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SUPPORT - BIKE DONATIONS

In response to Covid-19, we are now donating bikes via home deliveries. If you have just received a free bike from us, we will receive a call from our friendly team, but it is essential that you read the information below - it has everything you need to know to get cycling safely...

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GETTING STARTED

We have dropped off your bike (which is now yours to keep). We will now call you to talk you through the next steps - basic adjustments, how to use and fit your accessories and cycling safety. Read the following sections as you wait for our call.

  1. Helmet - see section on how to make basic adjustments
  2. Lock - see section on how to lock your bike
  3. Lights - you must use these whenever it is dark, it is the law
  4. Gloves  - to keep your hands warm when riding
  5. Hi viz vest  - wear this over your clothes to keep you seen on the road
  6. Allen Key - see section on basic adjustments
  7. Spanner - see section on basic adjustments

    BASIC ADJUSTMENTS



    HOW TO LOCK YOUR BIKE



    Quick Release
    Non-Quick Release


    How to lock a bike with quick release wheels...

    How to lock a bike without quick release wheels...

     Use your U-lock to secure the frame and front wheel together

     

    CYCLE TRAINING VIDEOS 


     

    YOUR FIRST RIDE!

    Planning your journey
    You should plan your journey  before setting off, you can use apps like Google Maps. Planning your journey will make it less stressful and help you work out how long the journey will take by bike. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes which cover  your toes. Remember to take everything that you need with you including water, your helmet, lock, lights and a fully charged mobile phone. 
    Cycling Safely
    Be observant and aware of your surroundings. Respect other road users and follow the highway code for cyclists at all times.
    Stay behind large vehicles such as lorries and buses. Do not try to overtake or squeeze through tight spaces in traffic.
    You must stop at every red light, this is the law.
    Do not cycle on the pavement unless it is permitted to do so, otherwise you can be fined.
    Remember, if you are lost, or somewhere new, busy or just feel unsure, pull over to the side of the road and walk your bike to a quieter road or area.


    MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

      • Regular 'ABCD' check...

      • AIR - check you have enough air in the tyres by pinching your tyre on both sides.
        It should feel firm like an apple.

      • BRAKES - check both brakes are working well. Check your front brake by holding your bike by the handlebars, pushing it forward and squeezing the brakes.
        Check your rear brake by rolling your bike backwards and then squeezing your brakes. 

      • CHAIN - is your chain moving freely? Can you move your pedals backwards and the chain turns?
        Your chain should also be oiled, silver grey or black. It should not look rusty. 

        • DIRECTION - handlebars control the direction of the bike. Check your stem is tight and facing the same direction as your front wheel.
          Squeeze your front tyre between your feet, and your wheels between your knees. Then hold the handlebars to see if you can move them - they shouldn't move!


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