Outsider and beginner's doubts
I will be in London for a couple of months only but anyway I am very excited about the opportunity of cycling to work where I'm here. I would never dare cycling in my hometown, São Paulo, without any experience in a more civilized traffic first.
But I have a lot of doubts and was hoping someone could help me:
In the place I'm living in there is no grid, pipe or anywhere I could chain my cycle to. Therefore I would have to chain it at the street somewhere for the night. I'm very concerned with this because of the awful statistics on cycle thefts and because I don't know where it is legal to park a cycle.
I've learnt how to chain a cycle properly in order to avoid thefts, but I've also seen people complaining their cycles were removed even though the place they parked them didn't have a sign saying it was illegal to park there. How can I know where it is legal to park? Can I park my cycle at one of those tube station's docks for the whole night? And if no, or if there is no space left there, any public grid or post without a no-parking sign would do?
I still haven't bought a cycle, I decided to wait until I think it is really the best thing to do (I'm living in zone 2, so I cannot use Barclay's cycles and will buy one second hand if I decided to buy one at all).
Thank you in advance,