4000 miles of potholes

Pothole 2I’ve been doing some rough (and I do mean rough) calculations to determine how many miles I have cycled since moving to London in September 2011. I’ve figured it out to be around 4000 miles; give or take a couple of hundred. Now, I am by no means a fitness freak. I hate (HATE) running and I have absolutely no desire to join a gym. Yet I think nothing at all of cycling long distances. No, I don’t get it either.
I hail from a quiet little village in the west called Bristol where cycling is compulsory; failure to be seen on one the many cycle routes at least once a week is punishable by death. Mind you, it does only take approximately ten minutes to ride from one end of the city to the other. Over here in this behemoth of a city called London it takes considerably longer.
As I said, I moved here in September 2011. I moved to Honor Oak Park in Lewisham and I attend Kingston University in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Before I packed my bumpkins satchel and made the arduous journey east, I bought my first, for many years, brand new bicycle. I had already made the decision to cycle to Uni and knew that I would need a decent bike. I asked a few cycle enthusiast friends for their recommendations and they all said that I should get a road bike (I had previously been running around on a mountain bike even though there are no mountains in Bristol) with thin tyres and no suspension. So off I went to the local bike shop and bought myself a brand new Trek hybrid with 21 gears.
Now, nobody told me that my testicles were going to take such a battering. Potholes, lots of lovely potholes plus no suspension equals pain in the nether regions. The Guardian has a very good bike blog at the moment http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog and Trevor Ward has posted a very interesting article about potholes and the likely hood of compensation should you come across a pothole, hard; definitely worth a read. Also, the National Cycling Charity has released a smart phone app for cyclists and others to report any potholes they should find. If you are a regular cycling commuter you will definitely find this helpful. I’m going to download it and try it out. I’ll let you know how I get on.
In this blog I will regale you with my experiences as a cycling commuter across south London. Grumble about other road users who annoy me. Report on any new safety measures for cyclists that I come across and basically write about all things to do with cycling. Her is a video I made of my journey from Kingston to Lewisham, enjoy.
Happy cycling.

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