wear When Who Ha Guide to Spinning in the Smoke

  42. John H. 13/07/2012 at 8:06 am #


  43. Chris Saunders 13/07/2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Two tubes are better than one!

  44. Mirka 13/07/2012 at 4:21 pm #

    cap I tal
    s K illed
    E xplorer

  45. Phil Russell 14/07/2012 at 12:07 am #

    Somebody named “Hugh” referred to cyclists as “pushbikers” Ye gods!! Andreas, please don’t think of using that word—-bikes are “pushed” only when they’ve failed mechanically, or when riding is forbidden. Bicycles are ridden, not pushed.

  46. John Donnelly 15/07/2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Too Fast
    Too Furious
    Two Wheels

  47. Jim 15/07/2012 at 10:41 pm #

    No fuel bills,No road tax No long traffic queues and No parking fees it’s
    FREEdom all the way

  48. Victoria 16/07/2012 at 12:17 am #

    How about

    A guide to London on the inner tube.

  49. Victoria 16/07/2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Minor amendment:

    The definitive guide to London on the inner tube.

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