XbikeX Workshop - Cycle Servicing and Repair - Burgess Hill

The ignorance of many car drivers...

Couldn't help re-posting this article from road.cc. I'm not one for ranting about such things, but as a car driver, motorcyclist, cyclist and pedestrian, surely isn't it all about appreciating each others needs, safety and enjoyment on the roads?

A survey of drivers carried out by eBikes Direct has found that many drivers are becoming enraged through lack of understanding of cyclists’ rights on the roads. While 39 per cent confessed to having become angry with a cyclist, sizeable percentages had misconceptions about what cyclists are and aren’t allowed to do.

BikeBiz reports that 81 per cent of the 1,000 drivers questioned believe that cyclists are required to remain on the left-hand side of the lane. 65 per cent believe that cyclists are required to use a cycle lane if there is one and 53 per cent expressed the incorrect belief that cyclists are not allowed on dual carriageways.

As many as 73 per cent of those questioned said that cyclists were not allowed to ride two abreast on the road – a figure that rose to 92 per cent for Londoners.

Other mistaken beliefs included 42 per cent who think that electric bikes aren’t allowed on both cycle lanes and roads and 56.5 per cent who do not believe an electric bike rider is allowed to overtake a car.

“A lack of knowledge about cyclists’ rights on our roads is leading to altercations and accidents,” said Matt Flanagan from eBikes Direct. “In order for us to all stay safe and happy on our roads, it’s vital that we equip ourselves with the right information.”

The survey found that 55 per cent of drivers believe that laws should be passed demanding that cyclists have insurance to ride on the road.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 May 2017 13:55

Workshop closure dates 2017

Please be aware that the workshop holiday closure dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • 9th - 16th April inclusive
  • 1st - 16th July inclusive

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:27

25th Annual Burgess Hill Bike Ride

This years event takes place on Sunday 4th June. Registrations between 8am and 9am, with the event starting from 9am until 10am from the car park of Burgess Hill Acadamy (formerly Oakmeeds Community College) in Burgess Hill.

The ride is once more organised by Burgess Hill's Lions and Rotary Clubs with profits going to the St Peter & St James Hospice and other local charitable projects. As usual, they are offering a choice of three circular routes of 10, 20 and 40 miles. All routes start and finish at Burgess Hill Acadamy and will travel through the beautiful Sussex countryside.

The price of entry to the event is the same as last year: Adults (£15) and children between 10 and 15 (£5).

T-shirts will be available to advance entrants, subject to availability.

Application forms and sponsorship details can be found on the BHBR website: www.burgesshillbikeride.co.uk

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:11

Brighton Big Dog 2017

Don't forget the Brighton Big Dog this year - Saturday 12th August. This is a first rate mountain bike event, and if you've never been, then you really should try and get along to Stanmer Park, just off the A27 near Falmer.

It's a massive mountain bike festival, with lots going on all day. The main adult race starts at noon, and runs until 6pm. There is also a legendary after-party if you've been either brave enough or crazy enough to ride it!

Stanmer Park is open to the public, so access for spectators is free. The route is clearly marked, so just be sure to stay off the track.

Definitely worth a visit if you're a Big Dog virgin.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:32

Bike availability update

Most of our work these days is servicing and repairs, but in quieter periods we return to our roots and restore some of our used bike stock. So if you're looking for a good second-hand bike, you might just be in luck...

This list will be updated regularly to let you know what we're currently working on:

  1. 24/Seven hardtail MTB (small - medium)
  2. Ladies/girls Universal Rapid Reactor (small - medium)
  3. Classic retro Kona Fire Mountain (small)
  4. 2013 Trek DS 8.4 mens hybrid (large)
  5. BSA Westcoast ladies/girls mountain bike (smalll - medium)
  6. Apollo Outrage men's/boy's mountain bike (small - medium)
  7. Mission Quantum Leap jump/mountain bike (medium - 26" wheels)

The current plan is to have them ready in that order, but things change daily here at the XbikeX Workshop!

If you're looking for something in particular, please get in touch - we may be able to source what you're after.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 May 2017 17:47

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