Led rides

Led rides

At Hub + Spoke our led rides are at the very heart of everything we do. Nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing new riders get going for the first time, or regular riders cycling further or more often than they thought possible. No bike? No problem! You can borrow one of ours.  

We have a range of rides to suit all ages and all abilities. We aim to make our rides inclusive. If you are not sure which ride to join then give us a call, or pop in and see one of the team. 

If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about riding in a group, or you are getting back on the bike after a long time, or after an injury or illness, we can arrange one to one sessions with a ride leader who can help you gain or regain confidence and stamina on your bike.

We are all passionate about cycling and we are here to help. All of our rides are supported by CTC trained ride leaders, and nobody gets left behind.  


Easy does it

Discover the quiet cycle ways and surrounding country lanes of Harlow at an easy-going sociable pace with our beginner and all ability rides.

Wednesday’s at 10:30:

One to two hours, flat route, weekly.

Friday’s at 10:30:

One to two hours, flat route, weekly (depending on demand).

Friday’s at 10:30:

All ability ride (contact us for details of the next ride).

Saturday’s at 10:30:

One to two hours, flat route, weekly.

Saturday’s at 12:15:

Two to three hours, mostly flat with a couple of low rolling hills, weekly.

Saturday’s at 14:00:

Family ride, one to two hours of games, control skills and short rides to feed the ducks or for a picnic in summer (contact us for details of the next ride)

 These rides are designed with people new to cycling, or getting back into cycling after a long break from activity. All routes cover flat or fairly flat terrain, at a pace where conversation can easily be maintained. Some of the longer routes go out along the Stort Valley to Roydon, or Matching Green with a stop at a local cafe. All rides go at the pace of the slowest rider(s).


Further and faster

Discover West Essex and East Herts by bike. A brisker pace, and a little more challenging than our beginner rides,  with a cafe stop for obligatory tea and cake! 

Saturday’s at 10:00:

Three to four hours, flat with rolling hills, brisk pace, weekly

Saturday’s at 11:45:

Two to three hours, flat with rolling hills, brisk pace, weekly

These rides are perfect for those who want to build a little more stamina and fitness, and discover new places by bicycle. The pace is usually brisk, however, our fantastic ride leaders work hard to keep the group together, regrouping at junctions or the top of climbs so no one gets left behind!

After a couple of months of regular riding, many riders progress from our beginner rides to our further and faster rides as confidence and ability increase. 

Many of our riders and ride leaders are also members of the local CTC branch, Stort Valley CTC, and join their regular Sunday rides. More information on those can be found here. 

Excluding our family rides and beginner rides, we ask that all riders make themselves familiar with the following guidelines for riding as part of a group:

  • Before you ride:

    check your bike is the right size for you;

    check your bike is suitable for the type of riding you will be doing;

    check your bike is safe to ride using the M-check, or ABC-check;

    if you wear a helmet, ensure it is undamaged, and fits well;

    check the weather, and dress appropriately;

    dress in layers, no baggy or loose trousers;

    wear suitable shoes with laces tucked in;

    make your ride leader aware of any medical issues you may have e.g. asthma, diabetes etc.

    Always carry with you:

    a spare inner tube of correct size and valve type;

    a pump and puncture repair kit;

    a drink, and emergency snack;

    any emergency medication you may need e.g. asthma inhaler, insulin pen;

    money for the tea and cake stop!

  • During the ride:

    on roads, always follow the Highway Code and be courteous to all road users;

    on cycle lanes and shared use paths, be aware of other cyclists and give pedestrians priority;

    on tow paths, always give priority to walkers and use your bell (two rings) when approaching people from behind;

    always remember,  your bell is for saying ‘hello I’m here’ not ‘out the way I’m coming through!';

    always tell a ride leader, or co-rider if you are experiencing any problems;

    always inform the ride leader if you choose to go home early;

    always follow instructions from your ride leader. Our ride leaders may be giving instruction for individual, or group safety;

    most of all, enjoy your ride, smile, and have fun!!!

  • Please give feedback to your ride leader, it is important to us that we pitch our rides correctly, and your input helps ensure we do!