Getting Started

Getting Started

Once you purchase a suitable bicycle and cycling gear, the ongoing cost is modest compared with many other sporting activities.  Willow Wheelers Sunday cycling and events are all included in the membership cost, but each trip is managed separately and costed accordingly.

More detail on the first few months after joining the Willow Wheelers is provided on our Students’ Joining page.

Safety: All cyclists must wear a helmet, and should wear cycling gloves to prevent cuts and bruises in case of a tumble. We also recommend cycling glasses to protect your eyes. When the weather is sunny, sun cream is also essential along with a drinking bottle attached to the bike with a bottle cage. Ideally, each cyclist should have a mobile telephone and all contact numbers with the group leaders.  We recommend that all cyclists read the RSA cycle safety booklet.

Bike: Road bikes are recommended in preference to hybrids (which would be fine for initial years) or mountain bikes (which are much harder work over long distances).  Bikes should be properly serviced, in a good state of repair, gears/chain oiled and with functioning brakes. Tyres should be pumped to proper pressure before each cycle to help avoid punctures. Carry a lock, two spare tubes, a pump, tyre levers, a multi-tool and water. Of course, a clean bike makes you look good and go faster, so give it a good wash from time to time!

Clothing: Proper cycling gear is recommended, including padded cycling shorts and a rain jacket.  In addition to cycling tops and shorts available in shops, the Club sources cycling gear once a year.