Cycling social network has 2,500 followers worldwide

The Oxford Times: From left, Nick Williamson, Dave Nash and Andy Dawson with the site on his phone From left, Nick Williamson, Dave Nash and Andy Dawson with the site on his phone

CYCLISTS across the globe are joining together thanks to a social network started in Oxford.

Wheelsuckers, founded by South Oxford residents Dave Nash, Nick Williamson and Andy Dawson, has gained more than 2,500 members in two years.

The website acts as a place for cyclists to discuss their sport and to arrange rides.

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Mr Dawson, 52, said: “We got into cycling through organising a charity ride in 2010 for [Headington’s] Sobell House Hospice.

“We all got more serious about the sport while we were training and started to get better equipment. It was then that we realised there were other people who would want to connect with other cyclists.

“Facebook tends to be based around family and friends, so if you keep going on about cycling people get bored. This is based around those interests and gives members a place to talk to others who share them.”

Since launching the website has gone international, with members from as far as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

As well as hosting forums for members, who can create groups and events, it also features reviews of sports products and competitions.

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Plans are also in the pipeline for a cycling event to be organised for members.

Mr Dawson added: “There are some clubs who have started running themselves from the site.

“It’s a great way for riders in local areas to link up.

“Doing a big event is certainly of interest to us and we would have to think carefully about it.

“But it is something that members have said they want to do.”

Advertisements are placed on the site, he said, but money made is invested back into Wheelsuckers.

Summertown cyclist and member Danny Wright said: “I would not do the amount of cycling I do without it and I enjoy reading the reviews.

“Before joining I used to go for rides with just one friend, but now I have a much broader group of people I go with.

It has made it much more sociable and helps me get out.”

s Visit wheelsuckers.co.uk

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7:44am Tue 4 Mar 14

Myron Blatz says...

Pity many cyclists seem totally ignorant - especially of the Law, Highway Code and other road users and pedestrians. Personally I'm fed-up of the 'lycra brigade' ignoring road junction law, ising their mobile phones when riding, using the pavement to cycle on regardless of pedestrians and children, going the wrong way down one-way roads, cycling in Oxford City centre when they shouldn't, and most especially the 'we are saving the planet' mob who don't pay road tax, don't have insurance, and don't take a driving or cycling test to say they are fit to be on cycles - not to mention all those British and foreign students and tourists who clog-up Oxford!
Pity many cyclists seem totally ignorant - especially of the Law, Highway Code and other road users and pedestrians. Personally I'm fed-up of the 'lycra brigade' ignoring road junction law, ising their mobile phones when riding, using the pavement to cycle on regardless of pedestrians and children, going the wrong way down one-way roads, cycling in Oxford City centre when they shouldn't, and most especially the 'we are saving the planet' mob who don't pay road tax, don't have insurance, and don't take a driving or cycling test to say they are fit to be on cycles - not to mention all those British and foreign students and tourists who clog-up Oxford! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -15

8:27am Tue 4 Mar 14

Floflo says...

Bless you Myron. Sounds like driving is putting you under real stress. Unfortunately I'm not able to commute by bike at the moment and I'm forced to drive. I rarely have any problem with cyclists.

Rather than being generally angry towards cyclists and students you'd be better off channelling your energies into something more positive. Do an advance driving course and try to replace some driving with cycling. You'll find the roads a less stressful place I guarantee you!

As for the 'lycra brigade' you'll find them everywhere where people like to be active and fit, in the gym, running, swimming, rowing. If you want to be in a position to feel confident wearing lycra perhaps you could exercise a little more?
Bless you Myron. Sounds like driving is putting you under real stress. Unfortunately I'm not able to commute by bike at the moment and I'm forced to drive. I rarely have any problem with cyclists. Rather than being generally angry towards cyclists and students you'd be better off channelling your energies into something more positive. Do an advance driving course and try to replace some driving with cycling. You'll find the roads a less stressful place I guarantee you! As for the 'lycra brigade' you'll find them everywhere where people like to be active and fit, in the gym, running, swimming, rowing. If you want to be in a position to feel confident wearing lycra perhaps you could exercise a little more? Floflo
  • Score: 11

12:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Pity many cyclists seem totally ignorant - especially of the Law, Highway Code and other road users and pedestrians. Personally I'm fed-up of the 'lycra brigade' ignoring road junction law, ising their mobile phones when riding, using the pavement to cycle on regardless of pedestrians and children, going the wrong way down one-way roads, cycling in Oxford City centre when they shouldn't, and most especially the 'we are saving the planet' mob who don't pay road tax, don't have insurance, and don't take a driving or cycling test to say they are fit to be on cycles - not to mention all those British and foreign students and tourists who clog-up Oxford!
O'dear the anti-cycle trolls are up and early. Theirs us on our way to work or school and they sit in their darkened bedsits busily typing away, probably not even aware it’s a new day and the sun is shining!
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Pity many cyclists seem totally ignorant - especially of the Law, Highway Code and other road users and pedestrians. Personally I'm fed-up of the 'lycra brigade' ignoring road junction law, ising their mobile phones when riding, using the pavement to cycle on regardless of pedestrians and children, going the wrong way down one-way roads, cycling in Oxford City centre when they shouldn't, and most especially the 'we are saving the planet' mob who don't pay road tax, don't have insurance, and don't take a driving or cycling test to say they are fit to be on cycles - not to mention all those British and foreign students and tourists who clog-up Oxford![/p][/quote]O'dear the anti-cycle trolls are up and early. Theirs us on our way to work or school and they sit in their darkened bedsits busily typing away, probably not even aware it’s a new day and the sun is shining! Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 9

12:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

hatofthecat says...

Well as a driver and cyclist Myron I can tell you I see many more drivers on their mobiles every single day than cyclists, ignoring cycle lanes & advanced stop lines at lights, passing cyclists dangerously close, turning left across cyclists (use of mirrors apparently entirely optional), I pay "road tax" (which it isn't) and I passed my cycling proficiency aged 8 (we had to do to be allowed to cycled to school). Whilst I may not probably be a thing of beauty in my "lycra" it is a very practical for wearing on a bike. Perhaps you'd like to have a go at motorcyclists for their leather fetish, why on earth would they wear such appropriate gear like that... beats me eh...
Well as a driver and cyclist Myron I can tell you I see many more drivers on their mobiles every single day than cyclists, ignoring cycle lanes & advanced stop lines at lights, passing cyclists dangerously close, turning left across cyclists (use of mirrors apparently entirely optional), I pay "road tax" (which it isn't) and I passed my cycling proficiency aged 8 (we had to do to be allowed to cycled to school). Whilst I may not probably be a thing of beauty in my "lycra" it is a very practical for wearing on a bike. Perhaps you'd like to have a go at motorcyclists for their leather fetish, why on earth would they wear such appropriate gear like that... beats me eh... hatofthecat
  • Score: 8

2:33pm Tue 4 Mar 14

EMBOX2 says...

Oh here we go, bash the cyclist, bash the motorist.........yaw
n!

The only way to sort this is to do as Holland does, segregate the two. Shame it can't happen but it'd sure help.

Education for both sides, not bickering on a forum, or some humourous Top Gear clip, will change behaviours.
Oh here we go, bash the cyclist, bash the motorist.........yaw n! The only way to sort this is to do as Holland does, segregate the two. Shame it can't happen but it'd sure help. Education for both sides, not bickering on a forum, or some humourous Top Gear clip, will change behaviours. EMBOX2
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Wanchai says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Pity many cyclists seem totally ignorant - especially of the Law, Highway Code and other road users and pedestrians. Personally I'm fed-up of the 'lycra brigade' ignoring road junction law, ising their mobile phones when riding, using the pavement to cycle on regardless of pedestrians and children, going the wrong way down one-way roads, cycling in Oxford City centre when they shouldn't, and most especially the 'we are saving the planet' mob who don't pay road tax, don't have insurance, and don't take a driving or cycling test to say they are fit to be on cycles - not to mention all those British and foreign students and tourists who clog-up Oxford!
Myron stop making us laugh with your obvious goading. You know very well that car tax is based on emissions.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Pity many cyclists seem totally ignorant - especially of the Law, Highway Code and other road users and pedestrians. Personally I'm fed-up of the 'lycra brigade' ignoring road junction law, ising their mobile phones when riding, using the pavement to cycle on regardless of pedestrians and children, going the wrong way down one-way roads, cycling in Oxford City centre when they shouldn't, and most especially the 'we are saving the planet' mob who don't pay road tax, don't have insurance, and don't take a driving or cycling test to say they are fit to be on cycles - not to mention all those British and foreign students and tourists who clog-up Oxford![/p][/quote]Myron stop making us laugh with your obvious goading. You know very well that car tax is based on emissions. Wanchai
  • Score: 6

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