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Northamptonshire

Established - 14/06/2016

  • Members 275
  • Availability

    Weekends, Evenings

  • Group type Adults (16+)
  • Avg. distance (miles) 20.7
  • Avg. duration (hours) 2:38
  • Bike types All bike types
  • Rating 4 stars (94) Reviews

** UPDATE ** : The 'Future Rides' on this group page can only show the next 10 rides.. We have more rides further into the future as well. To find ALL the future rides , in chronological order, go to the LetsRide homepage and search for rides that start 15-20 miles radius from your postcode (assuming you live in or near to Northampton) - scroll down the list and look for the rides run by 'Northampton Social Cyclists'


Hi my name is Paul and I live in Northampton. I set up this Social Group for cyclists in Northampton in June 2016, aimed at mixed ability recreational riders . One reason is that although there seemed to be several clubs/groups for the more serious cyclists ( often with rides of 40 miles or more leaving in the early hours), there were none for the more shall we say 'recreational' cyclist , who is perhaps not really too keen on setting their alarm for 7am at the weekend, or who may be a bit daunted by long distances :-/


As the group founder (and a GoSkyRide Leader) , myself and others regularly plan routes and post the rides on this site (and on a Facebook group I have set up under the same name). However, anyone who feels confident enough and can commit to a date/time can be set-up to post and lead rides (and a few regulars are now doing this) :-) ......after all many folk will probably have their favourite routes and it would be great to share them. Don't worry if you're not ready to lead rides just yet, we can give you some basic training :-) We will mainly be cycling the lanes (sometimes bridleways) of Northamptonshire, with the focus being on fun ,fitness and enjoying the views......with a cafe/pub stop thrown in for good measure :-) No lycra is required (although members of formal clubs are more than welcome) and we will probably do most of our rides on Sunday , meeting in various locations at a sociable time of 11ish (to allow for those that enjoy a good Saturday night out) and then pedaling along at a leisurely pace for a couple of hours (maybe more at times ??). Sound good ? :-) PS We also have a Facebook group under the same name : https://www.facebook.com/groups/162394867499182/


Finally a huge welcome and a bit more information for any new members ( and a reminder to existing members), about how we can enjoy our time on our bikes but at the same time encouraging safe riding habits as you grow into this rewarding hobby. We do have a range of levels within the group now (Jan 2017), from absolute beginners to more serious riders who take on 50-100 mile sportives. We will do our best to accommodate everyone and intend to run confidence building rides at less than 10 miles on very easy terrain to give people that have just taken up the hobby a chance to gain a little confidence. I’m sure there will be a few more experienced guys around to help with setting the bike up, learning basic control and give you a nice, easy ride out to show you that you can do this. While certain things are not law when taking a bike out, there is a basic level of equipment that we expect people to own when enjoying this sport. While lycra is 100% optional (some of us do wear it despite not having the right physique ;-) ), certain things like lights are actually law and using a bike without working lights on the road is a criminal offence. Likewise, although it is not a legal requirement, we do feel that from a safety point of view a cycle helmet is an essential piece of equipment and will expect people to arrive with one (the ride leader has the right not to allow someone to join the ride if they do not have a suitable helmet). High visibility clothing is also recommended although not as important when cycling as a group. That said, if you intend to take on individual rides, it would make sense to own at least one item of high visibility clothing such as a gilet (we even have some free ones to give away if you ask). Safety cannot have a price put on it and we really don’t want to hear of a member being involved in an accident when they simply cannot be seen. So again, welcome to our group. We aren’t a bad bunch really, just a group of people with a shared hobby. We hope to see you on a ride soon.


Finally some important information regarding our rides : As part of the 'Ride Social' network, our rides are organised by members of the Ride Social online community, and are not organised, approved, or insured by British Cycling. Riders take part at their own risk and rides with us are not insured. You must be at least aged 16 or above to participate unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The ride organiser has the right to carry out the necessary checks and refuse participation in the ride should those checks not be satisfactory - this includes if bikes are deemed 'unroadworthy' (or unsafe) and if cyclists are not equipped with helmets.


We recommend that while on a ride you follow the Highway Code and be prepared for situations such as adverse weather conditions, mechanical problems and flat tyres. It’s a good idea to carry the following items: refreshments, mobile phone, bike lights, bike pump, puncture repair kit, spare tubes, multi-tool, waterproof clothing.

Rides

Future rides

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Friday evening Pub ride to the... Friday 19th October 2018 6:00pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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20-25 mile ride from the Nene... Saturday 20th October 2018 2:00pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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50 mile Flore - Canons Ashby -... Sunday 21st October 2018 11:00am NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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Easygoing 20 mile country ride... Sunday 21st October 2018 11:30am NN5 4EN 0 stars Full details

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Easygoing Upton to Flore 19 mi... Sunday 11th November 2018 1:30pm NN5 4EN 0 stars Full details

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Past rides

Title Date and time Location Rating
Easy Evening Rides Wednesday 17th October 2018 6:30pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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Blakesley from LB Wednesday 17th October 2018 10:30am NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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20-25 mile ride from the Nene... Saturday 13th October 2018 2:00pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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46 Mile Northerly Jaunt Wednesday 10th October 2018 11:00am NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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Easy Evening Rides Tuesday 9th October 2018 6:30pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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44-mile---steady route anticip... Sunday 7th October 2018 1:00pm NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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28 Mile Swinford Loop Sunday 7th October 2018 1:00pm NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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20-25 mile ride from the Nene... Saturday 6th October 2018 2:00pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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Friday evening Pub ride to the... Friday 5th October 2018 6:00pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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East to Walgrave Wednesday 3rd October 2018 1:00pm NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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