Are You In The Market For Towbars And Towbar Cycle Carriers?
Have you been thinking about buying towbars, or at least one towbar, and a cycle carrier? You may have been put off because of the cost, not only of the towbars but also because of the fitting. Perhaps you feel daunted at the prospect of fitting one to your vehicle yourself. You don’t actually have to, you know, visit the Witter site and find out more.
Towbars and cycle carriers are a great way of taking your bike(s) to the countryside, or seaside, without piling them somewhat precariously to a roof rack and strapping them down. If you have a four-person family who all ride bikes, it would be difficult to transport them by train. Of course, it’s cheaper to take them with you in or on your vehicle. Towbars and towbar cycle carriers can be used to safely get your precious bikes from A to B.
Why don’t more people ride their bikes to work?
We live in the age of the motor vehicle and unfortunately other road users are not always tolerant of cyclists. This is despite the fact that cycling is much more environmentally-friendly than driving. It cuts down on fumes and of course, it is a cheaper form of transport. Why don’t more people get on their bikes for the daily commute thorough Britain’s cities?
One answer to this question is the inclement British weather. No one really likes being exposed to the elements, although it can be exhilarating. You need protective clothing is you ride your bike in a downpour, and if you omitted to listen to the weather forecast before setting out, you could find yourself soaked to the skin with o dry clothes to change into. No one wants to sit in wet clothes all day at the office.
Of course, it’s healthier to ride a bike to work, but then again no one wants flu, a cold, or even worse, pneumonia. No local council is going to the expense of building covered cycling lanes, are they?
The trials and tribulations of riding a cycle
Here are some quotes from famous people about the adverse aspects of riding a bicycle.
- “It’s a risky business being a cyclist in the UK, there are a lot of people who really dislike us. It’s the Jeremy Clarkson influence – we’re hated on the roads. We just hope people realise we are just flesh and bones on two wheels.” Victoria Pendleton, gold medal winner in the women’s sprint at the Beijing Olympics, 2008.
- “People love cycling but hate cyclists.” Peter Zanzottera, senior consultant at transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave, to Scottish Parliament’s Transport Committee, November 24th 2009.
- “Cycling has encountered more enemies than any other form of exercise. 19th-century author Louis Baudry de Saunier
- “There is something about the miscreant cyclist that seems to get people more exercised than they are about the misbehaving motorist…When people get into cars, their metal encasement turns them into robots in our minds, and we’re grateful to them for any act of courtesy. We’re grateful that they don’t deliberately kill children, then laugh a rasping, metallic laugh…[Cyclists] are more civic-minded than anyone else travelling in any other manner, bar by foot. If they do run into someone, they at least (like the bee) do their victim the favour of hurting themselves in the process, which is why, if you had any sense, you’d save your hatred for the motorist, who (like the wasp) injures without care.” Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 4th February 2006
Positive quotes about riding bicycles
- “Cycling to work is an important issue for business – the more who do it, the more our communities will support it. Healthy and green, cycling is worthy of the support of every business in the land.” Sir Digby Jones, former director general of the Confederation for British Industry, February 2006.
- “You always know when you’re going to arrive. If you go by car, you don’t. Apart from anything else, I prefer cycling. It puts you in a good mood, I find.” Playwright Alan Bennett, Boston Globe, June 2006.
- “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway.
So, there you have it. Some people are passionate about their bikes while others hate them on the road. Because you are reading this and have got this far, you must be in the first camp. At weekends, you may get on your bike, and go to the countryside. Lucky you! However, those who do not live near the countryside still need at least towbars and towbar cycle carriers to get them into the country. Thankfully you can find cheap tow bars from reputable traders such as Witter Towbars. Think about the advantages these accessories bring!