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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 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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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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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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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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