FAQs.

CAN I JOIN A CLUB RIDE AS A GUEST TO SEE IF I WANT TO JOIN?

At the moment guests can be invited along to local meet up and club rides. But they will have to adhere to the code of conduct of the Bluelight Cycling Club and any incidents will be dealt with by the committee. The person who brings the guest will be responsible for their behaviour. Guest will not be allowed on organised Bluelight Cycling Club Events.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

To join the club you must be an employee or a retired employee of the Emergency Services, NHS, NCA, Prison Service, Coastguard, Search and Rescue or Armed Forces. But please contact us if you feel we have forgotten you at [email protected]

I AM HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING IN?

If you are having trouble registering or signing in then please make sure you register with your work email address. This is so we can verify you as a member of the Emergency Services, NHS, NCA, Prison Service or Armed Forces. If you have already registered and are still having trouble then please email [email protected] and someone will assist you.

I’M RETIRED OR A VETERAN HOW DO I REGISTER?

Bluelight Cycling Club welcomes both retired and veterans. Once you joined and gone to checkout you can fill in the retired worker form on the page. This will go through to the membership team who will then contact you to verify that you were a member of the service selected. Please don’t take offence if they ask you for some form of identification as this is so we as members can all be safe.

IS THE BLUELIGHT CYCLING CLUB A GOOD CLUB FOR WOMEN?

Bluelight Cycling Club is proud to be diverse. We aim to provide an inclusive and encouraging environment for riders of all levels, from people who are looking to join a club for the first time to more experienced riders and racers looking for their next challenge. We have female only events.

DO I NEED TO WEAR A HELMET?

Yes. Helmets are required on all club rides.

HOW FAR AND HOW FAST DO YOU RIDE?

All local rides are arranged by members of the club and are discussed on the forum. Rides can be as long or short as the organiser wishes.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

Stuff to fix your bike – a pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes, and tools. Plus snacks and water to keep you going. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and have a set of lights for early morning/evening rides.

DOES MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE BRITISH CYCLING MEMBERSHIP?

No membership does not include British Cycling though as a member of Bluelight Cycling Club you will have lots of rewards including 50% off British Cycling Membership.

WHAT EVENTS ARE THERE?

We have a number of events arranged such as London to Paris, London to Antwerp, Newcastle to Antwerp and Coast to Coast. Members can suggest other events via the forum or my mailing [email protected] . We also have free spaces at Velo29, U.K. Cycling Events and Chase the Sun. All these events are listed on our events page. We encourage riders to fundraise for the five chosen charities.

WHERE DOES MY MEMBERSHIP FEE GO?

The club is a Non Profit Community Interest Company and will donate a share of the money generated to the five charities. Money will also be used to help maintain the website and subsidise club events. It will also be used to help evolve the club.

WHY CAN’T I ACCESS THE MEMBER SHOP?

Please log into your account. You will then see a tab for Members Shop. Click on this and you will see two portals for Provision Clothing. Please click on the one you want to view and enter the username and the password. Please remember to log out of the portal before trying to log into the other one or you will keep getting the same shop come up.

MY BIKE IS ONLY CHEAP DOES THAT MATTER?

We’re not the kind of club who’s members boast about their expensive bikes! Some of us enjoy knowing all about the latest components but you definitely don’t need a posh bike to join us. More expensive bikes benefit from being lighter, which means they are easier to ride uphill, but ultimately it doesn’t matter how expensive a bike is, as long as it’s well maintained.

CAN I GET ADVICE ON BUYING A BIKE?

Yes, simply ask. Most of us have experiences of various bikes and equipment and will be only too happy to advise you what to buy, and what to avoid.

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