- New members
- Technical questions
- 1. Do I need to be a member?
No, not initially, but we do require you to join after a four rides with us if you wish to continue riding. It is also a good idea to join British Cycling or CTC for public liability insurance purposes.
- 2. When do we ride?
We ride on Sunday mornings, starting from Cranleigh Leisure Centre car park at 8:30am (summer) or 9:00am (winter), and generally set off in several groups, divided into 3 different ride lengths and at different speeds.
Further rides take place on a Wednesday morning at 9.30am, starting at Beyond Mountain Bikes in Smithbrook Kilns, and on a Saturday morning at 8am, again from Beyond Mountain Bikes.
A fairly briskly paced ride currently takes place every Saturday followed by cake and coffee courtesy of Beyond (details to be added)
- 3. What type of bike do I need?
Everyone in the club rides lightweight, dropped handlebar bikes. In winter we prefer you to have mudguards, as riding without can make life very unpleasant for others if it is very wet. Many members have 'winter bikes' for this purpose.
If you haven't got an appropriate bike, get in touch with the Rides Coordinator who may be able to arrange a loan bike to try.
- 4. I want to join, what do I do?
- 5. What happens if I can't keep up?
If you only struggle on significant hills this won't be a problem as we always regroup at the top of hills (excepting the very fastest group). If you can't keep up on small hills or the flat then you need to ride more by yourself to improve your fitness. However, if you decide to try a club run we wouldn't leave you behind; we don't want to put people off club cycling by leaving them behind on a club run. It may be that you do find it all too hard. However, all is not lost as there is the more gentle alternative of our Sunday social club run.
- 6. What happens if I puncture on a ride?
Put your hand up and shout “puncture” and coast to a suitable place to stop well off the road. The group will wait while you replace the tube, so make sure you have spare tubes, tyre levers and a pump. Help and/or advice will be willingly given if you need it
- 1. How do I load routes on to my Garmin?
Garmin routes for the Sunday rides are sent to all members on Fridays as .TCX files.
To load them, connect the Garmin to your computer, browse to the Garmin volume and then find the 'Newfiles' folder. Open that and copy/paste or drag and drop the TCX Files to the folder.
- 2. How do I put the rides on my calendar