27th September 2013

Last night at the “Spirit of Manchester Awards” ceremony, Simply Cycling was the successful winner of the Most Innovative Community Project category. I knew that our club was the spirit of Manchester all along but now we have a certificate and a nice sculpture/model thing to go with it!

Congratulations to all the riders, volunteers and engineers who keep the bikes on the road. A big round of applause must go to Sue and Helen (our leaders) who work so hard and keep coming up with new and exciting ways to keep Simply Cycling fun and friendly. I would put a picture of the sculpture/model thingy for all to see but we have to mend it with superglue as Helen snapped the top off on her way home…

25th September 2013

Simply Cycling bike sheds were broken into last month at Wythenshawe Park and about 17 bikes were stolen. Whilst some were found and returned by the police and local people, mostly were abandoned in the park or on the golf course, several are still missing. I think everyone (apart from the thieves) have been sympathetic and have sent their good wishes. This week brought a new twist to the story. A hand operated bike had been found abandoned and had been reclaimed by a private recovery firm and it sat in their yard for some time. The fee for getting the bike from them turned out to be £150 – phew a bit of a shock!

The costs of the break in are roughly as follows:

  • time and money to beef up security at the Wythenshawe Track
  • the still missing 5 or 6 bikes
  • £150 reclaim fee
  • the police time and effort

So a great big sarcastic thanks to the robbers! I hope you never need a community charitable organisation to help you with your life’s problems.

 

Jacksons-Boat24th September 2013

I have been to the Wythenshawe Park Track sessions today and can now report on tea and cake spots for the avid cyclists.

The Courtyard Cafe in Wythenshawe Park has been getting rave reviews since it opened earlier this year. Lemon Drizzle cake was today’s special, it got both thumbs up from at least two of our Simply Cycling members.

The Ark Cafe near Sale Water Park has got its loyal client base with copious consumption of its veggie fare. Old favourite, Jackson’s Boat on Rifle Road cannot be forgotten. It must be at least 20 years since I had my first lunch there. For a cup of tea and a bacon butty, Simply Cycling members roundly recommend The Butty Van which is usually parked further up Rifle Road.

So there you have some ideas for tasty stop off points during your cycle rides. We are always open to new suggestions so do let us know your favourite. Remember, that to be a Simply Cycling Tea and Cake Spot it needs somewhere to secure your bike or outside seating where you can keep an eye on your machine.

Tea Hive

23rd September 2013

Along with Wurzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally I am partial to a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake, particularly following a Simply Cycling session. Here are some tips for places to visit near Longford Park. I have chosen them for their tasty treats but also places where you can keep your eye on your bike if you leave it outside.

Have you tried the newish Edwardian Bungalow Cafe in Longford Park near the kids play area and the pets corner? Also there are 2 places on Manchester Road, Chorlton;  Babakan Deli and The Tea Hive. I am sure there are others so if you know any in the Chorlton / Stretford area then let me know. Remember there must be a good spot to chain up your bike and a way to keep your eye on it.

I am at the Wythenshawe track tomorrow so I’ll tell you about good tea and cake spots around there soon….mmm

22nd September 2013

Got back from a weeks holiday in Greece and was feeling wary of a cold cycling session at Longford Park today – not a bit of it, the sun shone and it was very warm. I know all at Simply Cycling keep saying “This may be the last sunny day of the Autumn” but they still keep coming. I had a great time and the sun brought a good crowd out; 115 riders of all ages from about 2 to 72 years of age. I think all the bikes were out and lots of riders helped us put them away, which is great and saves us volunteers time and effort. Thanks guys!

Click here to watch a video clip from today at the park.

My friend Gregor, who volunteers at Simply Cycling nearly every day was awarded a certificate last week for being an outstanding volunteer in Trafford and he came a close second for the overall Volunteer Of The Year prize. Well done Gregor!!!

Thursday 12th Sept 2013

On my way out this morning to get my paper I passed a young lady in athletic gear doing her post run stretches. She smiled and I said “Keep doing those stretches.” I then added “Did you know that at the end of our road in Longford Park you can ride a bike on a Monday & Friday and Sunday afternoon?”

“Really!” she said “I have never heard of that, can I bring my baby? He is 14 months old.”  I replied that we had baby seats for different ages, and she then exclaimed with delight; “You mean that I can use one of your bikes then?!” I think we may have another rider (or two if you count the baby).

The moral of the story is never pass up an opportunity to tell folks about Simply Cycling even if it is with strangers on your street – I may have made a new friend.

Jack

11th September 2013

After a very hectic but glorious summer, with the autumnal weather here and the schools back in action, I would like to report on riders’ figures for this week;

Sunday 8th September at Longford Park – 54 riders

Monday 9th September at Longford Park – 37 riders

Tuesday 10th September at Wythenshawe Park – 40 riders

Wednesday 11th September at Wythenshawe Park – 61 riders

Not bad for a so so weather week. Keep on cycling folks! See you at Longford and Wythenshawe soon.

Tuesday 10th September 2013

I meet my friend Eileen at Simply Cycling at Longford Park every Monday and Friday morning. As well as having cycling in common we both have a liking for jazzy socks (she has got more pairs than I have), cups of tea and a shared passion for Fig Roll biscuits. Her infectious laugh often gets the group in a good mood and sometimes she composes little poems, her latest being;

“We like to go on a tandem,

We just go at random.

Helen is the weakest link,

And she gives us all a little wink.”

Helen is Helen Hines, our group leader at Longford and whilst she does wink a lot she is really the strongest link, so Eileen you made a mistake there. I won’t see Eileen for the next week as I am going on holiday but will be back the week after. Geoff

Monday 9th September

Hello, I’m Geoff and I will be keeping you up to date with all things ‘Simply Cycling’ in Trafford and Wythenshawe by posting on this blog from time to time.

Monday is always a pleasure at Simply Cycling in Longford Park, Stretford. It’s usually the same crowd and today’s cyclists, about 30 people, were all enjoying the sunny but distinctly chilly weather. I’m not sure how long the wearing of shorts will last for me! I managed to get in a couple of miles before it got busy. The gang arrived around 10.30am and they set about their circuits with the usual eagerness. Paul, the bike technician was photographing and registering frame numbers for the new security system that has been introduced since the break-in last month at the Wythenshawe track. We have retrieved some of the bikes but there are still about fifteen missing, so please keep your eyes open for any ditched in bushes or on open land and please contact us if you see anything. Thanks!

The week ahead is planned for sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Wythenshawe Athletic Track and we are at Longford Park on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon. I’ve not looked at the weather forecast yet but I bet we are going to get wet sometime – putting the shorts away ’til next summer. Everyone is welcome so please come and join us!

More tales of our cycling adventures will be posted regularly… however if you can’t wait that long check out what we’ve been up to on our interactive Punkt map!