Starting Cycling

1. Get a bike

Buy one or get your old one going.

Cycle shops in Epsom & Ewell:

Fudges CycleStore
21-23 Upper High Street
Epsom
01372 744116
Halfords
Kiln Lane
Epsom
01372 727070
Pound Lane Cycle Service
29 Pound Lane
Epsom
01372 720379

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If you are resuscitating your old bike, or buying a second-hand one, then use Dr Bike’s checklist to make sure it is roadworthy.

For further advice on buying a bike see www.whycycle.co.uk

2. Get trained

Cycling is far safer and more enjoyable if you are trained how to ride in traffic.

The borough council is working in partnership with a number of instructors to make sure all cyclists learn to be safe road users. For more details, please contact the Leisure Developments Team on 01372 732000 or email leisuredevelopmentsteam@epsom-ewell.gov.uk.

3. Get a map

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Surrey publishes a series of free cycle guides, covering the whole county. No 3 is the one for Epsom & Ewell. Although printed versions are not currently available, you can find a web version on Surrey’s Website.

Using these maps, you can avoid busy roads and discover the borough’s network of cycle routes. Many of these are off-road and run through open spaces. You can also link to the Surrey Cycleway for longer journeys in the Surrey countryside.

In addition, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has published a Family Cycling Map.

4. Get experience

SW London CTC organizes a beginners’ ride every Saturday. Experienced cyclists will show you routes you may not even knew existed. They can also check over your bike and offer advice.

Meet at 2 pm at the Mansion CafĂ©, Nonsuch Park. Choice of short, easy cycle rides for new (or experienced) cyclists of any age. Groups are led through green open spaces and along quiet roads and byways. Experienced riders ensure slow cyclists are not left behind. A ride in the park is sometimes available. Ideal for children and less experienced riders. No booking required – just turn up!

Throughout the summer, these are supplemented by evening rides, which start on weekday evenings at 7pm. Some of these start from Cheam, just over the borough boundary.

Further details from http://www.cyclingswlondon.org.uk or emailDavidAylett@talktalk.net

5. Get riding!