Get cycling with Cyclesolihull
self-guided route leaflets for local rides
regular free leisurely rides
cycling information and advice
Cyclesolihull rides are a volunteer led initiative to help people cycle more.
There is nothing to join and nothing to pay so just turn up and ride!
Young or old, beginner or experienced - you are very welcome to join the rides.
"Cyclesolihull rides are like family rides but the family is much bigger and there are fewer arguments!"
How are the rides organised? The basic idea of all Cyclesolihull's Community Cycle Rides is that a group of people meet up and agree to cycle a fixed route at a particular time. A volunteer who knows the route will be at the start point and leads the way. The ride takes place on the basis that all the riders accept responsibility for their own safety and any children they have brought with them. It is very similar to a group of friends or family going out for a ride together. It is as simple as that and we try and keep the 'organisation' to an absolute minimum.
Is Cyclesolihull a club? No. We see it as a volunteer-led community initiative which you can become part of simply by coming on a ride. However if you would like to take your cycling further you might like to consider joining a local club like a CTC group or Solihull Cycling Club - there are links to their websites in the 'links' section. If you think Cyclesolihull is a good idea and would like to help with the rides please contact us.
Who comes on the rides? Anybody who decides to turn up! In 2010 it averaged out at about 20 people per ride but sometimes there were more than this. There have been self-pedalling riders as young as six and the oldest - well we were too polite to ask! Some people join the rides on a regular basis whilst others come along once or twice. This doesn't matter just come along when you want to!
I am a new cyclist - will I be too slow? The overall pace is set by the slowest rider. However everybody can cycle at their own pace and we stop from time to time for everyone to catch up. However you do need to have a roadworthy bike (but any kind of bike is fine) and be comfortable cycling on quiet roads. If this is a problem you are missing out on so much fun cycling and you might like to consider some basic cycle training. See the 'Getting Started' and 'Cycle Training' pages.
Can I bring my children?
Yes but please consider their abilities in terms of the ride distance and riding on quiet roads. For more details see our Riding with Children and Family Rides pages
What about breakdowns?it is common sense to make sure your bike is roadworthy before the ride - if in doubt take it to a bike shop. If somebody has a breakdown or puncture there is normally someone on the ride with tools or knowledge to help fix it and this has been the case the odd time there has been a problem on one of the rides. However the nature of the rides means there is no formal back up available so it is always handy to have a mobile phone and someone to call if possible just in case. However in keeping with the community spirit of the rides, the riders will try and help sort out any problems so everyone has a good time.
Is there a refreshment stop? Yes, This is about 30 minutes at a cafe or pub so it is useful to bring some money. However as people often choose to stay outside (all venues have open air seating) having your own drink is not a problem and there is no obligation to spend any money! It makes sense to bring a lock if you are going inside.
How long do the rides take? With a refreshment stop the "S"and Taster rides take about 2 hours, the "M" rides about 3 hours and the L rides about 3.5 hours, but this can vary depending on the number, age and experience of the riders.
Can't the rides be longer/shorter? From experience we have found about 10-20 miles suits most people who come on the rides. If the rides are too short you can always cycle a longer way to the start point or join the longer Saturday Stretcher rides which are 20 to 30 miles. Many of the Cyclesolihull Routes have shortcut options and if people decide this would be better for them we try and help them out.
Cyclesolihull Weather Station
What will the weather be like?
Cyclesolihull rides go ahead unless there is persistant heavy rain (not just showers), very strong winds, snow or ice. Rides are rarely cancelled (5 in 2010 due to snow and ice) but if we feel this is necessary because forecast bad weather we will try and put information about this on the website before the start of the ride.