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.