Cycling around Richmond
and more people are
taking to bikes - for exercise, reducing our carbon
footprint, a gentle cycle around Richmond Park or simply to avoid the
congestion charge on the way to work!
If you're in the market to buy a bicycle or accessories, then take a look at our bike shops page.
On Your Bike!
The 'Tamsin Trail' is a 12km
cycle path around the inside perimeter of
It's not permitted to
cycle off-road in Richmond Park as mountain bikes cut up the grassland and "put habitats
at risk". It takes between 45 mins and an hour to cycle the
Tamsin Trail. Please note that it's also a footpath.
2 Bridge Boathouses, Richmond, TW9 1TH
In Richmond itself, down on the Riverside just by the bridge, there's a small bike hire facility called Blazing Saddles that hires bikes...
(more on Blazing Saddles)
Roehampton Gate Car Park, Richmond Park, Richmond, SW15 4
Parkcycle operate cycle hire in Richmond Park at the Roehampton Gate car park. At peak periods, such as school holidays, they also operate a secondary location...
(more on Parkcycle)
Richmond Station Cycle Centre
Richmond Station, Richmond, TW9 2NA
Bicycle sales accessories repairs and hire just by Richmond Station.
(more on Richmond Station Cycle Centre)
Other Cycling Info
Richmond Cycling Campaign
represents the interests of cyclists in the
London Borough of Richmond and organises one easy and
one medium ride each month. These are free and start
Merry Pedaller Bike Tours
provide bike hire and
historic guided tours. They are licensed by Royal Parks
to take tours around Richmond and Bushy Parks.
provides specially adapted cycles
for people with special needs of any age.
Founded in 1893,
was created with the primary object
of promoting both social and competitive bicycle events.
It's still alive and well...!
a medium sized cycling club for performance cyclists of
all levels. Activities include road racing, time
trialling, cyclo sportif, mountain biking and triathlon.
Cycling Tours by
Leisurely cycling distances on the majority of their
tours - an average of 3 hours or 20 miles - leaving
plenty of time to stop and explore en route.
is a social cycling team that offers structured and
progressive cycle skills and training programmes (both
indoors and on the road) for groups as well as bespoke
one on one sessions.
. They offer three levels of National Cycle Standard training, currently on a one to one basis.
Always check your bike is in good working order - this
checklist courtesy of Richmond Cyclist Training Scheme.
Brakes. Make sure they work. Check that
brake blocks are in the right position, not touching the
bicycle yre and they are not badly grooved or worn out.
Brake Cables. Make sure they are not
Tyres. Both should have a tread pattern
showing all round. Make sure they are well pumped
up.this helps to avoid punctures and makes riding
easier. Replace the tyre if you find any cuts, splits or
Wheels & spokes. Check for damage. Make
sure cycle spokes are not loose.
Reflectors. All cycles should have a red
reflector at the back, a white front reflector (as well
as front and rear lights when cycling in the dark).
Steering. Can become loose especially if you
use the bicycle for 'off road' stunt riding.
Handlebars. Make sure they have good grips and
are lined up correctly.
Frame. Check that it is not bent and all nuts
are properly tightened.
Pedals. Must be able to spin freely.
Saddle. Must be adjusted the height (toes
touching the floor on both sides) and all nuts
Chain. Keep oiled and clean.
Gears. If the bike has gears, make sure that
they are working properly and that your child knows how
to use them.
Mudguards. If the bike has mudguards make sure
they do not catch on moving parts.
UK's national cycling organisation
London Cycle Network
Cycling England - national body
co-ordinating the development of cycling across England
London School of Cycling - cycling
instruction for adults
Pedal in the Right Place - West London
cycling tuition for both children and adults
Bikeability - Cycling proficiency for
the 21st Century
Cyclist Touring Club - National
London bike shops
- list of local bicycle shops in London
stop bike theft by registering your bicycle model, make and frame number
We want to hear
about your favourite cycling
routes in and around Richmond Surrey.
Park is one we hear about time and time again, followed
by the towpath between Teddington Lock and Richmond past
Ham House; and the other towpath between Twickenham and
Richmond past Marble Hill House.
with your other suggestions.
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