Rides For All

Rides For All, launched in August 2021, commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the formation of SPOKES and has been created and is being maintained by its members.  It includes rides from SPOKES’ previous publications, the Blue and Yellow Books, as well as new rides.  Its objective is to offer rides that are family friendly, suitable for new cyclists as they build up confidence on longer rides and for experienced cyclists new to the area, to show off the lovely countryside available to them.

 

Come on get on your bike and join us!

SPOKES is the local cycle club for South West Hertfordshire, formed to encourage cycling by organizing rides and campaigning for better and safer cycling routes.

SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling. You are welcome to join our rides or help us out with campaigning.

If you are a SPOKES Member and want to join us on a ride then just turn up at the stated start point. Our three month programme of rides is published on this website, in the SPOKES quarterly newsletter, on Let’s Ride and on Facebook (one week ahead).

Non-Members are welcome to join our rides but please book on Let’s Ride and, after 2 or 3 rides with us, we would encourage you to join SPOKES. We have weekday and weekend rides starting from various South West Hertfordshire locations.

Joining the SPOKES Facebook Group enables you to see updates on rides, reviews of our rides and contribute to the SPOKES cycling discussion but it does not make you a Member of SPOKES.  If you wish to join SPOKES, we would love to have you – it is only £12 a year and benefits include a newsletter four times a year and discounts at local cycle shops.

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Rides and Events

Do keep checking this site as new rides do get added.

Ride Speed Guide

Slow: Gentle pace up to 8 mph
Medium: Average pace of 9 to 11 mph
Fast: Faster than 11 mph

Let’s Ride Categories of Rides.
Rides advertised on this web site have a link to Let’s Ride for booking. On Let’s Ride we use the following categories to assist in choosing a ride but be aware they are subjective definitions so one rider’s “Steady” will seem “Challenging” to another.

Easy Going. SPOKES Slow Pace rides, up to 15 miles, flat and no busy roads.
Steady. SPOKES Slow Pace rides over 15 miles with some easy climbing and SPOKES Medium Pace rides which are 30 miles or less with some easy climbing.
Challenging.  Any ride with challenging climbs, any SPOKES Fast Pace ride and Medium Pace rides over 30 miles.
Mountain Bike. Off Road rides on unsurfaced trails.

Approximate Ride Duration
On Let’s Ride we indicate an approximate overall time for the ride.  The nature of group cycling means these can only be guide times not guarantees.

Covid 19 and SPOKES Rides
Please follow Covid 19 government guidance on SPOKES Rides and if you have Covid 19 symptoms do not join the ride.  Aim to be self-sufficient on the ride, carrying all that you need for puncture and bike repair, first aid and refreshment.

Non Members
Non Members are welcome on most of our rides but we ask that you join after 3 rides, if you wish to continue riding with us.

On rare occasions an event has to be cancelled. If you plan to attend an event, please check on this web site immediately before the event that there have been no changes to the arrangements.


Thu
23
Sep2021

SPOKES Ride Leading Meeting

Meet at Watford Cycle Hub, Chaffinch Lane

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Tue
28
Sep2021

Ley Hill Ride

A good workout in Herts and Bucks

Meet at The Cafe in the Park, Aquadrome, Rickmansworth

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Wed
29
Sep2021

Redbourn Sandridge Loop

A cycling day out in Hertfordshire

Meet at Riverside Park, Riverside Road, Watford. On Colne Valley Cycle route near the swings and approach to Ebury Way. (Street parking nearby)

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Sat
02
Oct2021

Making Tracks to Stockwood Park

Nicky Line and Rural Lanes

Meet at Dacorum Cycle Hub, Redbourn Road, Hemel (Opposite Co-op petrol station. Height barrier may be in place! Free parking)

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Tue
05
Oct2021

Tuesday Ride

Destination Shenley

Meet at the Harvester, Baldwins Lane, Croxley

Find out more...


More rides…

Newsletters

Read the latest newsletters online.

Issue 109: Autumn 2021


Issue 108: Summer 2021


Issue 107: Spring 2021

25th Anniversary Edition!

Issue 106: Winter 2020

Back in August, riders on the “Two Green Rings Ride” had to cycle around two Read more

Issue 105: Autumn 2020

Peter Gibbs leading his first SPOKES ride

Issue 104: Spring 2020

Where can you go with SPOKES?

Issue 101: Summer 2019

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?


More newsletters…

 

Campaigning

SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling.

The Ebury Way

After recent changes to the Rickmansworth end of the Ebury Way, SPOKES Chairman Roger Bangs Read more

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans

On October the 6th, 2020, Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Hertfordshire County Council Read more

Watford Cycle Tour – Proposed Watford Green Ring

After the previously mentioned Watford Cycle Tour, the campaigning team produced a short presentation showing Read more

A short cycle tour around central Watford

Locations of special interest for cyclists.

Recent changes to the Lower High Street, Watford

To Ralph Sangster, Cabinet member for Highways, Hertfordshire County Council.

The proposal for the Reach Free School

Comments on access and transport for the Reach Free School.