Handcycling Edinburgh’s second taster day followed the success of the first. The day started out just as refreshing and for some, it made for a great ride to the Bangholm Sports and Outdoor Centre. Just as on Sunday, the All-ability Bike Centre was full of excited people and lots of families.

We had another great turnout and luckily it was a bit drier for the riding today. Not only did we have the handcycle trials, but we also looked at, and worked on a clip-on handcycle and had a good pro and con discussion with them vs. the bikes.

As the day only held a slight mist, we decided it was a great opportunity for a short ride out. So, with one of our intrepid guests, we headed out for a tour of the cycle paths around Bangholm. As luck would have it, access to the cycle paths is a nice downhill slope to get you up to speed.

The loop around Bangholm Sports and Outdoor Centre proved to be an excellent opportunity to give one of our visitors an on-the-road trial of one of the bikes and he did great! He was a natural at manoeuvring and keeping up speed as well as powering up a couple of hills which is quite a challenge for a first time handcyclist. Not to be outdone with challenges, he was also up for taking his handbike on the road for his fist shot at riding in traffic which went off without a hitch.

Though this was the last taster session during the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, we know there are many more people that would like to give handcycling a try. So, we are planning future sessions to give more people an opportunity to give the bikes a try. E-mail us, sign up for our newsletter, and check back frequently to keep up to date on future sessions.

Handcycling Edinburgh would like to offer a special thanks to a number of people who helped to make these taster sessions possible.

Thanks to:

David Glover at All-ability Bike Centre for coordinating your resources and space

David Hill at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park for providing a great selection of handcycles

Martin Harris at Scottish Cycling for coordinating transport of the handcycles

Bob McFarlane at Scottish Cycling for transporting the handcycles

And special thanks to all the great people who came out to try the handcycles, especially those who braved the (slightly) rainy Sunday session.

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