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…and what about protecting us?

It was extremely sad that on the National Cycle to Work Day last week, a cyclist was killed in a collision with a lorry; the seventh cyclist this year to be killed in London. According to Government statistics, each year over 100 cyclists are killed in the UK and more than 3000 seriously injured. …

WHAT’S IN YOUR RIDING PACK?

Our MD Nick has been riding and racing mountain bikes since the age of 13. Today he enjoys trail and enduro riding, regularly heading out to the French Alps. Nick’s also a qualified mountain bike guide and bicycle mechanic.

We wanted to ask Nick what he carries with him on his mountain bike days out …

Tu quoi ? A quick guide to Tour de France vocab

If you’ve been watching the coverage of the Tour de France, you’ll have noticed a lot of French terms that have slipped into the general cycling vocabulary. Unless you parlez francais, or are already up on the lingo, you might find it a bit of a mystery! So here’s our guide to some of …

Prudential RideLondon 2018

The world’s greatest festival of cycling returns to London over the weekend of 28th-29th July 2018. It’s a fun-packed weekend of cycle-based events and shows. If we were to pick a favourite it’s the FreeCycle, which closes off central London to traffic, allowing all the family to see all the sights from the saddle …

Setting Up Rim Brakes #BeBrakeReady

Part 3 in our #BeBrakeReady series. So far we’ve covered how check whether your pads need replacing, how to replace them, and now finally in part 3, how to set them up.

V-BRAKES

You’ll remember from last weeks blog that the brake pads have a series of concave and convex washers on the stud. These now …

Brake Pad Replacement: Rim Brakes

In our previous blog we explained the importance of ensuring your brake pads were not worn http://www.havebike.co.uk/news/post.php?s=2018-01-18-bebrakeready

Over time the brake pad material will wear and ultimately cease to effectively stop you. Brake pad material can also perish as it ages so it’s important to be able to replace when the need arrises. In this …

#BeBrakeReady Newsletter

#BeBrakeReady

The City of London Corporation recently commissioned a report analysing data on collisions resulting in fatalities or serious injuries (KSI – killed or seriously injured). This report highlighted that one of the most common conflicting pairs of road users in the Square Mile were cyclists and pedestrians:

Conflicting Pairs

As responsible cyclists we worry about such …

#BeBrakeReady

Last year, a cyclist fatally collided with a pedestrian who was crossing the road. The cyclist was charged with Manslaughter and jailed for 18 months as his bicycle had only one working brake.

By law it is illegal to ride your bike on the road unless it meets the requirements of the Road Traffic Acts, …

How to beat the winter (maintenance) blues: CHAINS

We’ve just survived Storm Caroline here in the UK and we’re told it’s going to be a cold winter with plenty of snow and ice. That means our roads will be covered in salt (grit). Salt is corrosive and can damage your bike/its components, especially your bike chain.

Here at havebike we wanted to share …

Light Up

It’s that tricky time of year (trick or treat pun intended) when any thoughts of retaining a summer outlook are quashed by the clocks going back and dark evenings drawing in. As a cyclist it’s easy to get caught out by the gloom, out on the road without proper lighting, virtually invisible to other …