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  1. All Club Cycles are cancelled until further notice. Our overriding priority is to ensure your health and safety as the nation moves through this difficult time. Stay well, and refer to the Scottish and national government guidelines.
  2. Winter cycles , Strathaven , cycle to Barrhead , top of Dams , Newton Mearns, Eaglesham , back roads to Strathaven , Cafe Break ,same route on way back , possiblity to throw in few new back roads on way back to base . As with all Winter Cycles subject to change Approx 52 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Gavin Moore
  3. Winter cycles , Wee Ring , Stewarton, Cycle to Barrhead , Lochlibo Road , Lugton, Dunlop , Stewarton , Cafe Break , A77 back to base , as with all winter cycles subject to change Approx 40 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Dave Barr
  4. Winter cycles , Wee Ring Balloch, leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round Airport , Erskine Bridge , cycle path to Dumbarton ,Balloch Cafe Stop back to base . Approx 40 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Dave Barr
  5. Winter cycles , Step up Cycle , Helensburgh cycle leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round Airport , Erskine Bridge , cycle path to Dumbarton , Helensburgh ( Cafe Stop ) Sinclair Dr climb , Balloch back to base . Option to do Glen Fruin for those who want to . Good cycle for Wee ring to Step up to Middle , few extra mile , we will all be there for anyone stepping up , pace , encouragement Approx 54 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Ian Morris
  6. Winter cycles , Leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round airport, Georgetown, Houston , West Glen , Kilmacolm, Clune, back to Kilmacolm, Cafe Break there or Bridge of Weir then cycle back home , can add extra if we want Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Dave Barr
  7. Paisley Velo Cycling Club New Members Information Welcome to Paisley Velo Cycling Club. Paisley Velo Cycling Club are always looking to Welcome New Members to our Club to participate in Road, Gravel and Mountain Bike Cycling. We specialise in Road Cycling at all levels, running regular Saturday and Sunday Cycles. We enter Sportives, have Weekend Cycling trips and Social events throughout the year. Fast bunch cycle on a Saturday Morning and Tuesday Evening this is only for accomplished cyclist who are used to cycling and handling a bike in a bunch and at fast pace. We have regular Midweek and Saturday cycles posted on our WhatsApp page for cyclist to come along for a Social cycle. Time Trial Competition Thursday Nights, which we held on the lead up to the Georgetown Cup, we like to enter a team for this competition There is also a Hill Climb Competition where we encourage all members to take part. NEW MEMBERS New members with no cycle bunch experience would be encouraged to join the Wee Ring. In this ring you are taught, bunch ring skills and shouts which help your cycling experience in whatever cycling ring you are in. ROAD CYCLING SUNDAY SOCIAL BUNCHES We have 3 cycling groups (rings), Wee 30 to 40 miles / Middle 40 to 60 miles / Big 60 plus miles The Meeting Point for Sunday Social Cycles is 0850 for 0900 start at Paisley Abbey. We cycle all year round. In Summer meeting times might change to earlier time, keep eye on the Paisley Velo Forum, 6 week calendar and WhatsApp for any changes. Winter cycles we tend to do less miles on a Sunday Social Cycle. TYPICAL SOCIAL CYCLE Club cycles tend to have a few hills involved in whatever ring you are in (regrouping top of hills in your respective group). Each ring has a Captain who is responsible for posting a cycling route on the Forum and ensure that we keep a tight, safe cycling bunch on a cycle. Depending on what ring you join speed will go up, Wee being slowest, (PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY AS FAST AS SLOWEST CYCLIST IN WHATEVER RING YOU ARE IN). All members would have a bike fit for cycling and a base cycling fitness be comfortable cycling for 2 – 3 hours with Café stop. GRAVEL AND MOUNTAIN BIKE CYCLES We also have members who regularly go on Gravel and Mountain Bike cycles, theses are posted on the forum and WhatsApp group BUNCH CYCLING It is important that we have a common approach to our Bunch riding to keep us safe and to help bring on the newer members. We hope you will find this to be informative and that it will help you to be a safe member to ride with on our bunch cycles. Here is a summary of what you should concentrate on for your club rides: Make sure you bike is roadworthy and safe. Carry out your ‘M’ check as a minimum. Make sure you are roadworthy, fit and healthy enough to bunch ride, appropriate clothing, carry the right food and tools/spares. Ride smoothly, avoid abrupt changes in pace and position. Smooth change overs. Avoid accelerating/decelerating. Pass communications front to back and vice versa. Keep an eye out for hand signals and look as far ahead as possible to allow you forward plan in good time. From the back shout forward when it is clear to change lane and/or overtake parked cars. Don’t be afraid to highlight any issues to your ring captain. There will be times when we will shout ‘single up’. This is normally when we are on a twisty road when we are aware of traffic building up behind and therefore drivers can become a little stressed. So, the shout may come from back at times. Sign and call down the line and to the inside for things like obstacles, potholes and change of pace. Be vocal and clear with verbal communication. Concentrate at all times, including when talking to the rider next to you. Never pass on the inside of a rider. Ride within your abilities, don’t overextend yourself when bunch riding. Potholes and debris (Glass) If you are approaching a pothole, glass, the lead rider points out the hole by calling and signalling with a pointed left or right depending on which side they are passing. This should be passed down the bunch. Stopping for lights Ideally, think of the bunch as one vehicle. The leaders will decide if the bunch stops at the light or goes through. As soon as the light turns Amber, the leaders will call out loudly “STOPPING” if they are bringing the group to a halt. If they decide there is not enough space to stop the group safely light has just changed to amber, they will call out “ROLLING” and the whole group goes through The Highway Code states that we should not ride more than 2 abreast so we need to heed this rule along with some other rules as set out . REQUIRED EQUIPMENT Bike safe and fit for cycling Helmet (No helmet no cycle with club) Spare Tubes Pump Tyre Levers Multitool (if you have one not compulsory) Nutrition (Water bottle and snack for cycle) Money for Café Stop Mobile, Adequate Cycling Clothing If you are interested in joining the Paisley Velo Cycling Club, contact [email protected]
  8. Yearly Calendar for Road Cyclists has been updated for 2020 Note: Cycles are subject to change of route, time, cancellation , due to weather etc, these are proposed summer cycles to give Paisley Velo Members and new members an idea of what is ahead this year. Any member who has done something different and want to put route forward please contact Ian Morris, must be prepared to Captain this route also. Some cycles might be changed to Saturdays and transport may be required Its important to look at Six week calendar, Whatsapp group, for updates and times of road cycles. Look out for posts for Gravel and Mountain Bike Cycles This year we will have a Tuesday Fast Bunch , Saturday Fast Bunch , if we get numbers we could introduce two groups On Sundays we will have Social Cycles for Wee / Middle / Big Rings , every 6 weeks we will have Step Up Cycle this is to give Wee ring Cyclists chance to step up to Middle, and also Middle chance to step up to Big , the Captains of these rings will bear in mind its a Step Up cycle . Local Sportives , Weekend Breaks , Denia Dates, Social Days have been included if you want to enter or come along to. Paisley Velo Time Trial Competition will start on 23 July and finish 27th August , this is run up to Georgetown Cup where we hope to enter a team, there is also the Georgetown League where members can enter if they wish. We will have a 2 up TT (bit of fun ) on 6th June, later that day we will have Barbeque in Boarding House Winter Cycles go in four week rotation , Largs , Renfrewshire, Helensburgh , East Renfrewshire Ian Morris
  9. Winter cycles , Renfrewshire cycle leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round airport, Bishopton, Ingliston ,West Glen , Kilmacolm , half way up Johnshill, cafe break at cafe before Boarding House, cycle path to Glengarnock , Beith, Curling rink, down Bowfield ,back to base Approx 40 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile Captain Dave Barr
  10. Winter cycles , Renfrewshire cycle leaving Abbey 9am , cycle round airport, Bishopton, Ingliston ,West Glen , Kilmacolm , over Johnshill, cafe break at cafe before Boarding House, Bowfield ,Curling rink, Sergeant law , Ferneze , Aucholodment ,back to base Approx 46 miles Meeting 0850 Abbey We are only as fast as slowest cyclist , start together finish together Remember Tubes , lights , tools , nutrition , money , mobile
  11. Guys / gals , Middle /Big ring will be doing Pedal in Park in reverse this week , lot of guys / gals have done this other way round it's good to get Fairlie Moor out of way early on , easier in my opinion , approx 70 miles with bail out points Lochwinnoch, Kilbirnie, Fairlie Moor, Old Largs road, Greenock cut , Gourock, Cafe Break , Clune, Finlaystone, Bridge of Weir, Johnshill , Lochwinnoch , home , it's about same elevation as Tour of Borders good one to get done before then 9am start Abbey We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills, regroup go again , we start together we finish together  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!! 
  12. 5 FERRYS On Saturday 3rd August the club plans to do 5 ferrys , for all who have not done it is one to tick off as a cyclist ,still great day out if you have done it , there is different options I will do my best to post them Option 1 Train This is option I would take if I was doing it train Paisley Gilmour St to Wemyss bay to Rothesay ,cycle to Rhubodach , Colintraive , cycle to Portavadie ,hills in this cycle but don't spend too long at top of hills or you will miss ferry at Portavadie ( every hour ) arrive Tarbet , cafe break , cycle to Claonaig to Lochranza , cycle round to Arran catch first ferry back to Ardrossan ,if all going well for you catch 1515 Brodick to Ardrossan arrive 1610, 1636 train back to Paisley , the more likely ferry is 1640 Brodick to Ardrossan 1735 , 1807 train back to Paisley , all going well you will be able to have beer in Arran or on ferry , train back to Paisley , all in cycling Approx 55 miles. Train Paisley G dep 0804 arr Wemyss Bay 0842 Ferry Wemyss Bay 0900 arr Rothesay 0935 Cycle Colintraive ferry dep 1000 arr Rhubodach 1005 Cycle Portavadie dep 1145 Tarbet arr 1210 Cafe break , Cycle Ferry Claonaig 1350 arr Lochranza 1420 Cycle, next ferry if this is missed 1505 Brodick dep 1640 arr Ardrossan 1735 Train 1805 back to Paisley There is one earlier train 0642 from Paisley Gilmour St would need to adjust ferry time if guys / gals wanted to catch that one Option 2 Take car to Ardrossan, cycle to Wemyss Bay , car at end of cycle for going home , ferry start time as above from Wemyss Bay , leave times up to cyclists when they leave for this option Approx 73 miles Option 3 Cycle to Wemyss bay do 5 ferrys and cycle home from Ardrossan , I will leave to whoever fancies this option to arrange starting times from Abbey Approx 83 miles Cycle there and back , 5 ferrys Approx 111 miles We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills , we start together we finish together Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!!  Could you leave names below if doing this cycle Unfortunately I won't be able to make it , enjoy your day , stay safe Ian 
  13. Not done this route for a while Symington This Sunday we will leave the Abbey at 8 am ( note time ) we are heading to Barrhead , Lochlibo road , Torranyard, Dreghorn, Dundonald, Cafe stop Langloan farm , Gateshead , Kilmarnock , A77 back to base approx 62 miles  See you at the Abbey at 07. 50  LOOK AT THE ROUTE AND FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH IT! You might be on the front when it's time to turn, make sure you know when and where we are going We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills etc.......  Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, and a mobile phone......and your bike!! 
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