A New Destination for Cyclists & Walkers from this Christmas

Cyclists and walkers have a new destination to head to from Boxing Day with the opening of Cadence Cycle Hub at Church Farm in Litlington, next to The Long Man Brewery in the Cuckmere Valley.

Cadence offers somewhere to meet, grab a coffee or a bite to eat. Cycle hire, servicing and repairs, plus e-bike guided tours will also be available in the near future. It’s a quirky venue with the promise of great coffee backed by on-site roastery Liquid Spirit.

Along with a large courtyard there is ample space for cyclists and walkers peeling off the South Downs Way, surrounding bridleways, trails and country lanes.

It aims to serve and connect with people who love the outdoors and is welcoming visitors arriving on foot or via two wheels. Sensitive about its environmental impact, reclaimed, recyclable and compostable products and materials have been used throughout.

Cadence has been launched by passionate local cyclists Roger Myall and Matthew Jackson and opens directly after Christmas. Its arrival marks the end of a year that has seen a boom in cycling, running and walking outdoors according to Sport England*, along with a nation’s desire to reconnect with its countryside.

Cadence will be open every day from Boxing Day to 3rd January from 9am until 1pm. Thereafter, it will be open every Wednesday to Sunday during the Winter months and looking to extend these hours once Spring arrives.

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According to co-founder Matthew who lives in Alfriston, “The Cuckmere Valley has always been a popular destination for those with a love of outdoor pursuits, such as cycling and walking. Cadence offers the opportunity for these people to refuel and meet in a welcoming and inclusive environment, and to feel part of the Cadence community that we are building.”

When not out on his gravel bike or walking the Downs, Matthew is the Founding Director of Sporta Group which provides sports travel, logistics and management services worldwide to sports industry clients such as the England Cricket team, Premiership Rugby teams and many of the country’s top sports schools. Sports Bike +, part of the Group is also launching cycling tours in 2021.

Fellow co-founder, Roger, lives in Eastbourne and is also a Director of Sporta and Chairman of The Saffrons Sports Club in the town.

Roger Myall and (right) Matthew Jackson.

Roger Myall and (right)
Matthew Jackson.

Winter Clothing Ideas (Guardian article by Miles Brignall)

If the dark nights have left you wondering if you need to upgrade your bike lights, jacket and winter kit, be assured you are not alone. UK cycle shops traditionally sell the largest number of lights and other hi-vis gear this week as commuters decide it’s time to take stock. While you can spend a fortune on the latest kit, you don’t have to. Here are our tips on how to stay warm and dry – and highly visible – on the road this winter, without having to take out a massive overdraft.

Jackets

The best commuter cycling jackets feature a combination of hi-vis materials – a bright yellow or orange body that will make you stand out on the morning ride and a good proportion of the night-vision materials that will sparkle in a car’s headlamps on the way home.

Proviz arguably produces the UK’s most visible night cycling jackets. Its Reflect 360 jacket, which costs £90, lights up better than a Christmas tree at night.

However, it is less good during the day as it is all one colour. Opt instead for the firm’s £100 reversible Switch jacket. It is pricey but it offers hi-vis yellow by day, and once pushed inside out, the light-up technology keeps you visible as you ride home in the dark. If you’d prefer a traditional model, the company also has a conventional £85 Nightrider jacket that is predominantly orange or yellow, with the shoulders and back covered in light-up material.

Note these Proviz jackets are not the most breathable, which won’t be a problem if you pootle along. However, those riding with a bit more verve may find they arrive too hot and sweaty. Proviz offers breathable jackets but they cost more than £100.

dhb Flashlight Force waterproof jacket

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Next up is the dhb Flashlight Force Waterproof Jacket, which Wiggle has on sale at £88 this week. These come in hi-vis yellow or red and feature plenty of flashes. They are well made and perfect for riding in winter, although you will probably want something less heavy for spring. If you are less susceptible to the cold, Wiggle also offers a lighter £63 version of the jacket.

The Madison Prime jacket (£60 via sites such as eBay) is also a good quality jacket for the money and comes from a proven manufacturer. It has just enough night-vision material to make sure you are seen, and should be a bit more breathable than some others.

If you are on a budget, or don’t cycle as much as you should, take a look at Mountain Warehouse’s Adrenaline Iso-Viz jacket, which is currently on sale at £40 for the men’s version and £50 for the women’s model. Again, it won’t be the most breathable jacket but it will keep you warm and dry – and visible. It doesn’t have as much night-time visibility as the others, but it’s great value. Make sure you buy a size down, as this company’s sizing is not standard. Ideally, go into a store to try before you buy.

Hump Strobe waterproof jacket

                                                                                                                                                                                        A Hump Strobe waterproof jacket. Photograph: Hump

If you only have £30 to spend, try the Hump Strobe waterproof jacket or head to eBay where there are plenty of good-quality used jackets and lots of new Chinese-made models of mixed quality to choose from.

If you have a perfectly good waterproof but it isn’t visible enough, why not add a hi-vis gilet over the top? Cheap ones used on building sites won’t add much in the fashion stakes but will get you seen for very little outlay.

Hi-vis gilets made from similar material to the Proviz jackets start at about £20, while the company itself offers its version for £40 and up.

Lights

The Lezyne Hecto Drive 500XL front bike light.

                                                                                                                                                                                           The Lezyne Hecto Drive 500XL front bike light. Photograph: Lezyne

When it comes to bike lights, there is an absurd number to choose from, some costing in excess of £500. Having lights is a legal necessity and how much you need to spend is largely defined by whether your ride involves leaving the urban area and unlit roads. Most decent lights are USB rechargeable, so you don’t have to keep buying batteries.

If you regularly ride down country lanes, the £27.49 Lezyne Hecto Drive 500XL front light is a real bargain right now on Wiggle. If this light’s 500 lumens are not enough, opt for the £34 Lezyne Micro Drive 600XL. You won’t be disappointed with either.

If you are on a budget, Halfords has a USB-rechargeable set for £15. On eBay there are plenty of front and back light sets from only £9 that will do a perfectly good job. I’ve used Aldi’s bike light sets in the past and they are also excellent value – when available.

Helmets

Giro Revel helmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Giro Revel helmet. Photograph: Giro Revel

It’s not only clothing that has gone hi-vis in recent years: if you really want to make sure you are seen, get a bright helmet. Halfords will sell you one for £30, although we’d be inclined to spend a bit more (£34) on a Giro Revel helmet. If you already have a helmet, consider a hi-vis cover. These fit most models and start at only £5 on eBay for a waterproof version. They will also keep you a bit warmer.

Gloves

                                                                                                                                                                     

Thinsulate winter gloves.

                                                                                                                             
Having cycled for many years and having tried lots of so-called waterproof gloves, I have found the best ones to use are the cheap Thinsulate 40g fleece gloves that can be bought anywhere for less than £5. They’re warm and will stay dry long enough for most short commutes, even in the pouring rain. At that price you can keep a second dry pair in your pannier.

If you love cycling but really struggle with the cold, consider Sealskinz’s waterproof heated gloves. At £114, they are not cheap but they are rechargeable, waterproof and offer three heat settings – running up to five hours on a charge.

Owners say they are a bit bulky and the sizing is small – so order a size up. Perfect for those who suffer circulation problems or those who regularly ride in subzero temperatures.

BBC News Report – Government to urge us all to walk and cycle more

We need to protect the public transport network as lockdown is lifted, the UK’s transport secretary is expected to say at a press conference on Saturday. The BBC understands Grant Shapps will encourage the public to continue to work from home if they can.

Image copyright JEFF OVERS

Those who need to travel to work will be urged to consider more active ways to travel like walking and cycling. Extra funding is likely to be announced for English local authorities to help alter road networks to facilitate this. The intention is to take the pressure off roads and public transport networks.

This is a devolved issue and in Wales, the assembly is suggesting a number of new policies including road and lane closures with filters for cyclists. Scotland announced funding for “active travel infrastructure” in April. No specific measures have been announced yet in Northern Ireland although the infrastructure minister is expected to appoint a cycling and walking champion.

It is believed that Mr. Shapps will talk about using the unique “opportunity” of the lockdown restrictions to change the way we get to work.

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Warning that cycling could be banned if people don’t ride responsibly this weekend

‘Make sure bikes continue to be seen to be part of the solution to this crisis’ – Chris Boardman

British Cycling has warned that the ‘privilege’ of riding a bike could be removed if people fail to observe instructions on social distancing this weekend.

In an open letter(link is external) published on Friday night, British Cycling CEO Julie Harrington said it was “heartening” that the Government had so far protected people’s right to ride a bike, but warned that this must not be taken for granted.

Government advice on staying at home currently lists as an exception, “one form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.”

It goes on to say that, “even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.”

Despite this, some have undertaken group rides or arranged to meet friends midway through a ride. Others have used their daily ride to cover great distances, arguing that the guidelines don’t specify a time limit.

Daily exercise rules: current cycling dos and don’ts

Harrington said: “People on bikes were not the only culprits in last weekend’s mass dash to the outdoors but, despite strong guidance from ourselves and others, too many chose to ignore the Prime Minister’s instructions on social distancing, continuing to ride in groups and meet in cafes for a mid-ride chat.

“This isn’t just irresponsible, it is putting people’s lives at risk. A repeat of that this weekend risks further Government measures to take away the privilege of riding a bike for all of us and now more than ever, it is not one we can afford to lose.”

Greater Manchester’s cycling commissioner, Chris Boardman, urged people to, “make sure bikes continue to be a part of the solution to this crisis, and are seen to be part of the solution.”  

After highlighting key workers’ use of bikes for essential journeys, he said: “For the rest of us, [bikes] are a way to go and get supplies, take essential exercise and, crucially, give us a mental break each day, helping us ensure prolonged isolation is actually sustainable.

“But for bikes to remain a force for good and help us get through this, this is how it’s got to work: only ride alone or with people that you live with and stay at least two metres away from anybody that you meet. Do not, under any circumstances, ride in a group.

“As per government instructions, only go out once [to exercise] each day. And finally, be sensible. Only ride on routes that you know well and that are well within your ability.”

He advised people to, “obey these rules as if your life, and the lives of others, depend on it – because they do.”

STATEMENT ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND THE SUSPENSION OF CSH ACTIVITIES – updated 24/03/2020

The committee has been closely monitoring advice regarding the coronavirus/COVID 19 situation. [click for more info]

Cycling UK  was updated on 23rd March 2020 

British Cycling was updated on 23rd March 2020

Cycling UK state:

This means it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but in line with our previous guidance, you should only do this alone or with members of your household unless any of them have reason to self-isolate.

Under no circumstance should you cycle or take part in any cycling activity in groups.

This is critical to stop the coronavirus disease spreading between households.

updated 24/03/2020 – Cycle Seahaven Secretary

Suspension of CSH activities

The committee has been closely monitoring advice regarding the coronavirus/COVID 19 situation.

Cycling UK and British Cycling have today issued press releases suspending cycling activities initially until April 30. This includes recreational riding as well as events. 

Cycling UK state ‘As a result of this revised guidance, Cycling UK has taken the decision to ask all its member and affiliate groups not to run any group activities, including club runs or events.

This is in line with advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UCI, with the aim of ensuring the maximum protection of people across the world’.

It is therefore with regret that Cycle Seahaven is suspending all of its activities pending updated information to the contrary.

Please note that Cycling UK within the same press release also state ‘However, people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.’

We leave you to make an informed decision on whether to ride or not. If you choose to do so we would recommend:

1. If riding with others you keep groups as small as possible and ride with at least 10-foot gaps between riders.

2. You avoid café’s, pubs in line with current government advice.

3. You ride less technically challenging routes to avoid the risk of crashing or injury that may place an unnecessary burden on the NHS.

The committee is exploring ways of utilising club resources to support those vulnerable members in our communities. Further updates to follow.

Look after yourselves and hopefully, normal service will be resumed in the not-too-distant future.

All the best,

The Cycle Seahaven Committee.

Statement about Coronavirus and advice for Cycling UK groups and volunteers

Coronavirus is in the headlines everywhere at the moment but what does this mean for cycling? We take the health and well-being of our members, supporters, groups and volunteers very seriously so we’re currently following Government and NHS guidance very closely.
 
Cycle Seahaven takes a similar view to that of Cycling UK. The health and safety of our members and guests is a priority. We will follow current advice regarding club activities. Please keep an eye out on this website, CSH calender and social media for more information. 
 

Statement from Cycling UK

As the national cycling charity Cycling UK’s aim is to support the UK’s population to cycle. This stays true during this period of Covid-19 effecting the UK. Above all the safety and welfare of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, participants at our rides and events, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public is always our main priority. Therefore, Cycling UK is running activities following the latest Government advice and following best practice to minimise risk.

Cycling UK are constantly monitoring the situation and taking advice from Government, health sector and partners. 

Advice for Cycling UK groups and volunteers

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity that brings people together to share a love of the great outdoors, often accompanied by the pleasure of stopping for a quick coffee and cake and a pleasant catch-up. We have over a 1000 groups and they run a large array of events, rides and activities every year.

So what should we be doing in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Current guidance is that, for now, most of us can carry on normally. However, there are certain precautions that must be taken to minimise the spread of the virus. For example, by:

  • catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue and throwing them away immediately
  • washing hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if not available)
  • avoiding close contact with people who are unwell

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

If you have any of these symptoms please do not attend any Cycling UK ride, group or activity and follow the advice on the NHS website. 

Self-isolation

There’s a chance that you might be asked to self-isolate, which means staying at home and avoiding public places and Cycling UK led activities.

Further updates

We’ll continue to monitor the situation carefully and will update groups and areas via the website and Velocheer, our volunteer newsletter. If any further action is needed, such as the cancellation of rides and events, we will contact groups and event organisers directly.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Volunteering Team or the Groups Engagement Officer on 01483 238338 or via groups@cyclinguk.org.

This advice was last updated on Friday 13 March 2020.

Reduce the risk of your bike getting stolen with a ‘Geo-fence’.

Geozone – Are you protected?

I last wrote about criminals using Strava to identify high-value bikes and their storage locations in June 2018. Over the last few weeks, I’ve read numerous social media posts about high-value bikes thefts from garages in close proximity to Seaford. So, at the risk of being repetitive, I thought it might be worth reminding people how to create a geofence to combat the problem. This article is specifically Strava orientated but I’m sure most tracking apps have a similar feature. 

Creating a Privacy Zone

On the website, go to your Settings page by hovering over your profile picture in the top right and selecting “Settings”.

Click on the Privacy tab on the left side of the page.

Enter a location in the text field provided under “Hide your house/office on your activity maps”, select the size of the privacy radius, and click “Create Privacy Zone.”

https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000173384-Privacy-Zones

How it Works

The portion of your activity that starts or stops within your privacy zone will be hidden from other Strava athletes who view your activity. You will be able to see data inside your privacy zone, but other athletes will not.

  • If you stop in a privacy zone during the middle of an activity, this portion will not be hidden.
  • Your privacy zone will be automatically applied to all past and future activities.
  • GPS location-based lat/long coordinates can be used in place of a street address for cases where there is no street address.
  • Only one privacy zone can be applied to the start or end point for each activity. So if you have multiple, overlapping privacy zones, only one will be applied to each start or end point.
  • If a friend starts their activity from within your privacy zone, the portion that began in your zone will not be hidden on their activity.
  • You will not appear on any segment leaderboard that starts/stops within your Privacy Zone and you cannot hold or earn any KOMs/CRs on those segments. Removing a Privacy Zone will reinstate your segment matches and any associated KOMs/CRs.
  • Your Privacy Zone will be respected when you share on Facebook.

Manage Followers & Block Athletes

From your profile page, you can easily manage your current followers from the “Following” tab. When you block an athlete, it stops him/her from following you again, seeing certain Profile details, or accessing your activities. You will be removed from his/her list of followers and Activity Feed. Someone you’ve blocked will be able to see your activity entries in public areas like segment leaderboards, club feeds, and segment explore.

https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000173484

Cyclist settles case for £30,000 after hitting pedestrian who was looking at phone

Cyclist faced threat of ruinous legal costs despite judge ruling both parties equally to blame.

A cyclist who knocked over a woman who was looking at her mobile phone while crossing a road and was then threatened with financially ruinous legal costs has settled the case.

Both the cyclist, Robert Hazeldean, a garden designer, and the pedestrian, Gemma Brushett, who works in finance and also ran yoga retreats, were left unconscious after the rush-hour collision in July 2015.

Last year a judge ruled that both were equally to blame for the accident on a busy junction near London Bridge, but only Brushett was entitled to a payout because she had put in a claim and Hazeldean had not.

The case exposed how vulnerable uninsured cyclists are to expensive civil claims if they are involved in accidents.

Brushett’s lawyers had claimed costs of £112,000 – a sum that would have left Hazeldean facing bankruptcy since he was uninsured. The claim prompted Hazeldean’s supporters to set up a GoFundMe appeal that raised more than £59,000 from more than 4,000 people.

On Monday, Hazeldean tweeted that he had now agreed to settle the case for £30,000 on top of damages of £4,300 and his own costs of more than £25,000. The final settlement still left him £2,979 out of pocket, but avoided the financial ruin he feared last year.

In an email to the Guardian, Hazeldean said: “It’s not the result I was hoping for, but everything was spiralling and the risk of being bankrupted regardless of the outcome was too high. I felt I didn’t really have a choice.”

He wanted to settle the case for less and donate any surplus from the GoFundMe appeal to the charity ActionAid UK.

Hazeldean said he felt no bitterness towards Brushett, but was angered by the compensation system.

He said that because he decided against making a counter-claim against Brushett, he had no means of recovering his own costs. Under a system introduced in 2013 called “qualified one-way cost shifting”, if someone involved in accidents does not put in a counter-claim, they can be liable to pay damages and legal costs.

If Hazeldean had been insured, Brushett’s lawyers could have claimed a maximum of only £6,690 in costs.

Hazeldean said the support he had received had been “incredibly touching”, adding: “I was struck by how many said it could easily have been them. Not just that they could be involved in an accident, but that they could have spent four hellish years being dragged inexorably towards bankruptcy.”

He said the compensation system “desperately needs reforming” and in the meantime, he urged cyclists to insure themselves.

Cycle Seahaven is an affiliated member of Cycling UK. They provide various cycle insurance packages