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MP credits her "strong, solid bike" with protecting her in van collision

Anne Milton followed SMIDSY incident with "large bottomed man" Twitter kerfuffle...

Guidford MP Anne Milton was shaken but unharmed after a collision with a van yesterday while riding her bike, and credits her sturdy bike with protecting her from the impact.

The Conservative whip told Get Surrey she was on her way to the station.

“It was one of those things where we both started moving away from a junction and he [the van driver] didn’t see me. He stopped and he was very nice,” she said.

"I was lit up like Christmas.

"I’m fully recovered and had no injury. I was shaken."

Parts of the bike were crushed in the impact, but Mrs Milton said: "My bike saved me.

“It just goes to show - get a good, strong, solid bike with a heavy frame. It did save me.

“I fell on my left side so the bike fell on top of me and he drove up a bit on top of the bike.

“The pedal kept the bike off me.”

Pedal Pushers bike shop in Guidford came to Mrs Milton's rescue and repaired her bike, but in the meantime she got into some hot water on Twitter.

"I wanted to weep, so I started a Twitter storm about big bottoms."

Mrs Milton tweeted a complaint that she was being squashed on the train by a "very large bottomed man" and set off a bit of a kerfuffle on Twitter.

She later told the Evening Standard's Nicholas Cecil: “If you are going to sit on one of those seats for three people, you need to take up one third of the seat. If your bottom is bigger than a third then you need to reduce its size.”

While Mrs Milton would clearly favour more people cycling as a bottom-reducing method, she told us via Twitter that she won't be campaigning for everyone to ride sturdy, protective bikes.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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