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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!! 
  14. I'm intending to do Three Lochs tomorrow leaving Abbey 8am , this involves cycling to Arrochar and back via old Balloch road , it is 80 miles from Abbey . There is plenty of bail out points if you can't do whole cycle , can cycle to Erskine then do own cycle , Balloch , Helensburgh Sinclair Dr or Glen Fruin , if you carry on you are in for Arrochar , cafe stop Arrochar then cycle back to base. Usual rules , only as fast as slowest cyclist , regrouping on hills , remember drinks , gels etc ABBEY 8AM start
  15. I'm going to enter be good if we could get good turnout in Velo colours to participate in this , good cause as well . Ian
  16. Pre cycle ,Porridge and 🍌 , with honey . Take a gel not long into cycle Post cycle , protein shake , then anything that takes my fancy , always think I've earned it whether I have or not. Ian
  17. CANCELLED, due to numbers and weather not looking good Ian
  18. ARRAN Annual Arran Cycle 12th August , our once a year Club cycle round Arran 56 miles , also option of cycling there and back . Although I've said Middle / Big ring I've noticed strong Wee ring cyclists if you want to step up you are more than welcome, remember we are only as fast as Slowest cyclist, and regrouping top of hills. Travel plans Train departs 0850 Paisley Gilmour Street Arrives Ardrossan Harbour 0928 Ferry to Brodick Arran departs 0945 Arrives Arran 1040 Cycle round Arran , Cafe stop Machrie Bay Golf Course ( should be open this year as long as no fires in fruit market 😨), wee refreshment in Brodick before Ferry home Ferry departs Brodick Arran 1640 Arrives Ardrossan 1735 Train departs Ardrossan Harbour 1800 Arrives Paisley Gilmour St 1832 Anybody cycling down please post leaving time and where from. Cycling home I'm sure there will be a few up for cycle home We ride at the pace of the slowest rider on the day and we wait at the top of hills Bring a helmet, spare tubes, tools, nutrition and a drink Plenty fluids. Money for coffee/tea, trains and ferrys, mobile phone......and your bike!! Ian
  19. Will take you up on offer to captain north of the river in future. Greg has route planned to take in Crow Road we will be doing in next few weeks. I will text you for suitable date for you and club Ian
  20. Distance depending on group, Wee,Middle or Big looking for routes for Sunday social cycles, any suggestions welcome. Avoiding main roads when ever possible, and hopefully you are out on the day of an route proposed for route knowledge. Ian
  21. Greg , I would interested ,cycled routes in Fife a couple of years ago, great area for cycling . I'm working 13 August and 20th August is Arran cycle , if we can get a date that suits I'm in Ian
  22. A few new and old cycle routes ( not done for while ) planned for the future. Three Ferrys 23 rd July , one for your diary , wee, middle, big ring, plan is earlier start . A few options here Catch 0802 Paisley Gilmour Street to Wemyss Bay , 0845 ferry to Rothesay Wee ring cycle round Rothesay 24 miles. Middle Ring cycle round Rothesay, then onto Rhubodach ferry to Colintraive then cycle to Dunoon ferry to Gourock , approx 52 miles Big Ring same as Middle Ring with Serpentine thrown in for good measure if I know Colin lol. These routes also have options to cycle down to Wemyss Bay and cycle back from Gourock. Would be great to see good turn out from all Rings more details to follow nearer the time Crow Road , Middle Ring with the help of Greg we plan to do this cycle early August, date to be confirmed. Symington looking to revisit this route , hoping with the help of Iain Ross ( I will text u ) if available for route knowledge, cycle friendly cafe which is worth cycle alone , Langholm Farm. Date to be confirmed Arrochar going opposite way from the way we did it last time. Date to be confirmed Would also like to do 5 Ferrys , this cycle can only be done on Saturday or weekday due to some Ferrys don't run on a Sunday , need to get suitable date Still looking for other routes , any thoughts please post Ian
  23. Greg text me your mobile number so I can arrange suitable date for me to post Crow road cycle when you are available for route knowledge. 07759450825 Ian
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