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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc (27 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859603203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859603208
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A guide to 25 routes around London covering more than 250 miles of cycling. Much of it is traffic-free, even in the city centre, covering waterways, parks and commons, and historical, industrial and cultural sites. It also offers safety tips and information on public transport.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. henderson on 24 April 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
This book introduced me to the best ride I have ever done - around Richmond Park, including a ride on a small ferry. I lived down the road and I had no idea that there was a ferry at Ham House. This ride is worth the price of the book alone. I have since moved to South London and I followed the ride that passes Herne Hill etc, all very enjoyable.

I note that another review states that it is difficult to follow while riding. I haven't found that, and besides you always take a bit longer when following a new route. I know that it is getting a bit old now, but I haven't found anything better for London yet.
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I bought this book in 2002 - and back then, it really wasn't so bad! It introduced me to a few cool rides, I enjoyed it.

Having recently started riding around town - other than to commute - again, I got the book out and dusted it off.

Alas, this book is way too old to be of much use. The traffic patterns have changed in 10 years.. so have the bike paths, and some of the access points.

It wasn't all bad - It did get me going on a nice route around Hampstead Heath then down the Parkway abandoned rail line to Finsbury park - but it told me to take a VERY DANGEROUS stretch of road from Sandy Lane back to Spaniard's road called "North End Way" - which is absolutely no place for a bike.

One quick peek at the FREE Transport For London Cycle Maps (available at tube stations or through the tfl website) - and I saw that there was a nice, quiet, pretty and calm way around this section of road - adding only 1km to the total journey, and quadrupling your chances of making it to the end alive.

Yesterday, I tried taking another route - Regent's park then down through soho to Horse Guard, through Green and Hyde Parks, then back to Regents. Honestly. From Horse Guard back to Regent's it was nice - but the 1st part was mental - some of the directions turned out to be obsolete too.

So, as I came home, I passed a charity shop, and donated the book.

Use this book at your own risk.. I implore you.. don't assume that anything looks at all like the description in the book any more.. it's just too bloody out-of-date. Get some free maps from TFL - and double check any routes in this book with that map - get a much newer book - and do the same just for good measure :-)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reader on 25 Mar. 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
As others mentioned, this book is getting seriously dated now. This is evident from the photographs of routes which now look like something from a school textbook from the early 80s. It's aged particularly badly over the past two or three years as London has undergone a minor cycling transformation and many of the roads and routes mentioned no longer exist, or are now set up dramatically differently to that described. More fundamentally for newcomers to London riding, many of the routes are just plainly ridiculous being based on busy roads. For instance, a Camden to Covent Garden route is composed of nine blocks, but nearly half suggest dismounting at some point, and the other sections all mention "Head up the busy road". The idea of a guide like this is to avoid the busy routes, and certainly to avoid dismounting because of junctions!

I'll hate myself for this as the authors obviously love cycling, and promoting it, but I can only recommend that you buy an A-Z and plot your own route because these ones don't offer any hidden or rarely discovered gems, and many of the odd facts scattered throughout the text can be found on the sides of buildings along the route anyway. Alternatively, TFL offer free cycling maps these days which, dare I say it, surpass the dated guidance on offer here.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Coulson on 2 Mar. 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Very difficult to follow whilst pedalling and now out of date as much of Thames path has now been altered due to recent redevelopment work and so lose routes
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The greatest cycling guide around for London 19 Aug. 2000
By Mark Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
A superbly informative book surrounding the areas of London that one can cycle - Varying from the touristy London Bridge and areas such like, to the the less crowded routes. This book has provided me with a a much more active lifestyle in recent times and has allowed my family and I to once again enjoy London's true value. Thank you very much.
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