London Cycling Campaign News

  • Master frame builders at Roberts Rendezvous 13th June, Guildhall Yard, City of London
    on 16th May 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Three legends at Roberts Rendezvous - 13 June,  Guildhall Yard Three, award-winning,  frame building masters are coming to the Roberts Rendezvous cycle rally on Wednesday June 13th at Guildhall Yard ((EC2V 7HH) in the City of London (4pm -7.30pm). Roberts’ owners and fans are welcome at this free event. Geoff Roberts, son of the Roberts founder Charlie Roberts, Winston Vaz and Adrian Parry all worked at Roberts Cycles for many years and built frames that not only looked exquisite but also won  frame building awards, bicycle races and world championship titles. (Photo courtesy Geoff Roberts) Geoff Roberts started working wih his father as a teenager brazing racks in the basement of the family home (21 Trewsbury Road – as inscribed on original frame badges). He went on to build frames for top riders and club cyclists in the UK and the US for Roberts. He subsequently took over the workshop of another great south London builder, Ron Cooper, and they worked together building very fine custom frames.  He currently has his own workshop, Geoff Roberts Frames, and also teaches frame building. Winston Vaz started his frame building career at Holdsworth in South London before moving to work for Roberts just as mountain biking was taking off. Winston built iconic off-road models like the White Spider, DOGSBOLX and the Rough Stuff marking most of them with his signature scalloped sleeve on the seat tube. His new workshop, Varohna, is based in Hither Green. Adrian Parry worked alongside Winston Vaz in the Roberts workshop and displayed outstanding skills in building beautiful road frames out of the hard-to-work stainless steel tube sets from Columbus and Reynolds. Since the closure of Roberts he has worked for the Nerve workshop near Brighton. We are expecting all three master builders to attend the Roberts Rendezvous to which all Roberts’ owners and fans, as well as riders of any bike built by the Roberts team (see below), are warmly invited. The event is free but please register by sending an email to info@lcc.org.uk with Roberts in the subject line. Bikes made by Roberts’ builders  (aside from Roberts, Chas Roberts and Geoff Roberts)  include the brands Charles Davey, Claud Butler, Holdsworth, WH Holdsworth, Freddie Grubb, Geoffrey Butler, Phoenix, Pearson, Condor, Evans, Varohna and Nerve. […]

  • Sign up for Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle 2018!
    on 16th May 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle returns on Saturday 28 July 2018 and offers the chance for all the family to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome and cyclists can join the route at any point, cycle round at any pace and as many times as they like. The route will pass many of London’s most famous landmarks in Westminster and the City of London, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England. Along the way, there will be Festival Zones at different locations, packed with free bike-based entertainment for all the family. Sign up now – it’s free! Everyone who registers before 15 June will be sent a free tabard. Register to ride via Prudential Ride London  LCC will be running guided rides from each borough into the Freecycle route. Watch this space for how to get involved either as a marshal or a participant! […]

  • London turns liveable
    on 10th May 2018 at 2:35 PM

    55% of council leaders pledged to create a high-quality “Liveable Neighbourhood in run-up to election London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets members and supporters contacted main party leaders in each London borough ahead of the local election on 3rd May to ask for their support for a Liveable London. Members and supporters of the two organisations asked potential council leaders to commit to making a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood in their borough. By pledging to do so, party leaders were demonstrating their ambition to access TfL funding to transform an area in the borough into a place where people will choose to walk and cycle, and leave the car at home.   Both organisations have heralded the success of the campaign, with the results announced so far meaning that:   55% of newly elected borough leaders committed to a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood 7 boroughs have cross-party support for a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood 54% of boroughs currently without funding for a Liveable Neighbourhood have committed to submitting a high-quality bid over the course of this term London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets are looking forward to working with all newly elected council leaders across London. Together, we can build places all over London where the air is cleaner, children can roam and walk or cycle to school, there are relaxing places to sit and relax, and everyone can walk and cycle safely and happily. Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of LCC said:   We’re delighted that so many council leaders have pledged to undertake transformational projects to make their boroughs more liveable, by reducing motor traffic and/or introducing protected cycle lanes. This will not only make walking and cycling a safe and enjoyable choice for everyday journeys, but will help clean up the air their residents breathe and make it easier for everyone lead healthier lives. Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets said: Cities around the world are nowadays competing on liveability. We want to see liveable neighbourhoods right across London where everyone can walk and cycle safely and happily. We look forward to working with boroughs across London to transform the city together and make it a truly world-class city to live in.  You can see a full break down of pledges by borough here: https://lcc.org.uk/pages/my-liveable-london-pledges Join London Cycling Campaign As a membership charity we rely on funds raised through subscriptions from individuals who share our vision of making London the best cycling city in the world. If you share our vision and want to help create Space for Cycling please join LCC today.             &nbs […]

  • Retail Network Roundup: Bexley Bikes
    on 2nd May 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Whether you’re a newcomer, commuter or a seasoned roadie, one thing every cyclist needs is a good LBS, or local bike shop. LCCs Retail Network brings together the best bike shops across London to give our members exclusive access to get great discounts on repairs, parts, accessories and more! With over 120 shops to choose from, our Retail Network Roundup series was started as a way to help you find your favourite LBS and get to know some of the faces behind the work stands.    We're excited to welcome Bexley Bikes as our newest Retail Network recruit, and introduce all of our members (particularly those in the Bexleyheath area) to these guys! The boys at Bexley Bikes are a Giant preferred partner for their entire range, from e-bikes through to their award winning road range and everything in between. They also stock a hefty range of two wheelers, from commuters through to full suspension mountain bikes and children’s bikes to suit all ages. We were lucky enough to catch Scott Wygell, General Manager of Bexley Bikes to talk shop, the lengths they'll go to keep their customers on two wheels and get to know a bit more about the bike shop of choice for Bexlonians over the last twenty odd years.  What’s the story behind Bexley Bikes? How did you guys get started? We grew from the owner’s lifelong passion for cycling and now that he has semi-retired I have taken over the reins to be the bike shop of choice for the local area. I have a mild obsession for everything road cycling and love nothing more than talking push bikes so come on in and let’s chat. On your website it says that you are an official dealer of Giant bikes. Any noticeable standouts from their 2018 range that folks looking to upgrade (or get into cycling) should keep an eye out for? The Giant TCR has just won 2018 Cycling Plus 'Bike of the Year' and is a fantastic road bike and available to view in the shop. The Giant Propel has also won the Aero Bike of the year and that is also available to view in the shop. With over 40 years of combined experience of repairing bicycles, what's your best customer story or strangest repair question you’ve gotten in the shop? We have repaired everything from go-karts to wheelbarrows to wheelchairs we just love a challenge. Just a couple of weeks ago I literally took the electronic battery from my own bike and gave it to a gentleman who was planning on cycling a 100 miles from the Kent coast to London and back again after his own battery had failed on him and he was stranded 40miles from home. That’s the next level service we offer here at the World Famous Bexley Bikes. How did you get into bikes/cycling? Personally I had worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and decided on a complete lifestyle change. Marc Anthony said it best, “If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life!” I’ve followed pro cycling all my life and the obsession is real. What's your favourite thing about cycling in London? The sights, the sounds and the smells are second to none and in just 10 miles you can be in the Kent Countryside with all your worries left far behind. What tips would you give to anyone thinking about getting into cycling in London? Come in to your Local Bike Shop and touch and feel the quality of the products and knowledge we have on offer it really will set you on the right path and you might even catch a little bit of our enthusiasm.  How do you feel cycling in London has changed over the last decade? The Olympic and professional success really has had an impact of the popularity of the sport in recent years. I think this has had a massive impact on the improvement of cycling infrastructure and its creditability as a form of transport. All Hail The Push Bike and its rider whatever their shape or size! How important is it for cyclist to support their LBS and how do you think the future will look like in London for independent mechanics/retailers in the cycling industry? “Support your local bike shop for you will miss us when we are gone!” We are the lifeblood of the local cycling community and a local centre of knowledge for all things cycling related. Like the record stores of old we could so easily be taken for granted then before you know it disappear for sight. Do you run any workshops, events, or club rides that our readers should know about? We are interested in getting involved with local clubs and cycling groups so get in touch. We are planning on starting midweek shop rides WHEN the English weather finally gives us a break. Find us on Facebook for upcoming details on future events. Being a road cycling enthusiast, I’m guessing that you’ll be tuning in to Giro d’Italia on Friday. Where’s your favourite spot to catch the races? First and foremost I’ll be keeping it British and closely following the Tour De Yorkshire from the Comfort of my front room, then I’ll be switching to The Giro with split loyalties between Team Sky and reigning champions Team Giant Sunweb. Everyone loves their LBS, but why do people in Bexleyheath love Bexley Bikes? With over 20 years experience and a team made up of passionate coffee loving cyclists we really are a RAY OF RETAIL SUNSHINE on Bexleyheaths Broadway so come and see us - we're sure you’ll feel the passion.   Visit Bexley Bikes   Find your Local Bike Shop &nbs […]

  • City Cycling Festival hosts Roberts Cycles rally 13 June 2018
    on 22nd April 2018 at 6:40 PM

    City Cycling Festival hosts first ever Roberts Cycles rally on Wednesday 13th of June Owners, and fans, of cycles built by one of London’s most illustrious bike makers, Roberts Cycles, are invited to arrive on (preferably) Roberts-built bikes at the elegant Guildhall Yard, Gresham St, EC2V 7HH, in the City of London on Wednesday the 13th of June from 4pm to 7pm for the Roberts Rendezvous -  a show and tell, and a prize giving for the oldest, best preserved and most unusual Roberts. Roberts Cycles builders and historians will be present for the first rever Roberts rally. See below for the post -7pm continuing rendezvous.  Charlie Roberts, having worked for several South London cycle makers, including Holdsworth and Claud Butler, founded Roberts Cycles in the 1960s and introduced his sons Chas and Geoff  to the business. The Roberts workshop in Croydon , run by Chas , closed in 2015.    The event is free but please let organisers know you are coming (or you can just register your interest in Roberts) by sending an email to info@lcc.org.uk with Roberts in the subject line (if possible please provide a frame number, model name and year of purchase to enable the creation of a Roberts register). Updates on the event will be published on the LCC newsletter  www.lcc.org.uk , on twitter @RobertsCycles and as additions to this blog page. After 7pm we anticipate continuing conversations next door to Guildhall at Davy's, 25 Basinghall St,  EC2V 5HA.  The event is part of the City Cycling Festival run by the City of London in partnership with the London Cycling Campaign and the International Cycling History Conference from 13 – 15 June at the Guildhall. The ICHC event celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first British cycle patent. LCC is celebrating its 40th birthday. Robert Cycles was founded approximately 55 years ago. Owners of bikes made by frame builders who worked at Roberts (they built for Charles Davey, Claud Butler, Holdsworth, Freddie Grubb, Geoff Butler, Phoenix, Condor, Evans, Pearson, Rocky Mountain, Geoff Roberts, Varohna, Nerve) are also invited to the event.  If you are unsure whether your cycle was built by one of the Roberts craftsmen you are welcome to come along and compare design features. There is an ever growing history of Roberts Cycles on this LCC page.   &nbs […]

  • How To: Plan your journeys by bike during the London Marathon
    on 19th April 2018 at 12:49 PM

    For anyone who wants to watch this weekend's London Marathon race, cycling is the obvious choice of transport. The beauty of arriving by bike is that if your choice of vantage point is too crowded you can hop back on and find a better one. Once you find a suitable vantage point, cheer on your friends and then simply hop back on your bike, overtake them to do it all again. We're sure your friends and family members running will thank you for the support! Needless to say a bike means you can avoid crowded tubes, trains and congested roads. Note though that via bike, you won't have access to the E-W Cycle Superhighway from Tower London to the Mall as it's on the Marathon route.  Make sure you plan ahead If you are unfamiliar with central London you can select a route to your desired destination using our route planner or TfL’s Journey Planner (just make sure you edit your preference to show the cycling options). LCC's route recommendations There is a cycle track (Cycle Superhighway 3 or CS3), albeit a poor quality one at times, that runs along much of the DLR route from Tower Gateway to Beckton. Avoid Narrow St and Poplar High St on CS3 as they are part of the Marathon route along with the central bit of the E-W highway and will be closed to cyclists.  During the Marathon, river crossings with a bike will be constrained because Tower Bridge is used for the Marathon. Your choices are the Greenwich foot – tunnel, which may be crowded; the Rotherhithe Tunnel, fume filled but cycling is permitted, and bridges to the West of Tower Bridge – Southwark and Blackfriars Bridges both have wide cycle tracks. Also, don’t forget to take a sturdy lock and lock your bike to a solid object when watching the marathon. The weather could be the hottest on record, so be sure to take a hat and plenty of water so you can comfortably enjoy the day.  Inspired by the Marathon? Join us for this year's Prudential RideLondon event!  Don’t forget that on July 28th/29th you'll have the opportunity to do the cycling equivalent(s) of the London Marathon: First, London Freecycle, which takes place on the Saturday, is a family friendly leisure ride on streets closed to traffic in central London. LCC runs marshalled rides from all London boroughs to the central closed section. We'll be posting more information soon on how you can get involved, so stay tuned!  ·        And Ride London, taking place on the Sunday, is a 100k or 46k competitive ride that goes from the QE Olympic Park to Box Hill in Surrey and back which you can watch, or participate in. LCC still has a few places available in this year's ride, so click here to find out more and sign up to ride for Team LCC! Have your own place? Join Team LCC and you'll receive the same package of support, including access to our popular 8-week, Surrey Hills training program. […]

  • Summer Cycling in Lewisham
    on 18th April 2018 at 5:31 PM

    There's a lot going on in Lewisham this summer to help people take up cycling. The following activities are being run by LCC, our Lewisham local group and Lewisham council Lewisham Cycle Loan - Borrow a bike for 4 weeks to see how cycling can fit it your life Lewisham Cyclists run a family ride on the first Saturday of every month Every month we are running two rides for new or returning cyclists that are easy and laid back. Both start in Ladywell. The first goes along Quietway 1 to Waterloo with a stop on the Southbank before coming back. The second goes to the Thames Barrier – this ride has large traffic free sections. These rides are repeated every month to September – either on a Wednesday or a Saturday morning. Registration for these rides can be found on each event page. More rides can be found here, just search for Lewisham in the starting location box (top right). &nbs […]

  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 - last chance to take part!
    on 18th April 2018 at 3:04 PM

    LCC have a few RideLondon-Surrey 100 places remaining for this year's event - join Team LCC today and help support LCC’s work in improving cycling across the whole city, in every borough, for everyone. Sign up now Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 returns on Sunday 29 July 2018. Starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, you'll head out through London towards Surrey's stunning countryside before returning to the capital to finish in spectacular style on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace, greeted by thousands of cheering cycling fans. Filled with challenging climbs, stunning scenery and a great atmosphere, it’s truly an amazing event. Our former campaigner, Amy, completed the ride in 2016 and wrote this blog about her amazing experience. Would she do it again? “Of course I would!” If you were lucky enough to get a ballot place we’d love you to ride for Team LCC and raise money to support the London Cycling Campaign. I have my own place Every rider gets a limited edition Team LCC jersey, access to our 8-week, Surrey Hills training program and dedicated support throughout. Sign up now […]

  • City Cycling Festival: London celebrates 200 years of cycling
    on 5th April 2018 at 3:43 PM

    London Cycling Campaign (LCC), The International Cycling History Conference (ICHC) and the City of London, are coming together to celebrate 200 years of UK cycling. The celebration will be held in the City of London during Bike Week from 13-15 June 2018. The City Cycling Festival will be a celebration of the modern bicycle, and is set to include events and exhibits displaying the best of London’s cycling culture, along with bikes through the ages and guided rides between three sites in the City of London, each focused on either the past, present or future of cycling. The festival will be centred around Bank Junction, where London’s first traffic-free scheme has had a successful first year. Events will include: ·         Bike to the Future, Thursday 14th June 4-7pm: a London Cycling Campaign celebration of the evolution of bicycles and liveable cities, including bicycle brands through the ages and tech to take us into the future. ofo, the world’s first dockless bike share operator, and the events’ first sponsorship partner, will lead a guided ride of the City’s best cycle routes. ·         The Future from the Past: a three-day International Cycle History Conference, bringing together experts on cycle history from all over the world. See their website here. Roberts Rendezvous, Wednesday 13th June 4-7pm: a celebration of one of London's most illustrious bike makers, Roberts Cycles whose frame builders also worked for Holdsworth, Claud Butler, Freddie Grubb and other London brands. ·         London Cycling Awards 2018 and LCC’s 40th Anniversary Party: London Cycling Campaign’s annual celebration of the best of cycling in London and this year celebrating the campaigning charity’s 40th birthday. The Festival has seen great support so far, especially from The City of London Corporation and ofo UK and we’ll be ready to bring you more news about the festival soon! Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of LCC, said: “The momentum for cycling continues apace. This three day celebration offers a great opportunity to reflect on the history of the bicycle and consider its journey towards the future. A future where ebikes and dockless bike share are helping shape the way forward.” Phil Saunders for ICHC, said: “Historically, London, in particular the City, has played a key part in the development of the cycle industry. From the dawn of cycling, machines have been made in and around the City, which also provided advice and expertise on patent registration and business development for the new companies that sprang up in the UK.  London was the showroom for the cycle, motorcycle and early car manufacturers, with shops and manufacturers stretching from Cheapside through High Holborn, to Oxford Street.”   &nbs […]

  • A grand event to mark two important cycling birthdays in 2018
    on 5th April 2018 at 3:30 PM

    This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first British bicycle patent, as well as the 40th anniversary of the London Cycling Campaign. To celebrate both occasions the International Cycle History Conference has teamed up with LCC and the City of London to host five days of cycling festivities, exhibitions, rides and learned discussion. Anniversaries 1818 and 1978 Denis Johnson, of 69-75 Long Acre in Covent Garden, created an improved version of the ‘Draisine’ the first hobby-horse type bicycle invented by Baron Karl von Drais in Germany. Johnson pated his invention in 1818. The London Cycling Campaign was founded in 1978 by representatives of several local cycling groups in London. Its first successful campaign was to build a segregated cycle crossing at Albert Gate, which connected Knightsbridge to Hyde Park. Register for the ICHC conference The ICHC is an annual international event that takes place in different cities of the world. It has taken place every year since 1989 and the proceedings of each conference are published. Anyone with an interest in cycling history is invited to register for the conference and participate in three days of presentations, social events, organised cycle rides, displays historical cycles as well as an elegant banquet. Attendees who wish to submit papers for presentation must submit an abstract (approximately 200 words) by May 1st. Papers that are selected for the conference will be delivered as slide presentations lasting up to 20 minutes. The full text of papers (guide length - 10 pages double spaced) must then be submitted by August 15th. […]