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Free training & tips for winter cycling in Manchester

Riding and maintenance training offered for all types of rider

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

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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