Hey, recently I've been toying with the idea of buying a bike and using it to cycle to college and other stuff.
Some key points;
- I live in Bow. Near the infamous Bow Roundabout where there are multiple deaths.
- I'll have to go through Lea Bridge to get to my destination. ALSO known for deaths
- I haven't rode a bike in years but I reckon I can.
Is this a good idea? I'd really like to cycle, it would only take thirty minutes. If so, how much is a good bike for beginners? What will I need for safety? WHAT ARE CYCLING LAWS ;D
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- Thread Starter
- 18-01-2015 18:00
- 19-01-2015 18:11
Is it a good idea? I'd say yes in general, can you not avoid those two hot spots or take them on the pavement?
a good bike is basically as much as you are prepared to spend - bear in mind costs of insurance, helmet, lights, lock etc
you will need a helmet, decent bike lights and preferably some high vis stuff to wear for safety (plus carry a puncture kit so you don't get stranded)
there aren't loads of cycling specific laws, you should just follow the rules of the road while you're on it, so you need to indicate, be in the right lane, not jump red lights etc be clear on what you are going to do next (e.g. don't indicate and then change your mind, don't pull out to dodge a puddle without indicating), be aware of what's around you and prepared for something unexpected (e.g. car cutting you up as you pass a turning) and know where blind spots are (esp on HGVs)
- 19-01-2015 18:31
I wouldn't do it now, even if you paid me. Sorry.