Its now official...

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Its now official...

Postby keepontriking » 2 Oct 2008, 4:12pm

GEM Motoring Assist have produced a booklet that they have been touting around recently named "A Guide to Safer Cycling".
Much of it is reasonable and it has a pleasant enough picture of a family bedecked with their helmets and local authority hi-viz cycling vests riding on a shared path...

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But look more closely at the youngster on the left...


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NO FRONT BRAKE

It must now be official.
You are obviously clearly completely safe if you wear a helmet and a hi-viz - never mind about the brake!

So much for a motoring organisation giving advice to cyclists; and what about those 'parents' - do they check their youngster's bikes over - and I wonder what West Sussex County Council think about this great advert for their road safety materials.
And - did the youngsters get them from their cycle training scheme?

PS: I'm not sure about that quick release lever either.

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Postby reohn2 » 2 Oct 2008, 4:19pm

I wonder if dad forgot to refit the front brake cable and completely close the Q/R when he put the front wheel in after unloading the bike from the car? :? :shock:

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Postby WesBrooks » 2 Oct 2008, 4:20pm

Very well spotted! Have you emailed them? Would be amusing to see what sort of excuse they come up with!

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Postby bikely-challenged » 2 Oct 2008, 4:35pm

:D That's hilarious!

Thanks for making me laugh and well spotted!
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Postby 2Tubs » 2 Oct 2008, 4:43pm

Genius!

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Postby robgul » 2 Oct 2008, 4:44pm

reohn2 wrote:I wonder if dad forgot to refit the front brake cable and completely close the Q/R when he put the front wheel in after unloading the bike from the car? :? :shock:



Dad could well be the same bloke that frequently leaves front wheels from cheapo bikes at the car park by our local Greenway cycle path - you can see it .... take out front wheel and put it beside car, put bike in car, close tailgate, get in and drive away - forgetting the wheel.

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Postby cranky » 2 Oct 2008, 4:46pm

Even if the brakes were working, I doubt very much that the kids hands have sufficient reach to use them the way the levers are set.
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Postby random37 » 2 Oct 2008, 5:01pm

Someone needs to send that to the newspapers..

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Postby pioneer » 2 Oct 2008, 5:05pm

The best guide to safer cycling, is to get cyclists on the roads where they/we belong. Proper training in road safety and awareness would do much more good than pandering to the whims of "local safety officers" and so called "experts" who want us to ride on overcrowded,often poorly concieved, built and maintained shared-use paths.

And how far would you really want to cycle with all that clobber on?

We don't tell motoring mags' and organisations how to drive safely and with consideration for other road users (not that they'd take any notice if anybody did), so how is that they feel obliged to give advice to a group of people on a subject that they obviously know b****r -all about?

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Postby keepontriking » 2 Oct 2008, 5:19pm

chris667 wrote:Someone needs to send that to the newspapers..


It is being done.

It looks as if GEM Assist had produced an article promoting cycling (and their leaflet) which has been picked up by local papers to fill space.
My local paper ran it as 'Top safety tips for keen pedal pushers'.

The support by 'Think' must also be questioned :roll:

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Postby Tiddly Tom » 2 Oct 2008, 8:07pm

Very funny, well noticed :lol:

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Postby reohn2 » 2 Oct 2008, 8:10pm

robgul wrote:
reohn2 wrote:I wonder if dad forgot to refit the front brake cable and completely close the Q/R when he put the front wheel in after unloading the bike from the car? :? :shock:



Dad could well be the same bloke that frequently leaves front wheels from cheapo bikes at the car park by our local Greenway cycle path - you can see it .... take out front wheel and put it beside car, put bike in car, close tailgate, get in and drive away - forgetting the wheel.

Rob


Possibly :?

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Postby Fonant » 2 Oct 2008, 8:37pm

At least the rider with the lacking front brake has a front reflector - can't see one on his brother's bike. Perhaps only one of them ever goes out cycling in the dark?

The cycle path actually looks wide enough for two-way use, although it goes right up to the kerb, making passing interesting if there are lorries around (or a dog-walker).

From my years of Dr. Bike experience I can say that missing brakes are quite normal for children's bikes. Sadly safety campaigns very rarely put the emphasis on the things that really do make a difference to cycling safety :(
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Postby eileithyia » 3 Oct 2008, 7:59am

robgul wrote:

Dad could well be the same bloke that frequently leaves front wheels from cheapo bikes at the car park by our local Greenway cycle path - you can see it .... take out front wheel and put it beside car, put bike in car, close tailgate, get in and drive away - forgetting the wheel.

Rob


Not funny have done that one!

Well spotted re the brake though :lol: :lol:
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Postby Firebird » 3 Oct 2008, 11:35am

They won't necessarily be real cyclists. They are likely to have been recruited from an agency and may not even be a real family. The ad. agency would hav egot hold of some bikes, not necessarily knowing how to assemble them.