Newbie in need of help please guys...

  • By steve121 on at 9:32am 4 September 2013
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Hi guys, I'm very new to this so apolgies if I do something wrong...


I moved to London a few months ago from Cornwall, where I used to do a lot of mountain biking. I've just got my first job, and want to start cycling to work.


I work in Bermondsey Street (nearest station London Bridge) and live near Queens Park tube station.


Is it possible to cycle that distance? Is the route okay? If not, could I travel a bit of the route on bike (Brompton?) and the rest on public transport? What do you guys reccomend in terms of a road bike or a Brompton? Also my workplace to the 'Cycle to Work' scheme, is it worth it?


Sorry for all the questions, but any advice will be gratefully received.




Hi Steve, 


Considering you work on the same road as our offices, why not pop in and say hello!  We might have some useful things for you here, like maps and info packs. 


In answer to your questions though:


Its less than 8 miles so yes it is possible, and will probably take you less than an hour. There will be a nice route, you just need to find it.  

To ask about bikes is like saying how long is a piece of string!

Drop an email to if you want to pop in sometime. 

  • By EmmaH at 12:57pm 4 September 2013

Hi Steve,

That would be a nice commute to work through parks and along the canal, should you choose that route. It's absolutely doable and in less than an hour, which is a bonus.

Let us know how you get on!


  • By steve121 at 1:18pm 4 September 2013

Brill, thanks for your replies guys. So it looks like a road bike is in order!

Investigate your routes when you have plenty of time - at a weekend say - then you will know where you are going and where to position yourself in the road during the rush hour.

However, if your route is anything like mine, you will find that the rush hour traffic is actually much more aware of cyclists than the weekend driver who does not use the roads as regularly.

(But having said that - EVERY cycle box on my way into town today had a car in it !)

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