Season opener: Time Travelling

As Mark Cavendish wins the world championship road race for Britain for the first time since 1965, we’re back in the saddle for a new season. On this week’s show, a trip back in time. Blue Door Bicycles is a new bike shop in south London with a long history. Owner David Hibbs has been documenting a treasure trove of cycle trade artifacts from when the shop was a family business known as Central Cycle and Auto Stores. Listen too for a chance to win tickets to the Bicycle Film Festival. And some momentous news from Bike Show host Jack Thurston.

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Friends Ride: An East London Excursion

Join other listeners and friends of The Bike Show on a leisurely 35 kilometre ride this Saturday 24th September.

We’ll meet at Look Mum No Hands! at 49 Old Street at around half past nine and set off not long after. We’ll head east along the canals, through Victoria Park, over the Lea Navigation and up onto the Greenway, past the Olympic stadium and the Joseph Bazalgette’s nineteenth century temple of sewage (pictured above). With the Beckton Alp in view we’ll turn south and ride through a park, past pylons and horses and around the Royal Albert Docks and the University of East London. The Woolwich free ferry will take us across the River to lunch by the river at the Anchor and Hope in Charlton. Then it’s upstream past the Thames Barrier, through Greenwich, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey to end up at Resonance FM for a quick studio tour and perhaps a lemonade at a nearby pub.

Bring a bike with pumped up tyres, a spare inner tube and some wet weather clothes if it looks like it might rain.

If you are joining us, please drop an email to If you can’t make the start, try to join us en route. Email for a mobile phone number.

Season opening ride: Saturday 24 September

As promised, there’ll be a friends of The Bike Show ride this coming Saturday 24th September, on the eve of the show’s return to the airwaves on Monday.

The ride will start at Look Mum No Hands! on Old Street around 9.30am and finish at the Resonance FM studios in Borough High Street around 4pm, possibly earlier.

There are currently two options and which one we choose will depend on what those taking part want to do. The poll was very close, with just a single vote putting the Eastern Excursion ahead of the North Downs Hills.

1: A leisurely city ride east along canals, the Greenway, the Woolwich Ferry and back along the south bank of the river (pub lunch at the Hope and Anchor, Charlton?). Around 35km

2: A more speedy ride through Camberwell, Dulwich, West Wickham to the North Downs, over the M25, a few hills and back. Around 75km. Possible pub lunch stop at the Blacksmiths Arms in Cudham.

This looks like a fair result as the more accessible ride has won out and those who crave speed and hills can always form a Bike Show peloton in the Ride of the Falling Leaves the following weekend.

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