Cycling mirrors

About Cycling Mirrors Pat Daffarn put a “flea in my ear” at the Russ Mantle 1,000,000 celebration last Thursday. He complimented the Committee on its first aid initiatives, then said “but are we doing enough to prevent accidents in the first place!”, He reminded me of the importance of mirrors, and I recall writing a piece on this back in August 2017. I thought it worthwhile updating and re-publishing the blog. Phil Hamilton and Bob McLeod introduced me to the Take-a-Look cycling mirror (made by Bike Peddler USA) about 4 years ago and like my helmet, I wouldn’t now ride without it. Generally bike mirrors fit into five categories: Frame mounted (e.g. Bike Eye), Handlebar (Cat Eye) , Helmet (EVT Safe Zone), Eye Glasses (Take-a-Look), and Wrist mounted (Rear Viz). Handlebar mirrors are the most popular with a tremendous range of styles to fit all bikes. Prices have generally come

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Arthurs Twiggs’ funeral, Monday 11 November

Arthur’s Twiggs funeral, Monday 11 November, 11.30 at Aldershot Crematorium, Guildford Road, Aldershot GU12 4BP. Would you like to cycle together to celebrate Arthur and his love for cycling? Meet: 10.15 Farnham Maltings,Bridge Square, Red Lion Lane,Farnham GU9 7QR. Distance: only about 4 miles. To: Aldershot Crematorium, Guildford Road, Aldershot GU12 4BP Funeral: 11.30. Family flowers only. Donations would be welcome to Phylis Tuckwell. If you are cycling from the Maltings to Arthur’s funeral at Aldershot Crematorium, you are invited by Dilys to join family and friends for sandwiches and ‘cake’ at the Hop Blossom, Long Garden Walk (off Castle Street) Farnham GU9 7HX. Please reply to Sue Shaw: , 07703475323 so that we can give an idea of numbers to Dilys. Sue Shaw T: 01252 726684 M: 07703 475323 E:

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Proposed club name change

Most of you will have received an email from Derek Ridyard on behalf of the committee including a paragraph on a proposal to change the name of our club to West Surrey Cycling Club. Most clubs calling themselves ‘X.. Y.. Cycling Club’ are wholly or mainly concerned with racing, and I suggest that our name could, or maybe should, differentiate us from them, by including the word ‘Leisure’ for example. ‘West Surrey Leisure Cycling Club’ is a word longer – maybe too long. ‘West Surrey Leisure Cyclists’ loses the word ‘club’ which we might prefer to keep. Maybe you have a better idea. Just food for thought.  

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Guildford Travel Club

Dear Fellow Cyclists, As most of us are travellers, you might be interested in the forthcoming season of Guildford Travel Club, with illustrated talks on journeys from around the world (programme attached below). Please note that two of our club members will be presenting this season:- 7th January 2020. I will be talking on a solo cycle-camping ride from Guildford to Vienna. 18th February 2020. John Weatherburn (grade 4) will be speaking on ‘Saudi Arabian Journeys’. I hope some of you can make it. Best wishes, Paul Gillingham

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TOUR OF THE HILLS / TOUR OF THE GREENSAND 18 August 2019

The forecast for the day had looked promising right up to the evening before the event, but  at the last minute rain was forecast for the morning. And that’s exactly what happened: it started to fall at 9.35am, just as the riders were heading off, and lasted for about two hours. The rest of the day provided pleasant riding conditions. One suspects that instant access to the latest forecast via the internet can have a considerable effect on event attendance, as the following statistics clearly reveal. If rain is forecast, then a lot of people who have signed up to ride just don’t turn up. 2019 2018 2017 Entries (on the line) 190 (6) 180 (19) 150 Finishers 105 135 103 No-shows at start 39 24 24 Didn’t finish ride 46 21 25 Last year, two weeks out from the event, there were only 70 entries; this year entries came

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