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Cyclecraft Paperback – 26 May 1988
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About the Author
John Franklin is a consultant and registered Expert Witness on cycling skills and safety and was a member of the government working group that set up the UK National Standard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The advice to keep your bicycle well maintained is spot on, though you'll need a different book if you want to do such maintenance yourself; this book focuses almost exclusively on how to travel safely and enjoyably.
Since it's published in the UK, the text assumes you will be travelling on the left side of the road. The text is certainly broadly applicable to the Republic of Ireland as well, though, as another reviewer says, the law in the Republic of Ireland currently compels cyclists to use cycle tracks. Given that, the advice in this book on how to negotiate the poorer designs might actually be even more useful there.
If there's only one thing you take from it, it should be how to answer the question "Where do you position yourself when you ride on the road?". Most people start talking about kerbs & white lines. Franklin says these are often irrelevant. What we should be thinking about is where the other traffic is and then riding either in front of it or to the side of it.
I also agree a helmet does not save you from a serious head blow however it does save you from low to medium injury if worn properly. The chances of head injury are low with cycling and so the author argues this in respect to not wearing one when walking or driving a car. However they do make you feel safer just as cycle paths do but again they need to be understood in order to be of any benefit. Wearing a helmet seems to encourage dangerous cycling and so increases the chances of head injury.
Overall a great book to get you on the road but remember the roads and the law do not protect cyclists fully and this is why this book was written to help you navigate the roads in the safest way possible to avoid collisions. Most cyclists take the longer but safer route, others travel in pairs or groups since there is safety in numbers but what if you have to travel the busy dangerous roads by yourself then what, well then this book is for you!!!
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