Photo: Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen

Our interviews will return from next month, for now there’s plenty of news for you to get your teeth into. Fancy a ride round the Dengie? Some freebies from Colchester Bike kitchen? Got a new bike for Christmas? Why not donate your old one to Re~Cycle. Or if you’re just getting back on the bike, book yourself some cycle confidence sessions with Safer Essex Roads. We’ve also got a roundup of some interesting things that have caught our eye this week…

Fancy a challenge?
Registrations are now open for the Tour of the Dengie running on Sunday 17th May. The 43km and 82km courses take you along some the best lanes the remote Dengie peninsula has to offer, taking in beautiful weatherboard houses and the marshland it’s so famous for. Find out more or register online at the Dengie Events website

Colchester Bike Kitchen – Cycling UK Giveaway
Colchester Bike Kitchen are open again for 2020, with regular workshop drop-in hours staying the same: every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm and the first and third Saturday of each month 1-4pm. The ever-popular introduction to essentials class is run every month too. Make sure you check their website for full details and to book your spot: colchesterbikekitchen.org.uk

CBK are teaming up with Cycling UK to give away some winter riding goodies – for FREE! Drop by the workshop to grab your free lights, beanies, neck warmers and multi-tools. Just fill in a quick questionnaire (just 4 questions) and walk away with your freebies (and maybe do a bit of tinkering on your bike while you’re there!) The giveaway lasts until the 16th of February or while stocks last.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen is into its seventh year and is rightly proud of having helped carry out many thousands of repairs with workshop visitors in that time. The service operates on a donations basis and benefits people of all ages from Wivenhoe and beyond. We welcome bicycles of any size and type from the very old or neglected to the new and shiny, and will work together with you to fix problems. Our volunteer team members have varied levels of experience including industry standard qualifications and a wide range of cycling interests and we ensure less experienced volunteers are given the support needed to learn the ropes. We welcome new volunteers, especially women, to help redress the gender imbalance in bicycle use! Winter opening at the workshop off St John’s Rd is Sundays 2pm to 4pm and Mondays 7pm to 9pm. Follow us on Facebook or contact us  bicyclewiv@gmail.com 07926 463568

Re~Cycle
It’s always nice to remind you that Re-Cycle have many fully refurbished bikes for sale that all come with a 60 day warranty! They’re open from 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday and if you can’t make it during the week, they are also open on the last Saturday of every month from 9am – 1pm. The next Saturday sale is on Saturday 25th January. Re-Cycle are a non-profit organisation, meaning 100% of the sales goes back into our core funding to enable the charity to send bikes to Africa. For further information about the charity visit www.re-cycle.org

Did you get a new bike for Christmas? not sure what to do with the old one? then why not donate it to Re-Cycle.  They can give it a new lease of life by helping those who are less fortunate in Africa. If you live in the Colchester area and can’t drop your bike to their Warehouse in Wormingford, then give them a call and they will be happy to collect.

Cycle confidence
Want to get into riding in 2020 but lacking some skills or confidence? Don’t worry, Safer Essex Roads have you covered with confidence courses for children, adults and schools. To find out more, you can contact them directly: saferessexroads@essexhighways.org / 01245 342898

Things we’ve found

Trials mountain biker Danny Mcaskill has been at it again, check out the video below…

We’ve been really impressed by the London Oyster Orbital route created by Tim Boden. This 8-day 500km route is designed to be tackled by anyone with a hybrid bike (and a week to spare). You can pick up each day’s riding from a nearby train station on the Oyster network. Read more about it on the Oyster Wheel website

The Mike Hall Bursary has been set up in memory of Transcontinental founder Mike Hall who was sadly killed on his bike three years ago in March. It’s designed to widen accessibility to the event by providing three £1250 pots of money and free race places to successful applicants from low income families. While we’re not exactly ultra-athletes ourselves, we love this new initiative from the truly bonkers Transcontinental race. You can find out more on the Lost Dot website.

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