Prudential RideLondon 2017

Prudential RideLondon 2017

Prudential RideLondon 2017

This weekend we were delighted to work alongside the Metropolitan Police’s Cycle Safety Team, carrying out free bicycle checks and repairs at the Prudential RideLondon event.

This amazing event is now in its 5th year and saw 100,000 people ride through the traffic free streets of London during Saturday’s FreeCycle. On the Sunday, over 25,000 hardy souls took on the epic 100 mile Surrey Classic, departing from Queen Elizabeth Park, and finishing on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. We can neither confirm nor deny if the Queen saw you pass the finish line!

Our experienced team of professional bicycle technicians were on hand at one of our large mobile pop-up workshops based in Green Park. Ailing Bikes were brought back to life and many came for our legendary 104 point safety checks. Plus, we were giving out the new ‘I give space for cyclists’ stickers as part of The Met’s new Cycle Safety Initiative. Click here for details.

We even had Tim Warwood from the BBC visit and film a short piece in the workshop, which if you missed it, can be seen on the iPlayer: RideLondon Surrey Sportives 13mins in!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0909tsn/cycling-ridelondon-2017-3-surrey-sportives

Box Hill Gradient form the Sunday Surrey Classic:

As well as the numerous punctures, we had snapped chains, broken derailleur hangers, snapped spokes, split tyres, not to mention the old time favourites SPD cleats sheared and stuck on the pedals and snapped gear cable stuck in road bike shifter. As challenging as it sounds, everyone left the havebike workshop, pedalling again and with a smile on their face.

And when they weren’t hard at work on the tools, the havebike mechanics were keen to grab a freebie in the festival zone, the best one being this RideLondon balloon bicycle:

Despite the rain on the Saturday, everyone had a great time, including this awesome group of little dudes and their dads who popped by to see us on the Saturday – a special shout out to Josh, James, Big Phil, Small Phil, Milo and Mick. Having completed the 8 mile route, they has come into the festival zones and were looking forward to chips, checking out the BMXs and getting their helmets pimped!

You can already sign up now for next years’ event: https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/ but if you’ve want to try something sooner, how about taking parts in one of the many family cycling events taking place this year, check out:

British Cycling: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/home

London Cycling Campaign: http://lcc.org.uk/events?gclid=CjwKEAjw7J3KBRCxv93Q3KSukXQSJADzFzVSIq-vb3rLYEr9iouDNTtMeNqoJVgo1tedM4gcPWBUwBoCRq7w_wcB

British Heart Foundation: https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides

Until next year…

The havebike Team

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