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July 2015 news

NEWSFLASH - Unfortunately the Bums on Bikes festival has been cancelled. CTC will still be at Greenstead fun day.

With the arrival finally of some summer weather, there are all sorts of bike activities to get involved in this month. Here are the headlines:

This month we interview new Mayor Cllr Theresa Higgins, find out why her bike is her preferred method of transport for travelling to civic ocasions.

If your bike is still languishing in the shed, Velo Cycling and Coffee are offering another Free Dr Bike check this month on 3 July.

Wondering what exactly a Free Dr Bike check is? Find out a bit more so you know what to expect.

Colchester is launching its very own Bike Kitchen at the Waiting Room on the 5 July.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but on the 11 July Colchester is hosting its first Naked Bike Ride to demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and as a protest against car culture.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen are offering lots of fun activities at the Wivenhoe Summer fete on the 12 July

Visit Cycle Colchester on the 18 July in Castle Park as part of the Carnival celebrations.

The 25 July is a busy day for cycling in Colchester,  ‘Bums on Bikes’ Colchester's first ever bike festival is taking place around different locations around the town (no nakedness involved in this one!)

The 25th is also an opportunity for you to get your hands on a quality refurbished second hand bike, with Re-Cycle holding bike sales at both Wormingford and the Waiting room as part of the Bums on Bikes celebrations.

The annual Essex Castle Bike ride is also taking place.

Find out more on CTC's summer programme

Cycle Colchester website developments - see the latest updated version of our Get on your Bike leaflet. Plus a newHelp’ page with quick links to advice and support.

Full details below...

Friday 3 July FREE Dr Bike at Velo Cycling and Coffee
Bring your bike in for a free detailed check over between 8:30 – 1pm. Velo in Church Walk, off Head St, is offering this service on the 1st Friday of each month

What is a Dr Bike Check? – it’s a free basic check undertaken by a knowledgeable cyclist or in the case of Velo a Cytech qualified mechanic. It will highlight any work required or replacement parts, and usually you will be given a completed checklist to show their findings. If any work is required it is up to you whether you go ahead with it and who you get to do the work but you will have to pay for it.

Most Dr Bikes will carry out minor tweaks and adjustments to make your bike run smoother, different Dr Bikes use different check lists but for a general idea of what will be covered take a look at this Dr Bike checklist

Sunday 5 July Launch of Colchester Bike Kitchen, Waiting Room, off Queen St, beside Firstsite

Drop in to Colchester Bike Kitchen, between 11am-4pm. They will have the tools, you just need to bring your bike for a free Dr Bike check. If anything needs fixing, you can do this yourself, with advice from the team if you need it. Or if it’s something a bit more complex and you need spare parts, then Andy Woolf of ATW Cycle Repairs will be there to do the job for you at his usual prices.

While you are there you can check out the monthly Bazaar as well! (see https://www.facebook.com/events/1418294658471795/).

Saturday 11 July Colchester’s Naked Bike Ride.

We don’t know who is organising this, but there seems to be lots of publicity about it! Contrary to what most people might think, the naked bike ride is all about celebrating cycling and the human body while highlighting the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and protesting about car culture. If you want to join in you can find out more from the World Naked Bike Ride

Sunday 12 July Wivenhoe summer fete

Find out what Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen will be offering amongst other activities at the summer fete.

Saturday 18 July Cycle Colchester at the Carnival, Castle Park

Come and find us in the park, pedal yourself a smoothie and let the kids decorate some funky cycling glasses.

Saturday 25 July CANCELLED - Bums on Bike cycling festival

Bums on Bikes will be celebrating cycling in different locations around town with something for everyone.

Visit the Waiting Room (off Queen St), where Re-cycle will be holding a refurbished bike sale and Cycle Colchester will be offering the chance to pedal a smoothie and let the kids decorate some funky cycling glasses.

Bring your bike and get a free bike check with CTC at the Greenstead Fun Day from 11am - 3pm. .

Velo Cycling and Coffee are offering three sportives of 20, 50 and 100 miles from their coffee shop, plus Colchester Rovers will be offering grasstrack taster sessions at Shrub End playing fields.

Bums on Bikes will be officially launched on the 10 July so come back then for a link to their website or keep an eye on our social media.

More on Re-Cycle’s bike sale….Some bikes donated to Re-Cycle are unsuitable to send to Africa, these are refurbished and sold generating a sustainable income to help Re-cycle cover its costs. This month’s bike sale is being held both at their warehouse in Wormingford and at the ‘Bums on Bikes’ celebration at the Waiting Room. The sale will include a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes priced from £75 including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carrera as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. Cash or card payments accepted.

Saturday 25 July Essex Castle Charity Bike Ride

A  great day cycling a choice of three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 and 75 miles, all starting at Colchester raising money for Age UK Essex. Find out more.

CTC's summer cycling program

CTC's cycle rides continue this summer every Wednesday and 1st and 3rd Saturdays, at 11am from Leisure World. Bring the family for a gentle and sociable ride with experienced guides and discover new routes. £2 per adult, children free. 

CTC continues its bike maintenance sessions on Saturday afternoons and the second Tuesday evening of the month. The two hour introductory course costs £15. Concessions and free places available. Do ask.

To book, contact Richard Monk on 01206 506412, email richard.monk@ctc.org.uk or visit www.ctc.org.uk/essex."





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