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New Riders


Adults of any age, male or female, are encouraged to join us on our activities.


Your Fitness

Most new members are very concerned that they might slow the group down - PLEASE DONT WORRY!  You may not be as fit as the regulars, but everyone in the group was once a new member, so it’s never a problem: the whole ethos of the club is one of social cycling, so it is more important that you can enjoy the ride!!  You are welcome to contact us via email ( supplying us with a telephone number so we can advise you on the type of ride you may find most suitable as an introduction. The range of our rides is set out on our which ride page


As our Guest, you can ride with us up to 3 times before we would ask you to join.  Family membership is only £12 per year, which covers our ride leader’s insurance, web hosting, and other incidentals.  All the administration and ride leading is done entirely by volunteers.


Which bike should I have and what should I bring?

Our members ride on various types of bicycle, including tourers, road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, tandems and even the occasional Ebike. Whatever you ride, please check that your bike is in good working order.   As a minimum, please bring a spare inner tube, and a bit of cash for refreshments. 


Beyond that, if possible bring enough tools to deal with a puncture.(ie: a puncture repair kit, a pump, tyre levers and a spanner (if your hubs don't have quick release skewers) to remove your wheel.  (The other riders will always help if you are not confident on this), plus lights, if they might be necessary.



Wear whatever you like and feel comfortable in, though make sure it is appropriate to the weather. Although some of our members wear specialised cycling clothing (lycra shorts etc) quite a few don't, and you shouldn't feel you need to wear anything in particular to "fit in". However cycling-specific clothing is often the most comfortable and can add greatly to your cycling pleasure.  Winter and summer club jerseys can be purchased through the club (Though you may prefer to wait until you have been out on a few rides, to see what others are wearing, before you make any purchases) The best approach is to dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing according to the changing weather and how warm you are feeling. You should always carry clothing that is suitable to protect you if weather conditions should deteriorate.

Helmets are not compulsory but are strongly recommended.

If you have any concerns about any of the above, please email us on

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