If you are free TODAY Tuesday 28th March between 12 & 2pm Watford Cycle Hub has been chosen by Cycling UK (formally known as CTC) to Launch the Big Bike Revival Campaign 2017 & we are inviting you to come & join the launch & the pootle deluxe publicity ride! 🙂
The launch will be a celebration and taster of all we do from bike maintenance, coaching & leading free guided rides – all the aspects which lead to more people getting out on their bikes and feeling the benefits as individuals, families and being part of the community! 🙂 If you can make it – you are very welcome & the Cycling UK delegation would love to hear your stories & testimonies of how Watford Cycle Hub has made and continues to make a difference!
🙂 If you can’t make the event, please feel free to share your stories by using this link
Oxhey Park North.
As you may know Watford Cycle Hub was involved in early concept plans for the development of the Oxhey Park North site. Whilst the scope of those plans had included the relocation of Watford Cycle Hub, we will now be staying in our current location and continuing to further develop all our existing services and initiatives as well as working with Watford BC, W3RT, Watford Community Housing Trust, Herts CC and the national cycling bodies to support their objectives.
The revised plans for the area look exciting and include a number of cycling related elements which is good to see.
An invitation has been extended from Watford Borough Council to view their latest proposals for Oxhey Park North. The development is family focussed and current plans envisage a cafe and community room, play areas, a skate park, BMX and Mountain Bike tracks whilst also providing accessible walkways and enhancing the green space.
The Council are keen to receive comment and feedback so why not pop along to the Wellspring Centre between 10am and 12:30pm and see what is being planned. Your feedback is essential, not just for this project but to determine your aspirations for cycling within the Borough.
For more info see https://watford.gov.uk/oxheyparknorth
Just a few reminders of what’s coming up in the next month:
Our popular Friday night sessions for 6-16 year olds are back. Sessions run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Improve your riding and learn new skills before entering one of our friendly competitions
See our latest Go Ride Newsletter: Go Ride
Sunday 2 Apr. The Ebury and Aquadrome 8 mile ride leaves Watford Cycle Hub at 10:00. Sign up here
Sunday 2 Apr. The Leavesden Country Park loop leaves Watford Cycle Hub at 10:00. Sign up here
Sunday 9 Apr. An Easy Going ride to The Secret Garden leaving The Cha Cafe in Cassiobury Park . Sign up here
Sunday 9 April. A faster paced and longer ride leaving Watford Cycle Hub at 10:00. Taking in Hemel and the Hub at Redbourn, sign up here
Sunday 16 April. Join us for the Weaving Whippy Wheeler; a 10:00 departure from the Cha Cafe in Cassiobury Park taking in many off road sections. One for the Mountain Bikers! Sign up here
Sunday 26 April. A Challenging 50 mile excursion to Ivinghoe Beacon taking in the Ashridge Estate leaves Watford Cycle Hub at 10:00. Sign up here
Breeze – Women’s Rides
Sat 1 Apr A re-run of the 25 mile excursion to Whelpley Hill at a slightly slower pace. Leaves Watford Cycle Hub at 11:30. Sign up here
Women’s Absolute Beginners and Confidence Booster Courses
We are now able to offer more of our popular Beginners and Booster courses for female riders. For more details and to book a place click on Women’s Courses
During school holidays we offer both Bikeability and Learn to Ride courses. Courses for the upcoming half term are already booked but dates for the Easter holidays and the May half term are now available. Click here for more details and to book.
Today, 25 Jan 2017, sees one of our stalwarts celebrate a milestone birthday (he’s 80!). Dennis Fitton is one of our ride leaders, a workshop volunteer and keen promoter and supporter of all things Watford Cycle Hub related.
Mad keen on all things cycling, he has been a Spokes member for some 20 years, regularly leading rides, is a National Cycle Group leader for the U3A and is a qualified Ride Leader and Route Planner and an active participant in our Ride Social Programme.
Having been a passionate cyclist for most of his life Dennis asked if he could pop in regularly to do some volunteering … “fettling” with (helping to recondition) bikes in return for being around the chaps to learn more about ‘modern’ bikes!
Of course his talents don’t just stop there; after his last excursion into the Cycle Hub, an annoying catch on the door now closes with ease!
80 years young! Congrats & hats off you Dennis! Many Happy Returns!
Want to learn how to look after your own bike? Why not come along to one of our 2017 Maintenance Modules? We cover the basics such cleaning , lubricating and puncture repairs before looking at brakes, gears and the many bearings within a bike before discovering the intricacies of building a wheel.
We will be putting these modules into our Calendar soon but in the meantime give us a call at the Hub if you would like more information.
STOP THE PRESS! If you’re not on our mailing list you might not have seen our latest newsletter so check it out here to find out whats going on over the next month! With rides, Socials, Courses and Family fun there’s something for everyone! Find the news letter here!
Our Opening Hours are as follows:
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:30am – 4:00pm
How Can You Help?
Watford Cycle Hub at this relatively early stage in its life, without external funding, depends heavily on support from volunteers. These committed individuals help with all manner of things from running bike maintenance courses, stripping down and rebuilding up donated bikes through to ‘front-of-house’ duties, cleaning and making coffee, all of which are equality important, but we could always do with more. Can you help?
Click to view Get Involved And Volunteer →
Membership Package Announcement
We’re are excited about our Membership Package
and are just finalising details.
Keep in touch as there will be coming soon!!