Earlsdon Wheelers

Encouraging Cycling For The Residents Of Earlsdon & Around


  

Earlsdon Wheelers

Preparing for a Safe Ride

Free maintenance help is available in Coventry - see

http://www.bikeright.co.uk/westmidlands/cycle_maintenance/


If you are used to cycling fair distances on the open road, then this section is not really for you.

If however you are not very experienced, then read on.

This section is divided into several parts, and you might care to read and think about them all.

Getting yourself ready

If you are unsure if you can cycle for say 25 or 30 miles, then it is easy to build upto it.
You could for example try riding on some of the traffic free routes in the area
  • Stratford Greenway  - about 5 miles each way - and flat (it's an old railway route).
  • Birdingbury/Draycott - it's about 3 miles on an old railway to Draycott, where you can get access to the reservoir which is 5 miles round.  So a simple trip is some 11 miles.  And there's nothing to stop you going round the reservoir several times.
  • Most of the Coventry canal tow path is now a traffic free cycle route.
  • The new Kenilworth Greenway is being constructed as a cycle route, and will run from Kenilworth to Warwick University/Balsall Common

Getting your Bike Ready

Whilst nearly any bike will do for a ride, it does need to be in fair condition.  So before you try a longish ride for the first time, check the following
  • Wheels & Tyres
            Check the spokes are sound, and that there is no buckle in the wheel when 
            you rotate it.

           Check that the wheel nuts are not loose.

           Check that the tyres are properly inflated, are not cracked, don't have
           damaged  side walls.

            Check that the inner tubes are not perished.

  • Check front and rear brakes.  The pads should be properly aligned and not too worn.  Brake cables should not show signs of being cracked or frayed.
  • Make sure that the handlebars, pedals and saddle are secure and positioned comfortably.
  • Make sure the gears change smoothly.
Everytime you go for a ride, always check the tyres and brakes.

Making sure you are Safe

Like other sporting pastimes, you need to understand how to participate in a safe way.  If you do not do this, you are likely to be a danger to yourself, other riders with you and other road users and pedestrians.

One of the main issues that we ask is that all riders obey the rules and laws of the road (even if you think that in a given circumstance they are unhelpful).  We also ask that riders show full consideration and courtesy to other road users and pedestrians, even if we are not shown the same courtesy by them.

There are lots of places to seek guidance, and some are listed here .  These are documents that we have found useful - published by outside organisations.
Please take time to read them, and understand their implications.  It is important  for all our safety that you ride in a considerate and thoughtful way.





Programme of Rides

Preparing for a Ride

Next Ride