Best of London Cyclist in 2012

A roundup of the best posts on London Cyclist in 2012.

What can an RAF pilot teach us about safe cycling

A view of a motorbike as seen from a car

My favourite “Today I learned” of 2012 came when I received an email from John Sullivan of the Royal Air Force. The article showed why drivers can so easily miss a cyclist, as they are scanning the road for oncoming traffic. It also gave some incredibly useful tips, such as the importance of using a bike light, even during the daytime.

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Best bike lights for cycle commuters

Some of the best bike lights for cycle commuters grouped together on a table

From a cheap pair of Raleigh lights to an ultra bright Magicshine bike light. It’s all covered in our roundup of the best bike lights for commuters.

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Want to cycle safely? Stop focusing on high vis

A screengrab from a TFL film about lorry blind spots showing cyclists next to a lorry

Have you ever heard this advice? “To cycle safely, wear high vis.” Whilst its not a bad starting point, there’s far more cyclists can do to stay safe. It also ignores the most common reason for cyclist deaths in London. In the post we prove why safe cycling is far more than just high vis gear.

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7 things you should give up to be a happy cyclist

A cyclist waiting patiently at bike lights near Oxford Circus

It seemed everyone agreed with this little article that provided a manifesto for happier cycling.

Read about the 7 things you should give up to be a happy cyclist

Winter cycling jackets guide

A picture of a cyclist wearing a Vulpine cycling jacket

Our roundup of the best winter cycling jackets was a real hit with London Cyclist readers this year. It must have been a cold one!

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Why do Boris Bikes hardly ever get punctures?

A wheel from a bike shown on the ground next to some pebbles

Despite covering hundreds of miles a day, cycle hire bikes hardly ever get punctures. Find out why!

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If there is a war on Britain’s roads, the car just claimed another victory

An angry motorist pointing their finger at a camera

Following the BBC documentary titled “The War on Britain’s Roads” I added an article discussing why if there ever was a war, the car would be winning by a long margin. The article dived in to the documentary and explained why everything from transport expenditure, to road planning favours the car and ignores the bike.

Read about the War on Britain’s roads

Miraculous story of how one London cyclist recovered his stolen bike

A screengrab from the gumtree website showing the listing of a stolen bike

London Cyclist reader Marc sent me this story about how he recovered his stolen Charge bike, by looking it up on Gumtree and confronting the thief. It highlights the scary realities of the difficulties of recovering a stolen bike and what you should do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Read how one London Cyclist recovered his stolen bike

Knog Blinder 4V

The Knog Blinder 4V on a Raleigh bike

The Knog Blinder 4V must have struck a cord, as it is one of our most read reviews of 2012.

Read about the Knog Blinder 4V

Google Maps VS. Cycle Streets – The best route planner

A screengrab from the CycleStreets website and the Google Maps website

In 2012 Google Maps added directions for cyclists. In this post we test out the quality of Google Maps vs Cycle Streets to find the best route planner for cyclists.

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4 Responses to Best of London Cyclist in 2012

  1. Kellyman17 31/12/2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Having started reading in 2012, and rediscovering my love for bikes, I wanted to thank you for the blog, and wish you a happy new year!

    • Andreas 04/01/2013 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you very much Kellyman – I appreciate that :)

  2. goonz 04/01/2013 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Andreas, have really enjoyed your blog in 2012, was very informative and useful for me as a relative new cyclist.

    Looking forward to more great articles and insightful reviews for the new year.

    Let me know if you need anyone to review any gear for you! ;)

  3. Joe47 04/01/2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Hey Andreas, Good job in 2012! Started reading your blog this year or late 2011. Multiple articles on equipment, maintenance and apparel that have been very helpful. As a Yank, it is fun to read about bicycling in London and your advocacy for it. We have our red-neck drivers over here, too, but some of yours are really rabid! Re: cyclehatred on twitter. Looking forward to coming to London one day and trying it out, keep up the good work. Joe

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