I have the ut­most re­spect for per­sonal free­dom and choice, but I was re­ally taken aback by the pho­to­graph ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ar­ti­cle ‘So­cial Cub day out’ (Our Clas­sics, Septem­ber is­sue). No eye pro­tec­tion for you, bare skin ev­ery­where, no gloves, ca­sual shoes. I think it sent the wrong mes­sage, al­though hope­fully Clas­sic

Bike read­ers will take no no­tice and not be in­flu­enced in any way.

I am speak­ing from over 40 years of rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and as some­one who also finds putting on the gear just to pop down the road a pain. But I do it. Three years ago, I was rear-ended while brak­ing be­hind traf­fic. I’m still in con­stant pain and at­tend­ing out­pa­tient ap­point­ments. With­out my gear, things would def­i­nitely have been a lot worse. My point is, as many have said, how­ever good a rider you are, you can­not avoid the neg­li­gence of oth­ers – whether that be driv­ing skill (lack of) or diesel on the road or what­ever. PETER WAR­REN

Hi Peter, I hoped the story would get across that such ca­pers are at push­bike speed, on a very short hop, up a quiet lane. We’ve been over­taken by Ly­cra-clad pedalling types. Though it’s ob­vi­ously per­sonal choice, I ac­cept that tak­ing pic­tures show­ing such scant rid­ing clob­ber was per­haps an over­sight. I’ve jumped off enough mov­ing mo­tor­cy­cles over the years to know bet­ter. I hope this hasn’t de­tracted too much from your en­joy­ment of the mag­a­zine, and hope you con­tinue to take plea­sure from Clas­sic Bike.

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