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Thursday 5 August

Welcome to the latest edition of the Survival Skills Rider Training newsletter, which is now going out in Thursdays and will cover my Facebook posts up to Wednesday. Let me know if you find it more convenient – I really would be interested. Survival Skills is all about helping you improve your knowledge, your skills, and your understanding of ‘better biking’ and I won’t take up half your day with random ads or product placement! All you get are links to my ‘better biking’ posts of Facebook.

TRAINING – we’re back to a conventional British summer and here in the south of England it’s a mix of sunny days with some pretty wet ones too. So just as well I offer a WET WEATHER GUARANTEE to avoid having training disrupted. So rain or not, it’s still a great time to book an on-road course from my Ride4Fun and Ride2Work range, and the long evenings mean we can train or take a RIDING ASSESSMENT in the evenings too. I am taking bookings into early September. Visit for more info on training courses. You can also download the latest information PDF here. Or drop me a line at

And of course, I’m also available for ONLINE COACHING sessions immediately.

READ ONE THING – if you’re pushed for time, have a look at the ‘Day one – shiny new bike, Day two – SMIDSY’ post from Monday. Crashing isn’t inevitable and you don’t have to learn in the school of hard knocks – training is a short cut that allows for ‘learning from someone else’s experience’!

NEXT LIVE PRESENTATIONS – firstly, thanks to those who turned out yesterday for the live SOBS presentation. I’ve now scheduled the next two live talks. On Wednesday 1 September, we’ll look at CORNERING WITH CONFIDENCE – a 45 minute talk about how to incorporate the Survival Skills ‘reference points’ into your own cornering technique and get a reliable road map for bends! Tickets cost £5. Here’s the booking link:


And on Wednesday 6 October, I’ll be running SCIENCE OF BEING SEEN again. The presentation has just been featured on the Devitt motorcycle features pages:

So here’s your chance to catch the presentation previously used as the third module at most Biker Down courses – BUT IN FULL and UPDATED. Tickets cost £5. Here’s the booking link:


CLUB & GROUP TALKS – I’ve just delivered my latest rider group talk and have several for later in the diary. If you’d like me to arrange something for your own group or club, get in touch. As well as the ‘Science Of Being Seen’ and ‘Crash Course (as in “how not to…”) presentations, I have a selection of others on various riding issues. Drop me a line to sort something out.

NEXT FREE Ko-Fi WEBINAR – exclusive to my supporters on Ko-Fi, look out for a FREE and EXCLUSIVE 60 minute live ‘better biking’ webinar but with the usual Survival Skills twist! WANT TO WATCH? just sign up as a SUPPORTER from as little as £3 and find it in the supporter area!

MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER – details coming soon!


*** ELEVENSES *** Wed 4 Aug Elevenses 160

In today’s webcast… Isle of Wight Road Races schedule for 20-23 April 2022… new petition calls for ‘visible ID for cyclists’… is your bike tracking you… security options – Monimoto’s inexpensive tracker… what will happen to trackers based on the 2G network… don’t get caught out by bad weather – DIY forecasting…

Make a brew, grab a biscuit and pull up a chair ready to tune in to the ‘ELEVENSES’ LIVE webcast. Join me, Ke… See more

*** TIPS ON TUESDAY *** Visor care with Mr Sheen

It’s the season for flying bugs. It was noticeable last time I was out that the visor came back spattered with insects. I tend not to notice quite how many there are until I take the helmet off, and I REALLY notice if I put it back on having forgotten to clean the visor.

Now you may think that you can just wipe off a squishy insect after it’s splattered itself, but that’s not a great idea. That’s because the bug’s insides – u… See more

*** SURVIVAL SKILLS TT *** Across the New Forest

…where TT stands for tough and technical. Welcome to a new occasional series offering some alternatives to the usual biking routes. If you’re flat out into fast sweepers but get twitchy on tight bends then these probably aren’t the roads for you. But if you like a bit of a challenge, don’t mind the odd stretch of lower limit when combined with some beautiful scenery, then why not try the routes out, then tell me what you thou… See more

*** ELEVENSES *** Sun 1 Aug Elevenses 159

In today’s webcast… ‘hierarchy of harm’ ignores PTWs in Highway Code revisions… Stonehenge tunnel back on hold… Day of the Dead waterproofs keep you dry but empty your wallet… whilst Nearx non-leather leathers also come at a price… but a new electric bike from Revolt could retail at USD$1000… are Royal Enfield planning a roadster version of their Himalayan… today’s talking point – is the ‘hierarchy of harm’ workable?

Ma… See more

*** FACEBOOK ARCHIVE *** More posts added for 2018

As you may know, I’ve created an archive site for all the SKILLS on SATURDAY and TIPS on TUESDAY posts that I’ve written since 2014 here on Facebook. That’s roughly 100 posts per year, and right now 2014 to 2017 (around 400 posts) are already up, and I’ve nearly finished 2018 – just nine to go.

And this year, I have also been dual-posting 2021’s SoS and ToT posts here and directly to Ko-Fi where they are available to read f… See more

*** FOCUS ON FRIDAY *** Why I play Monday Morning Quarterback

I’m something of an American Football fan and from that game has sprung one of my favourite terms – ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’.

It’s usually used in a fairly derogative way, as it describes a person who, according to a couple of dictionary definitions, “passes judgement on something after the event, and who uses hindsight to criticise the actions or decisions of others” and who “uses hindsight to assess situati… See more

*** 60 Second Safety *** Counter-steering 101

Anyone on two wheels – cyclist, scooterist, motorcyclist – counter-steers to get round corners.

And it’s remarkably easy. Look at the next bend and ask yourself which way it goes. This one’s is a right-hander.… See more


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