Dr Bike

We will be holding our first Dr Bike session of the year at Newbury Farmer’s Market on Sunday 3 March between 9am and 1pm. We’ve got several members qualified to National Standards for bike adjustment and bike fitting who will be on hand to help with routine maintenance and advice.

So if you’ve got a bike with flat tyres, dodgy brakes, or slipping gears then come and see us. If we can, we’ll fix it for FREE. If we can’t fix it, we can at least tell you what needs doing and point you in the direction of your local bike shop, where Spokes members should get a 10% discount on parts.

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Wheels for Rotary – Sponsored Ride

The Rotary Club of Hungerford are looking for people to take part in their 2013 cycle challenge. Starting on 7 July, participants will cycle from Hungerford to its twin town of Ligueil in France and back – a distance of approximately 550 miles over 7 days.

This event offers you the opportunity to take in some stunning countryside in England and France, whilst raising money for two worthy charities: End Polio Now and Bruce Trust Barges.

The organisers are looking for 30+ volunteers, including 2-3 support vehicles to carry luggage and look after the riders.

For further information check out the Hungerford Rotary Club website.

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February Cycle Count

Spokes will be carrying out the first of its three cycle counts of the year between the 26th and 28th of February.  We are looking for volunteers to record the numbers of cyclists between 07:30 – 09:30 on any one of these days. There are 17 sites covered by the count, from Hungerford in the west to Tilehurst in the east.

As an incentive for turning out in the month of February and for Spokes to show its appreciation, all those who volunteer to take part in the count will be entered for a prize draw – the winner will receive £50 of Banjo vouchers. The draw will be made during Spokes monthly meeting in April.

Cycle counting is important for Spokes, since the funding that we receive from West Berkshire Council helps to fund our activities and is the main reason that we are able to offer membership for free.

So if you are able to help, please contact William on 01635 529 909, 07890 575 498 or use the contact form.

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Reporting Potholes

It’s at this time of year when most potholes occur. Water gets into cracks in the road surface, freezes and expands, causing the surface to fracture. Large potholes can present a real threat to cyclists’ safety, so it’s important to report defects when you spot them.

Fortunately, there’s a great new website and smart phone app that lets you do this quickly and easily called Love Clean Streets. When you report a problem, they refer it to the appropriate local authorty and then let you know what’s being done about it.

It only takes 40 seconds to make a report. Simply take a photo of the problem with your smart phone (the app will automatically register the location) then choose the report category and submit. It’s that simple! You can then log on to the website to track progress.

You can also use it to report other problems such as missing signs, defective streetlights and overhanging vegetation. We really like this app and would encourage all Spokes members to give it a try.

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Spokes Forums

We now have online forums integrated with our main website, effectively replacing our previous Ning site. These provide somewhere for people to get together to discuss cycling related issues, ask questions, exchange ideas and make suggestions for how we can help make cycling in West Berkshire fun, fast, easy and safe for everyone. We have separate forums for Events, Infrastructure and Training, with an additional General forum for all other matters. The forums are really easy to use, you just need to register via the link at the bottom of the page and then log in. You can contribute to existing topics or start new ones in any of the forums.

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