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May 2018 news


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This month we talk to Stuart Bailey, ride leader for Cycling for Pleasure.

Cycle Colchester will be at two events during June, the Braiswick Primary school summer fete and the Young Children’s Festival, come and visit us!

Help spread the word about our Cycle Colchester pop up advice centre in Lion Walk open 10am - 3pm on Mondays throughout June.

We update on Re-Cycle including their monthly bike sales.

Both bike kitchens are taking part in this year’s Cycling UK Big Bike Revival during May and June with lots of workshops on self-help bike maintenance

Happy Handlebars are offering a new section of gentle rides for beginners or those trying to build confidence.

Cycling to school is a ‘right’ of passage, we link you with an interesting article by Cycling UK’s new campaigns officer Keir Gallagher.

Help us promote Clean Air Day(Thursday 21 June) in Colchester by sharing information with friends and colleagues about how cycling helps make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Cycle Colchester at local events

Look out for the Cycle Colchester stall at the following events:

11am-3pm, Saturday 9 Jun – Braiswick primary school summer fete
10.30am-4pm, Saturday 16 June - Colchester Young Children’s Festival, Castle Park

Cycle Colchester pop-up advice centre, Mondays throughout June in Lion Walk

Please spread the word about this, we want to help people seeking a simple low cost way to get fit and active to find out more about the joy of cycling! Our pop-up advice centre is being hosted by the One Colchester shop in Lion Walk (next to Primark), which is open from 10am-3pm on weekdays. Our maps and leaflets are prominently displayed in the shop, and from 10am and 1pm every Monday volunteers from groups including Cycle Colchester, Cycling for Pleasure, Re-Cycle, Sustrans, Colchester Bike Kitchen and LEAP (Leisure World’s Life Enhancing Activity Programme), will be on hand to share their experience of how to get started, the best sort of bike for you, where to get good quality second hand bikes, how to keep them well maintained, and how to find other people to ride with. Do call in and see us if you’re in town on a Monday morning, and if you have a few hours to spare as a volunteer, please let Pam know (07812 209862)!

Re-Cycle

Re-Cycle will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday 26 May for bike sales.  This is an opportunity for anyone who cannot get to them during the week to purchase good quality used bicycles, safety checked by two mechanics, all of which come with a 60 day warranty.

For Bike Week 2018, Re-Cycle will be attending Eroica Britannica - a vintage family festival and bike ride in the Peak District from 15-17 June.

Cycling UK Big Bike Revival

The Cycling UK Big Bike Revival is back from May to July, check national events here (our two local Bike Kitchens are both taking part) and Bike Week is less than a  month away. As an advocate of the brilliance of bike riding, please spread the word and help get as many people as possible cycling. Don’t forget to register events and activities on the Bike Week website and take advantage of free insurance, promotional materials and a listing on the national directory. Plus, Cycling UK’s cycling partners Love to Ride are giving away a bike a day, every day, during Bike Week! To enter the prize draw, just register at lovetoride.net, and ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week (9-17 June) and log your ride.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen workshops

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen (just off St John's Rd, CO7 9DR) is offering free classes to help you learn to look after your bicycle. Sessions are suited to complete beginners or those needing a refresher and are led by qualified bike mechanics. TO BOOK, please email them giving the course date, your full name, address, phone number, or call Jo for more info/bookings on 07926 463568.

Thursdays 7.30pm to 9pm - Bite Sized Basics
7 June: Clean and oil your chain
21 June: Punctures - learn to fix flats quickly and reliably
5 July: Brakes - learn to adjust and maintain brakes
19 July: Chain care - as above

Saturdays 10am to 1pm - Beginners Bike Maintenance
26 May, 30 June or 28 July: brakes, gears, punctures and more

9.30am Saturday 9 June - Women only ride for National Bike Week,
No booking, just turn up at Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen. Gentle 6km on/off road, coffee & cake after :-)

10am to 1pm Saturday 23 June - FREE bike checks @ Wivenhoe Library

Their usual drop in sessions continue Mondays 7pm to 9pm and Saturdays 2pm to 4pm, every week, all year.

Colchester Bike Kitchen workshops

This summer Colchester Bike Kitchen is running a whole host of bike maintenance workshops, from the absolute basics to getting down to the nitty gritty of how pretty much everything on your bike works. For a suggested minimum donation of just £5 you can make use of our fully stocked workshop to work on your own bike, either on your own or under the supervision of one of our mechanics.

Saturday 9th: Maintenance Essentials/Mcheck

Wednesday 13th: Maintenance Essentials/Mcheck

Saturday 16th: Drivetrain healthcheck + regular Bike Kitchen

They just took delivery of some shiny new tools, including a bottom bracket facing tool and complete hydraulic kit! And they are looking for volunteer mechanics to cover Saturdays and help them expand their opening hours, so please get in touch if you think you can help. Contact them by email (hello@colchesterbikekitchen.org.uk.) or call Pam on 07812 209862.

Happy Handlebars gentle rides

For anyone wanting to build cycling confidence or join others for gentle group rides, Happy Handlebars have a range of led rides in Colchester and other locations including mostly off road routes, many of which are free.

Cycling to school

Cycling to school is a 'right' of passage says Keir Gallagher, Cycling UK's new Campaigns Officer and an enthusiastic cyclist from school onwards. He has been responding to a worrying flurry of school ‘cycle bans’, and argues that those early commutes set him up for life. “My bike remains my go-to transport for almost every journey I make” he says.

Clean Air Day Thursday 21 June

Clean Air Day(Thursday 21 June) is a chance for cyclists to share information with friends and colleagues about how cycling helps make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions; over 143 people in Colchester die early every year because of this. But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. Check out the Clean Air Colchester website to find out what local people are doing.

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local riders

This month we talk to Dan Gascoyne, who’s recently joined Colchester Borough Council as Assistant Director, Policy & Corporate. Whilst he’s not an obsessive cyclist, bikes have always been part of his life, as the best way to get around. More

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