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. Cait 17/07/2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Is this book also going to come out in hard copy? I’m looking forward to reading it!

  2. John W 17/07/2012 at 4:02 pm #

    What am I most looking forward to reading about in the Handbook? Well, I’ve just ordered my copy and skimmed through it. It’s got an incredible wealth of information – especially for novices – and I’m looking forward to reading everything in detail…

  3. Jim 17/07/2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I have just started browsing through the Handbook……It’s how books should be cutting out all the unnecessary small talk….It is just full of essential information with so many links first class

  4. Liz Wall 17/07/2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Can you actually buy this to download onto a kindle via Amazon?

    • Andreas 19/07/2012 at 9:38 pm #

      Hi Liz – only via the download above at the moment – however, it does include a Kindle edition and transferring it is incredibly easy. Plug in your Kindle and then drag and drop the file in to the documents folder. Should take about a minute!

  5. Joany 17/07/2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Just had a quick flick through and it seems to cover everything. Anyway must go, I’ve got to start reading 😉

  6. emma 17/07/2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I can’t wait to find out how to take my commuting to the next level… sportives here I come!

  7. Liz 17/07/2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Definitely the Love London section

  8. Dave 17/07/2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I downloaded the kindle version but I couldn’t get it to work after 4 tries so I used the 5th try for the pdf version and that worked on my HTC mobile

    I think it’s an amazon kindle thing, no copy and paste

  9. Yvonne 17/07/2012 at 8:34 pm #

    I’m looking forward to getting into the Lazy Cyclists’ Guide to Bike Maintenance! There’s so much already written about what you should do to keep your bike running smoothly as well as all of the advertising blurb about expensive cleaning products. I’m hoping that Andreas is going to tell us how to do this quickly, cheaply and effectively!

  10. marston 17/07/2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I’m looking forward to discovering a whole new world of cycling, and getting to know my bike from the inside out. It’s time to get wheel!

  11. Cafewanda 17/07/2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I’ve downloaded and browsed through it and I love the bike maintenance section and the GPS section. Although trying to figure out GPS works could take a few reads!

    Great job Andreas. Love the book!

  12. Gary 17/07/2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Most looking forward to adding the Love London section. Looks a great book so far. Congrats Andreas.

  13. Bob 17/07/2012 at 10:24 pm #

    looking forward to reading the lazy cyclist guide to maintenance, read books on maintenance but can’t seem to follow them very well, hope this is an easier way to learn a bit .
    many thanks

  14. Liz 17/07/2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Just downloaded, looking forward to the Urban cyclist and commuting.

  15. Dan 17/07/2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Downloaded as soon as I heard it had been released. Am new to commuting on my bike so am really looking forward to checking out the “Routes through the Capital” section. Congratulations!

  16. New York Steve 17/07/2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Looking forward to reading the section on bike maintenance. So far, looks the your book is a winner. Tthank You, Steve

  17. Gareth 18/07/2012 at 12:07 am #

    Looking forward to reading the whole thing!

  18. Arlene 18/07/2012 at 12:57 am #

    The handbook looks terrific, Andreas! I’m hoping I’ll learn to do my own (simple) bike maintenance from it and also get on track to doing a sportive. If I can accomplish those two things, the book will be worth its weight in gold! Many thanks and congratulations!

  19. Sebastiaan Eldritch-Böersen 18/07/2012 at 9:08 am #

    I’m looking forward to reading the section on urban cycling, and I especially like the retro cover!
    In addition, and with the Olympics about to disrupt many of us, the sections on cycle maintenance, getting fit (all those rides to work and back should see to that), and the increased revenue, I hope, to London’s struggling bike shops, coupled with the raised profile of cycling in London, as well the raised awareness of safety and the dangerous aspects – not forgetting the fun elements too – make this book a gold medal winner, in my opinion. What I did there – did you see it?

    • Andreas 18/07/2012 at 10:26 am #

      Just don’t mention the words “London 2012” brand police will be all over you 😉

  20. Sam 18/07/2012 at 9:17 am #

    Just downloaded the book. I’m looking forward to something finally persuading me to look after my bike properly, and maybe taking the next steps in Section 6.

  21. Bob Ford 18/07/2012 at 9:55 am #

    Looking forward to learning more about where is good to cycle in London – have lived here all my life but know so little

  22. Chris Wright 18/07/2012 at 10:07 am #

    Looking forward to the Go Big Or Go Home section – maybe everyone that buys this should meet up?!

  23. Andreas 18/07/2012 at 10:11 am #

    After riding around London (“Ride around London” in September 2011) and riding away from London (Dunwich Dynamo in 2011 und 2012) I would actually like to do some cycling in London!

  24. Andreas 18/07/2012 at 10:35 am #

    Loving the interest in the lazy bike maintenance section – think you’ll really like the tips in there to save time when maintaining your bike – as well as the basic errors to avoid. I’ll make the maintenance section the focus of my next update too to add more content.

  25. Nichiless Dey 18/07/2012 at 10:56 am #

    Most looking forward to… reigniting the halcyon, rose-tinted, memories of riding in London. The lazy bike maintenance section will, I’m certain, speak strongly to the inner procrastining mechanic within. Thanks for a great little book. Nick (10 years of London, now in Germany)

  26. Frank 18/07/2012 at 11:12 am #

    Great book, well done Andreas. Looking forward to reading about routes around London & getting the most ou of living and riding in London.

  27. Frank 18/07/2012 at 11:12 am #

    Great book, well done Andreas. Looking forward to reading about routes around London & getting the most out of living and riding in London.

  28. Una 18/07/2012 at 11:16 am #

    Great book, really looking forward to reading it especially the Love London and lazy cyclist’s maintaince. Sounds perfect for me!

  29. Jenni G 18/07/2012 at 11:22 am #

    Woohoo! I’m on holiday in Devon right now and the weather is rubbish – gonna curl up with a cuppa and devour the whole thing. Thanks for the LBK shout out Andreas!

  30. Martins Kr 18/07/2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Bought the book mainly for learning some more cycling routes through London, as I thought, that after almost a year of daily commuting in London and maintaining bike by myself, there will not be much new for me.

    Have to admitt, I was wrong – the book is interesting to read and very informative. Well spend 10 pounds 🙂

  31. Jeremy 18/07/2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Well done on the book Andreas. I’m looking forward to reading ‘The Urban Cyclist’ section as I’m new to commuting via cycle in London! Thanks 🙂

  32. John White 18/07/2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I’m looking forward to see if it can show me how to get rid of some of those little niggles I have cycling… the gear that changes on its own when I least want it to;the rubber handlebar grips that keeps slipping off; my bum slipping forward off the seat; the whistling disk brake. Can’t wait to get home and have a read.

  33. Paul Draper 18/07/2012 at 3:11 pm #

    I will be reading this on my holidays in France so will not have a bike to practice on but I am looking forward to the maintenance section.

  34. Judd 18/07/2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I am going to just wait until I can download your book directly to my Kindle.

  35. Dave 18/07/2012 at 5:12 pm #

    hi, looks very interesting and has obviously taken a lot of work to put together……… it useful and enough content for cyclists who do not cycle in London ???

    regards and good luck…..

  36. AndyW 18/07/2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Looks good love the graphics will read it and enjoy London cycling a bit more, well done Andreas a lot of work I can see has gone into this hope it is a big success

  37. Iain 18/07/2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Looking forward to London – I know a couple of routes but never really explored. Oh and anything that makes maintenance/fitting things easier would be good – spent a good half hour trying to fit mudguards to my road bike at the weekend and gave up as I didn’t have the required three hands and magic ability to fix something to a bit of air and route it through the brake mechanism! Still, i do have a good lbs!

  38. sabrina duran 18/07/2012 at 11:24 pm #

    great book, Andreas! very useful, congrats! what I most looking forward to read about in the handbook is how to make my front and back lights (all of them from knog) to last longer even under heavy rain and hot temperatures we have here in Brazil!! im already on my 8th or 7th pair of lights!! 😀 cheers!

  39. Thomas 19/07/2012 at 12:09 am #

    Planning to download shortly. More info on cycling is always a good thing.

  40. FatherCrowe 19/07/2012 at 9:43 am #

    Just downloaded, love the fact you did different file formats.

    Book looks great. Love all the local detail for London.

    Looks like a good balance of more basic advice for newer cyclists (and a good reminder for older ones!) and more advanced info.

    Also like the style and humour of the book.

    Well done!

  41. Andreas 19/07/2012 at 10:21 am #

    Thanks for all the feedback guys – I’m reading every single one and very pleased to hear people are enjoying the eBook and at the same time I’m looking out to see what I need to add to the next version.

  42. Olivia 19/07/2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Glad I downloaded this! Most looking forward to reading the bike maintenance/repair section in order to build my knowledge and hopefully reduce my visits to the bike shop.

  43. Malcis 19/07/2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Most looking forward to passing this on to my sixteen year old, who wants to start riding to school. I’m a bit apprehensive but am sure the guidance will help.

  44. Stew 20/07/2012 at 10:21 am #

    Need to explore more, so always looking for new routes.

  45. Ed 20/07/2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this. Hoping to get a bit more knowledge of bike maintenance so I can attempt to fix some of those weird noises my bike keeps making!

  46. emma 20/07/2012 at 10:01 pm #

    There are times when I need to travel by train to get to work so I’ve added it to my Kindle. I intend reading it “from cover to cover” 🙂

  47. Kyle Christie 20/07/2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for writing this Andreas, I really need some decent tips on places around London and getting that fine line between because prepared and properly equipped but also being able to cycle casually on an everyday basis!

  48. Stokeymummy 22/07/2012 at 8:36 pm #

    A very useful read
    Many thanks

  49. Kevan 22/07/2012 at 10:59 pm #

    I love to read good writing and I love bikes. This book just feels right!

  50. Paul 23/07/2012 at 9:29 am #

    Looking forward to reading about bike maintenance and set up. At first glance, the book seems very well written.

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