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Bike Town August Newsletter


August already! Doesn't the summer fly by.

We had a cracking July in Bike Town, highlights included the Cycle Ride Leader training course and a few memorable moments at Fix Your Own Bike. We love FYOB because we just don't know who will turn up with what.

We don't slow down our pace in August, with over 15 events to tell you about in the coming weeks, including an opportunity for you to join us carrying the baton at the Queens Baton Relay in Cuningar Loop. Read on for all the details...

Queen's Baton Relay Ride

Cuningar Loop

It's not often you get a chance to ride your bike alongside a Commonwealth Games cycling team member carrying the torch as part of the Queen's Baton Relay. This is your chance to do so in the safe environment of Cuningar Loop.

You are invited to come and join us completing a lap of the park in the company of a past Commonwealth Games cycling team member for the Queen's Baton Relay. The baton will then be taken, via the Cuningar bridge, to the Emirates Arena by the cycling team.

The schedule for the Queen's Baton Relay Ride:

Meet at Bike Town, in Thomson Court  at 10.30 to cycle to Cuningar Loop, via cycle path to smart bridge then along the river clyde.

Alternatively meet us with your bike at the park entrance at 11.20am

12noon : Baton is carried by Lord Smith of Kelvin (past chair of the 2014 Organising Committee and current chair of Clyde Gateway) across the Cuningar Bridge and into Cuningar Woodland Park

12.15pm : Baton is received by the Provost of South Lanarkshire and given to the Bike Town initiative of Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust to complete a lap of the park in the company of a past Commonwealth Games cycling team member. The baton will then be taken, via the bridge, to the Emirates Arena by the cycling team.

12.30pm : Baton arrives at Emirates Arena, where the 2017 World Badminton Championships are taking place on the day in question

1pm – 3pm : Community event at the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock. Everyone who takes part in the ride and event is invited to the BBQ.

The baton itself will arrive at the Legacy Hub at 1.30pm.

To help us judge the level of interest and numbers please let us know if you'd like to join this event by calling 0141 647 3250 or by email to biketown@healthynhappy.org.uk  We'll also post this event to our meetup page

(Any late changes or updates will be posted on our Meetup Page)

Bike Town Belles

Women's Cycling Group

With a new Saturday meeting time added the Bike Town Belles now meets twice a month. The group will be led by the members of the group and potentially include cycle rides - both social and training rides, learning to look after your bike and anything else cycling related the group would like to do.

The first Saturday meeting and ride is on Saturday 26th August from 10.15 -1pm. 

The Bike Town Belles then meet again on Tuesday 29th August at 10.15 - 1pm.. 

Call 0141 647 3250 or email biketown@healthynhappy.org.uk for more info.

Grab a bargain, win a prize, this months specials

We've a few price reductions in the Bike Shop for you this month

  • 120psi pump reduced for £25.99 to £14.99
  • Tyres reduced from £17.99 to £9.99
  • Pannier Racks reduced from £39.99 to £19.99
  • Raleigh Ass Savers reduced from £10.49 to £5.99
  • Winter cycling gloves reduced from £39.99 to £19.99

Monthly service customer 'Mystery Prize' draw

Simply bring your bike in for a service and get free automatic entry into our monthly prize draw.

Congratulations to our monthly Mystery Prize winner for July - Geraldine McAdam. Jo wins a high security Bike Lock.

Bike Town is open for Bike sales, servicing and repairs:

  • Tuesday 10am - 3pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 3pm
  • Thursday 10am - 7pm
  • Friday 10am - 3pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm

You can find Bike Town at 5 Thomson Court, Rutherglen, G73 2RR (2 streets behind Aldi)

Tel: 0141 647 3250

Join the Bike Town Wrecking Crew

Come join the Saturday Wrecking Crew Saturday 19th August 10.30am - 2.30pm

This event is open to everyone who's happy to wield a spanner and to come and help us strip bikes down to their component parts - free tea, coffee and biscuits - who knows there may even be cake!

Come and join us even if you only have a hour or two to spare.

We need volunteers to help support our social enterprise, to help us to recycle and refurbish bikes. Not everyone wants to wield a spanner, if it's not for you then we have other volunteer roles you could help us with:

  • Driving to pick up donations
  • Helping out at events
  • Promotional and marketing work
  • Social media
  • Helping in the Bike Town shop
  • Helping behind the scene n the office.

If you're interested in helping us or in volunteering, feel free to call us on 0141 646 3250 or email volunteering@biketown.org.uk

Cambuslang Park Fun Day

Bike Town is back again for this our third year at Cambuslang Park for the Annual Fun Day.

Dr Bike will be there on Saturday 12th August from 1pm to 4pm

More information on the fun day is available from Friends of Cambuslang Park

Guided and Social Rides

Adult cycling

Bike Town guided rides have additional support from cycle ride leaders employed to 'guide and lead' the ride and are therefore suitable for new and less confident cyclists.

Our social rides are self supporting and run by volunteer ride leaders. Participants on social rides are should be able to cycle and to have the skills necessary to keep themselves safe cycling on multiple terrains.

No Bike - No Problem: Loan bikes are available for ride participants. Arrive at 10am if you wish to borrow a bike.

Our Wednesday rides depart at 10.15am from Bike TownWe stop midway for the essential cafe break and aim to return by 1pm

Once a month we offer a longer-distance, faster-paced Go Further Thursday ride, suitable for people looking to extend their cycling experience. We cycle between 20 and 30 miles and aim to return by 3pm.

Guided ride dates:   

  • Wednesday 2nd August
  • Wednesday 6th September

Social ride dates:

  • Wednesday 9th August
  • Wednesday 16th August
  • Wednesday 23rd August
  • Wednesday 30th August

Go Further Thursday ride date:

  • Thursday 10th August

For more information on all of our rides please visit our online Meetup group pages.

Fix Your Own Bike

Need to fix your bike but lack a few essential tools?

Or would you like an expert on hand to give a little guidance, reasurance and support?

Then come along to our weekly Fix Your Own Bike Sessions

£5 per hour for use of a bicycle stand, tools, lubricants and all the tea and coffee you can consume. Last month we helped with fitting new brake pads to disc brakes, firring a new chain, adjusting gears and taking pedals off.

If you have a larger project like rebuilding a bike then get in touch, we can help you with a stand for a half or full day session.

Fix Your Own Bike (FYOB) dates:

  • Thursday 3rd August
  • Thursday 10th Augst
  • Thursday 17th August
  • Thursday 24th August
  • Thursday 31st August

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