Biking for beginners in Bakewell

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Thursday 16 September 2010

16 September 2010

Biking for beginners in Bakewell

Free training will encourage residents of Bakewell and surrounding villages to cycle to work or the shops this autumn.

Learn to Ride and Dr Bike maintenance sessions are being offered, free of charge, by the Peak District National Park’s cycling project Pedal Peak District, in partnership with Pedal Ready Cycling Training cooperative from Sheffield.

Training organiser Carol Parsons said: “These Sunday morning training events are designed for teenagers and adults, and will be easy going, allowing people to learn at their own pace.  We hope people who’ve never ridden a bike or are nervous about cycling will come along and learn how to ride.”  

People can bring their own bike or borrow one for free for the cycling training which starts on Sunday October 3.  The first Learn to Ride session is from 9.30-11.30am followed by a Dr Bike cycle maintenance session from 12-2pm, at the rear of the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell.  Booking is essential, as spaces are limited, on 0114 2412775 or  . Training sessions will be every Sunday until November 7.

Pedal Ready Cycle Training cooperative’s Max McCulloch said: “It’s never too late to learn to ride a bike.  With the right techniques and a little patience it is possible to learn to ride whether you’re a teenager, a pensioner, or a mum or dad who thought they’d never be able to ride with their children.”

Mili Shah, a doctor from Ecclesall, attended a Pedal Ready course in Sheffield as she had not cycled in 20 years.  

Mili said: “I went on the Learn to Ride session to get my confidence and balance back.  My aim was to cut down on my commuting time and find a way to get fit on the way to work as I don’t have time to keep fit otherwise.  It was really good for me as I could learn a bit at a time, from starting to ride, to learning about road sense, to feeling confident on a road journey.

“The sessions dispelled some of the myths about the difficulties of cycling on the road.  Learning about how cyclists need to position themselves and communicate with other people on the road has made me a better driver too.”   

The Dr Bike sessions include a cycle safety check, basic servicing advice and diagnosis of more major faults – however it is not a repair service.

Participants must wear suitable clothing and be prepared for autumn weather conditions.

This is an archived press release

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