Windsor Cycle Hub

Cycling UK Affiliated Group

Windsor Cycle Hub

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Registered as a charity in England & Wales. Charity No.: 1195024

Our activities 
MTB/Offroad rides
Leisure/Touring rides
Family rides
Campaigning group
About us 

Windsor Cycle Hub is a Cycling UK affiliated group, launched in May, 2021

We're a 100% volunteer run charity based at The Swan community pub in Clewer, Windsor. It's a cycle-friendly location (with bike-racks & outside track pump). The Swan does coffee, cakes, food & 'cold refreshments'. It's a safe evnrionment, where everyone regardless of gender, age, race, creed & means is welcome.

We're dedicated to supporting Windsorians to enjoy cycling in, & around, our historic town. We love to welcome cycling visitors to Windsor too – we're conveniently located close to Sustrans NCN4 route, just follow the signs.

We’re always looking for experienced cyclists & bike mechanics to help us, if you want to volunteer please pop down to The Swan for a chat.  

We’re not a cycling club, our visitors are welcome to wear & ride what they like – provided that they’re safe & comfortable. We’re dedicated to helping everyday people get the cycling bug.

 

We're open every Saturday at 11am for a chat, coffee & for our popular 'Bike Kitchen' – free bike safety-checks & basic repairs. The work's at a level just below Dr. Bike, in our experience it's all most bikes need.

We also run full Dr. Bike sessions, currently in conjunction with our friends at Maidenhead Cycle Hub, details in the Events section when the next sessions are confirmed.

 

We have Guided Rides every Saturday (bar 5 weekend months) leaving at 11:30am sharp, unless it's a level 4 Adventurer Ride, which leave at 11am – to get us back to The Swan in time for lunch & a refreshing cold drink. 

You'll find our basic ride schedule here in Events & Rides, follow us on social media for updates on specific location & weather. 

On those rare 5 weekend months, we run workshops on topics like: bike security & fixing punctures. 

Our rides favour low (or no) traffic routes, so there's always a little off-road. If you, & your bike, can manage the Jubilee River path then you'll be fine. See below for more info.

 

NB Booking for Repairs & Rides is essential. You can do it on the day with your smartphone (we've QR codes everywhere), but recommend booking in advance here.

If we know you're coming, we can look after you properly. 

 

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Information about the group rides 

Our weekly Guided Rides are aimed at giving you the confidence to ride more often in, & around, Windsor. You'll learn new quiet routes – to help you get to work, the shops or to simply cycle for pleasure. You'll soon be able join all the bits up for longer rides.

We ride away from traffic whenever possible - favouring the scenic route over the quickest. The Jubilee River, NCN4 & Windsor Great Park feature on most rides.  All rides have an element of off-road - suitable for mountain, hybrid, touring, gravel/cross or road bikes with heavier tyres. Many ride Bromptons, but best leave the time-trial bike at home.

Our level 3+ rides are a great way for visitors to Windsor to learn some quiet routes to the Great Park & so on.

NB Because we're supported by The Swan community pub in Clewer, we have coffee before we leave and allow time for a drink and/or lunch when we get back. We don't have cafe stops on our rides, so please bring your own drinks and snacks (which we do stop to enjoy).

Accompnied children are welcome on Level 1 rides (ideally 1 adult per child, unless we're confident of your child's cycling ability - because we've met them before). Accompanied teenagers are welcome on Level 2 rides (these rides are not suitable for younger children).

 

NB Our rides start at a very gentle pace, slightly above walking & build through the month to a moderate one. As mentioned, we're not a cycling club - but a charity dedicated to helping everyday people discover our love of riding a bike.

It's especially important that our 1st 2 level rides, Gentle & Gentle Explorer, are run to benefit our less confident riders' needs. If you're an experienced rider & you'd like to help others, then you're very welcome. But, if you're after something with more pace, then please look to levels 3 & 4.

 

We ride the 1st 4 Saturdays each month (all year around) – see Events & Rides for details, we update destinations on social media – so please follow us. Our 4 Guided Ride levels are fully described in the attached doc., but in summary:

1st Sat (level 1): Gentle - flat, off-road, suitable for the youngest & oldest riders, e.g. across the Thames towards Dorney & Jubilee River. 1hr, pace of slowest rider, plenty of stops to admire the view. Aimed at inexperienced riders. Approx. 1hr (up to 8 miles)

2nd Sat (level 2): Gentle Explorer - as above, but a little faster & with some quiet roads too e.g. around Eton & over to Upton Court Park in Slough. Aimed at slighly more experienced riders. Up to 1 1/2 hrs (10-15 miles)

3rd Sat (level 3): Explorer - adds hills, a little more pace & distance, e.g. Windsor Great Park (WGP) via Stag Meadow cycle path. Intermediate level, once Gentle Explorer's been mastered. Up to 2hrs (15-20 miles)

4th Sat (level 4): Adventurer - steeper hills (even Crimp Hill!), faster, further & a little more on-road riding, e.g. WGP via the Castle, or further to Cookham. Moderate paced ride, for more confident riders. Up to 2 1/2hrs (20-25 miles)

NB Ride times are indicative, we'll always be back at The Swan for lunch. Rides may take longer if there's a puncture or because it's a nice day & everyone wants to ride a little longer. Please advise if you're on a tight schedule.

 

We cycle at the pace of the slowest rider, adapting routes on the day to suit all & deal with obstructions. There's a Ride Leader who's in charge & a rear Sweeper to make sure no one's dropped. We'll often have Ride Assistants to take care of very inexperienced riders.

We work through our ride classifications in sequence. So, the 1st Saturday of the month will be Gentle, the 2nd Gentle Explorer & on. This means that there's something for every rider each month & everyone can get used to our schedule.

Pre-booking rides is highly recommended, as they do fill up, do so here. For everyone's safety we can only take a limited number of riders onto the road - priority will be given to those that have already booked & arrive promptly (11:15 latest for an 11:30 depature, 10:50 for 11:00am).

 

There are 2 extra classifications, by request only:

Beginners - adults who've never ridden a bike, or perhaps not since childhood. Normally one-to-one sessions – to give you full attention. Training for children is something for Bikeability

(level 5) Pathfinder - monthly Sunday rides where we check quiet routes for our less experienced cyclists. 30-40 miles on request via this site, max 4 riders