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Upcoming Events

Aug
22
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
Aug
29
Thu
7:00 pm Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Club 10 Mile Time Trial Series @ New Course D33-10
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm
Weekly 10 mile time trial. First event of the season starts at 6.45.pm. All other dates at 7.00.pm
Sep
1
Sun
9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A ride exclusively for ladies and a great chance for beginners to try out riding in a group. More details nearer the date. Start time from the Club room at 9.30. am. and back by[...]
Sep
22
Sun
8:30 am Ben Gautrey – Event
Ben Gautrey – Event
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am
Sunday September 22nd (TBC) Ben Gautrey Flattish ride. About 50 miles.
Sep
29
Sun
8:30 am World Road Race Championships – ...
World Road Race Championships – ...
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am
Sunday September 29th Buttertubs – Men’s World Road Racing Championship Drive to Ingleton. Ride out to the course. Watch the race. Ride back.
Oct
6
Sun
9:00 am Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Women Only Ride @ Club Room
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A ride exclusively for ladies and a great chance for beginners to try out riding in a group. More details nearer the date. Start time from the Club room at 9.30. am. and back by[...]
11:00 am Club Hill Climb Championship @ Prince William pub, Dalton, Wigan
Club Hill Climb Championship @ Prince William pub, Dalton, Wigan
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am
Club Hill Climb Championship
Oct
20
Sun
8:30 am Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale – Club ...
Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale – Club ...
Oct 20 @ 8:30 am
Sunday October 20th Hebden Bridge/Cragg Vale Hilly ride. About 80 miles.
Oct
27
Sun
9:30 am The Downhill / Freewheeling comp...
The Downhill / Freewheeling comp...
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am
Just a reminder, the Downhill / Freewheeling contest for the highly coveted Shield takes place this Sunday 27th October at Bleasedale. Leaving the Plough at around 9.15 am / Blackgate Lane 9.30am. Choice of cafes[...]

Practical Bike Maintenance From Rory Buckingham

Words by Paul Cargill

This past Monday night the clubhouse welcomed Rory Buckingham of Spinwell Cycleworks for a chat about bike  maintenance. Rory has recently opened his own bike workshop located on Wesley Street in Southport after previously working for Halfords. Since May his shop has grown in popularity with both club members and members of the public due to his vast knowledge of all types of bike and friendly customer service.

The chat lasted just over an hour and covered a variety topics. Rory walked us through each part of the bike going over common issues and fixes and included a few anecdotes of very uncommon issues he has come across in his time with a few of the more experienced club members throwing some of their own in for good measure. There was something for all levels of cyclist ranging from changing an inner tube to rear derailleur alignment to really niche topics such as different treatments on cables. Rory kept everything flowing allowing for questions throughout the night and even prepared a game. The Top 5 Things That Creak and Squeak That Are Not Your Bottom Bracket Game, not sure if the TV rights to this game show have been snapped up yet but surely it’s only a matter of time. The correct answer was obviously knees as was suggested straight away however at this point we discovered more than we ever thought possible about bearings, cones and skewers.

The final part of the night was Rory showing and talking us through some of the more rare tools you would find in his workshop (avoiding all mention of Campagnolo as that is another night all by itself) including a plumbers pipe cutter, a magic spanner of Wilko and his personal favourite, the rear derailleur alignment tool. An enjoyable night with someone who is making a positive impact on cycling in Southport and hopefully won’t be too long before he comes back for a second night.

Spinwell Cycleworks is open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm at 19 Wesley Street, Southport

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