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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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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Friday Night Ride to the Coast

Dear fellow pedallers,  I know that all our West Surrey friends are up for a challenge and like something a bit different…….so you might be interested in the FNRTTC club, (Friday Night Ride to the Coast or the ‘Fridays’). It costs £2 pa to join and they run monthly overnight rides from London (usually, but not always) to the coast, setting off Friday nights at midnight.  I did my first one a couple of weeks ago from the normal starting point, outside the National Theatre by Waterloo, to Whitstable in Kent, 67.5 miles. There were about 70 on the ride, of all ages, shapes and sizes, with a couple of recumbents and half a dozen Bromptons as well as state-of-the-art racers.  The organisation is fantastic. Two excellent leaders, male and female. A pep-talk at the start before we set off at midnight. Way-markers at every twist and turn. Tail end

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Cycle Maintenance for WSCTC Members at Evans in Guildford – responses please!

The Evans Cycles store in Guildford has offered to put on a cycle maintenance training session for WSCTC members, at a cost of £20 per person.  The details are as follows: This will be a 2 hour session from 6pm to 8pm on a Saturday evening (date to be confirmed) Session to be held at the workshop in Evans Cycles, Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford 6-8 WSCTC attendees 2 Evans mechanics to be involved WSCTC members can bring their own bikes (must be in good condition) Content to be decided, to fit in with the requirements of those who attend Please let me know if this is of interest (or if you have any questions).   We can go ahead only if we receive enough take-up to fill a session.  It should be possible to arrange multiple sessions if there is strong interest. Thanks Derek (07711 873924)

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FREE Bike Check Offer for WSCTC Members

We have had an approach from the Evans Cycles store in Guildford (Woodbridge Meadows, GU1 1BD) to offer a FREE “Pre-Season” bike check to WSCTC Members any time before the end of April 2019.  Just call in to the store or phone ahead (01483 560 428) to book an appointment, on presentation of a valid CUK membership card. This is part of a new initiative from Evans, who are keen to develop relationships with local cycle clubs, and we are actively exploring other ways in which we might collaborate with the store.

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