Free training & tips for winter cycling in Manchester

Riding and maintenance training offered for all types of rider

by John Stevenson   December 17, 2013  

Winter cycling (CC licensed by tejvanphotoa via Flickr)

Transport for Greater Manchester is encouraging cyclists to keep riding through winter with a new web page of advice and tips for keeping warm and safe in the wet, dark months.

The city also offers a range of free cycling courses and bike maintenance lessons.

The courses involve up to six hours of free one-to-one cycle training tailored to your individual needs, and the maintenance courses include advice on how to keep your bike in good shape in the winter.

For those new to cycling, or who haven’t been on a bike for a while, free ‘Learn to Ride’ courses for over-16s are also running throughout the winter at venues across Greater Manchester.

Councillor Chris Paul, Cycling Champion on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “Staying warm, riding safely and making sure your bike is in good condition is especially important at this time of year.

“Colder weather and dark evenings need not necessarily be a problem for cyclists. Our website gives some really useful advice and our cycling instructors offer free, personalised sessions that teach skills for all levels.”

The first 50 people to sign up to the one-to-one training between now and 31 January will get a free commuter cycle pack including lights and a high vis rucksack cover.

TfGM’s cycling team will attend events throughout the winter months to offer advice on all aspects of winter cycling. For more information, visit: http://cycling.tfgm.com/whats-on.htm

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That's the spirit, Manchester! Put the blame onto the victims.

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [226 posts]
17th December 2013 - 13:27

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What is going on with people today? Have I missed the fact it is "Del Boy Day" or something and people are deliberately misusing phrases?

How is this victim blaming?

posted by farrell [1517 posts]
17th December 2013 - 13:35

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Is it National Too Thick to Understand English Day ?

The problem isn't cyclists. Get that? Want it in smaller words with fewer syllables?

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [226 posts]
17th December 2013 - 14:01

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Sorry - am I reading a different article to you ?

Do you have a problem with a council offering advice as part of its campaign to get people riding ?

posted by rothbags [7 posts]
17th December 2013 - 14:17

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Seriously?

How on earth is offering free cycling training and advice to those that want it in any way "victim blaming" you utter fucktard?

Even if you removed all traffic from the roads, people would still need advice on maintaining their bikes through winter (and other seasons for that matter).

Even if you removed all traffic from the roads, people would still need to learn how to ride a bike.

I would point out that nobody rode a bike out of the womb but we all know your Neanderthal hate-filled views on pregnant women you pathetic little fucking troll.

posted by farrell [1517 posts]
17th December 2013 - 14:18

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cyclingDMlondon wrote:
Is it National Too Thick to Understand English Day ?

The problem isn't cyclists. Get that? Want it in smaller words with fewer syllables?

I'm with farrell. Are you commenting on the right article?

posted by Chuck [393 posts]
17th December 2013 - 14:20

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How is this blaming cyclists ? There's no mention of that anywhere on the website. Is anyone who offers any form of advice to new cyclists blaming them for anything ? The website gives good general advice for riders who might not have done much winter cycling before eg road markings being slippery when wet, more important than ever to take up the primary position etc

It's a good, pro-cycling idea

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posted by colinth [188 posts]
17th December 2013 - 14:23

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WTF is 'cyclingDMlondon' on about?

There was no victim blaming whatsoever in there. No compulsory helmets or hi-viz, just sensible information on use of lights, choice of clothing, and choice of routes.
Good info, and nice to know organisations can provide free helpful advice and training....

posted by sfichele [101 posts]
18th December 2013 - 13:22

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cyclingDMlondon wrote:
That's the spirit, Manchester! Put the blame onto the victims.

Thats the spirit. Be a complete and utter moron! Seriously you must be a politician the way you read something that doesnt exist there!!!!

posted by tomawest [10 posts]
18th December 2013 - 13:54

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tomawest wrote:
cyclingDMlondon wrote:
That's the spirit, Manchester! Put the blame onto the victims.

Thats the spirit. Be a complete and utter moron! Seriously you must be a politician the way you read something that doesnt exist there!!!!

Oh, FFS. You're doing this for a bet.

Why not just stop cyclists and ask them why they're not wearing hi-viz, eh? After all, only a politician or 'a complete moron' could possibly object.

Wise the f**k up.

Ah, to hell with this. Moderator, please delete my account.

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [226 posts]
18th December 2013 - 14:15

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