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Getting Started

If you are new to cycling, or returning after a break, Cyclesolihull rides are an ideal way to get going. They use quieter roads, are at a leisurely pace and will probably include some riders at a similar stage to you. Here are a few tips to help you get going.

Your Bike

If you are buying a new bike, in general you get what you pay for in terms of the quality of the components. However more expensive bikes are also usually lighter which means you can go faster for less effort! There is no need to spend a fortune on a bike and any roadworthy bike will be fine for the rides. If your budget is tight, very inexexpensive second hand bikes are readily available. If your bike is causing you problems it is most likely to be a maintenace and adjustment issue rather than an excuse for a new bike! 

E-bikes are getting more and more popular and can open cycling to a wider range of people. In particular they can really help going up steep hills! E-bikes are welcome on our rides.

Other People's Bikes

You will see all kind of bikes on Cyclesolihull Rides from 'racers' to mountain bikes, folders and e-bikes. It really doesn't matter what you have but the ride can be a useful opportunity to take a look at the range of bikes available! 

Your Clothes

There is no need to wear any special 'cycling clothes' on the rides. However you will soon warm up so a number of thin layers is much better than one thick coat. Always have a wind and waterproof outer layer just in case, and gloves are essential in winter. Whether or not you choose to wear a helmet is up to you. 

Useful for the ride but certainly not essential 

  • spare inner tube - quicker than mending a puncture and a lot easier for anyone who volunteers to help you! 
  • mudguards - avoid the muddy streak up your back when the roads are wet. 
  • panniers - avoid the sweaty patch caused by a backpack in summer
  • lock -  peace of mind whilst enjoying your refreshments
  • money - for a well-earned drink at the stop
  • lights - useful when cycling home on evening and winter rides
  • mobile - always useful!