About

Welcome to my blog.

Born in Guildford and raised in Elstead, Surrey with wonderful people who I’m still very proud and privileged to call friends. I moved to the South Coast in 2007 where I married, divorced but conjured a beautiful son in between. I completed a stand up comedy course courtesy of Jill Edwards at Komedia, Brighton and started gigging as a comedy new act.

Cycling and pubs have always formed a pleasing backdrop to all this. Less so with pubs now, but at least there will always be cycling.

This blog is not anti-car as I’m a car owner myself but the bicycle will always remain my favourite mode of transport. I detest what people become when they get behind a steering wheel (myself included) and my aversion may also spring from the following reason;

The week before my 10th birthday (Halloween 1982) my father was driving my mother and I home from a birthday party. He needed to turn right on a junction of the A3 (it has a flyover now). This meant crossing over the northbound carriageway. A VW hatchback came hurtling around the corner and smashed into us side on. We were in a transit van and not wearing seat belts as they had not been made compulsory. The Police at the time said had I been wearing one I probably would have been decapitated. This is because the force was so great I took the passenger door with me and hit the A3 head first. A helmet may have protected my head further or given me a spinal injury as well. Who knows? What I do know was I ended up with a multiple fracture of the scull and my leg was ripped to shreds. My hand required extensive stitches.

I thought my hand required stitches because I logically believed any person would stick their hand out to protect themselves as they hit the ground. It turns out I was horrifically wrong, dear reader. I only found the truth very recently from my mother. I was already unconscious when I hit the road. I needed stitches in my hand because motorists were getting so impatient at us for having a nasty car smash, they started to drive their way through the wreckage and drove over my hand. Let’s reiterate; motorists drove over the hand of a 9 year old boy lying unconscious in the road after a massive car smash (the car that hit us was doing 70mph+ according to the skid marks).

All involved, I’m pleased to report, made a full recovery. My belief that motoring brings out the worst in people and is the most anti-social, selfish thing you can do remains unchanged, however.

I have been living back in Surrey since 2015 as my people needed me. Now a wanabee freelance writer (as well as the day job) and founder of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain. Contact details below.

Thank you for reading.

Cycling CV:

Competed in Grundig Mountain Bike World Challenge 1989

CTC Information Officer (2002-2004)

CTC Right to Ride Representative (2002 – )

Raced Brompton to 5th in Smithfield Nocturne Folding Bike Races (2007)

Founded [and received fantastic support with] Worthing Revolutions Cycle Campaign Group,  Worthing Cycle Forum ( both open to public) and Cycling Embassy of Great Britain

Bike Stable

For Touring

Cotic RoadRat (Drop bar with components salvaged by Quest Adventure, Worthing from my Specialized Tricross that got hit in a SMIDSY (Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You) incident. The Tricross frame still hangs in their workshop as it was so battered)

 

KHS Alite 3000 (2010) Mountain Bike

 

Contact:

For all cycling campaigning/writing matters – thatjimdavis@gmail.com

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11 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello there,

    Really saddened to read your horrible tale.

    I’m a cyclist and agree that it does bring out the worst in all of us – impatience, intolerance and aggression.

    However, I have just covered Bristol’s recent 2 week long cycling festival. It was a fantastic community led event which was very positively received by everyone. And maybe encouraged some non-cyclists to give it a go.

    With all the negative news re Cycling England etc… it gave me a bit of hope for the future.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Finding out how I actually came by the scar I still carry on my left hand was a bit of a shock! Stitches in 1982 weren’t quite as elegant as they can be now!

      I’ve seen your account of the Bristol Bicycle Festival and it looked a lot of fun! Wonderful photography.

      There’s lots of good out there. And a bicycle is the best way to see it 🙂

  2. Hey there!

    Tried to leave a comment on the other post but didn’t work.

    We’ve got an iPhone app for cyclists that I think you might be keen to look at. It’s called Bike Doctor

  3. About the driving over your hand thing, I was going to say “unbelievable” but sadly it’s not.

    I commute every day from Rubery to Smethwick in Birmingham, either via NCR5 and the canal on my MTB or on any number of road routes I’ve devised on my road bike. Guess which I prefer!

    1. Thanks for the comment. What I found surprising is that many people were shocked by the lack of good manners in 1982. The car-centric damage was WELL under way by then!

      Having been brought up in the countryside, I was spoilt for choice with beautiful bridleways linking ponds and rivers for a swim and local towns. Bridleways and Byways are definately my preferred National Cycle Network (as opposed to a lot of Sustrans offerings) but without things like street lighting (which would be insane), trying to get more vulnerable cyclists to use them for winter commutes would be Quixotic in the extreme.

      In conclusion, I know what you prefer and every day on the road I witness ‘expert’ driving skills such as using a mobile or tuning a radio, I prefer it too!

  4. That is quite a story. Thanks for that.

    Sadly, there’s far too much impatience in the world. Whether a cyclist, motorcyclist or car driver, the human being can be a nasty piece of work. As a road cyclist and commuter, I see this every day and ride as if the car driver will always do the wrong thing. When they do the right thing I thank em.

    I’d like to talk to you about Bike Revolution. Call this a shameless plug, but it’s important for people such as yourself know about new services out there that can help cyclists. So this is our way of alerting you to what we’re doing and ask that you share this with your friends if, after taking a look at our website, you believe what we’re doing is worthwhile.

    I know it is. But getting people to buy into registering their bikes to protect them is an uphill battle so we’re looking for all the help we can get to spread the word.

    What is Bike Revolution? It’s a global, free to register, free to list a stolen bike, recover a stolen bike and view the database of stolen bikes. No cost. Designed totally for the cyclist.

    What it isn’t: Another bike reg site that was born, lived and died in isolation because nobody knew it existed, or a registration site motivated solely by money, hooked up like a remora to the police, a closed-loop, black hole database where the company charges you money to search for your stolen bikes and doesn’t give a hoot about whether you find your bike or not.
    We do. That’s what the site is dedicated to. Bike reg and recovery.

    We’re non-profit and local, but global in reach. Our mission is to get all bikes regged. All stolen bikes listed, and recovered. A big job, I know.

    But we have a good platform and have thought it through. All info is geo-tagged. We aggregate as much stolen bike data as we can find, work with other open bike registrars and stolen bike lists to widen the protective net. All these services are free to use.

    We offer anti-theft tags to fight bike theft. They fund the company. The tags are anti-deterrent. Visible, Trackable, Durable, Pulse ID tags we created and they’re the best in the business. We use what people use in their lives right now. QR codes, mobile apps and social media to fight bike theft and recover bikes.

    It’s all there on the website: http://www.bikerevolution.org

    I invite you to take a look and hope you will include Bike Revolution on your blog as a legitimate service that is well overdue and promoted.

    I apologise if this message is taken as commercial spamming as that is not the intention. Thanks for reading this.

  5. Thanks for not only sharing your story but also creating your website/blog to do something about it. I wholeheartedly agree with you that cars bring out the worst in people, but it’s even crazier to ride a bike among all that craziness.
    Don’t get me wrong; I’m a bicycle fanatic. I love ’em and ride whenever possible. But I avoid road-riding like the plague. Actually, I think you’d be a little safer with the plague.
    I ride on bike trails whenever possible and have even dedicated a website called trailsnet.com to helping people find good trails. For right now, all the trails are in the U.S., but I plan to start adding trails from Europe & beyond in 2012.
    I would love to get suggestions from you and your readers as to which trails in the U.K. to start riding on/writing about first.
    Thanks for spreading the good word and happy trails to you.

  6. Just pondering on how much damage I’ve delivered to the cars that were driven into me and generally walked away, or was allowed to walk after being checked over, and perhaps my worst injury – a 20-0mph instantaneous deceleration, absorbing the energy by fracturing my hip (because the road gradient was rising and I didn’t quite manage to start rolling as the air space reduced.
    Perhaps a lot to re-learn for cycling – 1) how to fall off – accept that just like parachute jumping, cycling may require you to ‘land’ at 10-15mph in a relaxed way where you tuck in arms, protect your head (go foetal) and roll, and get your legs set up as primary shock absorbers in any impact 2) the ability to be aware of all that is happening around you (2.3bn years of development makes eyes, ears and brain a great safety system) be especially aware of what is happening behind you 3) develop instinctive reactions to typical loss of control events 4) have the confidence to dictate the terms of how you plan to use the road space .

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