Using our Men in Sheds project as a base, Age UK Bexley has launched a brand-new cycling club aimed towards over 55s. We may be at Men in Sheds, but women are more than welcomed to get involved! We have the equipment to repair and maintain neglected bikes. We'll also be running regular cycling events on specially selected routes.

The guided groups rides have been put on hold while national restrictions are in place. However, this may be the perfect time to Get Bike Ready. Check out the resources below and our very own ‘tried and tested’ route maps, to help you with this journey!

To register your interest in joining the club, please head to our online form.  

Click on the links below to download or go to the resource:

TRIED AND TESTED ROUTES

The route guidance we provide for rides will all be 6-7 miles and using mainly cycle paths. All routes however have been designed to be adaptable for the user. If you are doing a self-guided ride you can shorten or for more experienced cyclists make into a loop using the road.

🚴 Route 1- Shed to Crossness 

🚴 Route 2- Shed to Moat Lane 

🚨More routes coming soon!!🚨

VIRTUAL BIKE RIDES

We understand not everyone can get out on their bikes at the moment. If you have an exercise bike or a pedal exerciser, consider using virtual bike rides on YouTube instead.

Virtual bike rides are simply videos which follow a road or track. You can station your workout equipment in front of your smartphone, laptop, tablet or TV and be transported to anywhere in the world. Ride as long or short distance as you like.

Here are a few of our favourites:

🌊 Beach ride in Maui, Hawaii

🏔Road ride in Clear Canyon Road, Utah, USA

🌆City ride in Paris, France

🌲Forest ride in British Columbia, Canada

🌑Night ride in Tokyo, Japan

To find more head to YouTube and search ‘virtual bike rides’.

GET YOURSELF READY

NHS Live Well

Here are exercises and top tips and on how to incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle:

Exercise advice for older adults

Strength exercises

Balance exercises

We are Undefeatable

Check out We are Undefeatable's YouTube channel here - or you can find more great exercise tips on their website.

GET YOUR BIKE READY

KNOW SAFE CYCLING

TfL's Cycle Skills Course - Sign up for a free online course for developing your cycling skills:

cycle-skillsonline.tfl.gov.uk/

Cycling UK- Advice for beginners:

www.cyclinguk.org/advice-beginners

The Highway Code - Road rules for cyclists:

www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Have you recently been inspired to get back on the bike? Or have the inside track on routes in Bexley or cycling top tips? Get in touch!

We want to hear from Bexley residents on their favourite rides and see you #getbikeready. Send your suggestions and pictures to Emily by emailing- emily.willey@ageukbexley.org.uk

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