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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 […]

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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

By |July 13th, 2013|Bike Safety & Maintenance, Cycling Training, News, Safe Cycling, Training, Useful Information|Comments Off on Demand Road Justice

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!
 

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

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.

By |November 29th, 2011|News, Sales, Useful Information|Comments Off on Buying Bikes on Auction Sites