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Welcome to our new Cycling Club

We are really excited to be launching our new Age UK Bexley Cycling Club! The club’s activities will include weekly group rides and maintenance workshops, aimed towards the over 55s.

We'll be using our Men in Sheds project as a base, where we have the equipment to repair and maintain neglected bikes. We'll also be running regular cycling events through specially selected routes.

So what are you waiting for?

Who can join Age UK Bexley Cycling Club?

Age UK Bexley Cycle Club is aimed towards those over the age of 55. Whether you are new to cycling, want to get back on the bike, or have been cycling for years, this is the club for you!

Rides will go at a pace and distance that suits the whole group. You will need a road worthy bike and we strongly recommend wearing the right safety equipment, such as helmets and reflective clothing, to participate.

What are the health benefits of cycling?

Adding any physical exercise to your weekly routine it great and cycling in particular is a great cardiovascular workout that puts less pressure on your joints and can improve balance. Cycling can be great for improving mental health too, by getting out of the house and taking in some fresh air. Our club also provides an opportunity to socialise and meet new and like-minded people.

Where will the rides take place?

Our weekly Friday morning rides take place in Erith, Thamesmead and Slade Green.  There is a route schedule in place, which riders will have access to after registering.   

Where possible, the rides will be using cycle paths and traffic-free roads. Each ride will be led by an Age UK Bexley volunteer and afterwards there is a tea and coffee break.

How do I join?

To get involved, please call our main office on 0208 300 0883 or fill out our online form to register your interest in joining.

Are you ‘Bike Ready’?

If you are completely new to cycling and want to build up to our weekly rides, explore the resources below to test,  your cycling safety knowledge and get yourself and your bike ready

Get yourself ready

If you are feeling a little out of shape and want to build up to our weekly rides, why not challenge yourself to get fitter at home? This could be done by completing low impact workouts or going on daily walks.

Check out the links below for advice and basic exercises you can do at home to improve your strength, balance, flexibility and general fitness.

NHS Live Well

Here are exercises and top tips and on how to incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle:

Exercise advice for older adults

Strength exercises

Balance exercises

We are Undefeatable

Check out We are Undefeatable's helpful five mini workout tips here - or you can find more great exercise tips on their website.

Get your bike ready

Do you have a bike that has been sat in the garage for years? Is it need of maintenance? If so, look no further – we are here to help!

As a part of the Age UK Bexley Cycling Club, we have received funding to have bike repair equipment available for cycling club members to use at our base at the Shed.

You can also check out the links for basic maintenance you can do at home:

Check out maintenance guides and videos here:

Cycling UK’s online maintenance guide and video:

www.cyclinguk.org/article/simple-bike-maintenance-guides 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMW8wcrHGMk

British cycling's guide on bike maintenance:

www.britishcycling.org.uk/knowledge/bike-kit/maintenance

Global Cycling Network's YouTube channel for bicycle maintenance   

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH49XyD2ofsXzMTbrSNLAXnQo0pSyDEb6  

Know safe cycling

Cycling is great fun, but it is always a good idea to brush up on safe cycling practices. Check out the links below to test your cycling safety knowledge!

TfL's Cycle Skills Course - Sign up for a free online course for developing your cycling skills:

cycle-skillsonline.tfl.gov.uk/

Cycling UK- Advice for beginners:

www.cyclinguk.org/advice-beginners

The Highway Code - Road rules for cyclists:

www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82