Windsor Cycle Hub
Windsor Cycle Hub is a new Cycling UK affiliated group, launched 30th May, 2021 – to celebrate Bike Week.
We're a charity with volunteers dedicated to supporting the people of Windsor to enjoy cycling in, & around, our historic town. We also welcome cycling visitors to Windsor – we're conveniently located on the Sustrans NCN4 route, just follow the signs.
We meet every Saturday at the Swan from 11am for a chat, coffee & to run our popular 'Bike Kitchen' – for basic checks & repairs, so everyone's has a safe bike. The work's at a level below Dr. Bike, we don't charge (but welcome small donations). We may suggest booking a full Dr.Bike session with our friends at Maidenhead Cycle Hub, who often visit Windsor. Or, if serious, we'll recommend one of our local independent bike shops including: https://thebikecompany.co.uk or https://samsbikeshop.co.uk
We run organised rides every Saturday (expect the 5th weekend in the month), setting off at 11:30am. We publicise them here, our social media channels & website. On the 5th Saturday of the month, instead of a ride, we run workshops on topics like: bike security, fixing punctures & very basic bike maintenance.
Our rides favour low (or no) traffic routes, so there's always at least some off-road so if you & your bike can manage the Jubilee River path then you'll be fine.
Visit our website to find out more & sign-up for updates.
We run group rides to give you the confidence to ride more often in, & around, Windsor. You'll learn new quiet routes – to help get to work, the shops or simply cycle for pleasure.
We prefer off-road riding, often on cycle paths, the Jubilee River etc., & quiet roads. All rides have an element of off-road - suitable for mountain, hybrid, touring, gravel/cross or road bikes with heavier tyres.
We ride the 1st 4 Saturdays of every month (all year around!) – keep an eye on this site & our own social media. We've got 4 popular types, full details are on our website, & attached, in a nutshell:
1st Sat: Gentle Ride - flat, off-road, suitable for the youngest & oldest cyclists, e.g. across the Thames around Dorney Lake & Jubilee River. 1hr, pace of slowest rider, plenty of stops to admire the view. Up to 1hr (up to 8 miles)
2nd Sat: Gentle Explorer - similar to above, a little faster & further, still flat, but using some quiet roads too e.g. around Eton. 1hr 15mins (10-15 miles)
3rd Sat: Explorer Ride - adds hills, a little more pace & distance, e.g. Windsor Great Park from The Swan via Stag Meadow cycle path. 1hr 30mins (15-20 miles)
4th Sat: Adventurer - steeper hills (even Crimp Hill!), faster, further & a little more on-road riding, e.g. the Great Park via the Castle, or further afield to Cookham. Up to 2hrs (25-30 miles)
(5th Sat: if there is one, then we'll save it for a special event like a bike security marking workshop)
We always ride at the pace of the slowest rider, adapting routes on the day to suit all. We have ride leaders, & a rear sweeper.
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.
We've 2 extra classifications, by request only:
1. Beginners - adults who've never ridden a bike, or perhaps not since childhood. Normally one-to-one sessions – to give you full attention
2. Pathfinder - Sunday rides where we check quiet routes for our less experienced cyclists. 30-40 miles on request via this site, or DM us on Twitter.
Please check your favourite social media channel a few days before the weekend to see what type of ride we're doing & whether it's suitable for you.