Get on your bike and join all of us!

SPOKES is the local cycle group 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.

Our three month programme of rides is published in the SPOKES quarterly newsletter, on Let’s Ride and on Facebook (one week ahead) and is available on Rides and Events.

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.


Cycling Routes From SPOKES

Offering cycle routes to encourage members and non-members onto their bikes, has always been an important part of SPOKES’ mission. First there was the Yellow Book. then the Blue Book and the Routes For All digital route library. Most recently SPOKES launched Members’ Routes where its members can share their own routes. SPOKES also has a Strava Club. So you have plenty of choice of routes to help you explore the lovely countryside in South West Herts and the Chilterns.


Rides and Events

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


Hub to Hub

Slow ride to Leavesden

Meet at Watford Cycle Hub, Chaffinch Lane, Watford

Find out more...


Velo Cafe

Through the Chilterns to Hawridge

Meet at the Cafe in The Park, The Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth

Find out more...


Tasty Bean to Rusty Bike

Cafe to Cafe ride

Meet at Tasty Bean Café, Oxhey Activity Park, Wiggenhall Road, Watford

Find out more...


Rookery Cafe, Welham Green

A ride to the Rookery Café in Welham Green

Ride leader: Chris

Meet at Watford Rugby Club, Radlett Road

Find out more...


All aboard!

A chance to ride the Luton & Dunstable busway

Ride leader: Katherine

Meet at Dacorum Active Hub, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead

Find out more...

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.

More rides…


Read the latest newsletters online.

Issue 112: Summer 2022

Issue 111: Spring 2022

Issue 110: Winter 2021

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?

More newsletters…



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

Stakeholder Workshop TRDC LWCIP

At the Watford and Three Rivers LCWIP Workshop recently, Eddie Jackson from Mott MacDonald presented Read more

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.