As summer approaches, people are digging their bikes out of the garage, or thinking about giving their cycle a good, post-winter service. With a string of bike maintenance course dates just announced, we caught up with our star mechanic, Polly Stubley, about her experiences of teaching people the nuts and bolts of bike mechanics:
the low down
Coming soon to Life Cycle... Healing rides for young widows
Life Cycle is piloting a series of cycle rides for women with school-age children who have been widowed.
Led by Poppy Brett, recently widowed CEO of Life Cycle and mother of two teenagers, the rides are an opportunity to take a break from your grief and find positive ways forward. Poppy says:
Spring is finally here in Derby and with it the cyclists are coming out to play! We have had a large number of donations this month and are looking forward to having the bikes fixed up and getting them out to the local community. We have also started planting at the workshop so we can have beautiful fresh additions to our lunch, though we hear our neighbours are planning to outdo us.
We don’t know about you, but right now we’re dreaming of warmer weather! Spring and summer are the best cycling seasons, with wonderfully longer days for exploring new places by bike. With that in mind, we’re delighted to announce an extension of our Cycle Buddy Scheme for the Over 55s, which kicks off in June.
Instructor Training Review
Running separately from the National Standard Review, is a review of National Standard Instructor Training. A paper outlining proposed arrangements was circulated in April 2017
We believe cycling is the simplest and most fun way to get fresh air and exercise. However, many adults have not cycled for years and lack confidence. Getting back on a bike can feel daunting without the right support.
Here at Life Cycle we understand the barriers to making cycling a regular activity: there’s getting hold of a roadworthy bike and then finding a quiet place to practice. For some, riding on roads is a big step: Getting some pointers on effective braking, using gears, signalling safely and planning the best routes can really help.
In the summer of 2016 the University of Bristol and Life Cycle UK teamed up on a project aimed at encouraging individuals with Type 2 Diabetes to be more active. Nineteen individuals were given training on how to ride an e-bike and were then loaned an e-bike for up to 20-weeks. Click here for more information on the findings of this study and to find out about future e-bike research that will be coming up.