Cycling Buddies

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Cycling Buddies

Postby deptfordmarmoset » Tue Oct 19, 2010 03:51 am

Would you be prepared to put your name down as someone happy to act as a guide to a new or returning commuter? A bit of route advice, encouragement, road tips....that sort of help and guidance.

Or are you thinking about taking the plunge but are still a little hesitant, unsure of the route or traffic conditions?

If your answer is yes, I've put up a loose and evolving online spreadsheet where you can put your name down if you're happy to help or where you can look to see whether anyone is already riding a similar route who might be able to help you.

A little background introduction with links to the spreadsheet

Or go straight to the names and routes

I can't seem to get the first link to work in IE though. It works fine in other browsers, so if you can't see it without having to go through the rigmarole of registering or signing in, the links and background are also here


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Postby Butterd2 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 16:18 pm

Great work DM and Cyclopsbiker in pushing this, let's hope it get's some takers.
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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby cherishsos » Sat Apr 07, 2012 05:27 am

:?:


seems to interesting

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby leeds-lass » Wed Apr 25, 2012 18:15 pm

signed up

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby bushu » Fri Jun 22, 2012 06:33 am

Topic isnt so fresh but thinking about signing up just to put another northerner on the map :)

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby sneill » Fri Oct 19, 2012 14:52 pm

New here, just bought a road bike as I've wanted one for a while and figured if I use it for commuting it pays for itself and some! The spreadsheet doesn't seem to be loading properly for me, only shows 3 people signed up?

Anyway, is there anyone that cycles from Sutton to Bond Street or nearby? I start work at 9am, so 7.30 start and I'll vary on the return journey time, sometimes 5.30 sometimes 8 or 9.

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby deptfordmarmoset » Fri Oct 19, 2012 17:31 pm

sneill wrote:New here, just bought a road bike as I've wanted one for a while and figured if I use it for commuting it pays for itself and some! The spreadsheet doesn't seem to be loading properly for me, only shows 3 people signed up?

Anyway, is there anyone that cycles from Sutton to Bond Street or nearby? I start work at 9am, so 7.30 start and I'll vary on the return journey time, sometimes 5.30 sometimes 8 or 9.


Sneill, someone had applied a filter so that it only showed Leeds riders. I've reset it.

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby rubertoe » Fri Oct 19, 2012 18:04 pm

Just added myself as a buddy,

NW london (Barnet) into the city - westminster - via a load of popular destinations

PM me if you need a buddy
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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby sneill » Fri Nov 09, 2012 13:02 pm

deptfordmarmoset wrote:
sneill wrote:New here, just bought a road bike as I've wanted one for a while and figured if I use it for commuting it pays for itself and some! The spreadsheet doesn't seem to be loading properly for me, only shows 3 people signed up?

Anyway, is there anyone that cycles from Sutton to Bond Street or nearby? I start work at 9am, so 7.30 start and I'll vary on the return journey time, sometimes 5.30 sometimes 8 or 9.


Sneill, someone had applied a filter so that it only showed Leeds riders. I've reset it.


Thanks, nobody on my route though. I would sign up but I'm a complete novice commuter so best to get some experience before offering myself as a buddy. I'm never too sure about just starting conversation with other cyclists at traffic lights etc. I'm used to the train, where talking to strangers is strictly taboo! Is it similar for the cycling commute?

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby nacnudsmada » Sat Nov 10, 2012 18:11 pm

sneill wrote:
deptfordmarmoset wrote:
sneill wrote:New here, just bought a road bike as I've wanted one for a while and figured if I use it for commuting it pays for itself and some! The spreadsheet doesn't seem to be loading properly for me, only shows 3 people signed up?

Anyway, is there anyone that cycles from Sutton to Bond Street or nearby? I start work at 9am, so 7.30 start and I'll vary on the return journey time, sometimes 5.30 sometimes 8 or 9.


Sneill, someone had applied a filter so that it only showed Leeds riders. I've reset it.


Thanks, nobody on my route though. I would sign up but I'm a complete novice commuter so best to get some experience before offering myself as a buddy. I'm never too sure about just starting conversation with other cyclists at traffic lights etc. I'm used to the train, where talking to strangers is strictly taboo! Is it similar for the cycling commute?



Where about's are you commuting from - too?

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby sneill » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:39 am

Sutton to Central London (wigmore street).

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby nacnudsmada » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:55 am

ok, sadly im Uppp north!

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby dezbruce » Fri Mar 01, 2013 13:51 pm

Seems to be forgotten about but i've added to this. :)

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby Masonavickof » Fri Mar 15, 2013 13:08 pm

Added on to list.

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby Ciar » Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:15 pm

Hi All,

Just got myself back in the saddle first time since my early 20's, mainly due to quitting smoking 10 months ago, been on the bike with a friend regular saturday's out and using the turbo trainer, but now looking to commute to work, im based in South Woodford and work in Canary Wharf, im a novice in regards to commuting but have been out on the road a few times, been scouting various forums and just came across this one, be great if there is someone else who commutes to the same area, or any pointers on routes would be great.

had a check on the list, what a great idea, first of its kind i have found over the various websites i have signed up to,hopefully someone will be able to give me pointers or a buddy to commute with.

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby goonz » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:31 am

Not sure how to add to the spreadsheet but this seems a decent idea.

Ciar I notice you are close(ish) to me, I commute daily from Barking to St Pauls, let me know if you have any questions. Happy to help.
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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby deptfordmarmoset » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:01 pm

Hi Goonz, simply add your details to the nearest empty row and I'll be along in a while to re-sort it alphabetically. If I was cleverer I would have figured out how to make a form for entering information on google spreadsheets but I'm not so I didn't.

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby goonz » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:32 pm

I did try that but it wasn't typing anything, perhaps my work browser is not supported by BR? Could be the problem?
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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby Ciar » Thu Apr 18, 2013 06:12 am

goonz wrote:Not sure how to add to the spreadsheet but this seems a decent idea.

Ciar I notice you are close(ish) to me, I commute daily from Barking to St Pauls, let me know if you have any questions. Happy to help.


cheers mate, I will drop you a PM.

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Re: Cycling Buddies

Postby PBo » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:39 pm

Thread resurrection! Added myself...


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