Get on your bike for a smoother ride

Get on your bike for a smoother ride

When in 2012 Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first cyclist to win both Olympic gold and the Tour de France in the same year, the profile of cycling in this country enjoyed a significant gear change, building on the inspiration that had already taken hold among budding cyclists through the multiple gold medal successes of Sir Chris Hoy. Racking up 14 gold medals and two knighthoods between them, Wiggins and Hoy have inspired a whole generation to take up cycling and keep cycling.  

The Olympic mantel has undoubtedly been transferred at this year’s Rio Olympics with outstanding performances from Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Jason Kenny and Giles Scott to name but a few of the formidable 2016 British cycling team. As they go from strength to strength and gold to gold they are fast becoming household names that hold us transfixed with the power to inspire and astound again and again.

Brought centre stage by the successes of these top athletes, cycling is rapidly becoming the new golf as the favoured leisure activity of professional men wanting to let off steam. Requiring a heady combination of strength, power, technique and tactics, cycling is the ultimate sport for those who put physical fitness and mental acuity at the heart of all they do. Its appeal is unbounded across individuals, groups, clubs, male, female, young and old alike.

The number of cyclists on the roads is increasing year on year

According to the National Travel Survey in 2014, 5.1million Brits cycled 3 or more times per week. Couple this with the fact that in 2011, 741,000 workers commuted to work and that in 2014 a record breaking 183,423 employees participated in the government’s cycle to work scheme, you have an incredible number of cyclists on our roads and these figures are increasing year on year. On a daily basis this army of well resourced cyclists travel up and down Britain’s roads and are in a prime position to give feedback on road surface problems.

For the road cyclist, a smooth and fast surface is key to optimum training and performance within their sport. For the casual cyclist who simply prefers travelling by bike to car or on foot, smooth surfaces are key to travelling safely, purposefully and enjoyably from A to B. Bad road surfaces and potholes may be a common gripe with motorists, but for cyclists they pose a real safety risk as well as cost hundreds of pounds worth of damage to bikes every year.

Olympic cyclist, Dani King, broke 5 ribs and suffered a collapsed lung when her bike hit a pothole during a training ride in November 2014.

With cracks and potholes more often than not being a sign of something more sinister going on beneath the road surface, fast reporting and repair is key. Damaged roads are usually due to poor drainage, high traffic volumes and wear and tear over time and as soon as moisture starts to seep into the under layers of the road or pavement, then the surface weakens and reflective cracking occurs. Even before the crack becomes a pothole, it has the capacity to catch a front tyre, unseating a cyclist and causing a major incident.

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