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 morinings.  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 19   Denis Hedges  probably Swindon’s oldest competitive cyclist

Denis Hedges is known to many Swindon racing cyclists as a formidable opponent.  Still competing every now and then despite his senior years he also likes to volunteer at cycling events and in some Swindon cycle shops.  Lew invited Denis into the studios for a cuppa after one of his Monday Morning rides to South Cerney and back……

 

Podcast 18   Mr Mitchell from Mitchell Cycles

Lew went on a break so we rebroadcast an interview that Adrian Gough did with Mr M during the summer.  It is relevant today as Mr M talks about buying bikes for Christmas.

 

Podcast 17   John Phipps   Cycling UK and Swindon Cycle Campaign

Recently John joined Lew helping to replace some cycle path signage in the Dorcan and Liden areas.  As the cycle path went right past the 105.5 studios they popped in for a cuppa and a chat about John’s experience of cyling in and around Swindon.  John has lived here since 1978 and Lew asked him if he had always cycled…..

Podcast 16 Mark Butler from E-Motion talks E-Bikes

You may have noticed that some of our more senior cyclists are whizzing past the almost stationery traffic. Look closer and you may […]

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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!
 

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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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Buying Bikes on Auction Sites

Buying from eBay or Gumtree

The increase in popularity in cycling has led to an increase in cycle thefts. If you are considering buying a bike from eBay or another auction site then please be certain that the seller is the true owner of the bike.

3 Tips for a Safer Sale:

Ask for the frame number before you make a bid.
Collect the bike from their home or shop, not from a pub or street corner.
Insist on payment methods other than cash.

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