Tips For Beginners

If you are brand new to cycling or have not cycled for a few years, here are some useful tips to get you going:

  • Check the condition of your bike, if it has not been used for a while consider having it serviced. At the very least oil the chain, gears and moving parts, check the brakes and tyres and check your seat position.

  • Don’t be put off by our ride distances, they sound worse than what they really are. Take your time and go out on a few warm up rides. Start with 3 mile rides to get used to the bike and then build up to 5, 7 & 10 miles. From Broughton a good mid range start up ride might be to Willen Lake and back. It is not all about speed, pace yourself and you’ll find you can go further.

  • You do not need to spend a fortune on your bike and equipment. Most riders invest in their kit as they get more into cycling. Our group members can help you out if you need any advice, just ask.

  • Use your bell when approaching pedestrians especially if they are travelling in the same direction as you. This not only warns the pedestrians that you are approaching but also your fellow riders of the hazard.

  • Slow down when approaching dogs. Some get spooked and can dart in front of you or get scared and chase after you!

  • When joining our rides please indicate on the Facebook page event that you are going, this way we are not hanging around at the start for those who we think might be coming.

  • We may stop at a pub towards the end of the route for a quick drink, this is optional but remember some cash if you are stopping.

  • None of us claim to be professional riders, we just enjoy cycling and getting fit together.

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