Off Road

Informal rides are organised through the club’s Facebook page. The Facebook post will feature a short description, distance, elevation, start point and time. If you’re not on Facebook then email our Off Road Secretary

Non-member riders are not covered by club insurance and may be held personally liable for any injury or damage they may cause.

Mountain bike rides are not lead rides, the ultimate responsibility for personal safety and well-being is with the individual rider. Cycling activities with the club are undertaken at the individual’s own risk. Wearing a helmet on a club ride is mandatory.

Those attending should adhere to all the following guidelines and carry their membership card. If the coordinator is not happy with your equipment or ability on the ride you may be asked to leave the ride. Always ride safely and obey the countryside code. All participants are responsible for their own actions.

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Riding in a group has many advantages but it also places certain responsibilities on each rider. Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the run

  • Make sure your bike is safe – check brakes, wheels, rims and steering.
  • Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. A lubricated chain etc is also a good idea.
  • Check your tyres – worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won’t endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day !
  • Make sure you know how to fix a puncture – practice beforehand if you need to.

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You are likely to need the following equipment:

  • An appropriately serviced bike
  • A helmet (wearing a helmet on a club ride is mandatory)
  • At least one, but preferably two, spare inner tubes
  • A working pump
  • Puncture repair kit – for those awful days when two tubes aren’t enough
  • Tyre levers – 2/3
  • A multi tool – to adjust gears etc
  • Other optional tools eg chain breaker
  • Even in winter hydration is important so each rider should carry a water bottle
  • Personal first aid – plasters, antiseptic wipes etc
  • Money – for the cafe stop
  • Waterproof
  • Water and/or carbohydrate drink
  • Solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies