Dr Bike is Back!

The Dr Bike Surgery Run by Cycle Seahaven is back for the beginning of March.

Ethos:- Bikes out of sheds and back into safe use

What we are:- 

‘Dr Bike’ is a group of cycle enthusiasts from Cycle Seahaven who want to help local people to use their bikes more. If you are not pedalling because of dodgy brakes, stiff gears, rattles, creaks or soft tyres, then bring your poorly cycle to the Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike surgery.

We are all passionate cyclists, some even have maintenance qualifications, but we will give your bike a safety check and try our hardest to get your cycle fixed, so you get back in the saddle!

What we are not :-

We do not offer a fully equipped bike repair shop – The area is fortunate to have two of these already – but we do have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out basic repairs & maintenance.

Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike Activities 2018  from March to October

Seaford Council Offices / Police Station Forecourt first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Big Park Peacehaven third Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Any queries or offers of help to Dr Bike via our Contact page

Local rides from schools to the beach

Sustrans are working with Sussex Wildlife Trust in Seaford, offering led rides from local schools to the beach. This is part of their wider Active Access for Growth project and Sussex Wildlife Trusts Wild Beach project, which encourages children to hop on their bikes and explore their local environment.

As a result, Sustrans are looking for willing volunteers to assist rides on the following dates. Times will be announced asap but the rides will probably be  during the school day:

  •  Annecy Primary School, Monday 30th April
  • Cradle Hill Community Primary, Tuesday 12th June and Tuesday 3rd July

Any club rider can be an assistant or backmarker providing they have experience of taking part in previous Sustrans rides or have experience of riding in a group and being part of an organised led ride, with an understanding of the principles of group management (so that’s most of you).

There will be more in rides planned for the future and Sustrans are hoping to extend this to other schools in the area very soon. Please let us know if you would like to assist and what dates you can help by contacting us here.

 

Touring Ride Descriptions: Improvements

Some improvements have been made to the ride descriptions of Touring rides on the Rides Calendar which, hopefully, members will find useful when considering going on any of our rides.

The ride description will now include six side-headings:

  • DISTANCE
  • REFRESHMENT STOPS
  • TERRAIN
  • ROUTE
  • CHANGES
  • RIDE LEADER

‘Route’ has always included a hyperlink to the plotted route on RWGPS (Ride With GPS). This hyperlink will now be a short filename in upper case which will be the main destination of the ride, eg BLACKBOYS E1.

Therefore, if you download the route onto your GPS cycle computer, you should easily find the route in your saved ‘Courses’; Garmin devices do not like long filenames. Don’t worry about the last two characters of the filename such as E1 as they’re just a route identity suffix.

When you look at the plotted route on RWGPS you’ll see more information about the ride, both on the map and in the column on the right-hand side. Google Streetview is available on RWGPS maps so you can do a virtual tour of the route or take a look at any parts of the route that may be unknown to you.

Our touring rides aren’t just about the cycling; the refreshment stops are a key part of our rides. Therefore, if a refreshment stop has a website, there will now be a hyperlink to it.

Also, more details will be added to our list of Refreshment Stops including Trip Advisor ratings. There will be more information in a post later this month.

TIP     To view a RWGPS map on a tablet it’s probably best to view it in landscape otherwise you may only get a description and cue sheet if viewed in portrait.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Peacehaven Centenary Cycle Hub

On Friday 23rd February Peacehaven Council will be launching a promotion of their new Centenary Cycle Hub, at The Meridian Centre, between 9 and 4pm.

The event is to promote the new Hub, with exhibitors bringing adapted cycles to try out, revolving around anything Accessible – bikes, charitable causes, community focussed or health-related.

The Mayor will be opening the event, the weekly market is taking place inside the Council Main Hall and Angels Walk Charity will be running a coffee morning in the Council Foyer.

Cycle Seahaven and Dr Bike would like to have a stand at the event. If you would like to help please contact Chair here.

Try Before You Buy:E-bike Ride – Sat 3rd March

Cycle Seahaven has teamed up with Mr Cycles, Seaford to give you the chance to try out an e-bike for free before purchasing one.

The ride will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 starting 9am at Mr Cycles Shop in Seaford.  Rod Lambert will be joining the ride and will be happy to discuss the different types of bikes and answer any questions you may have and help you to put the bikes through their paces.  You will be amazed at how much fun they are to ride.

There are a number of e-bikes on offer (listed below).  The e-bikes will need to be pre-booked with Mr Cycles and riders will need to be at the shop at 8.30am in order for the bikes to be adjusted for height, etc.

The ride is open to all club and non club members and is also open to non e-bikers.  For further information please see Calendar or contact Joanne Barlow via Contact on the website.

We look forward to welcoming you on the ride.

E-Bikes available:

Hardtail

Giant Dirt-E+ 2         small

Giant Dirt-E+ 2 Pro     large

Giant Dirt-E+ 1 Pro     medium

Liv Vall-E+ 2           small

Liv Vall-E+ 1 Pro               extra small

Full-Sus

Giant Full-E+ 2         small

Giant Full-E+ 0 SX Pro  medium

 

 

 

 

Hybrid

Giant Explore-E+ 1      large

Liv Amiti-E+ 1          small

Liv Amiti-E+ 2          extra small

Trishaw comes to Seaford

Following a vote at Cycle Seahaven’s recent AGM it was agreed that we would support Cycling Without Age – Seaford to raise awareness and funds to enable them to purchase the first Trishaw for Seaford.  A fortunate visit to Cycling Without Age’s roadshow last Friday in Hassocks gave us a last minute chance to have a loan Trishaw called Annie for the week.  Jumping at the chance to promote this amazing scheme Cycle Seahaven took delivery of the Trishaw on Saturday.

Annie’s first ride out was on Sunday where we spent 3 hours down at Seaford Seafront offering rides to passers by and also to our club riders to have a go at being the pilot (rider) as well as the passenger.  Many were surprised and pleased to find that the bike is power assisted which makes it incredibly easy to ride with passengers up front.  Our volunteer passengers commented on how comfortable the ride was and how fun it felt to be up front with the wind in their hair and the fantastic views along the seafront.

It was also very noticeable the interaction between passengers and passers by who all wanted to wave and say hello.  This being a key element of the scheme – getting people back outside and feeling part of their local community once more.  A quick recharge overnight saw Annie refreshed and ready for another day on the seafront.  Once again there was a fantastic response from the general public and from the press.

Behind the scenes the club has worked very hard in a very short time to make new contacts for Pete Tattam (founder of Cycling Without Age – Seaford) and Mary Hawes (fundraiser) which has really kickstarted the fundraising and publicity.  Sussex Express also contacted us after seeing the post on facebook and will be covering the story in this Friday’s edition.  Seahaven FM also visited and taped some interviews and have been covering this on the radio all week.

Both Pete and Mary commented that they are so grateful for the support shown by the Club and feel re-energised about their project.  They are starting to believe that the purchase of a Trishaw this year may now be a real possibility.

The Trishaw was also in Broad Street on Friday Morning after which she was invited to visit Old Ben Warden Assisted Homes in Seaford to give some of the residents a ride out.

 

AGM Awards 2018

Here are the award winners as presented at the AGM on Feb 6th.

Awards by Ride LeadersRoad Riders
Gary LennyDiane Norman
Awards by Ride LeadersOff-road Riders
Mike Winser
Claire Bennett
Awards by Committee
Paul Sandles
Sarah Winser
Fun AwardsPresented by Tracey and Kate
Best Bike Porn Wendy Wells
Dedicated Bike Doctor Dave Sutton