This Useful Information does not contain advice. 

The information is provided for general information purposes only and is not a substitute for official advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based upon such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate authorities. The information provided by us is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information. The use or reliance of any information contained here is solely at your own risk.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

The Club recommends OneLife iD. The single most useful piece of information is whether there are any allergies or medications as paramedics cannot start to administer potential life saving drugs in the ‘golden hour’ after any event without this information. Age is the next most important.

The OneLife iD is an engraved tag. You can upload all relevant medical information to their website which can be accessed by paramedics on site using a pin code on the tag. This can save precious minutes in the treatment of any serious incident. See the very positive review by Cycling Weekly here.

The cost of a tag starts at a low amount and we have negotiated a 15% discount for members – the discount code can be found in N&V 403/6.

ICE – IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – APPS

There are ICE apps which allow personal ICE information to be accessed on a mobile phone even if the phone is locked. In other words the information is accessible from the lock screen.

A variety of these apps exist with some performing different functions. The overall thrust of the approach by these apps is similar to the OneLife iD tag, i.e. readily accessible information about allergies, medications, contact information, etc. Typically these apps are free for use and can be seen as complementary to the OneLife iD tag.

WHAT3WORDS APP

This is another app which makes it easy to find, share and save precise locations. what3words has given every 3m square in the world a unique 3-word address. The words are randomly assigned to each square and will always stay the same. So it’s easy to find and share any location with just three words. If you find yourself unable to move you can summon help to your precise location.

HIGHWAY CODE

All cyclists on the public highway are required to observe the Highway Code. These are the rules for cyclists.

THE LAW RELATING TO BRAKES ON CYCLES

This is a summary of our understanding of the law from a detailed article written by Bob Damper and published in The Boneshaker, 214, Winter 2020. The law is contained in The Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983.

  • A chain-driven bicycle or tricycle with fixed-wheel transmission requires an efficient, working front brake to be legal on the public highway. This brake cannot operate on a pneumatic tyre.

  • A chain-driven bicycle with free-wheel transmission requires independent front and rear brakes to be legal on the public highway. Neither brake is permitted to operate on a pneumatic tyre. So an early machine such as the Metropole Acatène of the 1890s is not legal on the public highway because it has a front brake operating on a pneumatic tyre.

  • A chain-driven tricycle with free-wheel transmission, having two rear wheels and a single front wheel, requires two independent brakes to be legal on the public highway, with either one or both operating on the front wheel. Neither brake can operate on a pneumatic tyre. It appears that an adult tricycle manufactured before August 1984 may be permitted to have a single brake operating on a pair of rear (or front) wheels otherwise the brake must operate on both wheels of the pair.

  • A boneshaker, transitional, or ordinary, with the cranks fixed directly to the driving wheel axle without interposing chain or gearing is legal with no additional brakes.

  • A rear chain-driven bicycle or tricycle with fixed-wheel and a single rear brake is not legal on the public highway.

  • A dwarf or geared front-driving ordinary such as the various models of Crypto Bantam with a plunger brake operating on the front pneumatic tyre is not legal on the public highway.

  • As a consequence of a loose definition of ‘pedal’, the legal situation is uncertain regarding treadle-driven cycles but it is safest to assume that a treadle is a form of pedal and so they come within the scope of the Regulations.

  • It is unclear if the back rest of a recumbent bicycle or tricycle counts as part of the ‘seating area’ and so whether two independent (front and rear) brakes are required.

  • The law is unclear as regards cycles without a saddle, either because the saddle has been removed, or because the cycle is designed not to have one, e.g. some stunt cycles and stand-up cycles such as the ElliptiGo.

  • The Regulations appear to have overlooked unicycles which consequently appear to be legal on the public highway without brakes. They do of course have cranks fixed directly to the driving wheel axle like an ordinary which requires no additional brake.

INSURANCE

There are two aspects to insurance: public liability claims and cycle insurance.

All Club members participating in official Club events organized in the UK are covered by the Club’s public liability insurance. Official Club events must be prior notified in writing (including email) to the Club Secretary or the News and Views editor. Specific details of the Club’s insurance can be obtained from the Club Secretary.

Public liability, or third-party, cycle insurance helps cover for any damages and losses you and your cycle could cause to a third-party person, property or vehicle, such as in the case of an accident or collision when you are not participating in a Club event or are overseas. In some instances the insurance may provide legal expenses cover in addition which is useful to have. Third-party cycle insurance cover needs to be purchased from a specialist after considering the level of cover etc. There are reviews online.

Then there is insurance for the value of the cycle itself. For those who have home contents insurance, 78 percent of policies have some cover for bikes stolen from the home. However in many cases a value limit applies to the cycle or the claim. Only 29 percent of home contents policies provide cover of more than £2,000 for cycles stolen when away from home. For V-CC members it is worth considering a specialist cycle insurance policy.