CTC bike maintenance sessions in November

In the summer, I posted about the popular ‘entry level’ rides for everyone organised as part of the CTC ‘Cycle Champions’ initiative.  Regular rides still leave Riverside Ice and Leisure on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Richard Monk has emailed with news of CTC bike maintenance sessions run at Riverside on four dates in November:

  • Saturday 2 November – 9.30am – 12.30 (beginner)
  • Tuesday 12 November – 6pm – 9pm  (beginner)
  • Saturday 16 November – 9.30am – 12.30 (beginner)
  • Monday 18 November – 6pm – 9pm (basic plus)

Bike maintenance session 1 Nov 12 - 12 compressed

He says ‘The beginner sessions cover:

  • Tips on maintaining your bike
  • The basics of brakes
  • A full run-down of fixing a puncture – and you get to have a go (promise: I can do it so anyone can)

The basic plus sessions are aimed at people who can already fix a puncture and just want more of an introduction to brakes and gears.

We have funding from Essex County Council Highways and have been able to keep the costs down to £15 for the beginner and £25 for the basic plus.

For more details, contact Richard Monk on 01206 506412 or email.

We will be running more in the New Year, so if you want to be added to the list of interested people get in touch. Or what about getting a voucher for your loved-one this Christmas?’

More details are available about these sessions, and about other ‘Cycle Champions’ initiatives around the county, from the main CTC website:


And finally for now, this is an interesting and meticulous bike lights test from road.cc.  What you want to see is what you get, and this lets you do just that and easily compare one against another:


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