It is pretty well acknowledged how helpful cycling can be if you are recovering from illness or injury.
- Cycling is a low-impact form of exercise that promotes blood flow so it can be particularly helpful for people recovering from leg, knee and hip operations
- Moderate exercise – such as cycling – is often prescribed for those recovering from strokes
- Cycling requires you to concentrate on the road so can support mindfulness therapies for those suffering mood or anxiety disorders
We are not, however, medically-trained. We are not in a position to assess what is suitable for you, and what is not. If you are recovering from illness or injury we therefore ask that you seek specific medical guidance and discuss what you have been told with us. We will then do our best to help. Note that if you turn up for a ride without warning and we are concerned about your ability, the ride leader might ask you not to join the ride.
We endeavour to be as open and inclusive as we can as long as you can satisfy our basic criteria, which are
- The ability to ride unaided
- A certain level of fitness – see above
- Confidence to ride in traffic
- Knowledge and understanding of the highway code and our ride guidelines
If any of the above are an issue for you please make contact and in strict confidence we will get back to you to find ways we can address any issues. We have a lot of experience of coming up with solution and if we can’t then we will have contacts in other specialist groups who undoubtedly we will be able to assisted you get or return to cycling.
Assuming you have a serviceable bike you should not need any specialist equipment before joining a ride. You will be riding with experienced cyclists who carry tools. However it is vital that you carry one or two inner tubes that are matched to tyres…. and a pump suitable for inflating those tubes.
You don’t need special cycle clothing as long as you are protected from the elements.
You should consider bringing the following in case you need them:
- A map or maps covering the general area of the ride. Even a page taken out of a motoring map can be useful should you get detached from a ride (although we try hard to prevent that happening).
- Money. Most rides stop for elevenses. Others stop for lunch, and yet others stop for tea. The ride description will indicate where we intend to stop. You should therefore bring money for a drink and a bite at coffee/tea stops. Some riders take packed lunches, others find a café or pub for lunch. In any case you should bring some cash and/or cards in case of emergencies.
- A mobile phone could be very useful, if you have one.
- Please carry details of an emergency contact with you – in your wallet or purse, for example.
- Water is particularly important during hot summer months – you need to be able to take a drink from time to time to avoid dehydration.
- Some food with plenty of calories can help you replenish energy on long or fast rides.
There are many benefits to riding in a group. It is safer, sociable and more energy efficient. By riding in a club, you will benefit from riding with more experienced cyclists and learn about the local area. There is a fairly simple set of Group Riding Guidelines which are accepted good practice for our Club and which are intended to make the experience for all riders and other road users safer and more enjoyable. We ask all riders to read, appreciate and adhere to these Group Riding Guidelines.