My New Job (Was: Social Thurs 8 Jan 2009)

Piers Cawley pdcawley at
Mon Jan 5 15:48:46 GMT 2009

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 2:56 PM, Jasper <jaspermccrea at> wrote:
> 2009/1/5 Paul Makepeace <paulm at>:
>> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Roger Burton West <roger at> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 05, 2009 at 02:13:48PM +0000, Paul Makepeace wrote:
>>> >Get a bicycle or a scooter. Do your level best in the meantime to ignore any
>>> >commentary from anyone who hasn't actually ridden in London.
>>> Seconded. Advice from a relatively new cyclist on request, or distilled
>>> at .
>> Cool. As a two-time Strida owner I can assure you they are most
>> certainly _not_ "gimmick" bikes, esp. considering they've won a whole
>> bunch of folding competitions beating Bromptons for folding speed
>> (<2s), maneuvrability, and something else I forget. I rode from West
>> Hampstead to Mayfair (i.e. non-trivial distance) the other night, and
>> can take it on buses, tubes, and trains with never any hassle, esp
>> since they weigh <10kg. The newer Strida 5 is a nice improvement over
>> its already-decent-but-slightly-sloppy previous incarnation.
> I used a Brompton solidly for a year, and while it was heavy, and had
> a very close-up riding position, which took a while to get used to, I
> liked it a lot. Until I made the terrible mistake of buying a
> large-ish motorcycle, and each time I get on the Brompton now I am
> utterly terrified. It feels tiny and ridiculously flimsy.
> Cycling in London isn't bad, as long as you don't do anything stupid,
> like riding up the inside of a large lorry where the driver can't see
> you. You do get the odd shit of a bus driver, too.

If you're feeling like remaining smart and visible on your bike, you
might consider investing in something like Haven't
you always wanted go glow in the dark while cycling in tweeds?

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