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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:

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 Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for 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 before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

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

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sfichele | 10 years ago

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....

colinth | 10 years ago

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

farrell | 10 years ago


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.

rothbags | 10 years ago

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 ?

farrell | 10 years ago

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?

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