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New beginner cycling group for Glasgow

Written by Fiona January 26 2013

Cycling is experiencing a boomtime and so many more people are attracted to this fabulous outdoors pursuit. But what if you haven’t been on your bike for many years? Where can you go to gain confidence to cycle on roads if you fancy commuting by bike? And where can you get a bit of support for learning the best techniques for injury-free and safe cycling?

Benefits of cycling

Benefits of cycling

Delta Dynamos is a new group that has been founded by cycling enthusiasts and is aimed at getting more people on their bikes. The brainchild of David K Campbell and Laura Hamilton, Delta Dynamos will launch on Sunday January 27, 2013, at Glasgow Green.

Delta, which has also gained charity status, is for those who have little confidence on the bikes and are in need of support to enable them to get out and ride. David will lead the group through a series of training days, working on cycling proficiency, fun cycling, cycling tips and confidence. The goals are to encourage people to ride more for exercise and enjoyment – and to work towards taking part in some of the many mass participation sportive and rides in Scotland. One target is the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Glasgow to Edinburgh ride in September.

For Laura, Delta is the culmination of an idea she had as a member of Slimming World. She said: “I thought how great it would be to see more people cycling because of the fitness and weight loss benefits and so I decided to try to set up a cycling support group. I have got together with David because of his cycling expertise and we have formed Delta Dynamos.”

Delta will meet every Sunday from January 27, between 1pm and 3pm, at Glasgow Green. Bikes and helmets will be supplied for those that do not have their own and the cost will be £15 per session.

Laura adds: “We are hoping that a 10 to 12-week programme should make a huge difference to so many beginner riders. And I think that as time goes on, we will most likely exceed the two hours.”

Delta will also help people to source their own bikes and point them towards reputable bike service shops.

Laura says: “Like me, many people have old bikes covered in cobwebs in the shed or garage. If people get these out and bring them along to Delta we can see what sort of repairs and servicing are required and point people to the right mechanics.

“We will also be sourcing second-0hand bikes for people to purchase at a much cheaper cost than available in the retail world!”

As well as the Sunday sessions, Delta Dynamos can be contacted on other days and times to suit the individual. David can run bike sessions for groups of friends or colleagues – and Delta will be very happy to hear from any new and enthusiastic riders.

To find out more see Delta Dynamos Facebook

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