^ Cycling in Buenos Aires
My flight landed from Lyon in France about 2 hours ago and I have a lot of catching up to do on London Cyclist. From what I can see a lot of things have happened while I was away including a big BBC blooper, the announcement of the London Cycle Challenge and the temperature has reached 30 degrees!
During my 3 weeks of travelling I had a lot of cycling experiences and I’ll be writing about some of them including cycling in Argentina and trying out the cycle hire scheme in Lyon (velove). I also want to write about a new bicycle maintenance magbook, a new iPhone app for cyclists and a few reviews. Also, I’m potentially doing a three day cycling trip this weekend so will aim to blog about that on the go. As you can see things are pretty crazy at the moment!
So, to get myself back in the spirit of living and cycling in London I’ll start with a question I received from Natalie while I was in Barcelona:
“I am looking to get a bike to cycle to work, which is just under 9 miles each way. I was going to get a commuter/ hybrid bike due to length of the journey however my landlady won’t let me store the bike in the garden. As a result I was going to get a folding bike however I was advised strongly against this as even the best fold-up bike can’t compare to a basic mountain bike. My question is… is there anywhere or any place where cyclists might blog where I can post a request to store my bike on their premise on evenings? I know this sounds odd, but I really enjoy commuting and did this all the time when I lived in York. Since moving to London I’ve missed this and want to start it up again. Unfortunately I know if I leave my bike out on the main street (locked) it will be stolen within a month, hence my desire to find alternative storage. Thanks for any help with this.”
The two sites I can think of are craigslist and gumtree. Alternatively an ad in the local paper or a local shop may do the trick (probably the local shop is more effective).
You could also try local businesses with garages.
If you have to leave your bike outside use 3 locks, remove the seat and potentially remove the front wheel also. This will make it a completely undesirable target to thieves. Though I realise it is additional effort for you every time. A quick release wheel is very easy to remove.
Also I think a folding bike is actually not such a bad idea.
Would you guys offer similar advice?