PRide On – Our New LGBTQIA+ Initiative

This year marks 50 years of UK Pride. We’re pleased to share with you all that to celebrate, we’ve been developing our LGBTQIA+ initiative to increase visibility and inclusion within the cycling community. 

Ride On has been delivering a range of cycling services and events for over ten years. This includes our social rides where budding cyclists get together to cycle through the beautiful Devon we get to call home. Now we want to deliver social rides and other activities that are open to the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. 

The Name

We’re naming this LGBTQ+ initiative PRide On. This space is open to members and allies for the LGBTQIA+ whether you are an experienced rider, familiar with bike mechanics, or just looking to try something new. 

The Inspiration

These kinds of rides and social events have been delivered across other parts of the UK, but there is nothing local offering the same.

It is often believed that cycling is a male-dominated activity, but this is only half-true. Women have also reaped the rewards if you take a closer look at the history of the bike. It has been a tool for liberation in a variety of ways and it’s especially good for being a safer and healthier mode of transport compared with both driving and walking.

Willem Tapper, Ride On’s Digital Coordinator, had this to say about the new project:

“Having joined Ride On a year ago, as well joining the Exeter Pride team this year, I’ve wanted to reach out to fellow LGBTQIA+ people who enjoy cycling or would like to get into it. Because cycling is a great activity that can be shared and enjoyed with others as much as it can be alone, it is the perfect chance for our community to get together to be more visible across Exeter and Devon. I also think it’s important that Pride can be celebrated all year around, not just in June. That’s why we want these social rides and activities to offer space to get to know other LGBTQIA+ individuals, be visible out and about in our fantastic county, and help fundraise for other Pride and Ride On activities.”

The Socials

These rides and maintenance courses will be relaxed and slow-paced so that all feel comfortable and able to join in. During the rides, we will stop off for drinks and cake along the routes to refuel and to have a good old natter. It is hoped there will also be other forms of activities available in the future for those that share our love for the power of pedalling. 

Kirsten Berggren is also leading on this project and is one of the mechanics for our highly successful Wom+n’s Workshops. The Wom+n’s Workshops have been running for quite some time and are a fun and friendly space for women and non-binary people to get to grips with bike maintenance and mechanics. These are run on Tuesday evenings 6-8pm from our workshop on Exeter Quay. 

Kirsten shared:

“Cycling has been a huge part of my life, socially, commuting, fitness and exploring. I am keen to support and increase awareness in the sport for it to be more welcoming to people like me. Ride On has been a valuable space where there is no judgement and you truly can be yourself. I am aware of the increased risk of poor mental health for members of LGBTQ+ and believe the cycling community can offer not only the physical benefits through cycling but the valuable space of meeting like minded people as well as learning new hands on skills.”

How You Can Get Involved

This is also an opportunity to find out more about how Ride On can help make cycling more inclusive. We care about making sure that everyone has access to a bike and all the wellbeing and health benefits that comes along with it. So, we would like to hear from you about exactly what you would like these socials to look like.

You can have your say here.

To make these events inclusive and accessible, we will be encouraging participants to donate what you can to support the events and more Ride On and Pride activities throughout the year.

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Bike Maintenance Course: Put to the Test

If you don’t know your shifters from your sprockets or your bottom bracket from your barrel adjusters, maybe you need to attend a Ride On Bike Maintenance course? That’s exactly what Ride On Trustee Louise Clarke did, and it was a valuable learning experience and lesson in bicycle safety, as she reports.

As a Ride On Trustee I’m a loyal supporter of the charity’s vision ‘for a clean, healthy and more active Exeter and Devon’. But I’d never actually tried the high-quality bicycle maintenance training and education on offer. So I jumped at the chance to join fellow students Toby and Matilda, and Ride On Workshop Manager Sam White, one Saturday morning in May for the basic Brake and Gear adjustment workshop.

Safety first!

I turned up with my very own 12-year-old Specialised Tri-Cross which I use for daily travel. Fitted with panniers, a rack and a ‘Cycle Whatever the Weather’ yellow squeaky duck, it’s my prize possession. So I was shocked to discover during the brakes section of the training that my bike was at risk of being condemned! Sam used a special instrument (apparently used in dentistry) to measure the thickness of my wheel rims and found them to be well below the safe minimum. As suspected I also needed new tyres. I must admit a couple of people had commented on their baldness!

It was obviously time to pay attention and learn something! We began with the gears and Sam showed us how the High and Low limit screws are used to accurately define the limits of the derailleur and stop the chain going into the spokes or the frame. We were also shown how to master indexing, improve cable tension using the barrel adjuster and achieve crisp shifting every time. We then moved onto brakes and how to replace cables and pads. 

This course is designed to tackle common faults with bikes and is aimed at people who are new to bike maintenance. It was a relaxed pace. Sam explained each element clearly and gave us plenty of time for questions. The classes are limited to four people to ensure everyone is well supported.

Finely tuned machine

Another bike maintenance course attendee was equally impressed:

“Well it was finally time to take some ownership for basic servicing of our family’s bicycle collection. Having watched a whirlwind of videos on YouTube on how easy it was to adjust the rear derailleur and failed miserably, I attended the Ride On introductory bike maintenance session in May to get me over the knowledge hump.  

Sam was running the session and was a fountain of friendly knowledge, providing a great overview of the key components and how to get everything running smoothly.   We worked on our own bicycles during the session, so I now have a finely tuned machine that I enjoy riding again and a list of tasks for the family’s bicycles!”

I also spoke to Sam to find out more about the aims of the course:

”Our basic maintenance courses aim to provide you with the skills needed to tackle some of the most common bike maintenance issues – brakes, gears and puncture repair.

We prefer to use the customer’s own bike as this means the training is most relevant. It is great to see so many customers going on to make use of our Bring Your Own Bike sessions (open workshops where you can rent a workstation to fix your bike) to further build on their skills after the course. ”

Click the links if you are interested in trying one of Ride On’s Training Courses or BYOB and for full details.

Courses on offer include:

  • M Check, Basic Maintenance & Puncture Repair
  • Brake & Gear Adjustments
  • Cycle Touring 101

A Quick Guide to Fixing Your Bike on the Cheap

Although a lot cheaper than running a vehicle, looking after your bicycle can add up. Regular cycling in all weathers and having to regularly replace parts and get your bike serviced in a shop isn’t cheap. We have put together a short guide to try and save you money whilst also keeping your bike running smoothly and fun to ride! 

Prevention is cheaper than fixing

Keeping your bike clean and running smoothly is the best way to reduce the amount you spend on it in the long run.

Regularly cleaning and lubricating the chain and drivetrain area reduces the amount of wear on the chain, sprockets and cassette and keeps them going for longer. It also makes it a lot nicer to ride. No one likes a squeaky bike! Just use some soapy water, old t-shirts and a toothbrush to get around all the moving components on your bike. Once it is clean lubricate the moving parts with a small amount of bike oil or silicon-based lubricant. 

Check for the small things

By regularly checking your bike and fixing smaller issues, you can hopefully preempt anything bigger going wrong with it and impacting on other components. 

  • Check your tyres are at the correct pressure before each ride. This not only makes your bike easier to ride but also helps to prevent punctures and issues with the wheels themselves. 
  • Check that your brake pads are not worn down to their limit. These are relatively cheap and easy to replace so do so before they wear right down or they can damage your rims or disc depending on the type of brakes you have. 
  • Getting a chain checker tool is a cheap bit of kit which can check whether your chain is worn and needs replacing. By checking this and replacing your chain at the first signs of wear, you can avoid having to change the rear cassette or other drivetrain components with it. 

If you feel you don’t know enough to check your bike yourself, look out for our free Dr Bike bike checks around Exeter. 

Do it yourself

Learning how to do some quick fixes yourself is definitely cheaper than taking your bicycle into a shop every time something is wrong. There are some great basic courses around, some of which are cheap or even free to learn some basics.

For example, at Ride On we have our Wom+n’s Workshop every Tuesday evening which is run on a donation basis to teach women basic bicycle mechanics, and also run other bicycle maintenance courses throughout the year. 

There are many good online resources and videos around which can teach quick fixes and checks. If you have some level of knowledge but lack the tools to complete a fix, then Ride On runs BYOB (bring your own bike) sessions every Wednesday evening which allow you to come into the workshop and use our tools to fix your bike on the cheap. 

Budget Toolkit

Sometimes the amount of tools it is possible to use/ own on a bicycle is overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to start, especially on a budget. For simple fixes however, it is fine to invest in just a few key tools which can help to keep your bicycle running smoothly. 

  • Multi-tool (£15-30) – there are some great pocket-sized multi-tools around which are designed to go in your saddle bag or backpack on a ride and have lots of necessary tools all in one, and are generally cheaper than buying all the tools individually. Choose one which has a range of Allen key sizes, a crosshead screwdriver and a chain breaker tool at least, but some come with even more useful bike gadgets. 
  • Good bicycle pump (£10-20) – Investing in a decent track pump (one which you stand on the base and push down on the handle on the top of the pump to use) makes it easy to pump your tyres up to the correct pressure. 
  • Chain wear indicator (£7) – simple tool to check when to replace your chain. 
  • Lubricant/ bike oil (£4) – keep your moving parts running smoothly so they last longer. 

Bike mechanic hacks

Sometimes you don’t need to spend anything to fix or maintain your bike. There are plenty of recycling hacks or things you can use which you should have in the house anyway which can save you money and fix your bike on the cheap. 

  • Old t-shirts/ rags for cleaning your bike (especially when they get oily and greasy anyway!)
  • Old toothbrush for getting into small spaces when cleaning. 
  • Washing up liquid to make warm soapy water to clean your bike. 
  • Reuse old inner tubes by cutting them to make patches to fix future punctures. 
  • Use teaspoons as tyre levers to get your tyre off when fixing a puncture. Just make sure they are smooth with no sharp edges which can damage your tyre or tube. 

Get On Your Bike: 10 Wellbeing Effects of Cycling

Spring is here with longer days and a little bit more sun in the sky. So with rising fuel and public transport prices, it seems like a really good time to start cycling more. If you aren’t quite convinced just yet, I wanted to share with you just some of the physical and mental wellbeing benefits I get from cycling. 

1. Cardiovascular Fitness

Perhaps the most obvious to start, but cycling is good for your physical health. Increasing your heart rate daily can lead to long term improvements in fitness, and help prevent diseases such as diabetes.

Cycling is also a low impact sport so can protect your joints while still providing fitness benefits. There is a reason that elite cycling athletes are considered to be some of the fittest sports people as cycling is such a good form of exercise.

Feeling fitter may help improve your mental wellbeing as well. 

2. Muscle Strength

One of the main areas which cycling can improve is leg strength. The continued cyclic action while pedalling builds muscle strength endurance and muscle bulk, especially in your quadriceps and calf muscles. You will find even greater improvements if you regularly have to tackle hills – not a problem around our Ride On base in Exeter! 

3. Happy Hormones

Another wellbeing benefit of cycling (and exercise in general) is the release of endorphins and increased levels of serotonin. Both of these “happy hormones” have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and increase feelings of happiness and overall wellbeing.

Cycling can also make you sleep better so you’ll find you have more energy the next day despite doing more exercise. 

4. Fresh Air

One of the top reasons why I enjoy cycling so much and why it makes me feel so good is that I love being outside and feeling that fresh air rush past. It never fails to make me feel energised.

A key barrier which may stop people from cycling is our wonderfully unpredictable British weather, but I personally love cycling in the rain. If you have good waterproof clothing and especially if you don’t have too far to go, then it makes the shower and cup of tea at the other end even more deserved. 

5. Clear Your Head

For me, cycling is a form of mindfulness. When I’m outside on my bike, I feel I have to be in the present to focus on cycling and my surroundings. It is easier to notice the little things while on a bike compared to being in a vehicle. There are no barriers between you and the environment around you, such as the sounds, smells, and sights which you would otherwise miss.

You also don’t need to stick to roads, and can head off the beaten track. Being closer to your natural environment and having an appreciation for weather, nature, and a slightly slower pace of life can all contribute to greater wellbeing. 

I also find giving my bike a clean or doing some basic maintenance on a sunny weekend afternoon boosts my mood and makes me switch off from other anxieties on my mind. 

6. Switch Off

Similar to the above point, but I also feel that whenever I’ve been using my bike to regularly commute to and from work, university or school, then the process of cycling has been a great way to get my brain to switch off after a tough day. I find that my mind can wander without dwelling too much on negative thoughts and I even find I can think things through which may be bothering me and put them to one side before I get home and relax. I arrive home in a much better mood and mental state compared to if I drive or take public transport. 

7. Challenge Yourself

Cycling might be scary to begin with. Your chosen route might involve a massive hill, a busy road, or you may have a lack of confidence in cycling in general. If you can overcome your fears however, then practice makes perfect.

I’ve found that after a few times of being anxious or having to push my bike up the hill, I quickly get used to a new route or environment. Especially if you do it regularly, it can quickly become second nature. The feeling of overcoming a challenge or improving at a skill will make you feel even better! It can boost your self esteem especially when combined with the physical benefits which will make you feel fitter and healthier. 

8. Feelings of Success

Cycling will make you feel accomplished. If you’ve had a long day at work and you really don’t feel like having to cycle home in the dark, but you do anyway and even make it up the slight hill on the final stretch without stopping, then that feeling of accomplishment and success is such a positive feeling to help your overall wellbeing. You are in control of where you go and how fast you get there.

Would you rather be stuck in bad traffic on your way home, miss a train and have to wait for the next one, or be totally under your own steam?

I used to race the bus which my friends took when I was at university and fairly often beat it on my bike at rush hour. Additionally, learning to look after your bike with some simple bicycle maintenance can also increase that feeling of being in control and accomplishment which can improve wellbeing. 

9. Connect with Others

Cycling is a great way to meet people and connect through this shared activity. There are lots of good cycling groups around for all levels. You can chat while you cycle and there is almost always coffee and cake involved.

If you are shy or lack confidence, having that shared activity is something to talk about, and you can also be part of the cycling group but without needing to talk to people or be the centre of attention at any point. Talking to someone while having to focus on something else can be easier than just talking face to face. 

10. Treat Yourself

Cycling saves money.

When you compare the cost of cycling with the rising costs of both fuel and public transport, it seems to be a no-brainer if it is possible to cycle places you need to go instead. Once you have a bicycle, helmet and possibly some lights then you only need to pay for servicing and any parts which need replacing every now and again. You can even learn to do this yourself with a simple bike maintenance course and save even more money while learning a new skill. You can also save paying for a gym membership by commuting by bicycle.

Reducing money worries is known to improve wellbeing. Or if you look at it another way, the money you save could go towards a holiday or other treat to improve your wellbeing.

If you are new to cycling or haven’t ridden in a while it can be daunting to start. There are many courses around which can help build confidence on a bike such as those run by Bikeability. It is important to ride safely, always wear a helmet, bright reflective clothes and get good lights if riding at night. All of these improve your confidence when cycling and make it an enjoyable experience which can undoubtedly improve your mental wellbeing. 

Wom+n’s workshops a winner at Ride On


Ride On’s vision for a clean, healthy and more active Exeter and Devon has moved closer to its goal with the introduction of Wom+n’s Workshop sessions.

The bicycle maintenance workshops have been running since July at the charity’s base at Exeter Quay. They are intended to be as inclusive as possible and are aimed at anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary. The term ‘wom+n’ is used to underline inclusivity and to be clear that the workshops have been created explicitly to include women of colour, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks and any other person who may feel discriminated against in some areas of feminism. 

The idea is to create a women-led, pressure-free space for learning new mechanical skills and to encourage more women to get out on their bikes regularly.

“The workshop was a real positive to come from the last year between lockdowns,” says Kirsten Berggren, who runs the workshops with Anna Ross and mechanics Karen Stokes and Julia Roquette. 

 “It grew from both Anna and I – probably coming from quite male dominated careers – wanting to create a space to empower women and non-binary people within the cycling industry.”

Initial market research demonstrated there was a huge interest in the proposed workshops with over 50 people signing up before the sessions started, although numbers in the workshop have had to be limited to four participants per session. 

“We’ve had a range of cyclists in from ‘just bought my first bike’ to ‘I ride all the time and race,’” adds Kirsten. Most attendees have been regular keen cyclists but with no previous experience of bicycle mechanics.

Anna and Kirsten have loved running the sessions so far. “Everyone’s been lovely, great students; so eager to get stuck in and learn,” says Anna. “Their enthusiasm and appreciation is infectious and heart-warming! 

“We started with basic mechanics, puncture repair and changing a tyre as these were the skills most people said they wanted to learn. We want to move on to cleaning, maintenance and bike checks next, and then to brakes, gears, and other aspects of the bike. 

“If people attend multiple sessions and learn a new skill each time we hope they will eventually have built up so much more confidence in bike mechanics and looking after their bikes, as well as developing a relationship with Ride On and making new friends.”

The plan is to start regular social bike rides too, and other social events such as film nights. Anna and Kirsten are keen to develop the workshops so more people can benefit from them and learn basic bicycle mechanics. 

If you would like to know more about the Wom+n’s Workshop sessions have a look at  or contact the workshop team on [email protected] 


Notes for Editors

Ride On – Cycling for All

Ride On is Exeter’s hub for all things bike related. If you need a bike call us on 07544 314749 to make an appointment and come and look at our refurbished bikes for sale.

We also provide bicycle maintenance courses and Ready to Ride sessions for key workers, including basic bike maintenance and set up.

Due to Coronavirus the weekly Bring Your Own Bike DIY maintenance sessions are not running, but Ride On’s Fix it at Home initiative consists of some useful and informative videos, especially for gear indexing and brake adjustment issues. See the website for details

Find us on Facebook

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Instagram @RideOnExeter

Registered charity: 1174055

Free Dr Bike checks at Exmouth School

Ride On Cycling for All ran a free Dr Bike session on Thursday 15 July at Littleham Primary School in Exmouth, as a thank you to the town for donating bikes to the charity.

Dr Bike checks involve a 20-point safety check and minor adjustments to improve the smooth running of bikes.

Cycling plays a key role in learning at Littleham Primary school, which provides Bikeability lessons, a Ride for Pleasure initiative, and a cycling After School club.

“It’s fantastic that the Dr Bike sessions are happening now as we’re planning a Year 6 Celebration Ride on Woodbury Common at the end of term for children who will be moving on to secondary school,” says Sarah Padbury, Head of Learning & PE. “It means all the children’s bikes should be in good working order for the ride.”

Will Page, Head of Charity at Ride On – Cycling For All, said “We’re delighted to provide this service for free to Littleham Primary School. We’ve benefited from the generosity of Exmouth Town Council and Exmouth residents, with our charity receiving over 40 bicycles so far. This is just the start of us saying thank you, by giving things back for free!”

Notes for editors 

Ride On – Cycling for All is a local charity based at Exeter Quay that recycles unwanted bicycles and helps make cycling safe, enjoyable, and accessible to everyone. Ride On has a vision for a cleaner healthier and more active Exeter. The aim of Ride On is to get more people on affordable bikes, whilst offering education and training to keep them on the move, improve mental and physical health and wellbeing through cycling and contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

[email protected] 

Ride On – Cycling for All is registered with the Charity Commission: No.1174055

NHS social prescribing project to continue!

An NHS Social Prescribing Cycling for Recovery initiative has been given the go-ahead to continue to run its weekly cycle group in Exeter until November. Organised by the Devon Community Forensic Team, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, the group which started in October last year, uses Ride On bikes to facilitate the cycle rides, and additional funding also now means they will have the support of a Ride On staff member or a volunteer once a month.

The Community Forensic Team work to support people who are being discharged from a secure hospital, to help them develop their independence and community living skills. 

“We are planning to book some workshop sessions to offer bike maintenance training,” says Chloe Rosser, Senior Occupational Therapist. “We were only able to offer one of these during the first project unfortunately because of covid restrictions. 

“We also hope to plan longer rides over the summer. We have welcomed a new individual and expect that in the upcoming months some people will progress on from our team and transfer to a local community mental health team, and we will have some new individuals who will be able to access the group. 

We’re also hoping to offer some additional sessions on an ad hoc basis in other areas such as Dawlish.”

Initially, the Cycling for Recovery project was facilitated by Chloe and two colleagues, however they now have a team of core members to help facilitate the group. This has been a great opportunity for staff to engage with each person in a shared interest, exploring different cycle routes.

The social prescribing cycle group is having a positive influence on the people who use our service. “Their confidence, communication skills and overall fitness has improved. One individual has also reported that their confidence using public transport has improved because of regularly using the bus to make their way independently to the group,” says Chloe. “You can clearly see the sense of achievement when we get back to the yard after the ride; they enjoy knowing how far we have cycled and have told us that they look forward to coming along to the group.

“Some individuals have taken more of a leadership role at times when leading some of the rides. This gives them a sense of purpose, again improving their confidence and interpersonal skills.” 

The Community Forensic Team have also purchased some bikes from Ride On which have been used on a few occasions by a staff member and an individual who is currently still in hospital. This has enabled the team to offer opportunities for people who now are unable to attend the group in Exeter. “We hope we can continue to offer such opportunities, “adds Chloe.

“One of the bikes we purchased for one of our supported accommodation providers, where one person resides, has been used by this individual to cycle to work in the Exeter area. He says this has made a difference for him in that it is much quicker to get to work now.”

Thanks to the cycle group, another individual gained confidence to approach Ride On to ask for more information about a voluntary role. He has recently started this temporary voluntary opportunity with the Bike Bank which takes place at the Ride on workshop. 

Will Page, Head of Charity at Ride On – Cycling for All, said: “We’re really delighted that this partnership is developing so well, and to see the real improvements the people on the program are making. I took the group out for a hilly ride last week and it was great to see how their fitness and confidence levels have improved so much over the last year. Both the NHS staff and participants deserve huge credit for keeping this going.”

Notes for editors 

Ride On – Cycling for All is a local charity based at Exeter Quay that recycles unwanted bicycles and helps make cycling safe, enjoyable, and accessible to everyone. Ride On has a vision for a cleaner healthier and more active Exeter. The aim of Ride On is to get more people on affordable bikes, whilst offering education and training to keep them on the move, improve mental and physical health and wellbeing through cycling and contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions. 

[email protected] 

Ride On – Cycling for All is registered with the Charity Commission: No.1174055

The Devon Community Forensic Team is part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust which provides mental health and learning disability services across Devon, the wider Southwest and nationally.

The team was established in 2018, being one of three sites awarded contracts by NHS England to become pilot sites for new community forensic teams. The focus of the team during the pilot has been on accelerating the discharge of patients from secure inpatient services, with a focus on supporting transition, reintegration into the community and improving quality of life.

Pedal Powered High Streets

Press Release…. Press Release…. Press Release….

Ride On – Cycling for All will be delivering 25 Dr Bike sessions over the summer in Princesshay in Exeter, and checking 275 bikes belonging to shoppers, workers, and local residents as part of their pedal powered high streets campaign.

This latest bike-focused initiative is being funded with £2.5k from the Big Give, a national charitable crowdfunding platform, and matched funding of £2.5k from Live & Move, which promotes active lifestyles in Exeter & Cranbrook.

High Streets are facing a hugely challenging trading environment. Princesshay in Exeter is keen to welcome people back and, with the need to reduce car congestion and get people physically active, Ride On want to use pedal power to kick start the economic recovery on our high street.

Cycling UK estimates that 16.5 million bikes are sat unused in sheds with issues that could be fixed quickly. Dr Bike could be exactly that quick fix you need to get you back on your bike.

“We will provide free 30-minute bike checks on the high street to shoppers, staff and residents over the summer with this funding,” explains Will Page, Head of Charity at Ride On. “Our mechanics can fix simple issues like loose brakes, slipping gears and make sure your bike is safe whilst you buy a coffee, or do your shopping.”

“This will create an incentive for shoppers to visit the high street by bike, it will help retail and hospitality staff switch their commute to bike, and help local residents get their unused bicycles back into working order.”

One happy Dr Bike customer reported:

”I recently booked an appointment with Ride On to get my bike safety checked. I have to say the service was fantastic, the mechanic was so patient and helped me to understand what was required for my bike! He explained all about the gears, chains, brakes etc. Half an hour went extremely quickly.”

James Bogue, programme lead for Live and Move says: ” We are delighted to be supporting local charity Ride On Exeter to deliver these Dr-Bike sessions in the city centre. It will be a really good opportunity for people in Exeter to get their bikes checked over and give them the confidence to travel safely. This means people can be more active by making every day journeys by cycling.”

Councillor Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Leisure and Physical Activity at Exeter City Council said, “Having the chance to get your bike looked at by a professional for free is a really good way to get into or get back into cycling, confident that you can rely on your bike. There are so many cycle routes across and around the city now, with work going on to improve them further. Cycling is a great way to be active, whether you’re traveling, commuting for work or just for fun. It’s great to see Live and Move supporting this initiative and I’m looking forward to seeing many more Dr. Bike sessions over the summer.”

For more information go to


Notes for Editors

Ride On – Cycling for All

Ride On is Exeter’s hub for all things bike related. If you want to donate an old bike have a look on the Ride On website for a list of drop off points, bring your bike to our workshop at Exeter Quay or give us a call on 07544 314749.

If you need a bike visit our website to book an appointment to view our bikes here:

Due to Coronavirus the weekly Bring Your Own Bike DIY maintenance sessions are not running, but Ride On’s Fix it at Home initiative consists of some useful and informative videos, especially for gear indexing and brake adjustment issues. See the website for details

Find us on Facebook

Twitter @RideOnExeter

Instagram @RideOnExeter

Registered charity: 1174055

Ride On treats NHS staff to free Dr Bike checks

Ride On Cycling for All has been awarded £4,000 from the South West Water Community Fund Project to provide free bike check sessions to NHS staff.

A total of 198 staff at community hospitals in Crediton, Tiverton, Honiton, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, and Newton Abbot will benefit from 18 free ‘Dr Bike’ events between June and October.

Dr Bike sessions consist of 30-minute slots in which mechanics carry out a 20-point safety check, making minor adjustments to improve the smooth running of bicycles. Ride On does not do commercial servicing, so if further work is required we will refer them to a bike shop in their local area.

“We focused on NHS staff at the RD&E in Exeter last year, with our free Dr Bike checks” explained Will Page, Ride On Head of Charity. “We were really keen to start supporting NHS staff across the wider region, particularly those at community hospitals which are really valued by local people. We’re incredibly grateful to South West Water for funding this project.”

In line with the current Covid-19 measures, Ride On’s Dr Bike sessions will take place outside, mechanics will observe social distancing, wear masks, gloves, and disinfect contact points of bicycles before and after working on them.

“The Covid -19 pandemic has been an incredibly stressful time for NHS staff,” adds Will. “The bike checks will help them keep cycling, promote wellbeing and reduce stress.”

The NHS is keen to support staff cycling to work as it’s a great way to keep socially distanced as well as being good for their health and reducing pollution. 38% of car journeys in the UK are less than two miles, a distance that could easily be cycled. Support for projects like Dr Bike will help reduce the number of car journeys and the associated pollution and congestion.

There’s been plenty of positive feedback from NHS staff who took part in the RD&E Dr Bike sessions.

One NHS staff member commented: “I left feeling more empowered to ‘have a go’ myself in future, equipped with the understanding to make basic safety checks and maintenance, from oiling the chain to checking wear and tread on tyres.”

Another said: “… the service was fantastic; the mechanic was so patient……. He explained all about the gears, chains, brakes etc. Half an hour went really quickly and now the ride of the bike is so much smoother.”

For more information on the Ride On Dr Bike sessions at local community hospitals get in touch with Ride On. Contact details below.

Notes for Editors

Ride On – Cycling for All

Ride On is Exeter’s hub for all things bike related. If you need a bike call us on 07544 314749 to make an appointment and come and look at our refurbished bikes for sale.

We also provide bicycle maintenance courses and Ready to Ride sessions for key workers, including basic bike maintenance and set up.

Due to Coronavirus the weekly Bring Your Own Bike DIY maintenance sessions are not running, but Ride On’s Fix it at Home initiative consists of some useful and informative videos, especially for gear indexing and brake adjustment issues. See the website for details

Find us on Facebook

Twitter @RideOnExeter

Instagram @RideOnExeter

Registered charity: 1174055

South West Water Community Fund Project

South West Water is committed to supporting charitable causes in the region and has strong links with charity partners and contracts with many charities to deliver community projects.

For full details go to:


Cartridges Law – Congratulations on your new bike!

Congratulations on supporting Ride On! You have made the first step towards a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner Exeter.

To make the most of your cycling, you should know the risks, your responsibilities and what to do in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. We’re a local law firm, experienced at helping cyclists – several of us are Ride On customers as well!

Bicycles are far safer for pedestrians and other road users than most other vehicles, but not risk-free. We have helped many people injured in collisions. We would encourage you to make sure that you are covered by insurance and to use lights when riding at night. Should you need it, we have put togethers some tips that might be useful if you are involved in a collision.

  1. If you are ever in a collision and people are hurt, think about the following things:
  2. Don’t make the situation worse. Don’t stand in the road, and make sure casualties are as safe and comfortable as possible.
  3. If there is any risk that people have injured their head, neck or back they should not be moved. Instead keep them visible, warm and as safe as you can.
  4. Call the police.
  5. If other road users are involved, get their details; name, address, phone number, registration and insurance details.
  6. Take pictures of the collision scene, any defect in the road or path, and it’s a useful way of recording any other vehicles involved.
  7. Make sure you have the details of anyone that witnessed the collision.
  8. If anyone is injured, then they may be entitled to compensation. They should talk to a specialist solicitor (yes, like us!) who will normally be able to deal with their case on a “No win, No fee” basis. Remember, you have three years to make a claim but the sooner you start it the better.

You have done the right thing by supporting sustainable and ethical cycling in Exeter. It is very safe, very rewarding and I wish you many years of happy exploring.

Chris Tagg, Solicitor and Head of Civil Litigation

Cartridges Law, 46-47 Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter, EX4 1AP, [email protected] / 01392 256854