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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.

2 Wheels Guardian
The troubles of finding a second hand bike in London.  My local bike shop (Withington Cycles) has a sign on the door saying they don’t take second hand bikes, probably because they get so many scallies coming in trying to pass on stolen rides.  For a very short period last year the Ride Manchester scheme was probably the best place to go to get a second hand bike, but they’re gone now.,,2026740,00.html
An alternative highway code for urban cyclist’s, and route notes for London.  Tomorrow they cover Manchester and Liverpool.