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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 25  Ride Leaders needed to deliver a free Guided Ride Programme in Swindon

Swindon Borough Council in association with British Cycling and HSBC is promoting a series of free guided rides which will be suitable for new cyclists, those returning to cycling and cycling with children. New volunteer ride leaders are required and in March there will be a one day course to equip volunteers with the skills needed. Lew Lawton went to find out more. The website for the rides is find a ride near you and for ride leaders add /volunteer.  The web site for ideas on teaching your child to ride is teach your child to ride

 

Podcast 24  The White Horse Challenge

For the past 5  years the  Mobile Cycle Medic, initially in the guise of Lew Lawton, but now in the hands of Tony Staples, has provided Race Mechanic support to one of the Swindon’s popular Sportives, The White Horse Challenge.  For Swindon 105.5 Community Radio, Lew took his microphone out recently to meet organiser Fergal McGraph and two local riders who participated in last year’s event to get the latest update on this early sportive.   Our chat was recorded in a noisy canteen at Honda in […]

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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

 

 

By |November 3rd, 2012|Safe Cycling, useful Info|Comments Off on Protecting Your Bike

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 […]

By |November 30th, 2011|Bike Safety & Maintenance, News, Safe Cycling, Sales, useful Info|Comments Off on Are Supermarket Bikes a Good Buy?