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1 March 2017 - 12:21pm
Driver is claiming against me
Judge's gavel and documents
I’ve been in a traffic incident and would like to understand the potential consequences. It happened on an unregulated intersection. I was riding straight on and an oncoming driver was turning right. My bike is damaged, as is the car – his front bumper and left door. Luckily, a police car was passing by and stopped. I have a CAD number, the driver’s details, and a photo of his car showing the number plate. I don’t know what the police registered in their files.
1 March 2017 - 12:12pm
Escaping labyrinthitis
A doctor with a stethoscope
I had labyrinthitis recently, causing nausea and balance problems. Is it cycling related? How can I avoid it?
1 March 2017 - 12:09pm
Different width tyres
Mechanic adjusting the gears
My alloy/carbon road bike has 23mm tyres. I’d like to fit something wider, having switched from 23mm to 28mm on another bike, with noticeable improvements to comfort and rolling. But although I have room for 25mm on the front, there is very little clearance under the seat stay bridge. Would there be any advantage in having a 25mm on the front? I suspect it would be better the other way round but that won’t work. Would there be any disadvantage in having odd tyre sizes?
1 March 2017 - 12:07pm
Mounting & dismounting
Mechanic adjusting the gears
At the age of 84, I can cycle well enough but I’m having trouble getting on and off my bike easily. I’ve considered a step-through Dutch roadster but they generally have a limited range of gears. I’ve lowered my carrier and my saddle to get more clearance. Maybe there’s a simple solution that I’ve overlooked?
1 March 2017 - 10:31am
Heart-rate spikes
A doctor with a stethoscope
I have been alarmed by some readings on my heart-rate monitor. I am a fit, 63-year-old cyclist. My maximum heart rate used to be around 180, but I’ve had the odd spike above 200. Normally, these spikes occur near the start of a ride. I discussed this with my GP who, after a 24-hour monitor, pronounced me fit and well. Last night, I did a 10-mile time trial without warming up properly. My HR quickly went up to about 220, and stayed high for a few minutes.
28 February 2017 - 4:36pm
200 years since the father of the bicycle Baron Karl von Drais invented the 'running machine'
Velocipedes, Jardin du Luxembourg, Gentry Publishers, 1818
200 years ago in Germany Baron Karl von Drais demonstrated his newest invention: the draisienne (which was also known as the laufmachine, running machine or Vélocipède), a two-wheeled horseless vehicle propelled by its rider. Cycling UK's Historian Sheila Hanlon explains why without Baron Karl von Drais we would not have the modern bicycle.
28 February 2017 - 3:28pm
Space for cycling will improve rush hour traffic flow
space for cycling reduces traffic
Cycling UK's parliamentary evidence to Transport Committee inquiry on urban congestion explains how better cycling provision will allow more people to travel safely and quickly.
24 February 2017 - 9:24am
Three years on and still waiting for justice for Michael Mason
The scales of justice: Photo Flckr CC; credit James Cridland
Tomorrow (25 February) will be the third anniversary of the tragic collision which led to the death of 70 year old teacher Michael Mason, who was hit from behind as he cycled along London's Regent Street. Three years of waiting and fighting, but in five weeks time his family will finally get to hear the evidence about what happened, as the private prosecution finally comes to trial at the Old Bailey.
23 February 2017 - 4:26pm
Birmingham cyclists learn maintenance skills from blind bike mechanic
Blind bike mechanic Mike Willis at iCycle in Birmingham
A blind bike mechanic is teaching the skills of his trade to members of Cycling UK’s Community Cycle Clubs in Birmingham.
23 February 2017 - 11:37am
Can we do it again in Northern Ireland?
Cyclists pedalling down to Stormont
On 2 March, Northern Ireland heads to the polls again as the populace votes for their new Members of the Legislative Assembly. As we did in April and May 2016, Cycling UK has teamed up with local campaigns Northern Ireland Greenways and Bikefast, to ask candidates whether they will back cycling again. Cycling UK's Sam Jones reports on the latest developments.
20 February 2017 - 6:16pm
How and why to put on bike rides aimed at women
Only around 20% of Cycling UK's members are female and women are hugely underrepresented in cycling as a whole. But they are also the group that have the most to gain from taking part in a fun, healthy and sociable activity. So, as part of our current celebration of women's cycling, we have put together a guide to encourage more women to take up riding a bike, whether they've never ridden before, are returning after a break or are experienced cyclists.
16 February 2017 - 11:37pm
We’ve won! Cycling UK scoops prestigious BikeBiz award
Cycling UK wins BikeBiz award at London Bike Show 2017
The cycling industry's annual awards ceremony was hosted at the ExCeL last night as part of the London Bike Show 2017 – and Cycling UK won one of the prestigious BikeBiz awards.
16 February 2017 - 9:21am
Lessons from Leicester
Cycling infrastructure in Leicester
The East Midlands city has made big strides in making everyday cycling accessible to everyone. Rob Ainsley cycled around it to discover how.
16 February 2017 - 1:00am
First off-road cycling report gives unique insight into UK scene
Four cyclists enjoying some riding off-road
Cycling UK today (Thursday, 16 February) launched its report “Rides of Way: Cycling UK’s Off-Road Report 2017” at the London Bike Show hosted at the ExCeL centre in London.
15 February 2017 - 6:26pm
Going Frome strength to strength on 40th birthday
CTC Frome members
CTC Frome celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special birthday ride which retraced the route of the club’s very first outing in 1977.
14 February 2017 - 12:29pm
Fletchers Solicitors and Cycling UK stand up for vulnerable road users amidst latest whiplash consultation
Justice
Fletchers Solicitors, specialists in motorcycle accident claims, and Cycling UK have joined forces to stand up for the rights of vulnerable road users, following the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reforming the ‘whiplash’ claims process.
10 February 2017 - 1:52pm
A guide to cycling on the road with children
A woman cycling with a boy
How can you prepare a child for the demands of cycling on a road? Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand share their advice to help parents to cycle alongside their children safely on a road.
8 February 2017 - 2:40pm
Great Rides: A Ride in the Rockies
The Canadian Rockies
The scenery of the Canadian Rockies was everything Cycling UK member Lewis Smith hoped for. The summer weather wasn't...
7 February 2017 - 3:27pm
Great Rides: South Downs Way
South Downs Way
The 100-mile South Downs Way is an ideal mini-adventure with mountain bikes and backpacks, as Tony Upfold discovered.
5 February 2017 - 12:07pm
A guide to tag-a-longs or trailer bikes and tow bars
Roland Add+bike
If your child too heavy for a bike seat or trailer, but cannot manage a longer ride yet, try a tag-a-long (often known as a trailer bike). It's is essentially a child’s bicycle with the front wheel, fork and headset replaced by a long towbar or boom. It fits to the back of an adult’s bike to form an articulated tandem. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael explain the options.
 
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