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

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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. Stacey 24/07/2012 at 1:44 pm #

    The ‘Lazy cyclists guide to bicycle maintenance’ section is right up my street – that is when I can get round to do it … not because I’m lazy (ahem) but I’ve now got a list of things to buy to do it properly. Looking forward to reading the rest – cheers Andreas.

  2. Paul Foster 25/07/2012 at 7:58 am #

    I’m most looking forward to sending my wife off to one of the places you have named who do bike fitting. It will be a joy not to hear about her aches and pains after a long ride. That alone is worth the purchase price; the rest of the book is a bonus.

  3. doreen 25/07/2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Yay! So glad to have gotten this. As I am a new rider, I’m looking forward honestly to just learn how to get started and to stay safe on London roads. There’s lots of information in this, though, so I’m also looking forward to moving onto the further chapters once I’ve gotten more comfortable with my bike.

  4. Ellen 25/07/2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m most looking forward to the section about taking it up to the next level, having started cycling to work and been on a cycling holiday and now looking to maybe join a club and do some more recreational riding 🙂

  5. Kate 26/07/2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I’m a pretty nervous new rider, so I’m most looking forward to everything! But particularly learning to stay safe – I’m only just at the bit about Cycle Training UK and have already headed off to book a lesson. Had no idea the scheme even existed, so thank you already!

  6. vicki 29/07/2012 at 3:11 pm #

    i am a keen cyclist and commute across London regularly, while I go long distances through busy routes with confidence i am lacking in knowledge about the nitty gritty of bike maintenance. I am hoping that by reading this book I can empower myself by gaining practical knowledge and learn to fully understand my beloved bike and why she works the way she does!!

  7. Jess 31/07/2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Can’t wait to teach myself to maintain my bike

  8. Ian 01/08/2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Got my bike through the Cycle to Work scheme to help me lose by beer belly, but I haven’t really used it as I have no idea how to get started. So, as a new rider, I’m really looking forward to reading how to get started and finding routes that I can use.

  9. Sam Mason 05/08/2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I have just bought a new bike and thought a fresh start would be good. I am most looking forward to reading about the different routes in London and nice cycle routes and also what bike shops are recommended and why. I must admit I have already finished reading the book and thought it was amazing. I loved the bit about the different bits of gear are recommended. I also enjoyed reading the part about teaching my kids to ride a bike. While I dont have any children yet, I look forward to doing this time when I can teach them this amazing skill.

  10. Ryan 23/08/2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Just started riding my bike again, this book is gonna be great at helping me look after it!

  11. Anthony 02/11/2012 at 11:29 pm #

    I have just bought this. I have just read it too. Before I read it, I was looking forward to a heightened awareness of the philosophy of camaraderie amongst the lycra’d troops of the rain-washed, fume-smelling, mud-splattered two-wheeled posse, grunting and panting their way a-zigzagging through red lights, randomly swerving in front of speeding buses, defiantly cycling upstream a one-way street and doing the oily version of a middle finger to any pedestrian who had the gall to walk on a pavement without consideration for the squeaky vehicle that should have been on the tarmac. Now I have read the book, I am looking forward to my ride to work on Monday.

    • John 04/11/2012 at 6:41 pm #

      Anthony: Nice one!

  12. Dave 23/05/2013 at 8:53 am #

    I’m sure that when I came in the door the sign said London cyclist. This would be London and England? I can speak three languages but in all
    three it is considered rude to exclude your host and their guests by using a language that they don’t use

  13. Mustafa 06/06/2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I’d love to buy this if it ever gets released as a physical book. eBooks are just not for me.

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