Egrets Way Opening Event – Sat 14th May

A new section of the Egrets Way between the South Downs Way at Southease Bridge and Deans’ farm will be opened on Saturday 14th May.

There are cycle rides to and from the event, ebikes to try, bbq & café, and our club stand.

See our website for more details at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/ew-open/

New Café Stop

Cyclists outside Ripe Village Stores

Cyclists outside Ripe Village Stores

Our Tuesday touring ride today was to a village through which we’ve often passed but never stopped. There was a pub but it never seemed to be open when we passed; it’s now boarded up! The village is Ripe and just opposite the old pub is Ripe Village Stores which, apart from having a Post Office inside, also has a café.

The café is fairly new so we gave it a try this morning. We were greeted with a warm welcome and invited to sit at a large table where our orders were taken. The staff were really cheerful and the service, food and drink were excellent. It’s certainly a cyclist friendly place so I’ve added it to my map of refreshment Stops. The link is:

Refreshment Stops

We’ll definitely be going back there soon.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Martello Rotary Triple Challenge

Sunday 12th June

Run, walk or cycle our local Downs in aid of the British Heart Foundation. There are two cycle routes, 20miles or 30 miles, on routes that are often used by Cycle Seahaven.

Organised by Seaford Martello Rotary, registration opens in The Salts at 8am, with the first departures planned for 9am.

 

More details are on the Triple Challenge website: http://www.triplechallenge.martellorotary.org.uk/

 

Last chance for club jerseys

CYCLE SEAHAVEN JERSEYS

This is your final call to order your new Cycle Seahaven Jersey! We close our order book at the end of the month and we will not be ordering excess stock.

Before ordering you can check that you order the correct size by calling round to Mr Cycles in Seaford to try on the various sizes of Jersey available. More on sizing here: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/club-jerseys-sizing/

We have gained significant sponsorship this time round allowing us to bulk order at very competitive prices: £18 – long sleeve and £15 short sleeve. The new designs can be seen and ordering can done via our website: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/club-jerseys-2016/

You can pay online or with cash/cheque at Mr Cycles, so get your order in before Saturday 30 April to be part of the ‘Sea of Cycle Seahaven Jerseys club’.

Don’t delay do it today.

 

Wednesday Night Beginner’s Rides

wed group pic

Following our winter break the Beginner/Family Ride has started back up with all the original friendly faces and a few new ones.

Our last 3 rides have had 13 members enjoying some gentle cycling around Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.

This is a very social and friendly group of riders who are already building up their cycling strength and road skills after a few months break.

The Beginner/Family Ride is all about getting people out on their bikes and every member of the group is more than happy to accommodate all levels of riders. There is great support and camaraderie within our group.

One of our regular riders has now become a new Ride Leader and as the group progresses it is our aim to run 2 Wednesday night rides of different abilities but starting and finishing together.

We meet at 7pm every Wednesday night and ride for about 2 hours so if you are thinking of dusting of your old bike or starting cycling as a new hobby then please come along and give us a go. You can always contact the ride leader, via the website, if you have any questions before joining the ride.

We look forward to seeing you on our next ride.

Joanne Barlow

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Refreshment Stops

The following link will take you to a map (Google Maps) showing the locations and brief details of some cycle friendly places for refreshment stops on rides. These are places, mostly cafes, which we use on our touring rides and have found them to be welcoming to cyclists.

Refreshment Stops

This may be of use to anyone who is planning a ride and looking for somewhere to stop for a rest and some nourishment.

I’ll endeavour to update it fairly frequently.

Happy planning,

Clive

Bluebell Cycle Tour

Cyclists in a woodland glade on the Cuckoo Trail

Cyclists in a woodland glade on the Cuckoo Trail

Our touring ride this morning (Tuesday) included cycling along the Cuckoo Trail from Hailsham to Heathfield and returning along country lanes through Lions Green to Muddles Green. There were bluebells aplenty along these stretches of the route; carpets of them in woodland glades.

Five of us took part in this ride and at times we spent more time admiring the flowers rather than watching the path or road ahead but there were no mishaps. Apart from the bluebells there were primroses and wood anenomes and the occasional whiff of wild garlic. It made for a fantastic springtime cycling experience.

Cyclists at Frenches Halt on the Cuckoo Trail near Heathfield

Cyclists at Frenches Halt on the Cuckoo Trail near Heathfield

 

The photo above is one such woodland glade on the Cuckoo Trail about a mile south of Horam. On both sides of the trail were extensive carpets of white wood anenomes with a few bluebells mixed in.

Further along the Cuckoo Trail we came across Frenches Halt. It’s in a back garden which includes a signal box! Press the nose of Thomas the Tank Engine (on a poster) and all manner of things happen: the signal changes, a whistle blows followed by the sound of a steam engine puffing away; great fun!

It was another super touring ride and at the end I felt we should have called it the Bluebell Cycle Tour. I’ll be repeating this ride on Sunday, 1 May. Not to be missed!

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour

14/04/16 FRISTON 2B Friday night ride report

Friday morning came with the rain and a forecast of dry weather by 7pm, just on time for the start of the ride. All I had was a possible two riders for that evening, which was not surprising due to the weather condition.  Unfortunately things went a little wrong for me and was  running very late. I texted my riders to let them know that I was running behind schedule and to go up cardiac at a leisurely pace and that I would be meeting them there. I was not the only one having problems that night as I had a text from Gus (3c) telling me that he was having brake problems and could not make it.

Got finally to Friston by 7.20, only to discover that in a rush, i had picked up the wrong handle bar clamp for my bar light. Will be braking my own safety guide line of always MTBing at night with two lights in case one did packed up. So I went out with an helmet mounted prototype 3 LED light from Ituo, the light had been only tested at home and I got over an hour run time on high 2200+ true lux under fan cooling, sufficient run time for that time of the year. (I had spare helmet light head and battery in my ruck) I went on family trail and up cardiac hopping to met my riders. Towards the top of Cardiac, I meet with Elisabeth Coleman, one of my regular riders. On this miserable wet day, she was the only one out apart from another rider from the 3C ride, who also was cycling. We took Doris and Bert and half the way down we were over taken by another rider Jim Wells (3C ). We went up cardiac and took what we call the bomb crater run/tron/fairy trail (does come up on Strava as Geronimo, in blue on the map). The new XP3 prototype from Ituo was giving me plenty of very use able light. The angle adjustment of the light on my helmet was quite critical so that I had enough reach but enough light on the trail One light had to do the job of two lights, bar/helmet. After a couple of stops and adjustments, I got it right. Regarding the hot spot that you often see in the video, this is not seen by the human eye and the light beam is a lot more gradual with out the bright hot spot. The camera lens is a lot more sensitive! About mid run, I took my gloves off and checked the light to see how hot it was (this was a trail untested light). This certainly was hot but no more than the Solarstorm X2 or the Yinding YD, so I did carry on  full blast, with over 2000 true lumens.  The trails were very muddy in places and it did remind me of some of my last winter rides. A few minutes before getting to the end of Tron/Fairytrail where it meets with Snake&ladders, the light step down to about half power than about 4s later to a miserable dim safe mode of about 70 lumens, good as a road marker but a little scary when you are on a dark forest trail! Once I stopped, I tried the other modes and nothing else would work. I tried a fresh battery pack, still the same!  I had been told by Ituo over a month ago that they were still working on the light as they were not happy with its behaviour. I had obviously found the reason why they were still developing it! 🙂

A day later the light is back to its former output, so nothing damaged, just need some more tuning. You can see the Stava screen print, we had a fairly short ride but a lot of Fun. I understand from Elisabeth that she is loving her new Giant hard tail, not surprising as she use to ride am old rigid hybrid steel bike, good for learning MTB skills but very tiring and less forgiving that bikes with suspension. Hope next Friday will be dry and sunny and hope to see many of you. Luc160504ridedata

Help wanted for school bike clubs

A number of club members help run bike clubs at local primary schools, and they’ve been a great success.

Sustrans are now recruiting volunteers to help run more after school bike clubs in Primary Schools. Bike clubs take place after school for 45 minutes with a bit of time for setting up and packing away. Training and support is provided.

Volunteers need to:

  • Have an interest in bikes
  • Have good communication skills with children
  • Be able to commit to a weekly club for a minimum of 12 weeks (it is understood that volunteers may have to miss one or two sessions)
  • Be able to work as part of a team of volunteers
  • Be willing to fill in an application form, provide references and complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check

If you would like to have a chat about becoming a bike club volunteer please contact Lucy Dance

07768 424363 or lucy.dance@sustrans.org.uk

You can also get in touch with Andy Lock, who helps with the Seaford Primary bike club and is happy to go into detail, by using our contact page.