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Quick guides to cycling in Birmingham (not Liverpool as I said yesterday) and Manchester.  It’s interesting to read the names of roads I use regularly (though I’m guessing with some because I am awful with street names until I’ve used them a few thousand times), though I’m sure Yew Tree and Lloyd Street are to the west of Oxford Road.

Birmingham has the edge when it comes to size, but I reckon otherwise Manchester has a fair claim to second city status.