Find out about our group ride for people who are new to ERC and those who are thinking about joining
This is the run for riders new to ERC and those who are thinking about joining. An experienced club member will lead the ride and you will practice group riding techniques and learn local calls and signals. The route will vary each week and is a great opportunity to explore new roads and lanes.
While the ride is not for complete novices, all are welcome and no-one will be left behind. However, you should expect to ride for 2.5 to 3 hours at between 14 and 16mph, and be prepared to ride in close formation.
We are happy for you to come on the ride a couple of times but expect you to join the club after that.
The ride starts at 9:45 am every Saturday morning from the Royal Commonwealth Pool. When you get there there will be a lot of riders waiting for a number of rides to leave. Just ask for the Development Ride leader and they will keep you right.
The run leaders are very experienced and friendly. The rides are good fun and welcoming. Many people are a little nervous about coming on their first club ride but the vast majority of people love it and can’t wait for the next one.
Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the run.
Make sure your bike is safe - check brakes, wheels, rims and steering.
Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. A lubricated chain etc is also a good idea. Check your tyres - worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won't endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day !
(It has been known for run leaders to assist with repairs!)
You will learn about the following shouts and signals that club cyclists in Edinburgh use.
You will also learn how to chaingang, which is a very efficient way of cycling in a group.
Afterwards, riders from all groups meet up in various cafes around Marchmont and Bruntsfield. Please join us for a chat and some cake!
Check the What's on? diary page for details of club activities.
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