Rides for 2020

Jul 11th St Albans;
Jul 18th William Morris Gallery;
Jul 25th Mayfield Lavender Farm;
Aug 1st Royal Docks;
Aug 8th Oval Quarter & Van Gogh Walk;
Aug 22nd Petticoat Lane;
Sep 12th Clissold Park, Hackney;
Dec 25th Christmas Day Ride.

Details of our upcoming rides can be found on our Strava page.

All our rides are turn-up-and-go. Come as you are: We don’t insist upon helmets, hi-viz jackets or insurance although you can of course opt for these if you prefer. Ride leading is shared with Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley Cyclists.

Some basic information, which we advise everyone to read, especially if you have never ridden with us before :

Our rides can be easy, medium or hard. These tend to be a little subjective: one person’s easy ride could be quite a tough ride for someone else with less experience or base fitness. However, this is a rough guide to what we mean when we use these descriptions.

Ride will be less than 30 miles, mostly quiet roads, no steep hills, no difficult off-road sections. Leisurely pace. Often suitable for the less experienced rider. However, if you are very inexperienced, ring the ride leader for a chat about it.

These will be between 30 – 50 miles in distance. There may be some hills and/or busy roads, and the pace will be a bit faster, possibly averaging 10 to 13 mph/16kph. Not suitable for inexperienced riders. Try an easy ride first.

Longer rides of 50 miles and more, especially in the spring and summer. Usually a fair few hills, some steep. There may also be stretches on busier roads, with fast traffic, although we generally try and avoid these wherever possible.

Most of our rides are suitable for a range of bikes; hybrid, mountain bike, road bike and there is no need to have specific cycle clothing, but if you are in doubt as to the suitability of your bike, the ride leader will be pleased to advise you. Their contact details should be at the end of the ride posting.

Please be aware that Ride Leaders are not necessarily experienced mechanics and it is the responsibility of individual participants to ensure their bike is in a safe and roadworthy condition before joining the ride.
However, ride leaders will happily assist individuals, to their best of their ability as experienced cyclists, if mechanical assistance is needed, within reason. (Time and needs of other riders will need to be taken into account here).
We always try not to leave anyone behind – for example if there is an incident, or a rider cannot keep up with the group we would adjust the pace of the ride to keep the riders together. If it is necessary for someone to leave the ride we will assist them, as far as is reasonable, to get home safely e.g. getting them to a train station or calling a taxi.

Basic Equipment you should always bring on a ride:

1. a spare inner tube to fit your bike, pump and tools
2. lights if there is a possibility of them being needed
3. suitable clothing (e.g. waterproofs, warm additional clothing layers)
4. drinks and snacks as appropriate.
5. a lock. For most of our country based rides a cheaper cable lock is usually sufficient. However, in London, it’s advisable to use two good locks.
6. and possibly : Helmet,sun glasses,maps, camera, mobile

Note that,on our rides we DO NOT necessarily have
1. a trained first aider
2. a qualified cycle instructor
3. qualified mechanics
4. support vehicles to carry any belongings

We DO NOT take unaccompanied children (under 16’s), although on our easy rides especially, we would welcome adults bringing children along. If you want to bring children on a harder ride, ring the ride leader first to discuss the suitability of the ride for the child.

The Ride Leader is responsible for:

1. Planning the route
2. Providing ride information in advance of the ride (including train times and access to attractions if applicable) and directions during the ride
3. Ensuring refreshment stops are available

Individual riders must take responsibility for:

1. Own personal safety on the road, and complying with the highway code
2. The safety of any children with you
3. Road worthiness of own bike
4. Listening to, and following ride leader instructions.
5. Informing the ride leader if you wish to leave the ride (so we don’t end up looking for you)
6. Informing the ride leader if you have any medical conditions that could be important if there is an accident.
7. Loss or damage caused by you. We strongly recommend all cyclists to have some sort of third party insurance cover.
8. Checking the information given for the ride, so that you can judge that you are capable of completing the ride.