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Important information for all rides
- If you wish to attend an event, then you MUST contact the ride leader beforehand (unless of course the ride description says “just turn up”, for example the Thursday evening rides).
Note that each event has a different ride leader, you’ll need to click on a ride to see who will be leading it. Most of our ride leaders prefer text messages, but you can also call them. Why do we insist on this?
- You may attend two events as a non-member, after which we ask that you join the club.
- You ride at your own risk. Cycling helmets are strongly recommended and are essential for cross country rides (for which we have a “no helmet no ride” policy). See our guide to safe riding here.
- Note that the club uses photography/video from the rides and events for possible inclusion in our publications, website and other publicity material
- Please carry with you the name and contact details of who you would like called in an emergency situation. The easiest way of doing this is to put the details on your mobile phone, stored under the name “ICE” (which is the abbreviation of “In Case of Emergency”). The club also maintains a list of emergency contact details, please let one of the committee members know if your details have changed.
- We recommend carrying a spare inner tube which fits your bike, and maybe a few simple tools if you have them (a multi-function bike tool is a good choice). Even if you’re not sure how to deal with punctures and breakdowns, someone on the ride will do
- Check your bike before coming on a ride, preferably a few days beforehand so you have time to put right any problems.
- Check that the ride you wish to attend is suitable for you and your bike. All our rides are graded according to difficulty and length. If in any doubt please contact the ride leader who will be happy to advise
- All our rides start and finish in the same place (sometimes referred to as “circular”), and we will say if a ride ever breaks this rule. Note that sometimes a small group of people will ride to the start point of a ride (before the ‘ride proper’ starts) however there is no guarantee that they will ride back the way they came after the main ride has finished (e.g. they might catch the train back, or get a lift, etc)