Easy Riders - For Those New/Returning to Cycling in Leeds

Would you like to cycle to work / college / the shops?

Don’t know where to start?

"Easy Riders" is our ride aimed at beginners and those returning to cycling happens every Saturday at 10.15am.  Everybody who feels like a short, steady, friendly ride on quiet streets or cycle paths is welcome.

Many people would like to cycle to work, school, college, to see a friend in another area of Leeds or to the shops but are a bit worried about safety, how to cycle on the roads, how to find their way around Leeds etc.

Our purpose is to help people become confident cycling around their local area of Leeds, whether to work, the shops, meet friends etc.  Confident cyclists are welcome too, but please remember the aim is to help new/returning cyclists so be ready for a slow, steady ride and be friendly/welcoming!

Clothes

We are not a cycling club!  No special sports clothes needed!  We don’t wear Lycra, have expensive sports bikes and costly clothing.  Wear whatever you feel comfortable in – jeans and a shirt/blouse is fine.

Everyone welcome! 

What Happens?

We cycle slowly and steadily a reasonable distance, typically 12-15 miles.

We always meeting at 10.15am on Saturday mornings (after checking everything is ready we set off at 10.30am).

If help is required, e.g. somebody has a puncture, we always stop to make sure the problem is fixed.  Nobody is left behind.

We always have a nice café stop for refreshments, and to talk about cycling matters, near the end or at end of the ride.

Resources

Leeds Cycle Map by Leeds City Council (available at many shops, the Pedallers Arms etc.)

Guide to starting cycling (http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/how-to-start-cycling/)

Guide to cycling to work (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/top-tips-for-cycling-to-work-29900/)

Where

We aim to serve all areas of Leeds equally, wherever you live in Leeds you should be reasonably close to an Easy Riders start point.  Admittedly we haven’t always done this in the past.

We aim to have four reasonably central start points in the future (in general to provide for North, South, East and West Leeds):

  • The Hyde Park Blook Club (Hyde Park, LS6 1BL)
  • Holbeck (possibly the David Street Café, LS11 5WD)
  • Potternewton Park/East End Park (possible meeting at the Captain’s Table, LS9 8LH)
  • Kirkstall (possibly meeting at the canalside by Holly Bush Café, LS5 3BP)

 

  • We do cycle on quiet streets (yellow on the Leeds Cycle Map)
  • We do use cycle paths wherever possible (blue on the Leeds Cycle Map)
  • We don’t cycle miles in the hills.

  • We don’t cycle on busy roads / any roads above 30mph.

For example we often cycle on the canal towpath – this is a cycle route with a good surface, is free of cars and is very pleasant too.  It is an ideal way to get from one side of the Leeds to the other.  We use the other official cycle routes too e.g. to Meanwood Park and Middleton Park (both have nice cafés).

Photos of Previous Rides

[Middleton Park]

[Armley]

[Temple Newsam]

We ride at the pace of the slowest rider for a maximum of 15 miles - no-one is left behind, and there's a café stop either in the middle or at the end.  No special sports equipment or clothes are needed.

See the website Rides Calendar for more details of start location, route etc.

People gather from 10:15 and we start riding at 10:30.  Allow a couple of hours for a gentle, social ride, with a cafe stop either about half way round the ride or at the end. 

For more information have a look at the rides calendar, or contact the easy rides coordinator at easyrides@leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk.

Non-members are welcome to join in a couple of rides initially, but it's important for our insurance that most riders are paid-up members, please talk to your ride leader about joining Leeds Cycling Campaign, or join online here.
 

 

Easy Ride to Gotts Park

TODAY'S Easy Ride will be to visit the Gotts Park Café (within the clubhouse of the golf club but open to everyone).

We will use quiet streets and cycle paths and pass along the canal towpath, through the Granary Wharf Canal Basin, past the Bridgewater Place tower, around the Tetley Gallery and through Holbeck Moor and Armley to Gotts Park.  Then returning through the new path in the park and along the canal towpath.

Starting and finishing at The Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow (LS1 3AA), as always we will be friendly and helpful, cycling steadily, no rush.

Easy Ride - Repair Café

TODAY'S Easy Ride will be to visit the Leeds Repair Café, coincidentally in the same building as the headquarters of Leeds Cycling Campaign.

We will use quiet streets and cycle paths and pass through Woodhouse Cliff, Becketts Park, Hawksworth Wood and use the canal towpath, stopping for refreshments at a nice café.  Then we will call in at the Leeds Repair Café (which has tea and biscuits too).  If you have any gadgets to fix bring them along in your panier bag!

Roundhay Easy Ride

Robin will lead a ride out past Eccup Reservior to Harewood Estate where the group will stop for refreshments at Muddy Boots Cafe.

 

Please note our actual meeting place is by tennis courts at Roundhay Park where trams used to turn around, opposite the gates to Roundhay Park

Roundhay Easy Ride Plus

Destination is a bit dependent on the weather for the few days before Saturday.

If the rain has stayed away Rob will lead a ride to St Aidans via Wykebeck Way and the Canal towpaths returning via the Lines to Garforth and Nanny Goat Lane to Crossgates.  So generally off road on reasonable tracks.

If it is decided the surfaces will be overly muddy on the route to St Aidans Rob will lead a ride through Cookridge to the Cheerful Chilli on Otley Chevin, along mainly quiet roads around north Leeds.

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