What you will need
Don't worry if you don't know how to fix a puncture or perform basic roadside maintenance. We'll teach you!
- A road-worthy bike. This can be a road bike or a hybrid, but if you have a mountain bike we'd suggest installing slick tyres. Ensure your tyres are not worn, are pumped to the recommended psi, and are free from cuts and flints.
- We STRONGLY recommend wearing a cycle helmet.
- Drink & snacks. The ride will incorporate a cafe stop, but you'll still need at least one bottle of drink and a few snacks in case you run out of energy en route.
- Money, a charged mobile phone, credit card and emergency phone number.
- Basic toolkit (see our recommended list).
Basic group riding skills
- Always obey traffic regulations and ride courteously.
- Keep up with the rider in front, aiming to ride at a constant pace. Don't stop or change course suddenly.
- Don't overlap the wheel of the rider in front. If they have to pull out suddenly for an obstacle in the road, you'll be the one on the ground.
- Signal your manoeuvres early and call out "stopping" in good time if you're drawing to a halt.
- Point to hazards and obstacles in the road, and shout "hole" for significant potholes.
- In the event of traffic on narrow roads, call out "car back" or "car up" for all riders to hear.
- Call out if you have a puncture or if you notice a rider is off the back of the group, so that the leader can slow or stop.