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 !

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LATEST NEWS

IOW Holiday Reports 

21 members had a fabulous time exploring multiple routes on the Island, click the Image for details

Our next jaunt will be in September 2024

Also: New Ride Leader Guidance Document published in Members only section.

My Mother Got on a Bike. It Changed Her Life.

Some thoughts on cycling for the mature person, a NY Times article.

Click to read

MTB Coaching

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 !


We are hosting listings of Bikes being sold by members of PBB please take a look by going to the Sale Page 

Stats

A summary of the Last 12 months

Updates to the Highway Code

From January the Highway code was updated with important changes for all road users including cyclists !

This link takes you to the updated text of the code.

This is the new Highway code site

Here are specific updated rules for 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. 

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 

Q&A

We hope you will consider joining us, please look through the answers to common questions below, if you have further queries before joining send a message using our contact page

Who/what is the PBB scheme and what is it for ? 

The PBB scheme, is an affiliated community scheme sponsored by Cycling UK,  it has been created by a few Petersfield cyclists to provide a place where cyclists in the local area who wish to get out on a bicycle can team up with ‘Buddies’ to  better enjoy the experience.

We hope to link up anyone no matter their skill or experience, for town, country or off road riding. 

We especially want to attract those who may be less experienced or rusty, perhaps nervous of cycling alone to make contact with others, perhaps more regular cyclists who are keen to offer their encouragement, combined with knowledge of cycling in the area, and ride together.

We believe cycling is an excellent way to enhance people's health and wellbeing, and in the longer term to improve our environment through reduced pollution and sustainable transport.

We have over time found group rides to be very popular and continue to expand the portfolio of rides on offer.

How to Join ? 

Please review our Joining page and complete the application form

What are the advantages of joining the scheme ?

For ALL

Enjoying a very friendly, supportive group in the fresh air and beautiful countryside, almost always with a coffee stop to chat and enjoy everyone's company too.


For less experienced riders


For Experienced Riders (in addition to the above)

What are the rules for joining the PBB scheme ?

You will be asked to accept 9 disclaimers as part of the application form. 


What about my Safety ?

Everyone's safety is critically important 


Insurance 


As an affiliated group you can get reduced price membership of Cycling UK which provides 3rd party liability insurance cover as part of its members package.

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 

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 ?

ANY

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. 

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