November 2017
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
December 11
Norman Parry - Both Sides of the Himalayas by Motorbike
January 19 2018
Annual Dinner
Brewer's Arms, Wanborough

Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Monica!
Annual Meal!

January 19th At the Brewers Arms in Wanborough.
Menu has been circulated via e-mail. 
Please let Mary Southgate know if you are attending by the December 15th with deposit.

Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:

Monica Graham Car - Gold (retest)
Chris Metcalf Bike  - Silver Tutor Dave Blackledge

New Associates:
Please welcome the following to the Group:

John Ford (Car)
Chris Baker (Bike)
Don’t forget that we have a range of clothing available to purchase. We also offer a range of books, such as Roadcraft, Motorcycle Roadcraft and the Highway Code, and these are available at discounted prices.

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Happy Christmas
The Chairman and Committee wish all members a happy and safe Christmas and look foRwad to taking our Group into a successful 2018
Accreditation with RoADAR
We have now receIved the invitation to apply for accreditation from Head office with a deadline for submissions of Apr 18.  As announced in the AGM the Committee will prepare the necessary documentation and submit prior to the deadline.  We will keep you informed of how we are progressing.
Membership Renewals
Please note membership renewals are due for all members. Renewal notifications have been sent by email so please look out for it and ensure that your annual subscription is fully paid up. 
November meeting report
Perils of the Road - Swindon Wheelers - Presented by Paul Wood (Novice Section leader) and Howard Beane
Swindon Wheelers formed in 1923, making them one of the oldest clubs around, always welcoming new members and taking the club forward in this exciting age for cycling they Currently have around 162 members.
Each weekend they lead rides across Wiltshire and the neighbouring counties with four groups to support everyone from beginners to the most experienced.  Some members compete in time trials, sportive, audax rides, cyclo cross events and other competitions.  The world is going cycling madand Swindon Wheelers have also taken trips to ride as groups in the French Alps and the Pyrenees.
Paul opened the show by declaring ‘Drivers don’t like cyclists; but we should all use the road in harmony’
The attitude and education of road harmony is different in other countries; Belgium has TV cycling adverts, showing how cyclist should act responsibly on the road and how drivers should leave a 1.5m gap between vehicle and cyclist.  Other countries also have rules and laws to protect cyclists. The UK does not.
Why Cycle?
Cycling has many benefits:
·         For enjoyment
o   Opens up the mind
·         For health
o   Active
o   Cardio Vascular exercise
·         Social
o   Every week 50-60 riders meet up for a ride out
o   4 groups
§  Novice 40 miles
§  Novice + 50 miles
§  Intermediate 60/65 miles
§  Fast 70/80 miles
o   Always meet at same café before return ride home.
·         Exploring countryside
o   Visits out to the Cotswolds
o   South Downs
o   Abroad
·         Competitions
o   Cyclocross
o   Time Trials,
§  10 mile/25 mile etc
o   Road racing
o   Sportives – 3 distances, 40, 60, 100 Mile ride outs
Bikes can vary in price, a reasonable bike can be obtained for as little as £250, Paul's Carbon example retails at around £2500 but serious completion cycles are around £11,000. The ‘cycle to work’ scheme has encouraged many bikes to be sold at around £100 to £1500.
The stiffness of carbon fibre soled shoes ensure maximum energy is transferred through the sole to the pedal and clip systems lock the shoe to the pedal so cyclists can push down and pull up on the pedal.
Helmets again vary in price, a pro system costing around £400 – 500
Lycra is worn to ensure excess clothing material does not act as a ’parachute’ at speed and some cyclists do shave legs to ensure dirt is not trapped in any cuts and grazes.
Spares and tools, Cyclist will carry; First aid kit. Space blanket, money, inner tube, pump, energy bars
Lights, (some of which can now exceed the lumens output of most cars!!), Swindon Wheelers contact card and cycle medic card.
Routes and Training

All ride leaders are British Cycling Federation trained to cover most eventualities. Including 1st Aid and Route planning and Riding skills. All riders start in the club in the Novice  group  and cannot move up to other groups until various road disciplines have been demonstrated including, Tuition of riding in groups, Communications, Wheel positioning, riding in pairs (outside rider always slips behind) and signalling.
Car drivers seem to assume cyclists can hear them, this is not always the case.  When cyclists have to move avoid potholes and drains drivers do not appreciate what they are doing. This causes issues and abuse from some drivers.
Ride Planning
Ride leaders determine routes per group and consider weather conditions 24hours before; tThey will not ride in fog.  They tend to ride LH loops to avoid RH turns and crossing vehicle path.
Cycle paths are sometimes used, however,  if they have not been designed by cyclists they have obstacles such as kerbs and are often populated by pedestrians and dogs on extended leads.
Cyclists when riding in line/group will use various hand signals to communicate between then to  indicate turn left, turn right, slow down, pothole, obstruction, hazard horses etc.
Cycling issues
The standards of roads cause many issues for cyclist with thin tyres. These are typical for those of us who are motorcycle riders too. Namely Pot holes, ruts, track repairs, trench repairs, mud, leaves, ice, Diesel and gravel. And of course weather conditions play a significant effect on the road, fog, wind rain , ice etc.
Relationships with other road users vary.  Horse riders are generally friendly. Runners have similar ideas. Today, lorry drivers are more professional and offer good width between cycle and lorry
Car Drivers in general seem to  have no respect for others; often  hurling abuse to each other and may not consider another persons’ point of view. Some deliberately slow down to affect cyclists, spray washers and close space down, particularly at junctions.
Note: it was indicated that cyclist will progress up along the LH side of vehicle at junctions.
Paul concluded the roads are to be used in harmony and that Swindon Wheelers do all that they can to try and alleviate any issues.
Dutch Reach
Chris Gleed has submitted this article whichis appropriate given the subject of this Month's talk.
Figures, released to Cycling UK by the DfT, show between 2011 and 2015, 3,108 people were injured, eight fatally, in incidents attended by the police where ‘vehicle door opened or closed negligently’ was a contributing factor.
 The vast majority of the casualties - 2,009 including five fatalities - were cyclists and Cycling UK is calling for a public awareness campaign on ‘car dooring’
Cycling UK believes a method used in the Netherlands whereby people open car doors with their far hand, rather than the hand closest to the door could ‘prove beneficial and prevent a vast number of collisions. The method known as ‘the Dutch Reach’ has the benefit of allowing the person opening the car door to look behind while also initially limiting how far the door can be opened.
Cycling UK would like to see methods like the ‘Dutch Reach’ promoted during driver training.
With Thanks to Graham Feast Consultancy.

First aid course - This has been postponed until February or March 2018.  Details will be emailed to Memebers in December
Membership fees - confused? 
This was discussed recently and a clarification is needed. There are two fees to pay:

1. Wiltshire RoADAR (the Group) - an annual fee is paid to the Group in October. This pays for hall hire, speakers and promotional material. This fee does not cover test fees or RoADAR/RoSPA membership fees.

2. RoADAR (HQ) - a fee is only paid to RoADAR (HQ) in the first instance for the test fee. After that, it is up to the individual if they wish to pay an annual membership fee to RoADAR - this is in addition to paying an annual membership fee to Wiltshire RoADAR. If a member does pay an annual fee to RoADAR, then assuming one does so for three years continuously, there will not be a further test fee to be paid for the three yearly retest.  The fee to RoSPA is paid by the indiviudual at the time of booking their test. Annual renewal to RoADAR is around the time of your test. 
A reminder for all Members there is a Forum on the Website which can be used for any purpose but particularly coordinating events, hints, tips and general conversation.  It is easy to register on the website so please do log on and chat away.
Test results 
Reminder to let the Membership Secretary, and your tutor, know when you have taken your Advanced Driving/Riding Test and result. This is so our database is kept up to date; there is no need or pressure at all to have the result published on the website or in this newsletter if you wish to keep your result confidential.

Committee minutes 
These are available from the Group Secretary if any member wishes to see them. If you are interested in reading the minutes, then please send a mail to the Group Secretary whom will promptly forward them onto you. Better still, why not pop along to a committe meeting to see them developed first hand! 
Thank you to all who supported Skillshare this year.  We will start again in April 2018.

Skillshare runs from 10 am on the first Saturday of each month from April to October at a new location yet to be determined 
Skillshare is extended to car drivers as well as bike riders.
Drivers or riders can turn up and get a free assessment of their skills, with the opportunity to sign up for full membership if they want to take it further. If members get an opportunity to publicise Skillshare the website is a good starting point or please ask Mark Sealey  for more information (
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Peter Genet
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