Bike repair and refurbishment – second hand bikes – abandoned and unwanted bikes

There are two charitable organizations local to Barking that train people to repair/restore bikes, Recycles Ilford and Respoke’s Becontree Cycle Centre. As a result they have refurbished bikes available for sale and/or part exchange. They also accept donated bikes if they are suitable for the project and if space is available.

They can also carry out repairs to your bike, subject to availability.

If you have an unwanted bike, please don’t let it gather dust/rust. Post it on Freegle or Freecycle (or Ebay), or donate it to one of these charities.

If you know of an abandoned bike, please report it on fixmystreet.com. We are making the effort to reclaim such bikes for repair/restoration or breaking for spares.

In 2016 it was announced that the Richard House Charity shop in Faircross, Barking, would be selling bikes that have been refurbished by a social enterprise.

Becontree Cycle Centre is at 3 Rugby Road, DAGENHAM, RM9 4AL, which is very near Becontree Station on LUL’s District Line * (come out of the station and turn left, and where the bridge lands, Rugby Road is on the left. (020) 8593 1677 / info@respoke.org.uk.

* one of the subsurface lines of London Underground – though here it is over ground – on which even non-folding bikes may be taken (though not at peak times). The others are the Circle, Hammersmith-and-City and Metropolitan lines.

BCC is a re-incarnation of Gascoigne Cycle Centre, which had to decamp from St Mary’s Parade owing to the redevelopment of The Gascoigne Estate. Their shop in Becontree is smarter in appearance, but rather smaller, and I daresay they’d be grateful to sell their bikes for space alone.

Google Street View used to discover ‘lost’ cycle ways

A vast network of forgotten cycle ways across the UK has been rediscovered with the help of Google Street View.

See more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39847740

Or see them on a map at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1yoi-eZVATatYQfhMiKh4PpaSQro&hl=en&ll=53.74040848574253%2C-2.1884652999999616&z=6

Havering Cyclists’ Meeting 9th January 2017

Dear Fellow Cyclists,

Please see below the notes of our Havering Cyclists’ meeting on 9th January 2017.

FEEDBACK ON TRAFFIC SCHEMES

Ray will write to Cllr Frost regarding the proposals for improved pedestrian (but not cycling) facilities in Gubbins Lane for access to Harold Wood Station.

Also LCC have been setting up a web tool called Cyclescape to help socialise traffic schemes that affect cyclists at https://www.cyclescape.org/

SUNDAY CYCLE CLUB

There have been calls for the Sunday Cycle Club rides be restarted as soon as possible so we make start them again at the end of February.

MATERIALS

We need to stock up on literature and materials for our street stalls – Maps (nos. 5 & 8), join LCC leaflets, Tools for the cargo bike, and a mat for the cycle marking.  Ray is also planning an update to the website.

NEXT MEETINGS

Our next meeting s planned for Monday 13th February at JJ Moons PH in High Street Hornchurch. Just look out for the table where people, (or at least one person), are wearing red LCC or Sustrans tee shirts.

As always, see the web site at www.haveringcyclists.org for the latest news.

Regards

Terry

Young Again Cycles – A mobile cycle workshop which comes to you.

Would any of you be interested in a mobile cycle repair service whereby the workshop comes to you.  

It might be at an event or on a training ride, a mechanical is never well timed affair. It can be hassle taking your bike down to your local shop and potentially loose it for a few days.  Thats where YoungAgain Cycles steps in, I offer a fully mobile service that can cater for many cyclist needs.    

If you have any questions I would be happy to help.  Kindest regards. James Youngs 

Also on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YoungAgainCycles/

Do you fancy a “Christmas morning bike ride” then join John’s ride starting from Central Park, Harold Hill at 10:00 on Chrismas Day

National Cycle Route No.136 called The Ingrebourne Way.  It starts from Noak Hill  then runs through Harold Hill, Harold Wood, Harold Park, Cranham, Upminster, Hornchurch, Elm Park and South Hornchurch, then passes Rainham Hall before ending at Rainham Marshes.

We will be riding from Central Park car park Harold Hill to Hornchurch Country Park Visitors Centre and returning back to Harold Hill.

Under 16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult who need to take full responsibility for them and must wear a cycle helmet at all times.

If you need any more info phone john on 07704793895

Register at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=89802

 

Bike stolen from outside Elm Park Post Office – Can you help please

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The following is an explanation from one of our Havering Cyclists, can you help please. Let us know via contact@haveringcyclists.org if you spot the bike, know where it is, or have any other details.

I had my bike stolen on 1st Dec 2016 at 10:30pm outside Elm Park Post office. A woman challenged the thief whilst he was cutting my lock with bolt cutters. She called the police and I also arrived at the same time as them which was approximately 15 minutes too late. The CCTV wasn’t working but the woman gave a description of the thief. I’ve got a feeling that he is living locally. I have informed Police and bike shops in the area. I am looking on Gumtree as well in case it is up for sale.  I am informing as many people as possible in the community in case it gets sighted. I have attached a photo. Please do send this on to anyone who gets about in the community as they might sight it somewhere.

Thief’s description

A white male aged 35 with a medium build and a shaved head wearing a dark blue jacket.

If you have any information please call 101 and quote reference: 5420095-16.

Thanks

Andrew

Havering Cyclists Sunday Club rides in Hornchurch Country Park. Last ride of 2016 on 18th December at 11:00. Register at https://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=89251 or just turn up.

Havering Cyclists Sunday Club

Last Ride for 2016 scheduled for 18th December. However, Keep a look out for next year but come along and join us for this one.

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country Park

Calling all cyclists, all ages and all abilities!

Do you fancy joining a regular group ride which is only off-road or along cycle paths?

The rides are aimed at those of us who want to practice our cycling, so the rides are lot too long (6-10 miles), are in a safe and traffic free environment, led by trained ride leaders, and are for all ages and for families.

After 4 successful rides in November we have scheduled 2 more in the run up to Christmas on the 4th and 18th. We will be meeting at the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor centre in Hornchurch Country Park and the rides will take place around the park, and possibly to Upminster, Rainham Hall, RSPB Rainham and return.

Bikes will be checked prior to each ride if needed, and we have a lot of free SkyRide Hi-Viz tops to give out to riders.

After 4 successful rides in November we are scheduling 2 more in the run up to Christmas. If you’d like to help lead the rides let us know.

Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cycle helmets, although not mandatory are advised to be worn.

The routes are suitable for most types of bikes, although if a special needs bike, tandem or tricycle is to be used, be aware that parts of the routes will not be suitable for them. All we ask is that bikes are:

  • in good working order
  • have fully inflated tyres
  • have 2 brakes that work or be fitted with a front brake if a fixed wheel bike
  • be an appropriate size for the rider to participate safely

Register at https://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=89251 or just turn up.

 

Havering Cyclists Sunday Club rides in Hornchurch Country Park now scheduled for 4th and 18th December. Register at https://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=89250 or just turn up.

Havering Cyclists Sunday Club

Rides now scheduled for Sunday 4th and 18th December.

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country Park

Calling all cyclists, all ages and all abilities!

Do you fancy joining a regular group ride which is only off-road or along cycle paths?

The rides are aimed at those of us who want to practice our cycling, so the rides are lot too long (6-10 miles), are in a safe and traffic free environment, led by trained ride leaders, and are for all ages and for families.

After 4 successful rides in November we have scheduled 2 more in the run up to Christmas on the 4th and 18th. We will be meeting at the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor centre in Hornchurch Country Park and the rides will take place around the park, and possibly to Upminster, Rainham Hall, RSPB Rainham and return.

Bikes will be checked prior to each ride if needed, and we have a lot of free SkyRide Hi-Viz tops to give out to riders.

After 4 successful rides in November we are scheduling 2 more in the run up to Christmas. If you’d like to help lead the rides let us know.

Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cycle helmets, although not mandatory are advised to be worn.

The routes are suitable for most types of bikes, although if a special needs bike, tandem or tricycle is to be used, be aware that parts of the routes will not be suitable for them. All we ask is that bikes are:

  • in good working order
  • have fully inflated tyres
  • have 2 brakes that work or be fitted with a front brake if a fixed wheel bike
  • be an appropriate size for the rider to participate safely

Register at https://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=89250 or just turn up.