It's always a personal question but you should be comfortable with at least a 40 mile ride at 15-16mph. As a rough guide if you can do three laps of Richmond Park in under 80 minutes then you should be ok. Please remember that the average speed is for the whole ride and not just the flats, it gets quite hilly in Surrey.
In the main yes but please read the information for new members in Join Us. If you're a member of another cycling club then we extend a welcome just as we'd expect your club to welcome a visiting Wheeler. Cyclist wishing to join the club now have to attend a once monthly "Newbie Club Run" before they can join the club, this ride teaches safe group riding skills and introduces people to the club. If you enjoy the ride you can apply to join the Kingston Wheelers.
A road bike is highly recommended. Enthusiasm for cycling is the most important thing. Some members do have flashy bikes but the truth is they don't help you ride that much faster, a roadworthy machine is the main thing. A road bike is preferable although a mountain bike or hybrid with slick tyres should be ok too - but you need to be very confident about your fitness to keep up with the group. We recommend you ride with a helmet and bring at least a spare inner tube and pump in case of a puncture plus some basic tools.
Yes but for members. These are informal and organised by members, often via the club's online forum. They can be early morning rides, on Saturdays or weekday evenings.
Yes, even if it's snowing members have been known to go out. But check the news on this site just in case there's a change of plan.
Then come along and start with our club runs. Over time, build up the mileage and start joining the Training group of the club run and you'll be well on your way.
Parking is regulated in the area near the club run start, and please don't park in the Laithwaites car park. Try parking further away from Kingston, towards Esher and then ride back in towards the start.
You should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment) during Kingston Wheeler Cycling Club activities. You take part in Club rides entirely at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance for your own sake. Membership of British Cycling or the CTC can offer you this form of cover and you're supporting cycling in this country too.
They will keep you dry and modern versions like SKS Race Blades can be fitted to most bikes. But there's no requirement to ride with them. If the weather's bad, you'll always get mucky.
Please bring some bike spares like an inner tube, pump and basic tools. You should be capable of repairing a puncture and your bike should be in good working order. It is also useful to bring some money as most rides stops at a cafe so you can get something to eat and drink, the money is also useful in case you need to get public transport home due to a mechanical for example. A mobile phone can be helpful if an emergency call is required as you will often be many miles from a town or village.
There's no upper or lower age limit. But if you if you are under 18, please email us to discuss before joining a club run. You must complete and return a signed consent form to take part otherwise you will not be allowed to ride with the club.
The distance varies according to the weather and what people feel like doing but 40-50 miles is normal whilst the pace is usually a steady 16-18mph. When you come along, introduce yourself to some club members and explain that this is your first ride with the club so we can make sure you don't get dropped or too tired. If you can handle a 40 mile ride, you'll be fine. Remember that riding with others is a lot easier than riding by yourself.