(Original post by u_cheeky_girl)
i wanna bring my bike with me to leeds, is it worth it? how would i store it ? (at lupton)
I don't know about any others but Lupton is great for bike storage, at one side of the site near the site office is a big long bike shed, and if you bring a bike you tell them on the day you get there, you have to register the make and colour of your bike and stuff and then you get given a padlock key for the bike shed (it's a big beefy padlock!) and then you just lock it in the shed. I haven't heard any stories of vandalism or anything so I guess it's ok... also it's not full so there's always somewhere to park your bike, and if you're only locking it up for a bit there are some outside locky things (what do you call them? poles?) as well.
And no I wouldn't bring a really expensive bike cause you still have to lock it at uni... and I'm not sure if it was there but my boyfriend's bike light got lost, and my friend's seat got stolen when her bike was locked outside a supermarket... but as long as you're not stupid, lock up any quick release parts and leave it in a busy area (like by the Parkinson building main entrancey bit) there must be enough people around for it to not get lost.
Plus there's bike lanes most of the way to uni... I wasn't brave enough to ride with the traffic but many do.
I think crime is pretty high, but it's a city... you just have to be sensible. Listen when people tell you to always lock your windows when you're not in a room, then there's no way for the robbers to get in! My boyfriend's car also got broken into outside Lupton at night. (haha, he has all the luck... and he doesn't even live in Leeds!)
As for the rain... yes it does rain a lot, but no more noticeably than 'dawn sawf' where I lived before!
EDIT: AND it seems to be much clearer weather, like, it's either raining or it isn't, none of that silly drizzle rubbish.
Well rain in Leeds is actually not that bad. In terms of averages I would assume we have less rain than some western parts of the UK like the Lake District. According to the Met Office it "typically rains 1 in every 3 days" but I would say for Leeds it's less than that.
At the moment it's really humid outside, reached about 18 degrees and feels like Summer has arrived. English weather tends to give us rain for a few days and then a nice long dry spell - but of course this isn't always the case
(Original post by ginger.nix)
I would highly recommend looking through the free ads of local newspapers. Thats what I did, and you can find some real gems for next to nothing. Bike shops can be so pricey.
Ahh cycling I love it. Quick, free, fun transport. I'm too impatient for walking. Bike routes to uni sounds brilliant. Ahh cannot wait
Or if you're female (or small) get a kids bike... I did. Well, I did when I was about 9 and it still fits me... cheapy cheap.