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  • Cyclecraft
    wanting to know how best to teach your children to cycle Cyclecraft offers practical advice on how to ride a bike confidently and safely in modern traffic conditions Contents include how to get started with special advice for parents choosing a bike and setting it up basic skills such as balancing steering and gear changing how to share the roads and integrate with traffic advanced techniques for cycling safely on busier roads with faster traffic advice on carrying children and goods and riding with others Cyclecraft is closely associated with Bikeability the National Cycle Training Standard for which it is the recommended course book and required reading by cycle training instructors This edition of Cyclecraft has been thoroughly revised and extended in part to reflect experience gained through implementation of the National Standard The author of Cyclecraft John Franklin is a consultant and registered Expert Witness on cycling skills and safety and was a member of the reference group that set up the National Standard Recommendation from RoSPA Among its many areas of concern The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents works to encourage high standards of safety amongst cyclists Cyclecraft contains invaluable advice which will contribute greatly to

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  • Cyclecraft
    Fog and mist Sun Part III Wider horizons 15 Carrying children and goods Children Child trailers Child seats Tandems and trailer cycles Dogs and other pets Commuting Shopping Touring Specialist equipment Riding with a trailer Delivering newspapers 16 Tandems tricycles and recumbents Tandems Riding together The roles of pilot and stoker Gaining proficiency Differences in riding technique Riding with a visually impaired stoker Tandems with children Tricycles Learning to ride a tricycle Recumbent cycles Riding a recumbent 17 Cycling more often more widely Cycling with others Riding in a group How close Riding along Road and traffic hazards Riding with a group of children Manoeuvring and junctions Cycling for sport fun and adventure Further information The national cycling organisations Cycle training resources Contents Introduction Read this now Cycling for health enjoyment and you How Cyclecraft can help you to cycle well Bikeability The National Cycle Training Standard For whom Cyclecraft is intended Part I Before you ride 1 Getting started Borrowing a bike Cycle training courses and the National Standard Where to ride A structured approach 2 Advice to parents The early years Riding with your children Growing up 3 A safe and efficient bike Which type of bike Cycles for women Cycles for children The parts of a cycle Frame Saddle and handlebar Brakes Gears Transmission Headset Wheels Tyres A routine maintenance check list 4 What else do you need What to wear Toe clips and clipless pedals Being seen Visibility aids Lights Reflectors Helmets Buying and fitting a helmet Bells horns and sirens Mirrors Eye protection Highway Code Insurance II Cycling with skill and confidence 5 Basic cycling skills Mounting and dismounting Holding the handlebar Straight handlebars Dropped handlebars Stopping and braking Starting to move Balance and steering Pedalling More about braking Turning U turns Avoiding obstacles Using

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    book comes with some level of official endorsement being published by The Stationery Office formerly HMSO and carries the blessing of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents even though the book s introduction explains that it has banished the word accident for few crashes fall into that category Cyclecraft covers less ground than the comparable work from the USA John Forester s definitive Effective Cycling which also includes sections on touring racing and advanced mechanics Franklin s book restricts itself to the skills of safe and effective riding Its guidance on machine selection adjustment and scrutiny are the minimum that a safe and efficient rider requires The book doesn t even tell you how to mend a puncture Given its objective though Cyclecraft is close to faultless particularly in acknowledging how conditions really are and instructing accordingly rather than telling readers how to ride in an idealised world that exists only between the covers of The Highway Code For example a long section on traffic signals concludes with what to do if an automatic signals fails to respond to your presence because its sensitivity is incorrectly set The book deals with riding in all weather conditions including snow ice and fog as well as how to deal with any kind of highway feature including fast motor roads and roundabouts Explanations are clarified by clear colour diagrams There are sections on the special skills that tandems trikes and recumbents demand Cyclecraft avoids the traps of road safety orthodoxy with for example realistic assessments of the significance of helmets and conspicuity aids While pointing out all possible dangers Cyclecraft never overstates the hazards or difficulties of bike riding Get your library to stock it Recommend it to those less experienced than yourself and however long you ve been following the white lines read it I d be very surprised if you don t gain an insight or two Cycling Mountain Biking Today Reviews of previous editions I m positive that I am a much safer cyclist and driver and pedestrian as a result of having read this book Every cyclist should gain something from it Anyone thinking of getting themselves or their kids a bicycle must read it This book opened my eyes and explained that often the safest place to ride is in the path of cars simply because you are more visible to motorists At first I didn t believe that it would be safer but having tried it and some of the other ideas in the book I would recommend it Amazon reviewers rating 5 out of 5 stars Cyclecraft by John Franklin is the only book I ve come across that offers a comprehensive discussion of the techniques of cycling basic techniques like how to steer and use your gears properly along with the more elusive skills of positioning yourself in traffic and anticipating aggressive or inattentive motorists Reading Cyclecraft made me realise how much I have to learn and how often I fail to put

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  • Cyclecraft
    confidence to ride more often further and more safely The techniques taught by the growing community of cycle trainers are based on the work of John Franklin and his seminal work Cyclecraft The National Standard for Cycle Training or Bikeability contains a set of riding outcomes that help cyclists control their bikes and claim their place and space on the road Cyclecraft is the respected source of reference for Bikeability

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  • Cyclecraft
    Stationery Office Fifth Edition June 2014 First published 1988 by Unwin Paperbacks 1997 by The Stationery Office ISBN 978 0 11 70 8243 4 Note The ISBN has changed since the previous edition Price 16 99 To purchase Cyclecraft Purchase on line Cordee Amazon The Stationery Office On Line Bookstore E book editions to download mobi Kindle version epub iOS version By e mail customer services theso co uk or

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  • Cyclecraft
    Gradual acclimatisation to cycling in traffic is the best approach getting used to more demanding traffic situations one by one People who are particularly slow timid or nervous may need patience and perseverance to attain the more advanced skills but they are encouraged to try and to seek the help of a national standard cycle training instructor if necessary The advice given in Cyclecraft applies to all types of cycle in common use although the limitations of some may militate against tackling some of the more advanced manoeuvres Chapter 3 compares the characteristics of various types of machine and other chapters refer to significant differences in riding technique as necessary For most of the guide however the use of a large wheel multi geared hybrid road or touring bicycle is assumed as these types are the most versatile for cycling in traffic Introductory Chapter Extract from book Cycling for health enjoyment and you Cycling is a wonderful activity It is the most efficient means of travelling known to man a pleasurable pastime that can be enjoyed by young and old alike one of the best ways to maximise health and well being an elixir of life and a completely sustainable mode of transport Almost everyone is able to cycle and for a child learning to ride a bike is an important landmark in their development as an independent person Many people would like to cycle or to cycle more However the traditional myths that cycling is hard work and slow have been augmented in recent years by the perception that cycling is also inevitably unsafe Many people fear riding in today s traffic on roads too often designed primarily for motor vehicles and feel that there is little cyclists can do to protect themselves from the hazards present Experienced cyclists know otherwise They know that by controlling their machine correctly and using appropriate riding techniques cycling can not only be safe but also fun Learning to ride efficiently means that cycling is seldom strenuous and is frequently a very speedy means of getting about particularly in towns One of the key challenges for someone learning to cycle is to overcome the prejudices and misconceptions which have become part of cycling folklore In fact far from cycling being an unsafe activity research shows that cycling regularly is the single most effective action you can take to increase your life span Cyclists on average live longer than non cyclists and experience much less ill health They are twelve times less likely to die of heart disease Whatever the negative effects of sharing the roads with heavy traffic it is evident that on balance cycling leads to longer and healthier lives Moreover when you choose to cycle rather than to travel by car everyone benefits from reductions in pollution and congestion If you learn to cycle skilfully you will enhance your ability to use the roads in safety Although you will encounter much bad driving most of it can be anticipated and its

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  • Cyclecraft
    and other road users so that as cyclists they can ride in the most appropriate way to enhance their safety and progress in the prevailing circumstances It is not a set of rigid rules to be followed by cyclists in idealistic circumstances To be accredited as a NCTS instructor an approved course must be undertaken to ensure familiarisation with the syllabus to be taught and knowledge of best teaching techniques risk assessment child protection and other practical details The syllabus for the National Cycle Training Standard is based on the book Cyclecraft which is required reading for all instructors and recommended reading for trainees Training levels Although training is always geared to the specific needs of the individual client there are four defined levels of competence around which training is structured Clients are encouraged to process to higher levels according to their achievement and needs Level 1a The most basic level of training for people who cannot ride a bicycle at all covering starting and stopping balance and steering Level 1b Basic skills including braking looking behind signalling the use of gears and cycle control Level 2 For people with basic skills but who lack confidence cycling on road this

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  • Cyclecraft
    past experiences At the start of each session a check will be made of the roadworthiness of your cycle Minor defects may be put right be the instructor but for anything more serious you will be directed to a bike shop If you can already cycle there will be an on bike assessment noting how you ride and undertake basic manoeuvres For people who cannot cycle or who are not proficient in the basic skills balance starting stopping braking looking behind signalling and changing gear the instructor will assist you to master these skills one by one Progress at first may seem slow but will soon pick up as you undertake drills designed to teach the skills step by step This initial training will be undertaken off road or on roads with very little traffic With the basic skills established training moves on road and is accompanied by discussion of the theory of cycling You will learn not only how to respond to particular circumstances but why and what factors should be taken into account A core principle of National Standard training is to teach the individual cyclist how to evaluate the best course of action in any circumstance not

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