Taster Day – 05 November 2016

If you’ve wanted to try handcycling, your chance will be coming on 05 November at Ingliston, in Edinburgh. At Ingliston, we will have a car-free circuit that is perfect for beginner to advanced handcyclists. We’re planning on having handbikes available so don’t worry if you don’t have one yet. Whether you’ve tried handcycling before or have only thought of it, this taster day should be just right for you.

Specific details about the event will be added closer to the day. But, if you have any questions, or would like to register, please email us at info@handcyclingedinburgh.org. Or, if you happen to be visiting the Paralympic Carnival on The Mound in Edinburgh, on 18 September, sign up with us there and have a chat with us about it as well.

Paralympics GB Carnival – 18 Sept 2016

In celebration of the Paralympics, the Paralympics Carnival has been travelling all over the UK and is soon to be in Edinburgh. While it’s here, Handcycling Edinburgh will be representing handcycling. Pop by to have a chat with us and not only see some of the bikes that are available for handcyclists to ride, but have a shot at one of the bikes we’ll have on rollers. While you’re there, sign up for our upcoming taster day on 05 November, 2016. See you on The Mound on Sunday 18 September 2016. Paralympic carnival flyer

Taster Day 14 June Gallery

Taster Day 14 June

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.

Taster Day 12 June Gallery

Taster Day 12 June

 

Handcycling Edinburgh’s first taster day and first event of the year was a great success! The day started a bit grey with the suggestion that it might rain but it was still a brilliant day for a ride, cool and refreshing. The clubs arrival at the Bangholm Sports and Outdoor Centre found a busy hub of activities with visitors to the All-ability Bike Centre.

As the morning progressed, the rain started to fall but as luck would have it, there were a lot of great people so excited about cycling that a little rain wasn’t going to stop them. We had a great turnout for that handcycling taster session and met some wonderful people who had a great time on the handbikes. All three styles of bike were ridden by our guests and it was clear that they took to them like a duck takes to water. It fact, it was difficult getting some of them out of the bikes! We even had a particularly keen rider willing to try a little bit of off-road handcycling on one of the club member’s bikes! All in all it was a great day getting to meet some fantastic people that were very excited about being able to get into cycling.

After today, we’re definitely looking forward to Tuesday’s taster session as well!