Watford Cycle Hub

The pavilion
Chaffinch Lane
Watford
WD18 9QD

01923 223 994
07818-047-838

office@watfordcyclehub.org.uk

email us!

We're open 7 days a week, and will take in donations:

Mon: 11am to 6pm
Tues: 8:30am to 8pm
Wed: 8:30am to 6pm
Thurs: 8:30am to 5pm
Fri: 8:30am to 6pm
Sat: 9pm to 5pm
Sun: 10am to 4pm

Our Supporters

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Who We are - What we do...

A one stop shop for all things cycling – In the community, for the community

We’re a non-profit community bike centre – not just a traditional bike shop. We’re in the Pavilion at the Holywell Community Centre. (see map)  Feel free to pop in to our workshop at the Hub to meet the team, we’ll be happy to show you around.

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We offer bike repair services, maintenance courses and cycle training. We also accept your old bikes (the ones that have been cluttering up the back of your garden for years!) and recycle them, salvaging what we can. In turn we also sell affordable reconditioned bikes and bike parts.

We’re here to help you with advice and information about cycling and bikes, including local cycle routes and maps, news about locally led rides and cycling opportunities and advice on bike parts and maintenance. Click to view Who We are – What we do… →

Learn to Ride & Bikeability Courses this Summer

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bikeability-logoKids  Summer Holiday Courses!

Want your kids cycling safely on the road…..

What is Bikeability?

Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

There are three Bikeability levels, with each level designed to help improve their cycling skills, no matter what they know already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees on a journey from the basics of balance and control, all the way through to planning and making a journey by themselves on busier roads.

Children will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike.
Level 1 will help new riders to control their bike before they move on to developing on-road skills at Level 2.
Level 2 is usually tackled by children in Years 5 or 6, before they leave primary school.

Level 3 teaches trainees how to ride in different and more challenging traffic situations, and is usually completed by children of secondary school age.
To register participants must have already successfully completed L2.

Kids will enjoy learning the skills and developing the confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

The courses start on the dates below, click on a course for more information and to book online.  

Hurry, places filling fast!

Upcoming Bikeability Courses…

Monday 27 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Bikeability October 2014 Level 2 Course 1

Monday 27 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Bikeability October 2014 Level 2 Course 2

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Bikeability October 2014 Level 3 Course 1


Other Kids Courses this summer
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Go Ride! Sessions at Watford Cycle Hub

go-ride-bc2Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people.
The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world
of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills.

Cost is 1st week free, then £1 each evening payable on the evening
Join the club for £10 and get free British Cycling membership.

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Suitable clothing should be worn as the session will be outside.
All participants must wear a helmet and all abilities are welcome as the first session will contain an assessment of their riding skills and ability.

So if you would like your child to attend don’t forget to bring the following:

  • A bike in good condition
  • Helmet
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Drink and a small snack
  • Signed Parental Consent form found here: Go Ride permission form

Friday 17 Oct 2014 - 3 Nov 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 24 Oct 2014 - 10 Nov 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 31 Oct 2014 - 17 Nov 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 7 Nov 2014 - 24 Nov 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Go Ride Club

Friday 14 Nov 2014 - 1 Dec 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 21 Nov 2014 - 8 Dec 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 28 Nov 2014 - 15 Dec 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 5 Dec 2014 - 22 Dec 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 12 Dec 2014 - 29 Dec 2014 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Friday 19 Dec 2014 - 5 Jan 2015 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Love Parks Week!

Heritage Cycle Rides in Cassiobury Park as part of Love Parks

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Love Parks Friday 25th July to Saturday 2nd August

Join in with Love Parks Week, the UK’s largest celebration of green spaces.

Cassiobury Park, Watford’s premier green space is hosting a variety of free events and activities during Love Parks Week. The daily activities range from guided history and heritage cycle rides to ‘have a go’ sports taster sessions to conservation volunteering opportunities to children’s craft activities and ending the week with a grand finale on Saturday 2nd August – a free Jive Swing and Jazz Dance Musical Festival in the park. For further details contact Debbie Brady Cassiobury Park Community Ranger on 01923 278972 or email.

Ride: Heritage Cycle Ride Around Cassiobury Park & Woods

  • Start Location: Cha, Cha, Cha Café, Cassiobury Park, (entrance opposite Shepherds Rd), WD18 7HY
  • 6.5 miles; 45mins cycling time; 1.5hrs total time
  • Daily; Monday 28th July, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday 1st August @ 10am
  • Ride Description:

Did you know Cassiobury Park is twice the size of Hyde Park in London? Join us on this ‘easy’ ride for all the family to learn more & how “Cashio” as mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book has developed into the Park we know & love today!

http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=46249

Ride: Cassiobury Park Heritage Cycle Ride-Watford & Three Rivers, Past & Present

  • Start Location: Cha, Cha, Cha Café, Cassiobury Park, (entrance opposite Shepherds Rd), WD18 7HY
  • 14 miles; 1hr 45 mins cycling time; 2.5hrs total time
  • Daily; Wed30th July, Thurs, Friday 1st August @2pm
  • Ride Description:

A gentle bicycle ride looking at sites of importance from 14th to 21st Centuries.

This ride is mainly on canal towpath, bridle way and Ebury Way.

It is not suitable for bikes with road tyres, towing a trailer or children under 10

http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=46254

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Celebrate Le Tour

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Go Ride Tour Event for 5 to 16 year olds! 26 Jul 2014 – 10:30 at Cha Cha Cafe, Cassiobury Park, Watford Price £ 2

Book your place online here!

Kids cycle races to celebrate Le Tour in England

Around the bandstand area
10:30 registration Event 11:00 –13:00 £2 entry fee payable on the day
Sign on time 10.30am. Start time 11am. Limited to 50 riders maximum.celebrate le tour

It is recommended that you reserve a place in advance via booking form here. Open to riders aged 5 to 16 years only.
Children to ride MTBs and childrens bikes. No BMX/stunt bikes or drop handlebar racing bikes allowed.

No advance payment. Pay on the day when signing on, reserve your place here before it fills up!

 

Cycling's a Breeze - Watch us on SKY SPORTS NEWS

skysports Female cyclists are being inspired by the women’s tour and with the help of Breeze – the programme designed to get more women into riding bikes for fun.

Watch your Watford Cycle Hub on SKY…

new fully equipped mobile bicycle repair van

robThree-time Olympic cycling medallist and sports commentator Rob Hayles showcases our service dedicated to carrying out mobile repairs on bicycles

With more and more people choosing to cycle regularly we felt a need to make it easy for people in Watford & the surrounding area to get their bike serviced at a convenient place and affordable price. We will take the service out into key places in the community and fix bikes where it suits you.

People will be able to drop their bikes in to our new, fully-equipped mobile bicycle repair van. We will have a regular timetable of visits to local rail & tube stations, business parks, community venues and Watford General Hospital.

We are thrilled that cycling star Rob Hayles helped us showcase the initiative. He said; “A no-fuss, same day bike service where you need it is what we all want. That’s the great thing about what Watford Cycle Hub is doing.  It’s a real timesaver for busy people and families who might not be able to get their bikes over to a specialist shop. Keeping your bike well maintained is something we all have to do and anything that makes it a bit easier and faster is a massive help.”

We thank all our wonderful partners and supporters for helping us to develop this offer, particularly Hertfordshire County Council’s BIGHERTSBIGIDEAS who awarded a grant from their Local Sustainable Transport Fund to help extend our services.

More information including timetable and pricing to follow.

Watford Cycle Hub-a year down the line

The latest ‘About Watford’ magazine article celebrates the Watford Cycle Hub one year on!

extract from About Watford December 2013 ….. download the web version here

“Watford Cycle Hub is a community resource for people who cycle or want to cycle in Watford. Set up by Kate Jenkins as a ‘notfor-profit venture,’ with funding from Watford Community Housing Trust and the Council, the Cycle Hub is a place you can have your bicycle serviced, repaired and reconditioned by professionally qualified cycle mechanics. No job is too small for the Hub’s friendly mechanics or you can learn how to do all those things yourself! Tools and work-bays are available for hire with guidance and training available.

You can pick up free route maps, browse cycle magazines and use Wi-Fi, plus buy reasonably priced refreshments and cycle accessories. You can also get involved with community bike rides, meet other cyclists and join in with fun events. Of course, cycling doesn’t stop over the winter months. Watford Cycle Hub can help with Christmas gifts – from personalised cycle accessories, fully reconditioned ‘like new’ bikes and sessions to safely build new boxed bikes.

Maintenance modules can also help ‘winterise your bike’.

Highlights of the Hub’s first year include:
• a community award for junior apprentice, Adam Welch
• oversubscribed ‘women’s only cycling’ and ‘maintenance module’ programmes
• a Sky Ride local participation record for Cassiobury Park based rides
• a visit from the Prime Minister, British Cycling’s Sir David Brailsford and Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.

Everyone can get involved as a customer, volunteer, by donating unloved or outgrown bikes or helping to spread the word!”

About Watford December web version.pdf Watford  can be downloaded here

Visit Watford Cycle Hub at The Pavilion, Holywell Community Centre, Chaffinch Lane, WD 18 9QD,
tel: 01923 223994 go online to: www.watfordcyclehub.org.uk

Winter 2013 Newsletter

As the golden days of summer then the golden hues of autumn give way to the dank days of November thoughts turn to Christmas.

This newsletter looks back over an exciting first year and forward to Christmas, how we can help with your Christmas shopping and satisfy your cycling interests throughout the winter.

Our lovely refurbished facilities, plentiful free parking & a warm welcome guaranteed means we are the ideal place for all your cycling needs – use our services and facilities to keep your bike running whatever the weather. Pop in for a tea or coffee just to take a break, have a quick chat or use the dark hours to learn more about your bike.

Winter Warmers from Watford Cycle Hub

Kay, our Workshop Manager has put together a set of essentials to keep you & your loved ones cycling safely during the winter; from personal warming neck tubes/buffs and fluorescent waterproof gloves, high viz helmets, rucksack covers through seatpacks for emergencies to bike protection with cleaning tools, lubes & cycle covers.

View our flyer online & come and try personal items for size before ordering.

Prepare Your Bike For Winter

Ian, our Senior Apprentice & “mileage-eater” recommends you prepare your bike for winter with the following:

• Get your bike serviced before the winter season really gets under way

• Fit mudguards to help you & your bike stay clean

• Make sure your lights are up to the job

• Upgrade to tough, puncture resistant winter tyres

•‘Weatherproof’ your bike

We’re happy to guide and recommend the best options for you & your bike, so come & see us.  Click to view Winter 2013 Newsletter →

Go Ride Club Session

Go Ride Club Sessiongo-ride-bc222 Nov 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00 at Watford Cycle Hub, Chaffinch Lane, Watford – meet in the Social space.If possible bring your bike and lights, warm clothes and be ready for some fun! All 6-18 year olds welcome but remember you must have with you a signed consent form which can be downloaded from our website More details here

WiFi now available in our Social Space!

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Wifi is now available in our premises so if you want to come along for a chat you wont be out of touch!