Membership renewal is due

Membership renewal for 2015 is on the 1st January 2015. Please print off a copy of the form, fill it in and send it along with payment to Les Thomas. The address is on the form.

Alternatively both Les Thomas and Tony Howell are available to receive, forms and cheques at the club nights on the first four Fridays in the new year or on any of the club rides..

2015 membership form: Word, richtextformat
We look forward to hearing from you!

Subscriptions fall due on January 1st of the current year and shall be payable no later than March 31st. Members failing to renew their subscriptions before April 1st shall lose all rights to membership.

New members may apply at any time during the year. Applications received from new members after October 1st shall be accepted at the current subscription rate but will hold good until December 31st of the following year.

Take care on the ice

Take care on the roads guys.
Here are some tips courtesy of British Cycling:

Choose your route carefully – During summer many riders will choose to avoid busier roads and opt for lightly trafficked ones. However in icy conditions side streets remain largely untreated and are often extremely slippery. Therefore there’s often more grip to be had on more heavily trafficked routes, which are regularly gritted. Conversely, off road routes through parks, towpaths and cycle paths, although potentially slippery are blissfully free of motor vehicles, minimising your exposure to risk of collision.

Slow and smooth – Curb your speed and try to ride as smoothly as possible; accelerating, braking and cornering smoothly and progressively. Make sure you do all of your braking in a straight line and never brake mid corner – it’s all too easy for your wheels to lose grip.

Give yourself longer to brake and react – Just like when your car, you need to look much further ahead and ride in a more anticipatory mode. Your braking distances, and those of vehicles around you, are much greater and far less predictable.

Be aware of the limitations of other road users – it’s not just you that’s more at risk of slipping and sliding. Just because you can pull up safely at a junction doesn’t mean the car behind you can. Be extra aware of the vehicles around you.

Read the road - Certain areas on the road are more susceptible to ice or remain icy after the rest of the road has thawed. Exercise particular caution on shaded areas, north facing slopes, brows of railway bridges, junctions, white lines and drain covers. Watch out for water running across road from streams, culverts, flooding and overflowing grids.

Don’t be afraid to dismount – there’s no shame in climbing off your bike if you feel that the conditions are getting too extreme and your safety is being unduly compromised. It’s one of the great benefits of the bike that you can transition from cyclist to pedestrian with ease.

Turbo Session 7th November 2014

On 7th November we held a Turbo/Roller session for the Junior and Juvenile club members.

The evening went well and competition was rife between riders of all ages. The adults would have been too if only they had brought their bikes, some were itching to have a go. Everyone is welcome to participate, not just the younger members so bring your bikes along to the next one on December 5th.

 

The two Morgans go head to head.

Morgan Ley gives it his all

Half Term Go Ride Events

Go-Ride – is British Cycling’s development programme for young people. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills. This is done in a traffic free environment through a mixture of games, exercises and races.

PTW Youth and Adult Training Sessions

We run a series of evening “Port Talbot Wheelers Skills Coaching Sessions" every fortnight on Friday nights based for children aged 6 to 14, and for juveniles aged 15 and above all the way up to adult.

 

Youth Sessions

Roadside Bike repair session

This Friday 10th October 7:30pm at Taibach Community Centre we will be holding a roadside bike repair session.

It is open to ALL club members so why not come along and gain some experience into how to keep yourself on the road when the inevitable happens.

Bring a bike if you want though some will be available.

 

 

 

 

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