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09-02-2010, 12:00 PM
Hey all,

We're going to London (Porchester Rd. area) starting TOMORROW (September 3rd)
We'll be there for two weeks, and I'd like something to buzz around on.

Any quick advice on possibly finding a cheap/free bike to use for 2 weeks and then give to some kid or leave abandoned outside a bike shop? :P

I tried searching for 'bicycle collectives' in London and found one way west, one way east, nothing near Westminster. Alas.

Several bike shops exist around there within reasonable walking distance, but do you think they'd have some pile of scrap I could have for a few bob?

If I had thought of this a bit sooner, I would have scrapped a 12" kids bike into a pedal scooter 'thing' that I could disassemble and pack into my luggage.

A tandem would be preferred :rolleyes4:
I'll park it next to my unicorn.

mark barker
09-02-2010, 12:18 PM
You could try these guys... bikeworks (http://www.bikeworks.org.uk)

Even if you're getting a really rough bike its worth getting a decent lock, London has "issues" with cycle crime.

Another option is the "Boris bike" cycle hire scheme offered by Transport of London.

09-02-2010, 12:33 PM
Unfortunately, this is only a design concept and would probably be exorbitantly expensive if one could actually be had.

I could bring a U-lock for some protection - good advice, that is.

Boris Bikes look interesting - I'll have to investigate that further.

Bikeworks looks like a very cool place, as long as they'd part with one of their 'recycled' bikes for the price of a pint (I'm a scrooge). They're also 7.4 miles from where I'll be (a stone's throw north of Hyde Park) ~30min by car, but we may not have one available.
Looks like Hammersmith & City line could get me there and back WITH bike in tow... Interesting.

Ideally, I'm hoping for some sort of bike collective, workshop, co-op, or some other bike-centric hippy commune that might cough up a (barely) rideable heap of scrap iron.

Of course, all of this is entirely dependent on whether my wife lets me waste a day locating a bike (unlikely) :cry2:

09-02-2010, 02:57 PM
Maybe a good lead?




09-02-2010, 03:22 PM
WOW! I thought at first it was 1 pound per day!! It's 1 pound for the FIRST HOUR. 30 minutes later, that jumps to 4 pounds, thereafter the charges become excessive.

I would want the bike for at least a whole week!! Looks like Boris Bikes are out of the question. :P

I was thinking AT MOST 10 pounds, for a bike I can do with as I wish.

mark barker
09-02-2010, 04:42 PM
If I was a bit closer to London I'd happily lend you one of my bikes, but I'm a couple of hours away...

You could try the fine folks at the Otesha Project. They're a friendly bunch that are heavily into bikes, so they may have something or know of someone that can help.

otesha (http://www.otesha.org.uk)
Hanna from Otesha is great, and I'm sure she'll think of something... her number is 0207 3772109

09-03-2010, 01:31 PM
Hi Tree.

You may be in luck. Sunday 5th Sept is the mayor of London's Skyride. There will be several thousand bikes in the area. Perhaps if you go along and join the fun, you may pick one up. Main hub/entertainment/refreshments is St. James' park.

Hope this helps.



09-05-2010, 07:17 AM
You may be in luck. Sunday 5th Sept is the mayor of London's Skyride.

Ack! We're actually in Greenwich today (the 5th). We won't be going to Westminster 'til tomorrow (if I were there today, I could have walked to St. James' Park!!


Anyone in Greenwich who could give me a hand today? Else I'll probably have to scrap the idea altogether. :P