24 August 2009
2 for 1 at Aldi (bike parking, that is)
Wow: is this the most squashed cycle parking in London? It's the set of Sheffield stands outside the Aldi supermarket on Old Kent Road, snapped yesterday.
The typical distance between the stands is 12 inches/30cm, nowhere near enough to get two bikes in. The distance between the two stands nearest the building is 10 inches/25cm, which isn't actually enough to get one bike in properly. Mine wouldn't go any further without clattering the derailleur.
Further down, Old Kent Road McDonald's obviates the need for cycle parking by having a drive-thru section. I guess you could bike-thru if you wanted, but I couldn't find it in myself to try buying a burger. I'll have a go at most things, but some things (potholing, ballroom dancing, Big Macs etc) are just not negotiable.