London Cyclist, say hello to Jack

jack-writer-at-london-cyclistIn 2013 I hope to get a couple more people involved with London Cyclist on the writing front. Our first new writer is Jack and below is his introduction. Please be gentle – it can be a great pleasure and at times a little scary to open your writing up to thousands of readers. I hope you’ll give Jack a warm intro in the comments!

Having grown up outside in rural Hertfordshire, I spent my youth freewheeling down country lanes, attempting wheelies and – don’t tell my Mum this – occasionally swinging from one side of the road to the other. The roads were empty and, I was quickly coming to realise cycling is an absolute pleasure.

Moving to London stirred a few concerns that I’m sure many share. Country lanes are different to city roads. Admittedly, it took me a good year or two before picking up a bike. However, with the help of my employer’s cycle to work scheme, I’ve gone from being terrified by the thought of London cycling, to being a twice-a-day Lycra-wearer.

I now find myself at the point where I resent travelling by train. I struggle to resist a slight smirk when colleagues tell me about their nightmare journey to the office. But, to the untrained eye, cycling can be expensive – there are hundreds of gadgets which some cycling shops will try and scare you into buying. Some are worth the money, some are not.

So here I am: my name’s Jack, I’m 27 and I commute from Greenwich to Liverpool Street by bike, and try to explore the city on bike too when I can. I hope I’ll be a useful addition to the London Cyclist team – giving hints and tips on how to successfully navigate London’s roads, reviewing accessories and gadgets and telling you which ones you may actually find really useful. Look forward to getting started!

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8 Responses to London Cyclist, say hello to Jack

  1. Big Softy 07/01/2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Welcome aboard Jack.
    Okay, I’ve been gentle, now let’s see what you got.

  2. Ellie 08/01/2013 at 8:31 am #

    Nice to meet you, Jack! Looking forward to you’re contributions.

    • Ellie 08/01/2013 at 8:31 am #

      Your* ugh, too early.

  3. Amy 08/01/2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Great first post, look forward to hearing your cycling-related shenanigans.

  4. Matt P 09/01/2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Hello Jack! Another Greenwich-based commuter here, albeit only to E14. Will be interesting to hear your thoughts on cycling in east London and Greenwich.

    • Jack 21/01/2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Hi Matt, always good to hear from another Greenwich commuter! I used to head that way and onto the cycle superhighway, but became infuriated with the lifts in the foot-tunnel being broken all the time! Still, that’s a debate for another time and place 🙂

      (Belated) thanks everyone for the welcome!

  5. Laura 11/01/2013 at 10:32 am #

    Welcome on board jack! Nice one on lifting the load from poor Andreas 😉 looking forward to hearing what you’ve got to say!

  6. Jitin Sharma 30/01/2013 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Jack !! Nyc to meet you on the blog. I really appreciate your work for the London and for the whole community to promote bicycle riding.

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