Windsor Cycle Hub

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 2nd July at 11am.

Bike Kitchen

From 11am, members will be on hand to offer safety checks, bike security marking, help or advice on repairs and answer any other bike-related questions. Want help with puncture repair, chain lubrication, tyres pumping, safety check, or just a good old chat about anything bike–related? Pop down in this hour and they will be happy to help. To help them plan how many volunteers are required and for insurance purposes, it would help them a lot if can you use their booking form in advance - thanks in advance.

Bike being fixed
Team working on two bikes
Team working on bikes that have been booked in for some love and attention
Volunteers at work at the bike kitchen

Guided Ride

At 11.30am, you are very welcome to join the guided ride hosted by one of the approved guides of the Windsor Cycle Hub. These rides are usually in and around the environs of Windsor, Eton and the surrounding area. They are informative both about the area and about cycling too. The Guides want to share their cycling passion with you. The next ride is a LEVEL 1 GENTLE ride - all experienced riders are welcome.

Type of ride

Save time on Saturday morning (& help us plan) by registering in advance! We need to register all riders as this is required for insurance purposes.

Riders assembling at The Swan
Heading out from The Swan
Short break on a guided ride
Blue sky, fresh air, friendship ... what's not to enjoy cycling round Windsor

To learn more about what to wear and what to expect on any of our guided rides, please have a look at the WCH website. There are six different classifications so it is well worth a wee look. And don't panic, there is most certainly going to be a ride for you coming soon. All welcome! Contact details for the WCH are at the foot of this page should you have any questions or want more information. The WCH are here to help you get back cycling on a regular basis.

Leadership Training

The members of Windsor Cycle Hub have shared their love of cycling with the people of Windsor for the past year. They are all volunteers and to support the growing number of visitors they need more volunteers to help with Guided Rides and the Bike Kitchen.

In terms of volunteers, they are looking for: bike mechanics, people to go on rides, first aiders, social media gurus (don't have to ride) and people to 'meet & greet' at The Swan on Saturday mornings. If you are interested why not join them at The Swan every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm to find out more? Or better still, email or message them in advance. Please do get in contact.

Who Are The WCH?

The Windsor Cycle Hub is a community-focused bike hub based at The Swan, Clewer. Our objective is to increase the accessibility of cycling in and around Windsor. We meet every Saturday 11-12pm, where we offer help and advice on any bike maintenance you need. We are a HUB and not a club so we are open to absolutely anyone that can benefit from cycling. Know reasons or barriers that prevent you from cycling? Let us know! Either pop down in our Saturday session or send over an email. We want to hear what you want.

WCH are affiliated to the Maidenhead Cycle Hub and have organised Dr Bike events at The Swan, such as in April and May of this year. The Swan is extremely happy to host the WCH and look forward to an exciting partnership over the coming years.

The object of the WCH to promote cycling for all throughout the Windsor community through activities to encourage residents and visitors into or back to cycling, including recycling affordable bicycles, teaching mechanical skills, sharing knowledge and resource, and running events and rides. In doing so it will make Windsor a better and more sustainable place to live.

Activities that the WCH proposes to undertake to carry out its purpose include: Providing cycle safety and security checks, providing and teaching basic cycle maintenance, organising group rides and cycle hunts, encouraging people to take up or return to cycling.

The Dr Bike team
Bikes being checked
Our homemade but effective bike rack
The team hard at work

As well as that session in April, Dr Bike came back in October, this time joined by the Thames Valley Police who were doing security marking. Some photos are available of the event.

Saturday Meets

The team provide a Saturday Bike Kitchen between 11am and 12pm to help you with your own bike or to teach you some of the basic skills that cyclists need. Need your handlebars re-taped? Need some security advice? Look no further! Come down to the Bike Kicthen and the guys will sort you, and your bike, out. The work's at a level below Dr. Bike, we don't charge (but welcome small donations). Pre-booking is advised.

And if you just want a chat and advice, the team have a coffee and talk about bikes, routes, events, help, etc and generally chew the cud between 11am and Noon.

At 11.30am, they will set off for a social ride together. The route is totally dependent upon the people there and their skill levels and experience. After the ride, the idea is to take refreshments at The Swan. Recently the Group have had a guided family ride along the Thames and a intermediate ride into The Great Park. All are truly welcome!

As a rule of thumb for planning your bike ride with us, each month:

  • 1st weekend = Gentle Ride,
  • 2nd weekend = Gentle Explorer Ride,
  • 3rd weekend = Explorer Ride,
  • 4th weekend = Adventurer Ride.

If it's a month with five weekends, then we've a spare weekend for special events, picking up a cancelled ride (due to weather), 1-2-1s with beginner riders or just for our ride leaders to have a rest. Watch out for annoucements in that case. Please pre-book to help with insurance requirements.

The WCH celebrated the Queen's Jubilee with a special ride and a very small glass of champagne. A fabulous time was had by all.

Gathering in The Courtyard
Still getting ready
Closer to The Main Gates, we might be off

Here are some photos when the Group got together on 19th June 2021, the day after the famous England - Scotland game in the Euros. All sprite and ready to go.

Gathering in The Courtyard
Still getting ready
Closer to The Main Gates, we might be off
On the trail

These are some photos taken on April 24th 2021 when the Group had their first informal get together. It was a 'word-of-mouth' event to test the water. It was a real success and now we have the Windsor Cycle Hub at The Swan.

Gathering in The Courtyard
Still getting ready
Closer to The Main Gates, we might be off
Outside The Main Gates at The Swan

As you can see, the WCH is for all ages, all abilities and is a dedicated to supporting the people of Windsor to enjoy cycling in, & around, our historic town. We also welcome cycling visitors too!

Guided Ride in Windsor Great Park
Guided Ride in Windsor Great Park

Launch Event

The official launch of the Windsor Cycle Hub coincided with the start of CyclingUK’s national Bike Week on Sunday 30th May, 2021. The Courtyard and The Coach House were busy with locals who had come to enjoy the cycling fun and festivities!

Group cycling near the Jubilee River
Reverend Rosie pointing out the WCH sign
Cycling next to the Jubilee River
For all ages and experience levels

The team at the Windsor Cycle Hub took some photos which can be found in our Events Diary entry.

Contact The WCH

The Windsor Cycle Hub have their own dedicated website. This, like the hub, is it is infancy but we do recommend taking a few minutes out to check it out. This is sure to grow quickly as word spreads and there are more events.

Please visit the website regularly to see how the WCH grows. WCH also publish to Cycling UK which is very popular for cyclists.

The main ways to contact the WCH are:

Facebook: @WindsorCycleHub
Instagram: @windsorcyclehub
Twitter: @WindsorCycleHub