Teddington Lock

Here are a couple of pictures of the recent works at Teddington Lock:

Changes at Teddington Lock

With the removal of one rail there’s so much more space which will make it easier to walk the bike across when it’s busy.

Chicane

I’m not looking forward to dragging the maintenance workshop trailer through these.

Twin Towns – The Journey Begins

Our journey toKonstanz began about 18 months ago when we were approached by Bernd, who runs the Richmond In Europe Association.

We were then visited by cyclists from Fontainebleau, Richmond’s French twin.  They stayed a few nights and thanks to the linguistic skills of one of our members, we chatted about the diferences between french and English cycling.  We took them around Richmond Park.  It was a little hillier than they expected…

As the time for the twinning affirmation ceremony approached, several of us decided that we’d like to go to Konstanz and take part.   Invitations were sent out and responses collated and we had a group of 5 riders, keen to see Konstanz.

We decided to fly to Basel, hire bikes at the train station and cycle them to Konstanz about 110 miles away, over two days.  Amazingly, you can hire bikes anywhere in Switzerland and return them to another location, so we decided to return via Zurich, giving us more of Switzerland to see on the return journey.

With flights, hotels and bikes booked in plenty of time, we sat back and waited for the day to arrive.

First there was volcanoes, then the threat of strike action.  We’d booked the flights with BA.  But at least our flight out was not cancelled, so we decided to take the risk that the return flight would also not be cancelled.

We set off tomorrow, Thursday and arrive in Basel just before lunchtime.  We’ll pick up the bikes and hope to arrive at our first hotel around six in the evening.  Next day we’re off to Konstanz, a mere 70 or so miles away.  A shower and meal awaits us at our destination.  I shall be testing out my new Garmin 705 GPS (if Citylink can deliver it on time).  We’ll try and update the site with news and pics over the coming days.

Thanks to Ian for being our travel agent, we wouldn’ t have been able to do this without his efforts.

Funding Bid

RCC have successfully bid for the second round of the Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFfL).  Our bid is called ‘The Turning Hub’ and is a visiting bike club.

The aim is to build on the Orleans Park school after school bike club and take it to more schools, businesses and organisations in Richmond and Hounslow.

Use the contact form here to get in touch if you’d like to know more, volunteer to help or involve your organisation.

New Website

At long last the new campaign website is here.

Much may change in the coming weeks, so treat this as the beginning of a new stage.  All comments are welcome.  You can comment on most topics or you can comment on this post or use the contact page.

The archived sites are here:

First RCC site

Second RCC site

In the future, we hope to add the Richmond Cycle Network, more links and some pictures.

Let us know what you think and keep cycling.

Maintenance Workshop – Ham – 29 November 2014

Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, TW10 7PL (off Ashburnham Road)

10:00 – 12:00

Bring your bike, use the tools and learn basic (or more complicated) bike maintenance. Teas (and if you’re lucky biscuits) on ready supply! We’ll have bike stands available, so it’s a good opportunity to tune your bike up yourself, or to get some help from our qualified mechanic.

Some small parts are available for sale (cables, brake blocks), bring your own parts if you want to fit them.
Please come along if you have some mechanical aptitude and would like to help others learn.

Ham Youth Centre is located on Ham Close, just off Ashburnham Road.  This workshop will be running every other Saturday in conjunction with Ham United Group and Ham Youth Centre.

Location Map

Email maintenance@theturninghub.co.uk if you have any questions.

Maintenance Workshop – Mortlake – 27 November 2014

The Old Bakery, Mortlake Training Centre, 69-71 Lower Richmond Rd, Mortlake SW14 7HJ

19:00 – 21:00

Our Mortlake workshop is on a few minutes from Mortlake railway station, close to Mortlake Brewery and is run in conjunction with The Turning Hub.

Bring your bike, use the tools and learn basic (or more complicated) bike maintenance. Tea (and if you’re lucky biscuits) on ready supply! We’ll have bike stands available and you can tune your bike up yourself, or to get some help from our qualified mechanic.

Some small parts available for sale (cables, brake blocks), bring your own parts if you want to fit them.
Please come along if you have some mechanical aptitude and would like to help others learn.

The Old Bakery is on Lower Richmond Road.  The entrance to the workshop is at the back of the building.  Turn into Hanson Close and take the first right.

Location Map

Email maintenance@theturninghub.co.uk if you have any questions.

Maintenance Workshop – Twickenham – 26 November 2014

The Long Room, All Hallows Church, Erncroft Road, Twickenham, TW1 1EW (off the A316/Whitton Rd)

19:00 – 21:00

Our Twickenham workshop is just a few minutes from Twickenham town centre, convenient for the A316 cycle lane, and is run in conjunction with The Turning Hub.

Bring your bike, use the tools and learn basic (or more complicated) bike maintenance. Tea (and if you’re lucky biscuits) on ready supply! We’ll have bike stands available and you can tune your bike up yourself, or to get some help from our qualified mechanic.

Some small parts available for sale (cables, brake blocks), bring your own parts if you want to fit them.
Please come along if you have some mechanical aptitude and would like to help others learn.

The Long Room at All Hallows Church can be accessed via Erncroft Way or via a side gate to the right of the church on the A316. It has ‘Peaches Nursery’ on the door.

Location Map

Email maintenance@theturninghub.co.uk if you have any questions.