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. John H. 09/07/2012 at 1:08 pm #


  2. John H. 09/07/2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Two wheels on my wagon !
    Between a bus and a hard place!
    Boris the Biker

  3. John H. 09/07/2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Fair game for Motorists!
    Eating the pertol fumes and road grit!

  4. John H. 09/07/2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Wheels of Steel

  5. Wesley Gibbens 09/07/2012 at 1:17 pm #

    The Quintessentional Cyclist Guide

  6. Neil Gregory 09/07/2012 at 1:22 pm #

    “If you think you know about cycling, think again” or If God rode a bike he would have wrote this book. 🙂

  7. Jonangus 09/07/2012 at 1:25 pm #


    Punctures. Cosmopolis. And joy.

  8. Jules 09/07/2012 at 1:34 pm #

    The London Cyclists Handbook
    – The Urban Cyclist’s Bible
    – The Rider’s Bible
    – A Cyclist’s Treasure Chest!
    – Cycling Gold!
    – The City Cyclist’s Survival Guide
    – Survive City Cycling
    – The Cool Commuter’s Holy Grail!
    – Making Commuting Cool!
    – Take the sting out of City cycling
    – Puts the Help back into Handbook
    – Hold on tight your life is about to change!
    I won’t read through them or I might not send them!

  9. Nigel Burton 09/07/2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Everything you ever wanted to know about cycling – but were too afraid to ask.

  10. Shannon 09/07/2012 at 1:41 pm #

    “Your one stop shop for all things cycling in the wonderful city of London”

  11. Phil Downs 09/07/2012 at 1:46 pm #

    BikeWorks 4 London !

  12. New York Steve 09/07/2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Not the New York Cyclist Handbook

  13. John 09/07/2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Strap line: The Bespoke Guide to London Life on Two Wheels
    Or perhaps just: The Bespoke Guide

  14. John 09/07/2012 at 2:00 pm #

    “The Bespoke Guide to Cycling in London”
    or just
    “The Bespoke Guide”

  15. Rob 09/07/2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Andreas
    How about
    The cyclist’s Knowledge – for beginner or expert


    Londons cycling secrets revealed.

    Best wishes

  16. Eric Hamill 09/07/2012 at 2:08 pm #

    A Capital Cycling Companion

  17. John Holiday 09/07/2012 at 2:08 pm #

    ‘Cycle Heaven’

  18. John H. 09/07/2012 at 2:37 pm #

    THE KNOWLEDGE all you’ll ever need !

  19. DanielSan 09/07/2012 at 2:42 pm #

    How to do London and beyond on two wheels.

  20. Tim Gummer 09/07/2012 at 2:44 pm #

    “There and Back”
    “From Metropolis to Cyclopolis”
    “Fomenting Revolution on Two Wheels”
    “Greater Cycling Greater London”
    “Realizing Urban Ideals on Two Wheels”
    “The Wheel Thing”
    “Crank ‘n Roll”
    “For Pedalheadz”
    “That’s how we roll”
    “Ain’t Nothing Like the Wheel Thing”
    “From Mindset to GroupSet”
    “For people on bicycles”
    “Also for people on bicycles”
    “For non-cyclists”

  21. Velofeet 09/07/2012 at 2:55 pm #

    From Getting Started, to Cycling for Sports and Touring.
    A Guide to London life on a cycle for beginners and the advanced.
    The craft of cycling in London.

  22. John H. 09/07/2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Saddle Rash rushour!
    Gears and Sprockets
    Roads to Roll
    Panic in Traffic
    Urban Velocity
    From a standing start

  23. Suzie Bell 09/07/2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Wheels in motion
    The only way to travel
    Cycle in the city

  24. Gary Hoffman 09/07/2012 at 3:44 pm #


    here’s a strapline from a Yank in America (here we call them slogans or taglines):


  25. Stacey 09/07/2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Everything you wanted to know about cycling but were afraid to ask.

  26. Miguel 09/07/2012 at 4:18 pm #

    ‘The Knowledge’ on 2 wheels

    The Complete London Cyclopedia

    “Why learn the hard way?”

  27. Stacey 09/07/2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Been there, seen it, done it … now bike it

  28. Stacey 09/07/2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Perhaps the punctuation could be improved:

    Been there, seen it, done it? Now BIKE it!
    THE London Cyclists Handbook


    The One-Stop Shop for all things Bike in London

  29. Jules 09/07/2012 at 4:51 pm #

    “The two wheeler’s guide to living and loving biking in the city.”

    I’m still thinking so might be back…!

  30. Paul B. 09/07/2012 at 5:02 pm #

    It won’t get you the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France, but it WILL get you started on a love of cycling or deepen the love you already have.

  31. Ian Saville 09/07/2012 at 5:05 pm #

    How to deal with cycle paths and avoid psychopaths.

  32. Andrew Hewitt 09/07/2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Life, the universe and cycling

    From A to Z, from soup to nuts, from cranks to handles bars, the most complete guide to London cycling in the known universe

    The only guide a London’eur needs to read

  33. Ash Bhavnani 09/07/2012 at 5:28 pm #

    “simply the best resource you require”

  34. Simon 09/07/2012 at 5:41 pm #

    “Enjoy the ride and stay alive!”

    “A guide to effective Transport for London”

    “The essential companion”

    “Essential advice on bikes, routes, upgrades, maintenance and recreation”

    “Don’t leave home without it!”

  35. Lamonte Johnson 09/07/2012 at 5:57 pm #

    360 Degrees of Cycling knowledge and Wisdom

    this book has been manifested in order to share self-knowledge and cycling wisdom for the London cyclist.

  36. Guy 09/07/2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Wisdom for your wheels….

  37. Dave 09/07/2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Zen and the art of cycling in London

  38. Duncan 09/07/2012 at 6:16 pm #

    The two wheeled guide to cycling in London

    The A-Z guide to cycling in London and beyond

    From cranks to cafes and how to get there – the essential guide to cycling in London and beyond.

  39. Phil Downs 09/07/2012 at 6:23 pm #

    BikeWorks 2 London (as for 2 wheels !)

  40. Phil Downs 09/07/2012 at 6:26 pm #

    BikeWorks for Dummies in London (hmmmmm any better ? ! )

  41. Phil Downs 09/07/2012 at 6:29 pm #

    BikeBizz for London ( ! )

  42. Luke 09/07/2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Become the Road

  43. Louise Thompson 09/07/2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Warning: Reading this book will make you be at one with your bicycle

  44. Phil Downs 09/07/2012 at 6:39 pm #

    CYCLETECH Handbook for London cyclists

  45. Andy 09/07/2012 at 6:53 pm #

    “The book your saddlebag was made for”
    “The start, the stops, the tips, the tops”
    “You know you need it, just buy it and get riding”

  46. Chris 09/07/2012 at 7:36 pm #

    How about….
    THE Handbook… for cyclists…. in London
    Says it all really 🙂

  47. Richard 09/07/2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Andreas – not sure why do you need a strapline?! The title says it all. If you had to use one I would say ‘The Complete Guide’

  48. Kevin 09/07/2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Wisdom in action…..

  49. Wesley Gibbens 09/07/2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Pedal Point – A Guide to London Cycling

  50. Andy 09/07/2012 at 8:42 pm #

    A velo good ride

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