Explanation of some widely used cycling industry patents that I consider bad, and/or unsafe
Cycling related legal provisions of Serbian traffic law. Is helmet obligatory? How to ride in traffic, etc.
How to use a bicycle for commuting to work, or to school? What kind of bicycle? How to dress? What to look (out) for?
How to transport a child, or children on a bicycle? What kinds of bicycle child seats and trailers exist, what are their pros and cons. My experience…
Short text on how to prepare a bicycle for storage over the winter – and how to get it ready in the spring. First guest post on bikegremlin.
My thoughts on minimum safe distance for a car overtaking a bicycle. Should there be a law prescribing a minimum distance?
What kind of bicycle is best used for winter cycling, especially in the snow.
Updated: 09/09/2020. One of the nicer parts of cycling, at least for the author of this text, is riding down hills – the longer and faster, the better, whether on paved roads, or through forests. 🙂 This post will explain good bicycle braking on long descends techniques, that allow for safe and fun cycling down … Read more
Updated: 08/11/2018. This post will explain how to quickly and smoothly ride through (tight) corners on a bicycle. This is especially important when riding fast downhill, but it is also useful for improving riding skills in any other situation. First, instinctive survival reactions and (their affect on) bicycle controlling will be explained, followed by explanations … Read more
Updated: 11/11/2018. In this post I will explain how to precisely, efficiently and quickly steer a bicycle. Steering a bicycle might sound obvious to any (experienced) cyclist, but some concepts and techniques that come intuitively, especially “countersteering”, are better used when one knows about them and tries consciously to practice and improve them. As a … Read more
Updated: 29/08/2020. This post will explain some typical risky traffic situations for cyclists in traffic and how to avoid them, how to stay safe when cycling on public roads, with other motor vehicles. Each risky situation will be explained separately, with advice how to minimize the risk of an accident. Before explaining typical situations, list … Read more
Updated: 06/01/2020. This post explains safe bicycle lane positioning and riding in traffic. With a bit of caution, bicycle can be ridden on public roads quite safely, even in heavy traffic. Post that explains basic things about human attention and noticing bicycles in traffic is here: Sorry, I didn’t see you – cyclist traffic safety. … Read more
Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains imperfections of human perception in terms of cyclist traffic safety. For explanation of difference between being seen and being noticed, read this post: Bicycle lights – Difference between “seeing” and “noticing”. A large percentage of cyclists have experienced situations where drivers didn’t see them – resulting in shock and hard braking, … Read more
Updated: 05/06/2020. This post explains a proper braking technique on a bicycle. How to stop in the shortest possible distance, how to use front and rear brake correctly. Separate posts explain mechanical brake working principle, and pros and cons of bicycle disc brakes. Contents:1. What are the brakes used for on a bicycle?2. Braking weight … Read more
Updated: 23/08/2019. This post explains how to prepare oneself and the bicycle for safe and pleasand snow cycling. Yes, it is possible. 🙂 Is it wise to cycle in the snow? When I started cycling in the winter, especially in the snow, friends were worried and usually asked these questions: Is it cold? Is it … Read more
Updated: 23/12/2020. Cycling in the winter can be quite comfortable. It is said: “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing”. How to dress for winter cycling? What are the challenges of riding in the coldest part of the year? All this will be explained in this post. Separate posts explain bicycle snow riding technique … Read more
Updated: 10/01/2021. Cycling in the winter, even on snow and ice can be nice. 🙂 Having good bicycle winter tyres helps a lot with that. This post will first explain the basics of tyre traction. Then the types of snow and winter surfaces usually encountered. Afterwards it will explain studded bicycle tyres and their attributes. … Read more
How to lock a bicycle – so that it is secure and is not easily stolen. Explanation of locking techniques that work best, making it very hard for the thieves
Updated: 10/11/2020. This post explains bicycle lock types, construction, and how to choose a good one for locking a bicycle. For instructions on “locking techniques”, i.e. how to properly lock a bicycle, read this post: Locking a bicycle. Contents:1. What makes a good bicycle lock?…1.1. Lock cylinder…1.2. Locking mechanism…1.3. Lock body2. Padlocks – size and … Read more
Updated: 09/09/2020. Is it necessary to use bicycle lights at night? How to be properly lit, safe and visible when cycling at night? What kind of lights are the best for a bicycle? Contents:1. Why reflectors DON’T do the job2. Difference between “seeing” and “noticing” (consciously)3. Bicycle lights4. Common mistakes…4.1. Blinking lights…4.2. Lights too bright, … Read more