The London Cyclist Handbook


A guide to life in the cycle lane

London Cyclist Handbook CoverWritten by the author of London’s most popular cycling blog, and using years of experience and contributions from readers, the London Cyclist Handbook is your complete guide to life in the cycle lane.

Early review:
“One of the best things about cycling in London is the weekly Blog, “London Cyclist” produced by the author of this book Andreas. It is a warm, humorous,informative and helpful weekly look and review of cycling issues. Tips on on repairing bikes, reviews of new products, suggested rides in the capital. This book contains a collection of all this and more and in my view is essential reading for all London cyclists. I would say though that even if you didn’t live in London you would still enjoy and be helped by the articles. Andreas maintains in the book his warm friendly style which has already endeared him to thousands of London cyclists who now feel part of his cycling family. You feel he is one of you a fellow cyclist not the expert lecturing or guiding but your best mate who has lots of great cycling tips to pass on. Recommended without reservation. buy this book.” Tim Benson via Amazon.

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From getting started,
to taking things up to the next level

Getting started

For those who are looking to join the cycling revolution, the getting started section will help you choose the right bike for you, get the key accessories you’ll need and take your first ride in to work.


  • How to get a bargain on a new bike purchase
  • How to buy a second hand bike
  • The secrets to staying safe on London’s roads.
  • How to make your bike theft proof

Love London

Discover the best that London has to offer for cyclists. From the best bike shops, to cycle cafes and bicycle collectives where you are invited to repair your bike yourself and learn from the pro’s.


  • The best cycle friendly back routes through London
  • Free bike maintenance classes
  • Unmissable cycling events in London
  • Where to get your bike fitted

Gear Guide

This section guides you through the often dazzling array of gear available for cyclists to select the best gear for you. Discover the products that stand out in practicality, design and performance.


  • Stylish cycling gear directory
  • What footwear you should wear for cycling
  • The best way to carry things on your bike
  • The best upgrades for your bike

Lazy Cyclist’s Guide to Bicycle Maintenance

Not all cyclists are mechanically minded. This section is for those of us who want to be able to perform the basic maintenance tasks without too much trouble.


  • The two things you need to do to keep your bike running smoothly
  • Avoiding punctures
  • How to correctly setup your bike
  • How to painlessly complete the three most common repairs

The Urban Cyclist

From storage solutions for your bike in a small flat, to knowing what to do if your bike is ever stolen. This section has a ton of useful advice for experienced cyclists.


  • What to do if you are ever in an accident
  • The best apps for cyclists
  • Teaching your child to ride a bike
  • Overcoming three common problems new commuters face

Go Big or Go Home

This section is about what comes after falling in love with your bike and you start commuting to work. It’s about stepping things up and taking part in longer rides.


  • How to find and join a cycling club that is suitable to you
  • How to find fellow cyclists to ride with
  • How to take part in your first sportive
  • How to get involved in cycle campaigning

Take a look inside

How to get hold of your eBook copy

The London Cyclist Handbook is available through the Amazon Kindle store. It can be read on all devices, including iPad, Android phones, Android tablets, laptop, iPhone.

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118 Responses to The London Cyclist Handbook

  1. Christopher 17/07/2012 at 10:12 am #

    I’m very much looking forward to finding new London routes in the handbook, to using it to feel my way into sportives, and to advice on London bike collectives.

  2. Pietro 17/07/2012 at 10:20 am #

    Can’t wait to spend sometime on the latest thoughts from Andreas on cycling in London! I’m sure I’ll find something I don’t know about

  3. Jason 17/07/2012 at 10:27 am #

    Looking forward to most of the book to be honest…but as I’m teaching my 4 year old to ride his bike without stabilizers over the weekend I might skip to the ‘teaching your child to ride a bike’ section first!

  4. Lee Margaret Webster 17/07/2012 at 10:28 am #

    Looking forward to feeling the love of the London cycling community, all wrapped up in one helpful book. Thanks!

  5. Catrin 17/07/2012 at 10:31 am #

    I’m looking forward to reading about touring and how to pack a bike for a plane, but most of all having all this information on my smart phone for emergency reading!

  6. Anna 17/07/2012 at 10:32 am #

    Definitely looking forward to the “Go Big or Go Home” section. I’ve certainly got the cycling bug since commuting for the past year, and already enjoying moving on to longer and longer rides! 🙂

  7. Alex Taylor 17/07/2012 at 10:32 am #

    Looking forward to reading everything, but I suppose I should particularly read the maintenance parts… *feels guilty*…
    Many thanks Andreas

  8. Kerena 17/07/2012 at 10:34 am #

    Go Big or Go Home is definitely what I’m most looking forward to, but the maintenance stuff will be really useful too!

  9. Claire Fowler 17/07/2012 at 10:42 am #

    Looks great, love the graphics & that i can easily take it with me on my phone….discovering bike events & some decent women’s wear which is seriously lacking.
    Thanks Andreas

  10. Ray Whitehouse 17/07/2012 at 10:45 am #

    Something new, something exciting, something which I can use to convince people to get out on their bike in London

  11. Massimo 17/07/2012 at 10:50 am #

    Just downloaded the book. It is looking good and covers a large array of topics.

    I think I am most looking forward to reading about how to get the best out of London as a cyclist (Love London).

  12. Tiago 17/07/2012 at 10:57 am #

    Looking forward to see if you see what I see when I ride my bike: absolute joy and freedom.

  13. Andrew Wilcox 17/07/2012 at 11:18 am #

    Apart from the typo in the table of contents “The best bke locks”, the first 48 pages look very good when quickly scanned. Looking forward to a more detailed read.

    Wondering why you don’t give the PDF download a more catchy title? Currently its “handbook_pdf.pdf”. Which could get confused with the many other handbooks I might have downloaded. I suggest “London London Cyclist Cyclist Handbook Handbook_pdf.pdf” 🙂

    The emails arrived to.

  14. Dad 17/07/2012 at 11:27 am #

    The Urban Cyclist – ton of useful advice for experienced cyclists.

  15. Cat Gale 17/07/2012 at 11:29 am #

    Good job! I shall certainly be paying attention to the style section: I’ve gotten so bedraggled so many times in recent weeks, I’m in serious need of some new and slightly less permeable commuter wear.

  16. operez 17/07/2012 at 11:29 am #

    looking forward to more commuting advice and tips & tricks 🙂

  17. Kevin 17/07/2012 at 11:33 am #

    I’m really looking forward to finding tips for navigating London and places to meet other cyclists 🙂

  18. Greg 17/07/2012 at 11:34 am #

    Just got my copy, looking forward to learning more about maintenance!

  19. Torybits 17/07/2012 at 11:35 am #

    I’m looking forward to advice about how to avoid punctures – I’ve had five in the past month. FIVE?! That’s mad! I also look forward to reading the maintenance section as I keep knocking my brakepads when putting my newly repaired wheels back on..

  20. coffeekat 17/07/2012 at 11:37 am #

    How to cycle in London and still look effortless chic? Looking forward to checking out ‘stylish cycling gears’!!

  21. KellyLu 17/07/2012 at 11:59 am #

    Im looking forward to reading a cycle maintenance section written in layman’s terms! I love fiddling with my bike, but all the maintenance books I’ve looked at so far seem to assume you already have a degree in engineering!

  22. Nicolas 17/07/2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Im looking forward to reading about how to step up and start commuting in London!

  23. Becky Whitmore 17/07/2012 at 12:09 pm #

    The book is a really useful and user friendly guide. Inspiring beginners and informative for the more experienced cyclist. I am particularly looking forward to the cycle maintenance section. My bike needs some tlc and in these cash strapped times this will be really helpful.
    Many thanks and congratulations

  24. Jess 17/07/2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I’m really looking forward to learning how to look after my bike better and trying out all of the different cycle cafes. Shall be using this guide a lot I hope.

  25. David 17/07/2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Most appears to be useful but especially, for me, will be the London information, routes, cafes etc.

  26. Judd 17/07/2012 at 12:37 pm #

    How does one purchase for Kindle? Is it offered on

    • Andreas 17/07/2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Simply hit the download button and you’ll get a Kindle edition included.

  27. Michael Daly 17/07/2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I’m most looking forward to reading about bike maintenance.

  28. Peet 17/07/2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I’m mainly looking forward to getting started, and the best way to not get killed on London’s roads.

  29. Phil 17/07/2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Having been an avid, non-cycling reader of London Cyclist, I’m looking forward to the tips and tricks to turn myself back in to a cycling, commuting reader and how to negotiate those London streets!

  30. David 17/07/2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I’m looking forward to upgrading my bike, my kit, my distances, my bike knowhow….all with the help of London’s Favorite Cyclist!

  31. Kate 17/07/2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I’m looking forward to reading the Love London section so I can find some new places to cycle!!

  32. michiel 17/07/2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I just like reading about all sorts. So it’s getting to know London by bike and find new specialised shops
    and maybe meet people via this wonderful (tbd) 🙂 book

  33. Matthew Falconer 17/07/2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Looking forward to reading the Go big or Go home – want to get involved in more sportives and long distance cycling!

  34. goonz 17/07/2012 at 1:16 pm #

    I cant wait to get messy with the maintenance section. My bike has been soulfully creaking and moaning at me for a good check over and I can’t come round to paying an arm and a leg for a service!

    Time to fork out on a tool kit and a stand and DIY!

    Great book Andreas, it really is the mutts nutts.

  35. Caterina 17/07/2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I’m looking forward to reading the Love London section and the Lazy cyclists guide! ciao

  36. Richard Orchard 17/07/2012 at 1:25 pm #

    looking forward to seeing how to find other cyclists to cycle with. Plus – simple, easy maintenance tips.

  37. goonz 17/07/2012 at 1:25 pm #

    One question does the book show up on the Kindle app for Android?

    • Andreas 17/07/2012 at 2:19 pm #

      I believe you can open this up in the Kindle app for Android by emailing it to yourself. Let me know if that works. Sorry – my Android knowledge is limited.

  38. Kevin F 17/07/2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Being a bit of an urban novice, I’m looking forward to Chapter 5, The urban cyclist

  39. Jess 17/07/2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I’ve only ever inherited bikes, never bought my own – looking forward to finding out the best way to go about it!

  40. Michael Gregg 17/07/2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Looking forward to just a good read ! Might sneak a look at go big or go home or should I say go faster and further.
    The other good reason is I am seen at work as a bit of a bike guru ( not geek as I have little interest in the tech) and therefore always good to have a well written book to refer to etc

  41. Kerri 17/07/2012 at 1:49 pm #

    As someone just getting back into cycling (I gave it up when I moved to London) I’m really looking forward to reading this book.

    It will be even better when the bike I’ve ordered arrives and I can start putting all these useful bits of information into practice.

  42. Joy 17/07/2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I’m looking forward to the bike maintenance section – I’d like to know what I should be doing.

  43. PaulR 17/07/2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Really looking forward to reading this. I love living in London and I’m always looking to dicscover new bike relating things, so the Love London section will probably be the first section i turn to

  44. Sheila 17/07/2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I am looking forward to reading it all, as I’m trying to get back into cycling after giving it up after moving to London years ago. I’m interested in the maintenance section as I still have my “vintage” Gitane Grand Sport and my hybrid that both need some work.I am also looking forward to reading the love London section, as well as Go Big or Go Home for something to aspire to!

  45. Gavin 17/07/2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Looking forward to finding out about the different routes through London town.
    Plus the maintenance section will come in handly!

    Great book Andreas. keep the good work up.

  46. Marco 17/07/2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Looking forward to some entertaining and informative writing, if it’s as good as the blog it will be great.

  47. Tony N 17/07/2012 at 2:50 pm #

    With a Family who all ride in London the book will be read cover to cover as we each have our onw agendas. For me it will be hints and tips the roads are dealy and I need to help the children get arround them safely along with finding new places to explore.

  48. Russell 17/07/2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I’m looking forward to the practical advice on what to do if I have an accident, so I’m not worried about forgetting to do something, or worrying about anything while in a state of shock.

  49. Sweetman 17/07/2012 at 2:56 pm #

    This warrants a trip across the pond to experience London life in the cycle lane.
    It’s also marvelous for every cyclist anywhere in the world.
    Great job Andreas, congratulations.

  50. Kevin 17/07/2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Urban cycle survival ideas , from good gear, good clothing, and street cycling savvy ideas. But also some fun cycle ideas and to be part of the London cycle community. But also to begin to expand my rides from a commute to longer touring rides now….where to from here!?

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