Safe Cycling

Lew Lawton’s Cycling Podcasts

These podcasts are created for broadcast during the Roundabout Swindon programme on Swindon 105.5 (www.swindon1055.com)  between 9am and 10 am on Friday mornings.  The idea is to increase the awareness of the cycling opportunities that exist in and around Swindon, or to tell the stories of some of our local cyclists.   If you have a story that you would like to tell on air.  Please contact me, Lew Lawton, on 07387 269456 or drop an email to cycle [dot] medic [at] btinternet [dot] com .  I’d love to hear from you

Podcast 32  A new road cycling event in Swindon

For cyclists wishing to give themselves a bit of a challenge without entering the realms of cycle racing, the cycle sportive is the answer.  The number of sportives in the UK calendar is growing like topsy, but many of the events seem to be over distances which are well outside the comfort zone of people who have only been cycling a few years or have just come back; so it’s good to hear about a new sportive coming to Swindon in which the shortest distance is 34miles although the long course is 54 miles.  James Nethercott came to the Swindon105.5 studios to tell Lew about.  This podcast also has information on cycle training for adults and free guided rides.

Podcast 31  An autistic youngster takes on a 50 mile bike ride challenge

Peter Elliot Howell from Liden is taking on a bike ride challenge to help fund a vounteering trip to Kenya in 2020.   He talked me recently about his interests (which don’t include cycling!!!),  What he will be doing in Kenya and how he hopes his bike ride will help with some of the funding.  I know he would be grateful if you […]

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Demand Road Justice

Dan was left tri-plegic at the age of 22, following a collision with a car driver in 2009.

As if these life-shattering injuries weren’t enough, the police then spectacularly failed to deliver justice. Their report made no mention of the driver’s illegal manoeuvre immediately before the collision. Nor had they tested the driver’s eyesight at the crash scene, despite telling Dan’s parents they had done so. Instead, they made out that Dan himself was at fault for having inadequate lighting, even though his bike lights were fully compliant with British standards.

Their report also omitted any mention of Dan’s reflective clothing. This key piece of evidence had been cut off him at the crash scene by the paramedics, but was then disposed of by the hospital after the police failed to collect it.

In the end, the case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service because it was deemed not to be ‘in the public interest’ and due to Dan’s ‘poor lighting’. This left Dan having to do all the evidence-gathering to demonstrate the driver’s negligence, before he could claim the compensation he now depends on for his long-term care.

Demand justice for injured cyclists – sign the Road Justice petition

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Effective Traffic Riding from British Cycling Guide

Do you ride safely on the roads?

Are you visible to other vehicle drivers?

Do you need to update your road cycling skills so you can integrate yourself safely with mainstream traffic?

Look no further than this excellent Effective_Traffic_Riding guide

Safe cycling!!

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Protecting Your Bike

Always use a good lock and secure your bike when it is going to be out of your sight for more than 2 seconds.  The better the lock the longer it will take thieves to steal it.  It is often recommended that the lock should cost about 10% of the purchase price of the bike

In today’s world your bike could be stolen if it is a “well known” Brand and well equipped.  Thieves will then try to sell it on, possibly on ebay or other web sites.  And if you have a cheaper bike they may steal it just for the scrap metal value; Hopefully these thefts will be reduced as the new laws on scrap metal dealing come into force on 1st Oct 2013

Register your  property for FREE and improve the chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.  This free service is suitable not only for your BIKE but also for your mobile phone and Ipod!!

go to www.immobilise.com and follow three simple steps

The service is available for

Bicycles
Sat Navs
Mobile Phones
TV
Audio Visual
Cameras
Ipods
Laptops

 

 

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Check, Clean & Lube

Obviously it is good to know that your bike is in a safe condition. Within the cycling community there is a simple check, known as the M Check, which done regularly gives you this confidence.

Keeping your bike clean and well oiled is also a good idea so you can get to know what your bike is supposed to look and feel like, making it easier to spot when something goes wrong.

Download the Mobile Cycle Medic’s guide and check your bike regularly.

Keeping your bike clean is the first step to keeping it working.   Call it Preventative Maintenance if you like.

clean all dirt from wheels especially the rim area. use bike cleaner in spray form
clean all the dirt and gunge from the gear changers. You may be surprised at how much dirt has stuck to those two little wheels at the back. A screwdriver followed by a stiff brush and de-greaser will help
clean the dirt from between the gear sprockets on the rear wheel. Get in between the rings of teeth and clean down to the bare metal between. Use a sprocket brush or the new gear floss
clean the chain thoroughly using a good quality chain bath and bio-degradeable de greaser
clean the frame and remainder of the bikes
rinse the whole bike
leave to drip dry
lubricate gears, chain and if possible your brake and gear cables

As winter approaches you need check, clean and lube more regularly and ensure your lights are clean and the batteries charged  or replaced if necessary.  Pay more attention to the state of your tyres.  Consider fitting full length mudguards if your bike will take them, they will help keep your bike, clothes and luggage clean.
Tip: Watch the wear line on your wheel

If you have […]

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How to Get the Right Fit – Cycle Helmets

As an adult, whether you wear a helmet or not is a personal decision. Helmets certainly don’t reduce accidents, only safe cycling can do that. If you have the misfortune to be unseated from your bike, a helmet can reduce the amount of damage to your skull and your brain. Personally, I feel there is a different argument in favour of kids wearing helmets because:

They are more likely to fall due to inexperience
They often fall when starting and stopping
Their skulls are thinner than an adult’s skull
They tend to do childish things like bumping up and down kerbs

However, one thing that does make me mad is when I see someone who has decided to buy and wear a helmet that does not fit properly!
Too often it is on the back of their head, not much protection when you fall on your forehead!
Too often the straps are loose, meaning it will be off their head before their head hits the ground.

Here is my MCM Helmet Fitting Guide to help you get the right fit.

Safe Cycling!
 

By |November 30th, 2011|Safe Cycling, Sales, Useful Information|Comments Off on How to Get the Right Fit – Cycle Helmets

Are Supermarket Bikes a Good Buy?

Think before you buy a bike from a supermarket. The Association Of Cycle Traders web site carried the following  article recently. Look carefully at the picture. I see a bike like this at least once a fortnight.
“ARGOS BACK IN BSO HALL OF SHAME”
Posted on 24 Nov 2011

ActSmart recently reported on the importance of visiting local bike shops over the large chain stores, and now it seems Argos have provided customers with yet another reason for customers to use a specialist retailer.

In 2009 BBC’s watchdog reported on Bicycle Shaped Objects, or BSO’s cropping up in supermarkets and chain stores across the country. Since the report the ACT named and shamed some of the companies guilty of selling badly assembled bikes or flat packed bikes (read the full blog here.)

Argos were one of those retailers who failed to build bikes to an acceptable standard back in 2009 and it seems history has repeated itself as a Raleigh bike features in their national TV advert.. with the forks fitted the wrong way.

If the bikes can’t even be set up properly for their national TV campaign, how can Argos expect their consumers to be able to set up the flat pack bikes properly themselves at home? Once again, this only highlights the importance of visiting qualified specialist retailers who assemble the bikes in store, correctly.

With blunders like these, consumers are advised to steer clear of non-specialist shops such as Argos and supermarkets, and instead to always look out for the Cytech logo which ensures bikes will be assembled safely and fit for purpose.”

The article ended by saying that customers of bike shops had peace of mind when dealing with Cytech Accredited staff such as Lew.

Lew is also part of the Cycle […]

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