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LONDON CYCLESHARE OVERHAUL USES LVS PLASTIC PARTS FOR MADE IN BRITAIN' BIKES.

London's fleet of cycleshare 'Boris bikes' has been overhauled with 18,000 new Santander-cycles, with a 'Made in Britain' focus.

Pashley Cycles, based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, led the design, with Telford-based LVS Small Plastic Parts producing the plastic components.

LVS looked to improve on lessons learnt from the first generation cycleshare bikes, which suffered from damage including breakage of the rear mudguard through riders carrying additional passengers and common theft of reflectors and lights.

The company therefore designed a new plastic rear mudguard that deflects under the weight of a passenger 'hitching a ride' and acts as a brake on the rear wheel. The mudguard also incorporates an internal channel to house electric cables, as well as tamper-proof recesses for the mounting of a dynamo-powered rear light and separate reflector.

Other plastic components designed by LVS for the bikes include a new, lightweight handle bar cover. As well as being tamper proof, the unit protects the braking mechanism and is designed to not shatter in the case of a heavy impact.

Its front mudguard is made to be durable and to allow the tamper-proof mounting of a new front lighting system that incorporates a laser projector of a cycle image five metres ahead on the road, to pre-warn pedestrians of the oncoming cyclist.

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Date:Nov 1, 2017
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