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Cloughwood Academy

Stones Manor Ln,

Hartford,

Northwich

CW8 1NU

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Can anybody come on a ride?

Yes, all you need to do is fill in a quick form and sign a disclaimer.

If you're already riding a bike regularly, you'll probably be fine. But if you bought a bike yesterday or haven’t ridden for quite some time, try our Beginner session first. We can help provide you with a bike and helmet if needed.  

Will I slow you down?

If you're worried about your ability to keep up, pick one that is flat. We're never too far from a hub  and ride fairly slow so it's easy to keep up with us.  We are always happy to shorten the ride  and if you want to walk up a hill, that's fine, we're in no hurry. It is strongly recommended that slower riders ride directly behind the leader. That helps us to pace the ride. It's much harder work catching up if you ride at the back.

What does it cost?

Nothing. All our rides are FREE But do bring cash for food, drink, emergencies.

What kind of bike do I need?

You can use any kind of roadworthy bike but most of our rides use unsurfaced traffic-free sections at some point so a featherlite racing bike won't be very comfortable or practical. Most people ride hybrids, tourers or mountain bikes but we've also had recumbents, trikes and tandems. Check our gallery to see the rides in action.

What else do I need?

If you’re bringing your own bike, at the very least, you’ll need a spare inner tube, a pump and some money. It's wise to carry tyre levers, a repair kit and any tools you need to remove your wheels. Some riders carry snacks but we do stop quite often. In warm weather you should bring suncream and at all other times, consider having a waterproof top or warmer clothing with you. Most bikes will accept a bottle cage so don't forget to fill your water bottle up. A lock is handy if we are leaving the bikes anywhere. We can often sit with our bikes at most of our stops but a thief will take an unattended bike. An ICE contact in your phone could be useful in the event of an emergency. Don't bring the kitchen sink - it will weigh you down and make your bike harder to pedal!

Do I need to wear a helmet?

There is no law in the UK requiring you to wear a helmet or hi-viz clothing. It is entirely your choice. To help make an informed decision, click here

What happens if I get a puncture?

If you bring a spare tube, there's bound to be somebody on the ride who'll help you fit it. The ride halts for mechanical problems so that we all stay together. You can avoid punctures by picking the bits out of your tyres before you come and ensuring they are fully pumped up at all times. Badly worn tyres that have been left under-inflated out in the rain will simply explode when they are pumped up. Replace them because we can't help you if this happens. Investing in puncture resistant tyres such as Marathon Plus by Schwalbe helps.

What about if my bike has a more serious failure?

If we can't fix it, you'll need to get yourself home. That might mean a taxi or pushing it to a railway station but usually someone is around who is willing to help out.

Do you have Ride leaders or Back markers?

Yes, although the rides are very relaxed, we ask that you listen and follow instruction at all times from ride leaders or back markers to ensure everyone’s safety. Please be aware of other people on the ride, we all try to look out for each other.  If that means you have to wait at a junction for them to catch up, then you have to wait. We'll do the same for you. You also need to be aware if you are the last person,  let the ride leader know that all riders are present if we are regrouping. If you don't like responsibility, ride behind the leader. If you ride ahead of the ride leader, you are considered to be off the ride!

Should I bring food?

It’s up to you, we nearly always at a cafe or pub.  Most placess do not like patrons eating their own food on the premises. Therefore, if you bring a packed lunch, please exercise discretion.

What do those phrases mean that the leaders shout out?

We will warn of oncoming cars on quiet roads and lanes with the shout of 'car through'. This is to enable riders to fall into single file. A vehicle approaching from behind is 'car up'. You may also hear shouts or see arms pointing for broken glass or dangerous potholes and this information should be passed back along the group.

Will I be insured?

We carry 3rd party insurance. This means you are covered if you cause an accident whilst riding with us. It does not cover your bike being stolen or an accident that isn't your fault. We hope to never claim on this.

Are you associated with other groups?

We are associated with SUSTRANS and local community groups.

Anything else I should know?

Follow all instructions issued by the ride leader, especially bunching up at junctions and riding single file where necessary. Pass back warnings of glass and potholes and keep roads and junctions clear whilst we are regrouping. We obey the Countryside Code and the Highway Code. Our off-road sections are on bridleways or byways unless a route has been specifically designated as a cycleway. . We give way to pedestrians, alert them to our presence using our bells sparingly and never overtake horses unless the rider has agreed it is safe to do so. We exercise care when parking our bikes and are courteous to other road users. Consider yourself an ambassador for cycling whilst you're riding with us!

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Cycling has nothing to do with riding a bike. ~ John Chatterley

Bikes and helmets provided for FREE