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Getting Your Bike Summer-Ready

Check your bike to make sure it is in good running order and safe to go on the road • Check the brake blocks. Make sure there is still plenty of braking compound left on them. If not, the metal stud which the compound is bonded to will protrude and damage the rim. Also adjust […]

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Chairman’s Letter, March 2018

Dear RCC members, It took many months of emails, phone calls and Twitter messages before I finally got to speak to a member of the Thames Valley Police road safety team to explore working together on a close pass project in Reading. Close pass was an initiative from West Midlands police. One of their cops […]

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Bike Kitchen Update

Many local cyclists miss the Bike Kitchen that took over Jacksons in 2014. There was no such thing as a quiet time when the doors were opened, and there was a lot going on behind the scenes when the doors were closed too. From the moment we tentatively opened the doors one Saturday in June […]

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Chairman’s Letter, December 2017

Dear RCC members, Right. I am going to start jumping red lights when riding my bike*. I have patiently sat at traffic lights waiting for them to turn green for many years. It wasn’t always so, as a younger man I certainly used to jump them, but not at the moment though. I now enjoy […]

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Cycling with a club

Never Say Never! Most of us who use our bikes to go from A to B regard the weekend club cyclists as ‘lycra clad loonies’ and a different species! The perception is of a large pack of super fit (mainly men) kitted out on expensive bikes, but couldn’t be more different from my experience of […]

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East Reading Mass Rapid Transit

Mass Rapid Transit or Messing-Up Reading’s Thames? Local councils and business organisations are proposing to spend about £20million to build a cross town route for buses from near Reading station and bridge, past Tesco and over a new bridge at the Kennet, beside the Horseshoe Bridge, on to the A329 at Thames Valley Business Park. […]

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Cyclists and Pedestrians

There are many common issues shared between cyclists and pedestrians. In the past the RCC committee has considered how we can work more effectively on common problems with pedestrians, but as there are no formal active pedestrian groups in Reading, no progress has been made. This article has been written to identify some of the […]

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Belles on Bikes pedal for peace

Belles On Bikes is an all-women supportive cycling group that has been pedalling for a few years now. Our aim is to encourage new cyclists to become intermediates, to get fitter and join in our longer rides. We push off on Sundays at 10am from the entrance to Palmer Park Stadium.  We are very lucky to […]

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Chairman’s Letter, September 2017

Dear RCC members, I hate cyclists on the pavement. I hate them on the towpath and I hate them in pedestrianised areas. There. I’ve said it. I don’t hate the people forced to ride their bikes there, I hate the fact that this is where cyclists have to ride for their own safety or comfort. […]

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Unwatched and therefore unprotected

We all know about the severe lack of bike parking space around Reading Station, particularly on the south side. So when a new bike parking space was created down from the taxi-rank and the south-side pickup area, it was obviously going to readily used. However, on Friday 18 November I was shocked on arriving home from London to find not only my […]

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