Our bicycle insurance is designed to cover theft at and away from home, but in order to be covered, we need you to follow our security requirements. They are nice and simple, and designed to be easy to follow while still providing the best possible security for your bikes.
Very similar to location a, this allows you to store your bicycle in your locked bedroom if you live in a shared house or university accommodation, or a locked office which only you have access to. If you are leaving your bike in an office used by others, the bicycle must be locked to an immoveable object using an approved lock.
Access to the bicycle must be limited to residents of the building. A locked and self-contained cycle storage unit within the boundaries of the block, that is restricted (eg. with a fob or pin code) to those who store their bikes in there would meet this requirement. A communal hallway behind a locked door, where the bike is not visible from the street would also meet this requirement. An open shed, shelter or Sheffield stand in the car park that any resident, delivery driver or member of the public can access, would not meet this requirement.
Our full security requirements are in your policy wording, available to read online. If you have any questions or concerns, our support team are ready to help on 0333 003 0046 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are using a bicycle lock to secure your bike, it must be Sold Secure rated. Bicycles worth £1500 or more need to be secured with a Sold Secure Gold or Diamond rated bicycle lock. Bikes worth less than £1500 can be secured with a Sold Secure Silver rated bicycle lock.
Your bicycle should be locked through the frame to the immovable object with your approved lock. Make sure you do not lock the bike through a wheel, or any other part which can easily be removed. If a thief is able to steal your bicycle without the need to cut your lock, then the bicycle would not be covered.
Our full security requirements are available in your policy wording, available to read online. If you have any questions or concerns, our support team are ready to help on 0333 003 0046 Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, or at email@example.com.
Getting the basics of bike geometry right will help your cycling. The geometry of a bike is hugely important when it comes to making a new purchase, as it directly affects the way you ride, and the optimal geometry is different for different types of cycling.
This is where the importance of getting a proper bike fit comes in. An expert can size the bike to you precisely, by taking into account how you ride, how you sit on a bike and the type of riding you wish to do.
These two measurements are the fundamental principles of bike geometry, and they sort of work in unison. They are important as they are some of the most important measurements to take before comparing bike brands and sizes.
Stack is the vertical distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the centre of the head tube. This determines how low the bars can sit. An endurance bike will have a greater stack than a racer.
Bikes come in a huge array of different shapes and sizes, and the sizes given by bike brands have no relation to bike geometry. Most brands size their bikes in unique ways, just to make it extra confusing. Measurement is taken in centimetres of the length of the seat tube and then either described on the basis of that exact measurement e.g. 51cm, 54cm, 56cm etc. or that measurement is allocated a vague size range i.e. small, medium, large etc.
Fork rake and fork offset mean the same thing just for different bike types, rake for road bikes and offset for mountain bikes. It refers to a straight line from the centre of the fork all the way to the ground, with a vertical line going through that same point of the fork. The amount of area between the two lines is then the rake and offset. This is all to do with handling as increasing the offset will make the steering feel faster while decreasing it will make it slow.
Bikes with a longer trail are designed for high speed turns where stability is gained through speed and where you lean the bike to corner rather than turning the bars. This is good for people who ride at higher speeds and are not concerned with manoeuvrability at lower speeds. These bikes then have a longer top tube to account for the longer trail.
A longer head tube makes for a more upright position as it raises the front end somewhat. Conversely, a short head tube will lower the front end and improve the aerodynamics as the rider is put into a lower, tucked position. Therefore, this makes for a huge difference to how a performance road bike will ride.
When it comes to the head tubes angle, a slack angle will make for a better performing bike at slower speeds but require a little extra oomph to propel it forward. Examples of a much slacker head tube angle can be found on mountain bikes, which need the stability when the route gets technical. A steep angle is more commonly associated with road bikes and works in the same way as having a longer trail, namely better, more stable handling at high speeds.
A shorter wheelbase as determined by the elements above then means a nimble, aggressive and faster feeling bike. Therefore, even the smallest of difference between chainstays, makes a big change to the feel of the bike, even if both bikes are marketed as a size 54.
This is the distance between the ground and the centre of the bottom bracket. This measurement, along with a few others on the bike, are more commonly referred to as a whole as clearance. This is especially prevalent for off-road riders like mountain bikers and cyclocross riders, who need to know the clearance their bottom bracket will have when negotiating obstacles. Hence, a cyclocross bike will have a higher bottom bracket than a road bike. A lower bottom bracket makes the bike feel more planted on the ground and some downhill bikes will strike a balance between the height required to clear obstacles and the added stability that a lower bottom bracket confers.
A smaller bottom bracket drop results in a bike that is more stable at slower speeds and less twitchy when riding in a straight line, so you have to put in more power to move the bike forwards. This is why a track bike has very small bottom bracket drop, so that riders can pedal on the steeply-inclined banks of a velodrome.
Where the trail dictates how the front end of a bike handles, the bottom bracket drop dictates how the rear of the bike handles, two-wheel-drive if you like. Finding the balance then is the key, otherwise, you may as well ride a unicycle.
A higher bar allows a rider (especially a mountain biker/cx racer) to distribute their weight to the back of their bike more easily, reducing fatigue and making for a better position when climbing in the saddle. A lower bar height will then put the rider into a more aggressive position which on the road will mean getting more aero and on a mountain bike means more weight over the front wheel resulting in quicker changes in direction. This will also change how a rider takes any bumps or hits on a trail.
Stem length is a small change you can make to any bike after purchase, that makes a really big difference. A longer stem makes for slower handling and more input put into the movement. A longer reach and wider handlebars will also make the same difference. These are changes you can do to any bike to make a significant difference.
The Ann Arbor Velo Club (AAVC) is a cycling club based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its members include cyclists interested in bicycle racing as participants or supporters at all levels of road, cyclocross, track, and mountain bike.
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