Petersfield Bicycle Buddies
We are an Affiliated Cycling UK community scheme working to bring together Cyclists in the Petersfield and surrounding area
Open to cyclists over 18 yrs at all levels of experience for all types of small group cycling.
Supporting novice or rusty riders to buddy with someone more experienced.
Advocating for better cycling provision for our community.
Oh Yea !
We are keen to develop all types of rides for members and to this end it was great to have Jethro Hepworth a qualified Mountain Bike Coach to run a session for us to improve our skills and confidence.
Look out for more off road rides in the schedule.
A great time had too !
A summary of 2022
A very successful one for Bike Buddies our membership rose from 50 to 117 (over 130 in July 23)
We hosted a total of 144 rides with 1158 riders covering a cumulative 20,697 miles in 2022 !
Updates to the Highway Code
From January the Highway code was updated with important changes for all road users including cyclists !
See what sort of thing we do
Bike Buddies volunteer mechanics are maintaining a number of bikes that the fabulous people of the Petersfield area have donated to the scheme.
These bikes are available to loan to members of the group for a small donation.
If you are considering joining the scheme but don't have a suitable bike then perhaps we can help?
Or perhaps you would like to try a different type of bike before you buy one?
See also Bikes we have for Sale.
The maintenance team will assist members with any repairs needed to get you back on the road.
Check the Loan Sale or Repair page
If you need a professional Cycle repair then we recommend Jethro at Hepworth Cycles
Who/what is the PBB scheme and what is it for ?
What are the advantages of joining the scheme ?
What are the rules for joining the PBB scheme ?
What about my Safety ?
How experienced should I be ?
No qualifications are needed.
You will be asked to assess your own level of competency and experience.
We use the Bikeability scheme’s 3 Levels
If you are a New cyclist (Level 1) or feel in need of more formal training we will probably direct you toward a training scheme.
If you are a novice or ‘rusty’ rider (Level 2) looking to ride with someone with more experience we will use this in our selection criteria.
If you are an Experienced/Regular rider (Level 3 + some years riding experience) we will ask you if you are happy to ride with someone in the Novice/Rusty rider group to encourage them along. This is not a requirement, you can still use the scheme to meet up with other experienced riders.
What are the Group Rides Like ?
They are great Fun !
They usually stop at a Café or Pub for refreshments and are very much a social as much as a bike ride..
We have a good number of trained group ride leaders who offer a variety of different rides from small groups improving their skills or shorter on-road rides to some slightly larger and longer rides of 20 to 30 miles sometimes with some tracks as well as road, we hope to host more mountain biking as well dependent on member interest.
Rides will be described in detail with information on distance, gradients and overall difficulty, terrain and suitable bike types, the pace and any hazards.
Nobody will be left behind, there is no problem waiting at the top of a hill for everyone to reach it in their own time!
All Rides will be posted using an App called SPOND which can be used on a phone or computer or via email.
Can an individual Buddy be matched to me ?
After completing the application form we will chat with you to make sure your information is as complete as possible and if necessary to help you find cycle training or other groups that may be most appropriate for your situation.
We regularly run very small group rides as an introduction for new members to get to know us and how the rides operate.
If you want to start with individual assistance then we will Buddy you up with an appropriate person to get you started, you will quickly come to enjoy the group rides as they extremely sociable. You will be meet the potential Buddy in a public place to allow you and them to feel comfortable with the arrangements. Do not feel committed to this person you can ask for someone else at any time. Create / Agree a plan for how to get out cycling together taking into account, availability, road and weather conditions, bicycle type, bicycle repair, fitness level etc.
How far and how fast will we cycle?
Distance and pace will be clearly described on any buddy rides that are posted. They could involve riding into or around the town down available cycle routes, down the beautiful lanes in our area or across the countryside around Petersfield depending on your mutual goals.
If you join a group ride it will be made clear in the description about the distance, terrain and speed.
What sort of bicycle do I need ?
It must of course be safe, serviceable and suitable for use on public highways (or offroad).
E-bike riders are more than welcome.
A number of the Buddies have been trained in basic bike maintenance so we can assist you to get on the road or we can recommend a professional for more serious repairs.
PBB also has a number of bikes available to loan for shortish periods for a minimal cost.
See Loan or Repair
Can I Borrow a Bike ?
Thanks to receiving a number of donated bikes we may be able to offer you the loan or sell you a low cost bike for a small donation, so if you don't have a roadworthy bike or want to try out a different style of bike to give it a try please contact us for more details. See Loan or Repair
Can I get Bike Repairs ?
We are working alongside members of Petersfield and Liss Men's sheds with a few members who can help you with cycle maintenance to assist you to make sure you have a roadworthy bike. We request a small donation to help run the scheme for this help. See Loan or Repair
Can I get Cycle Training ?
It is not a cycle training scheme, however we can assist you to find qualified instruction if this is more applicable.
We can provide Ride leader, First aid and cycle maintenance training through our link to Cycling UK.
Can I use the scheme to organise additional rides myself ?
We encourage members to become Ride Leaders, there are detailed guides in our members information and if necessary we can arrange some training.