Just thought I would share with you my top London cycling tips which I have gathered over a year and a half of cycling all weathers through London to uni and beyond... 1. Being lit up like a Christmas tree is more trendy than the squashed-hedgehog look. The roadkill look has never, and I doubt will ever be in fashion. - Builder-esque High Viz tabards are handy, you can bung it in your pocket when your done with it, so you don't have to rock the rave look 24-7. - Lights that attach to your helmet are really useful, especially if you (like me) will only remember to take them off your bike if they are attached to you with string. They are also more visible to lorries and high up vehicles. 2. Beware of the rouge cyclist... - You know the type, Mr and Mrs speedy who carve the road up like a leg of lamb on a sunday, stay clear! Only they know what they're doing, and it's usually not wise, don't follow them, their route will no doubt involve a plethora of extra added risks. 3. The red light is for us too. - I have to admit, I didn't always adhere to the red light highway code at first, especially if it was just a pedestrian crossing. But recently I saw a horrible accident where Mrs Cyclist went through the red light, Mr Pedestrian saw the green man, stepped out and sent her flying off her bike. She was ok, but it really was an avoidable accident. 4. Cars have minds of their own, think ahead. - It's always wise to just double check when cycling past a side road that there are no chumps behind you or turning in who haven't spotted you. It's a good habit to get into. - Try to get in front of cars at traffic lights to the bike zone at the front if it's safe to do so. 5. Check your bike's road worthy! - Brakes are really pretty useful, especially when the break pads haven't worn down! Admittedly I didn't work this out for a while, but yeah, breaks are handy... - Find a bike fixer person if you don't know anything about bikes, Evans is pretty expensive, but there are plenty of independent people who do bike servicing. They are more often than not cheaper, and smilier. Finally 6. Ask! - If you want to know the best route to your college, or somewhere to ride about on a weekend ask a cyclist at college! - Cyclists are the best people, I don't know a cyclist I don't like (must be all those endorphins we get from the extra exercise), but if you need to know the best bike shop, puncture repair method or if tassels on your handlebars would look tacky (no they wouldn't) ask their advice! - You're welcome to email me too (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask away! Cycle safe!