Cycling safety

Many of you will already know how to keep safe when cycling on the roads, you will also know how difficult this can be on congested routes. However there are many new cyclists on the roads, who lack the confidence and skill. If you are scared and lack confidence, hopefully this guide will help you to cycle safely.

Cycling is statistically safe, however it is easy for new cyclists to be scared by horror stories. Per year there are 10-15 fatalities on bikes, without any other vehicle being involved, this is a relatively small number. Even when considering the role that other vehicles cause in cycling collisions, the figure is still relatively small when compared to other types of road accidents.

Take a look at these top tips for safer cycling:

Learn the skills

Cycle training is available for people of all ages and if you’re lacking in confidence, this could be just the thing for you. Training is available that covers everything from basic bike control to complex urban journeys.

Move away from the kerb

Don’t cycle in the gutter. This may make you feel safe, but hugging the pavement makes you less visible to moving vehicles. You should always cycle at least 50cm from the kerb. If you position yourself in the middle of the lane, this will force cars to overtake you when it is safe to do so.

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How to cycle safely on busy roads

Make eye contact

Making eye contact with drivers, lets them know you’re there. This is particularly useful at traffic lights, turning right and approaching junctions. This simple act will help avoid the ‘sorry mate I didn’t see you’.

Signal

It is important to signal, so that other road users know your intentions. Check over your shoulder early, so you have time to change position smoothly.

Roundabouts

When it comes to roundabouts, on your approach make sure you take your lane. This will make you visible to all road users, avoiding any accidents. Before leaving the roundabout, check, signal and exit.

Traffic lights

Don’t be a red light jumper, this is dangerous to not only yourself but to those around you. Wait behind the advance stop line and take your lane. This will let all the drivers behind you, know that you are there. You’ll also be safer in the middle of the lane as nothing will be able to squeeze past you or cut you off as they turn left.

For safe cycling make sure you:

  • Don’t weave in and out of traffic.
  • Use cycle routes, advanced stop lines and cycle boxes when you can.
  • Give pedestrians priority.
  • Use your bell to inform others of your presence.
good-looking-bike-security-solutions from asgard storage

Keep your bike locked securely

If you’re new to cycling and have purchased your first bike, make sure your bike is kept protected from the threat of theft. Asgard metal bike sheds offer fantastic security and protection for bikes. These storage units are made from weatherproof steel and are fitted with a number of security features such as tough locking systems and integral metal floors. These bike stores are available in a range of sizes and colours to suit all needs.

The fight against allotment theft!

More and more people are taking to growing their own vegetables, whether it is in the garden or in an allotment plot. This popularity in growing your own food has increased peoples want to have an allotment plot and now the waiting list for one in certain areas can be up to 10 years! In fact, having an allotment has become so popular even the BBC has taken to it with their show ‘Allotment wars’. Now this may sound like a crazy show about fighting vegetables…but it’s not!

Allotment wars is a documentary that shows all the dirty tricks played by rival gardeners, on allotments all over the UK. Gardeners are battling to have the best plots and this results in chaos and destruction.  Greenhouses are smashed, garden sheds are burnt and broken into and prized vegetables are killed.

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On the show, one gardener has been a repeat victim of garden shed break-ins. However luckily for her, the burglar wanted nothing more than to make himself a cup of tea and relax on the sofa inside. As we know though, not all burglars are quite as nice. Many thieves target allotment sheds to steal tools and equipment, so if you have an allotment it’s important to make sure your equipment and gardening tools are stored securely.

If you have a garden shed, make sure this is fitted with tough locks that cannot be easily broken off. If your garden shed is weak and vulnerable to theft attacks, it may be time to invest in something more secure to keep your gardening equipment in.

Asgard metal garden sheds are frequently used on allotment plots, as they are strong and secure. Asgard garden sheds are all made from weatherproof steel panels and have been fitted with strong locking mechanisms to help keep thieves out. The high security range of sheds from Asgard have been designed to withstand the toughest attacks, as they are fitted with reinforced doors, hinges and panels as an added security measure. These high security garden sheds have also been approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, which may help to reduce insurance premiums.

High security garden storage, ideal for allotments

High security garden storage, ideal for allotments

Metal sheds from Asgard are available in a wide range of sizes, so even if you only have a small allotment plot you can still keep your equipment secure. Find out more about Asgard metal garden sheds at http://www.asgardsss.co.uk

How to avoid the most common motorcycle accidents

In 2011, 362 motorcycle users were killed on Britain’s roads. This may seem like common sense, but when you are out on your motorbike it is important to ride safe. This allows you to protect yourself and the people around you. According to research, there are 5 common motorcycle crashes that can be avoided.

The 5 most common types of motorcycle crash are:

  • Failure to negotiate left hand bend on country A road
  • Failure to negotiate right hand bend on country A road
  • Collision at junctions
  • Collision while overtaking
  • Loss of control

Navigating bends on country roads

Some bends on country roads are smooth and even, others are tight. If you approach a bend at too high a speed you will find yourself with a major problem. If in doubt, it is best to lose speed before the bend to give yourself more time to react.

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Ride safe while on your motorbike

How to avoid collisions while overtaking

With overtaking it is important to know how your bike accelerates, as well as being able to judge speed and distance.

Don’t overtake when approaching:

  • Bends
  • Junctions
  • Lay-bys
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Hills

When filtering past slow moving traffic, do so with care as other drivers will have reduced visibility and may pull out in front of you.

How to avoid loss of control

Help prevent losing control when on your motorbike.  You should:

  • Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front
  • Adjust your driving style to suit the weather conditions
  • Be aware of hazards
  • Pay attention to road signs

Which county is the worst for rural crime in the UK?

In recent years rural crime was becoming a big problem for farmers. Things are slowly getting better as the rural crime rate is now at a 5 year low and rural crime across the UK fell by 19% in 2012, which is due to the reduced number of tractor and quad bike thefts. However this type of crime still costs in the millions. New figures released have shown that the cost of rural crime in Yorkshire is the highest in the UK, according to insurance company NFU Mutual, which insurers over 70% of farmers and figures show that losses to rural crime in Yorkshire in 2012 cost an estimated £3.4m.

NFU Mutual spokesperson, Tim Price, said that the decline in the number of rural thefts was down to better security features on tractors and anti-crime initiatives.

Mr Price said, “The difficulty policing the countryside is the sheer size of it……so it does call for a different approach to security compared to urban areas.”

There are a number of ways that you can try and keep farming equipment and tools protected from rural theft, simply by using common sense and locking away as much of your equipment as you can. If you are concerned about rural theft and want to keep your equipment safe and protected, an Asgard storage unit is just the thing you need.

XXL Metal Storage units from Asgard

XXL Metal Storage units from Asgard

The Asgard range of XL metal sheds is the ideal place to store expensive farming equipment as they offer ample amounts of space and are fitted with a number of tough security features included a 5 point locking system and pick resistant lock, designed to help keep thieves out!

Tour de France 2014 Countdown

The Tour de France 2013 is over! Big congratulations to Chris Froome, this year’s winner. But now that the Tour de France 2013 is over, the real excitement for many can really begin! Next year, the Tour de France 2014 will be hitting the UK, with the Grand Depart set to take place from West Yorkshire the home of Asgard Secure Steel Storage.

The Tour de France 2014 is Yorkshire’s chance to shine and everyone is getting involved. For thousands of UK cycling fans this is the moment they have been waiting for, chance to not only watch but to also be involved in the biggest cycling event of the year.

The Tour de France 2014

When it was announced that the Tour de France would be coming to Yorkshire, the Le Tour Maker campaign was launched. This campaign was launched to recruit volunteers to help out and show the world just how brilliant Yorkshire really is! So far a phenomenal 15,000 people have signed up to become Le Tour Makers, proving just how much people want to get involved with this prestigious sporting event.

Not only has the Tour de France encouraged people to volunteer, it has also encouraged more and more people to start cycling. From the moment Bradley Wiggins won the Tour De France in 2012, the people of Britain have been hit with the cycling bug and this has only been amplified by Chris Froome’s recent 2013 win.

Cycling activities across the UK have increased across, with more cycling festivals, cycle clubs and organised events popping up everywhere. More cyclists also means more bikes on the roads and more bikes unfortunately means a bigger threat of bike theft. If you’re one of the many new cyclists out there, make sure you make bike security a priority. Bike thieves are adapting and becoming smarter and using new tactics to find higher priced bikes to steal.

If you are concerned about the security of your bike, check out the Asgard range of bike sheds. Asgard is a UK Manufacturer based in West Yorkshire; we are company full of cyclists who are looking forward to the Tour de France landing on our door steps. Asgard bike sheds made and sold by people who love bikes, so you know you’re getting a product that works.

Insurance approved bike storage

Secure bike storage from Asgard

These bike sheds are made from strong weatherproof steel and are fitted with heavy duty locking mechanisms, depending on your chosen model, which are designed to help keep thieves out and leave your bikes safe. These bike storage units are available in a range of sizes for 1 up to 8 bikes. With a little help from Asgard, you’ll be able to enjoy cycling without putting your bike at risk.

The effect of rain on your bike

I think we can all agree that the weather this summer has so far been pretty glorious. The temperatures are soaring and the sun is shining. However, we have had the occasional torrential downpour with thunder and lightning. With heavy downpours like the ones we have seen recently, it is important to make sure your bike is protected from the wet weather.

What happens when bikes get wet?

Many bikes just simply aren’t designed for outdoor living and need protecting from the elements when they aren’t in use. If you leave your bike out in the rain for long periods of time, without giving it any love, care or attention, your bike will start to suffer and this could end up costing you a pretty penny. When your bike is constantly exposed to wet weather conditions and you don’t keep on top of your bike maintenance, you may find that your bike begins to rust and have mechanical faults.  This is because when it rains, water will find its way into every little crevice.  If your bike doesn’t have stainless steel parts, this process will be accelerated further.

Clean your bike after heavy rain.

Clean your bike after heavy rain.

If your bike happens to get wet what should you do?

Whenever your bike gets rained on you should do the following to keep it in tip top condition:

  • Dry your bike.
  • Clean the chain, chain rings and cassette.
  • Lubricate the drivetrain, brakes and cables.
  • Store your bike somewhere dry!

How can you store a bike out of the rain?

If you need somewhere to store your bike and keep it protected from harsh weather conditions, there are two options that will keep your bike protected.

  1. Bring it inside.
  2. Get a secure bike shed.

Depending on the space you have available, one of these options may be better for you than the other.

Storing a bike inside the home isn’t ideal for many people as this could mean dragging dirt throughout your home or tackling stair cases. You may think that keeping your bike inside your home won’t take up much space, but what about all of the cycling gear and equipment? However if you don’t have any outdoor space, this could be your only option.

Alternatively you can store your bike outside and still keep it protected from the weather. There are many different bike storage units available on the market today, but Asgard metal storage units are weatherproof and have been proven to keep the rain out.  What’s even better is that these steel bike sheds are available in a number of sizes, so even if you only have minimal space you’ll be able to find the perfect bike storage unit for you. With outdoor storage, security may be your other concern.

Garden security bike shed

Garden security bike shed

The Asgard range of storage units offer fantastic garden security, as pick resistant locks and a variety of locking mechanisms have been used on these units to help keep your bikes and accessories safe.  With help from Asgard you can now keep your bike outside, leaving it safe and dry until your next ride.