The Windsor Cycle Hub meets EVERY Saturday at 11am at The Swan.
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. Usually at The Swan unless it is a special event.
The guided ride will set-off usually at 11.30am, but for level 4 rides it is 11am promptly. Unless a special event, it departs from The Swan. It is always 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.
A level 1 ride is on the first Saturday of the each month, level 2 the second saturday, level 3 on the third Saturday, and level 4 of the fourth Saturday of the month. If there is a fifth Saturday, then the WCH will have a special event - watch out on social media and our emails for news.
To save time on Saturday morning (and help us plan) by registering in advance! We need to register all riders as this is required for insurance purposes. We would appreciate if people could arrive by fifteen minutes in advance to allow us to do the necessary checks (e.g. safety, registration, etc) before we set off.
Please note that we do leave promptly at the published time. Drink, snacks & jacket recommended.
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.
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.
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.
Some Saturday Photos
SwanFest was on at The Swan on the August 20th, so the WCH moved to Swayers Close for a very special meeting. They evangelised cycling, had a guided ride and even set up a bike kitchen (which was well attended).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The team at the Windsor Cycle Hub took some photos which can be found in our Events Diary entry.
Prince Philip Trust Fund
The benefits of keeping fit and active throughout our lives cannot be overstated. It improves wellbeing, helps keep our waistlines in check and means we can enjoy a healthier lifestyle for longer. For the Prince Philip Trust Fund being able to support community groups and charities to keep local residents moving and active is a great use of grant funding.
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: