A roundup of the best posts on London Cyclist in 2012.
What can an RAF pilot teach us about safe cycling
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.
Best bike lights for cycle commuters
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.
Want to cycle safely? Stop focusing on high vis
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.
7 things you should give up to be a happy cyclist
It seemed everyone agreed with this little article that provided a manifesto for happier cycling.
Winter cycling jackets guide
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!
Why do Boris Bikes hardly ever get punctures?
Despite covering hundreds of miles a day, cycle hire bikes hardly ever get punctures. Find out why!
If there is a war on Britain’s roads, the car just claimed another victory
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.
Miraculous story of how one London cyclist recovered his 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.
Knog Blinder 4V
The Knog Blinder 4V must have struck a cord, as it is one of our most read reviews of 2012.
Google Maps VS. Cycle Streets – The best route planner
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.