Latest Gateway News

Tale of Bespoke Bike Frame Update

Picked up frame this morning with artwork completed and returned it to the builder who will complete frame build with bearings etc then take to Richardsons  for componetry to be added for final transition to Dream Bike.Hopefully … Read entire article »

Gateway Committee Update

Hello all, Rides and COVID 19 It’s good to see so many members out riding again. The Sunday and Wednesday rides are getting busier and other more select rides have made a comeback. Thanks to Clint for reviving the Saturday social rides, which have already attracted some prospective new members. Please remember that, during this unprecedented time, we have only been allowed to resume riding under Government and British Cycling guidelines. As mentioned in previous Gateways posts, please observe the rules:- If you are feeling unwell, with covid symptoms, please do not attend ANY ride and if you have ridden with Gateway Members, please inform a Committee Member. Also, please report your condition as described in Government media Group size maximum of 6, preferably less (2,3,4)  for social distancing and road safety reasons Wash your hands – … Read entire article »

Tale of a Bespoke Bike Frame Update

Just a few facts about my project. When the idea for this project started I wanted to keep it as local as possible, well the frame was built by Mark from Leigh-on-sea Essex, is being painted as we speak by John from Maldon Essex and will be built up with American and Japanese components sourced by Richardsons Cycles also of Leigh-on-sea Essex so am quite pleased with myself for having all done within 30 miles of home and hopefully as good a quality job as anywhere in the world.To be continued. Bob D … Read entire article »

Sunday Ride Meeting Point Risk Assessment

As part of British Cycling and Government guidelines, which have enabled us to resume riding, some new documents have been prepared. More documents will follow, as will changes to pages on this website. The link below is to the Sunday Ride Meeting Point Risk Assessment. As we have said before, Gateway, along with many other clubs are feeling our way through the guidance which changes from time to time. This is work in progress, but please bear this guidance in mind.   Gateway Cycling Committee … Read entire article »

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Committee Update – Group Rides

I’m sure like every other club, the committee (and you know what they say about committees) has spent a lot of time and effort looking through the government’s and British Cycling’s guidelines in order to see the way forward to riding together as a club again. This included looking at whether Risk Assessments were needed for the rides, obviously these giving rise to a lot of work, preplanning and a loss of spontaneity. However, it was decided, with the help of (co-opted) Noel’s experience of all things organisational, that these are only necessary for organised club rides such as the Christmas ride, charity ride or recreational rides where less experienced, non-members participate.  They would not be necessary for the usual Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday group rides, other than for the meeting points. … Read entire article »

Tale of a bespoke bike frame

A couple of years ago I started selling off part of my collection of vintage bikes mainly to make some room in the garage,having reached a manageable level I decided I would spend the accumulated monies on one last bespoke frame. I have had two previous steel frames built both by a builder in the north of England but thought it would be nice if I could find someone local. I was directed by Richardsons  cycles to a builder in Ramsden Heath conveniently situated on route to Hanningfield. I met Mark there last November where I was quoted for a columbus steel frame loosely based on my current Specialised Paris Roubais model.Due to three other customers before me I was given a rough delivery date of late April this year which … Read entire article »

Formal Club Rides Still Suspended

Following an earlier announcement relating to the reinstatement of club rides and a considered response from Noel Edwards, it is clearly apparent that there is more to be done than just meet up  and ride in this ‘New Normal’. Taking everything into account the committee have discussed the issues raised and we feel that we should continue with the suspension of organised Gateway Club rides until such times as we have arranged for Risk Assessments to be written and all members have agreed to them. Thank you for everyone’s patience in these unprecedented times. The committee will  meet virtually next week and, with the assistance of Noel, I’m positive we can ensure that the necessary Risk Assessment can be undertaken and will be available to all members very shortly. Gateway Cycling … Read entire article »

Formal Club Rides still suspended

Hi everyone, I see that the subject of group rides is causing a lot of dialogue on here (WhatsApp) . The Committee will be meeting virtually to discuss the content of the latest release from British Cycling next week. Until then formal club rides are still suspended. Thank you for your patience, I’m sure we will all get back to some normality very soon. Vince Bevan Gateway Cycling Committee … Read entire article »