The world’s lightest secure bike lock – Made in Britain

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Hello Mick,

I thought you and your cycling club members may be interested in our latest innovation, Litelok Silver.  It’s the world’s lightest secure bike lock range ever made, rated Silver by Sold Secure. It’s now on Kickstarter (a crowdfunding platform):

https://kck.st/2CjIKR2

After consulting cyclists and bike experts globally we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure every design feature and functionality they desire is included. As well as being incredibly lightweight (starting from only 630g / 1.4lb), the locks are flexible, wearable, joinable, rattle proof, easy to use and come in 3 different lengths.

All Liteloks are made in our high-tech factory in Wales.

If appropriate, I would be incredibly grateful if you could share this with your members.

If you would like to know more, I would be happy to answer any questions.

Kind Regards,

Prof. Neil Barron  (neil.barron@litelok.com)

Designer, former aeronautical engineer and keen cyclist.

[Note from Andrew — Looks pretty cool. The Kickstarter deal’s smallest “pledge” is £60 and gets you estimated delivery date of  February 2019. They have made their goal several times over so it should happen. 16 days left if you want to be a backer too.]

Free Komoot maps – turn your touchscreen phone into a cycling SatNav

I have vouchers for 2 sets of free Komoot maps (worldwide, normally €29). If you are planning to use Komoot for route planning or recording rides email me at rides@wwyork.org or ring me on 01904 709542.

There is more about Komoot on our Links page https://wwyork.org/links/  in the section headed “List of apps and webpages for route planning and recording”

Andrew Monk

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Volunteers wanted for York Rally ride, 23 June

From Andrew Richardson

I have agreed to lead a D ride from York Rally on Saturday 23rd June. I have asked for this to be listed as a ride with York Wednesday Wheelers, with me as leader. I believe that the start time is at 9.10 from the Rally Headquarters on the Knavesmire.

The ride will be about 37 miles with a coffee stop in Stamford Bridge (there are several coffee shops now) after about 25 miles. Back by lunchtime.

It would be good if a few Wheelers were to join us, and I would appreciate a couple of volunteers to act as a ‘tail end Charlie’ and a second leader if the group is too big, and needs to be split. Please let me know if you are willing to help. I will supply you with the route in advance, but basically it is as below:

Outward route via Millennium Bridge, Walmgate Stray, Osbaldwick, Murton, Warthill, Upper Helmsley, Buttercrambe, Skirpenbeck, Bugthorpe, Youlthorpe, Gowthorpe, Full Sutton, Stamford Bridge (where there are a number of options for coffee).
Return via Route 66 to Dunnington, Murton, Osbaldwick, the cyclepath to James St then cutting through to Blue Bridge Lane and the riverside back to Millennium Bridge.

Survey of cycling near misses

Nearmiss

Those of you who like statistics might like to glance at this nicely presented survey of cycling near misses in London.

It turns out, that it would be, on average, 400 years before a regular UK commuting cyclist would experience death or a serious injury. In contrast, s/he is likely to experience a ‘very scary’ incident once every week (this is London!) So they surveyed near misses to get more data, like they do for flight safety analyses.

The same lady has done some interesting work on how to influence cycling policy see the video on her website here.

Something to take home from the Christmas Lunch

ICEcard

I will bring a pack of these In Case of Emergency cards to the Christmas Lunch next week. Hope you like the colour, I was going for a medical theme.

The idea is that you fill it in and have it with you when you cycle with us. Put it in your saddle bag, tool kit or wallet. The main thing is that it is always with you when you cycle. If you would like one for each of your bikes just ask – well within reason! I know how many bikes some of you have.

Andrew