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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 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 […]

By |June 20th, 2018|Cycle Events, Cycling in Swindon, Safe Cycling, Sales, useful Info, Useful Information|Comments Off on Lew Lawton’s Cycling Podcasts

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?