Celebrating 10,000 followers with a big announcement!

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While the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, we’ve got our own two big reasons to celebrate on London Cyclist Blog.

The first is that we have just surpassed 10,000 followers on Twitter. That’s almost double what we had this time last year and it makes London Cyclist one of the most popular cycling Twitter accounts on the internet.

As if to confirm our popularity, I also heard today that we won the Crank Awards Favourite Lifestyle Cycling Blog. Not only that but apparently:

“London Cyclist Blog received more votes than any other blog in any of the six categories.”

That tells me one thing: If you heard about it via our newsletter or Twitter you took the time out of your day to vote for London Cyclist. For that I’m really grateful.

Before we pop open the champagne, here’s the big announcement.

London Cyclist Blog initially opened its doors a couple of weeks before Christmas in 2007. The purpose was to help a group of cyclists that I felt were ignored by the big cycling publications. That’s the casual, everyday cyclist like myself. Those who want to get started with cycling, learn a little about bike maintenance without getting too technical and find out how they can make their daily commute even more of a pleasure.

It seemed I was not alone in looking for this information and the site has grown pretty rapidly since then, as we’ve been joined by thousands of fellow cyclists.

Today, I’m announcing that I’ll soon be launching the London Cyclist Handbook. It’s exactly what I wished I had available to me back when I first started cycling in London.

London Cyclist Handbook Preview - Hand drawing of Boris BikerThe Handbook will cover the basics such as finding the perfect bike, keeping it out of the hands of thieves and staying safe. We then move on to lots of London specific advice including the best bike shops, events, cafes and enjoyable routes through the capital that will have you avoiding the busy roads in favour of quiet backstreets. Then there’s a section that helps you choose the best cycling gear and teaches you how to look after your bike. Finally, for the more advanced cyclists, we talk about how you can take things to the next level through cycling clubs and long distance rides.

We’ve got a ton more in there such as interviews with some really interesting people but I really don’t want to give everything away yet.

The Handbook won’t just be a copy and paste of the blog posts. It has been completely written from the ground up based on experiences and the thousands of comments the blog has received.

This is one of those ideas I’ve had for a long time but kept putting off, so I’m actually feeling quite relieved that I can finally announce it to everyone and at the same time nervous to hear what everyone will think. Plus, now I’ve made a public commitment so there’s no going back!

Initially we’ll be launching as an eBook and on the Kindle and iPad. However, it will be possible to read this on pretty much any device. I’ve not yet finalised any details on price and so forth so there’s still much to think about and I’ve still got to keep up my excuses to good friends who put up with my “I’m really sorry, I can’t come to that” during projects like this one.

Over the coming days and weeks I’ll be revealing more but I really hope that this will be an incredibly useful resource for any cyclists in London and indeed beyond that.

P.S. The London Cyclist Handbook will be illustrated by the very talented Jack Noel who’s style I really feel fits well with what I’m trying to do with London Cyclist and the Handbook.

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21 Responses to Celebrating 10,000 followers with a big announcement!

  1. Mike 06/06/2012 at 11:57 am #

    Great news and good luck, it’s a big project, but well worth it.

    • Andreas 06/06/2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Thank you kindly Mike – really looking forward to the launch day – think I’m going to celebrate by sleeping for two days straight :)

      • Mike 06/06/2012 at 12:02 pm #

        Lol! Yeah, that would probably be needed.

  2. Judd 06/06/2012 at 12:10 pm #

    You deserve it!

    • joe 06/06/2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Huge congratulations! One of the only blogs i bookmark and a long time reader. Very well deserved

      • Andreas 06/06/2012 at 12:28 pm #

        Thank you both – really appreciate feedback like this! Always nice to know the blog is well received by fellow cyclists.

  3. Sweetman 06/06/2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Congratulations and many thanks for such a great blog–my favorite for all the reasons you started it. I look forward to your book and will continue to follow from across the pond. Cheers!

  4. Loving the Bike 06/06/2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Congratulations on your Twitter following landmark and, of course, we are happy to see you as the top dog (lifestyle category) of our cycling blog poll. You definitely have some great support and it shows in the amount of votes you received.

    The handbook is going to be great. Good luck with that.

    Darryl

    • Andreas 07/06/2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Darryl – thank you kindly for including us and was a lovely pat on the back to hear that we won!

  5. Jo 06/06/2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Oh I am really looking forward to this.

    I started cycling in the summer last year and your site has been so helpful for a newbie like me, there’s so much to learn. Keep up the good work Andreas!

  6. Daniel 06/06/2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Well done Andreas – look forward to the book!

  7. Samuel 07/06/2012 at 6:54 am #

    Nice one tiger! congrat.

  8. Goonz 08/06/2012 at 11:07 am #

    Congrats on the award. I saw the blog on your site and rushed to vote! I was surprised to see how many other cycling blogs there actually are but none seem to be nearly as well designed or informative as yours.

    Great testament to the effort you must put into this site.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Andreas 02/07/2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Thanks Goonz – really appreciate your vote and everyone elses – very cool that people took the time to do that!

  9. jay 08/06/2012 at 7:58 pm #

    im happy for you man! :-)

  10. Gareth 08/06/2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Sounds great! I look forward to being able to buy it! Good luck with it.

  11. Lee Cunningham 09/06/2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Well done Andreas. Deserved for an exceptional quality blog. I like Jack Noel’s work too and agree should be a good combination. Best of British to you. Lee @airheadcoolspra

    • Andreas 02/07/2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Thank you Lee – so excited to finally see this eBook come together. Think I’m just going to stare at it in disbelief that it’s finally done when it launches!

  12. Love London 10/06/2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Wow…!

    Would love to have the same number following us:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-London/406221256082605

    =)

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