Useful Links

ROAD SAFETY FOR CYCLISTS
Sustrans –  Some simple road safety advice about how to cycle in traffic. (www.sustrans.org.uk)

LOCAL CYCLING INFORMATION
West Berkshire Council –
 Details of local cycling events, cycle maps of the main urban areas, leisure ride leaflets and details of the West Berkshire Cycle Forum (www.westberks.gov.uk)

HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE
Love Clean Streets –
Report any problems you find (e.g. potholes, drainage, defective street lights, overhanging vegetation, etc) via their website (www.lovecleanstreets.com) or smart phone apps.

Fill That Hole – Developed by Cycling UK, Fill That Hole is the easy way to report potholes and road defects. Report problems affecting roads, cycle routes, and public rights of way via the website (www.fillthathole.org.uk) or smart phone apps.

ONLINE CYCLING JOURNEY PLANNERS
Cycle Streets – National cycling journey planner that uses OpenStreetMap. Provides routes based on ‘fastest’, ‘quietest’ or ‘balanced’ criteria, with journey times tailored to your cycling speed (www.cyclestreets.net)

NATIONAL CYCLING ORGANISATIONS
British Cycling – Inspiring participation in cycling as sport, recreation and transport through achieving worldwide success in cycle sport (www.britishcycling.org.uk)

British Cycling has also teamed up with HSBC UK to create Let’s Ride, a website that promotes HSBC UK City Rides / Breeze Rides, as well as providing a platform for Social Cycling Groups and Cycling Buddies to organise their own rides (www.letsride.co.uk)

Cycling UK – Formerly known at CTC, they are an independent, democratic and expert organisation that seeks to make cycling mainstream and make a lasting difference to the lives of individuals and communities (www.cyclinguk.org)

Sustrans – A leading UK charity promoting and enabling smarter travel choices (www.sustrans.org.uk

LOCAL CYCLING ORGANISATIONS
Newbury Road Club – Supports all forms of on-road riding, promoting competitive events. The club offers members the opportunity to take part in different cycling activities or just to talk with like minded people. There are regular Sunday club runs – the main group covers 50-60 miles with a coffee stop, with a monthly women specific club run of 20-30 miles. (www.newburyrc.co.uk)

Buckled Wheel Cycle Club – A group of like-minded off road riders. They meet most Tuesdays and thursdays and ride about 15/20 miles, over common land and bridleways. The existing ride members all share basic riding skills but nobody is a racer or aspiring to be competitive, therefore the attitude of the rides is one of enjoyment and socialising.  (www.buckledwheel.webs.com)

BIKEABILITY TRAINING
Caroline Lane is a qualified instructor offering Bikeability training for adults and children: 57 Sandown Way, Newbury, RG14 7SB. Tel: 01635 44107 / Mob: 07712 470405 /
Email: caroline.lane3@yahoo.co.uk

LOCAL BIKE SHOPS
*Banjo Cycles, 4 & 5, Norman House, Hambridge Rd, Newbury RG14 5XA. Tel: 01635 43186 (www.banjocycles.com)

*Bikelux, Motorlux Mazda, Ampere Road, Newbury, RG14 2AE. Tel: 01635 48113 (www.bikelux.co.uk)

Pankhurst Cycles, 10, Horseshoe Business Park, Pangbourne, RG8 7JW. Tel: 0118 9842823 (www.pankhurstcycles.co.uk)

*Specialized Concept Store, 3 & 7 Norman House, Hambridge Road, Newbury, RG14 5XA. Tel: 01635 33736 (www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/newbury-store)

Velospeed (e-bike retailer – viewing by appointment only), The Old School House, Ambury Road, Aldworth, RG8 9TJ. Tel: 01635 579304 (www.velospeed.co.uk)

(*Spokes members get 10% discount on bikes and parts at these bike shops.)

CYCLE MAINTENANCE TIPS

Made Good – This excellent site proclaims itself to be the web’s best bicycle maintenance & repair resource. It certainly has a wealth of useful tutorials and videos that cover a huge range of bike maintenance tasks from the mundane and simple to the more unusual and complex. (www.madegood.org)

Bike Doctor – Maintaining, servicing or fixing your bike can be daunting. Bike Doctor provides step-by-step instructions for fixing any sort of mechanical problem. It’s designed to be easy to use, with clear instructions that even a complete beginner can follow. Android and iPhone versions are available. (www.bikedoctorapp.com)

Bike Repair – Detailed pictures and easy-to-follow guides make this app a great tool for those who want to take care of their own bicycle maintenance. All the instructions are explained in plain English, rather than nerdy bike speak. Android and iPhone versions are available. (www.bikerepairapp.com)