Before you join us

Facebook

Join the facebook group before you join us for a ride. It will give you an idea about the club before you come along, plus it is the place for last minute changes. Lots of people facebook-stalk the group before coming on a Sunday. 

You can sign up for each group on facebook. Sign up polls are posted each week. That said, feel free to come along even if you haven't signed up. 

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Get the kit

The majority of us wear lycra on a Sunday morning, mainly for comfort on longer cycles, but please feel free to wear whatever you feel comfortable cycling the longer distances in.

You don’t need to wear club kit for a club ride but many of us do. For information about how to order club kit, see our club kit page.

On any cycle, we recommend you carry a spare inner tube, small pump, tyre levers, money and a phone.

You must wear a helmet for any club rides.

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Get a Bike

We recommend you bring a road bike for the Sunday morning cycles.

However, for Thursday evening cycles or for occasional "all-comer" rides, feel free to bring whatever bike you can get your hands on, be it a Brompton, mountain bike, sit-up-and-beg, recumbent or penny farthing.

What to expect on a ride

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Speed

On Sunday morning rides we generally put out three groups and will create additional groups if they get too big. 

  • The "pros" usually do around 30kph or 18.5mph average.
  • The "meds" (mediums) usually do around 25kph or 15.5mph average.
  • The "cons" or conversationalists usually do around 20kph or 12.5mph average.

We try very hard to not leave anyone behind on a ride. So, do come along and give it a go if you're not sure.

For Thursday evenings and special open rides will be tailored more to you. 

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Routes

Each group (pro, med, con) has a ride coordinator who comes with a planned route. The details of these are often posted up on facebook during the week before as well as updated on the ride rota

When you arrive on Sunday morning, make yourself known to the ride coordinator for your chosen group. 

If you are not used to cycling in a group, have a read of the club etiquette page before you come along. It will give you an idea of the signals and calls. But, the best way to learn is come along and join us. 

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Cake

It has been said that we are a cake club with a cycling problem. We organise our rides around cafe stops, sometimes managing to coordinate the cafe stop between the pros, meds and the cons.

We’ve listed some of our favourite cafes.


After a ride

Pubs

It has been said that we are a drinking club with a cycling problem (as well as cake). We generally finish off in The Crown. Even if you’re not out cycling, feel free to come and join us for a pint – we’ll be easy to spot!

The Crown

174 Richmond Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 2NH

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