Breeze is a national network offering women-only rides, led by volunteer leaders known as 'Champions'. The rides are at all levels, from introductory to quite sporty. Breeze has lots of champions in Hertfordshire; you can find the local group on Facebook.
CycleHertswas created so that cycling groups together can work with and influence the County Council, district, parish and town councils to improve conditions and facilities for cyclists and encourage cycling in Hertfordshire. STACC is a member.
Cycling UKSouth Herts (the local CTC) club has rides every Sunday morning & Wednesday evening and occasional Saturday-morning rides.
Forty Plus Cycling Club is a national organisation for older cyclists with a strong presence in Herts and have rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Spokes South West Herts Cycling Group campaigns in a variety of ways to get better provision for cyclists in South West Hertfordshire. Most work is done with the three local-district councils – Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere. Verulam Cycling Clubare based in St Albans and is one of the oldest and most active sporting cycling groups in the area with over 400 members. The VCC is designed to cater for all standards, from beginner to competitive racer. Among its activities are weekly rides, racing, training sessions and social events. Club nights are at 20:15 at the Townsend Sports Club on Waverley Road on most Monday nights throughout the year.
Watford Cycle Hubis a non-profit community bike centre offering bike-repair services, maintenance courses and cycle training. They also accept old bikes (the ones that have been cluttering up the back of your garden for years!) and recycle them, salvaging what they can and selling affordable reconditioned bikes and bike parts. Other resources include advice and information about cycling and bikes, including local cycle routes and maps, news about locally led rides and cycling opportunities and advice on bike parts and maintenance.
WelHatCyclingis an independent group working with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to improve and encourage cycling throughout the Welwyn Hatfield district.
Welwyn Wheelers Cycling Club is one of the premier cycling clubs in the South East of England. The club has Clubmark (Sport England accreditation) and British Cycling’s Go-ride (youth development) status. Based at the Gosling Sports Stadium, Stanborough Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6XE, where there is a velodrome (banked oval cycle track).
CYCLE DEALERS & REPAIRERS
Addiktion Cycles 97-101 Victoria Street, St. Albans, AL1 3TJ. Tel: 01727 858 841
BC Cycles 196 Hatfield Road , St. Albans, AL1 4LS. Tel: 01727 868698
Bike Loft 70 High Street, Redbourn, AL3 7LN, Tel 01582 742900. Bikes, clothing and accessories, bike fit and repairs.
Cycle Tech Hertfordshire is a mobile-mechanic service and runs the Bike Clinic at St Albans City Station on Mondays & Wednesdays from 0630 to mid-afternoon. Call to book on 01727 263 999 or 07767 305064, or book online.
Halfords: Unit 2, St. Albans Retail Park, Griffiths Way, St. Albans, AL1 2RJ.
Hatfield Cycles: 12-13 The Parade , St Albans Road East, Hatfield, AL10 0ET, tel 01707 265830
St Albans Cycles St Brelade’s Place, Jersey Farm, St Albans, AL4 9RG. Tel: 01727 847477
Watford Cycle Hub community bike centre, The Pavilion, Holywell Community Centre, off Tolpits Lane, WD18 9QD. Tel 01923 223 994. Watford Cycle Hub offers bike repair services, maintenance courses and affordable reconditioned bikes and bike parts.
Chris Hewitt carries out repairs, servicing and full renovation of modern or veteran cycles. Telephone for an appointment at his Harpenden workshop 01582 763622.
Richard Lee has been running the bike stall on St Albans market (Saturday) for the past 60 years. He's a third-generation bike trader with bike history going back more than 100 years; his grandfather built bikes in Islington and his father ran a stall in Brick Lane. Emily’s Tea Shop, Water Hall Farm, Whitwell, Hitchin SG4 8BN, tel 01438 871928. The café is very popular with cyclists, and The Bike Barn across the yard has old bikes and bits for sale. Repairs can also be undertaken. Closed Mondays.
St Albans Auction Centre: Porters Wood Industrial Estate, Valley Road, St Albans, AL3 6PQ, tel 01727 846090 / 854662. Often has lots of bike bargains - if you know what you are doing - but look before you bid and fix before you ride! Good source for a commuting hack. The Saleroom is open Monday to Friday 9am till 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am Till End Of Sale.
Bumblebee Auctions: this is the police on-line property-disposal site. It is national, so inevitably the bike you really want will be in Haverfordwest. Good source of rusty wrecks and the occasional bargain. Will almost certainly have flat tyres and may need other repairs to make it rideable.
To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution, the 1999 Finance Act introduced an annual tax exemption, which allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. The exemption was one of a series of measures introduced under the government’s ‘Green transport plan’.
The employer buys the bike and equipment and then leases the bike/equipment to the employee via a salary sacrifice, until the full amount is recovered. Employers typically save 13.8% of the total value of the salary sacrifice total per employee in Employers NI contributions. The scheme allows employees a tax exemption whereby they save on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions by having the cost of the bike deducted from their gross salary via salary sacrifice.