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12 September 2011

Readers of this column may recall my initial displeasure in commuting on the London Underground. Although we are still waiting for the predicted Indian summer, the London eco-system appears to have a disproportionate and overwhelming effect on the Victoria line (the light blue one). What was in the spring an insulated capsule of tightly packed, occasionally infected city workers, in the summer months it becomes an overheated mass of confused tourists, tetchy children and overheated employees.

So it was that, despite having a relatively short commute (20 minutes each way on a good day), the prospect of spending more than three hours each week squashed and sweaty was too much for me to bear. With some gentle encouragement from the editor of this fine journal and the generous gifting of a ‘practice’ bike, I set out one fine summer morning on my first cycle ride to the office. Very quickly, I realised that cycling is much like, well, riding a bike. Once you are on the saddle a...

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