Thames Path Bike Ride - From Putney to Kingston (and back)
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Join us for a Sunday sociable, urban bike ride from Putney to Kingston. We'll be taking the gentle routes, along the Thames path or on quiet streets where possible, so this is designed for anyone who enjoys a gentle Sunday bike ride, whether experienced or even new to cycling.
This event is for members of all levels of experience and all are welcome to come along.
This is intended for anyone with a bike but the paths can be gravelly and muddy, so may not be suitable for slick tyres on a road bike. The leader will be using a mountain bike for this event so things will be kept at a leisurely pace.
Need to Hire a Bike?
If you don't have your own bike or can't borrow one, you would also be able to do this ride on Boris bike, and there is a rental station at Putney station. Please note though that the ride takes us beyond the area covered by the bike rental scheme, which extends to Putney Bridge (south side of the river) and Hammersmith (north side) only, so you'd need to cycle back at least as far as one of those from Kingston to be able to return the bike. If 44km is too long, you could wait in one of the riverside pubs and for our return.
Keep In Touch
If you'd like to hear about future cycling events when we publish them then join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OutdoorLadsCycling/
For the more competitive riders we also have our Outdoor Lads Strava group here.
What to bring
Your will need a bike. Any bike should do, so long as it's in reasonable working order.
Apart from your bike you may want some of the following:
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring small snacks such as biscuits, energy bars or gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit is great too
- A cycling bottle attached to your bike and plenty of water
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs.
- Footwear - Appropriate to your bike
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet.
- Bag - Not essential, but if the weather is likely to be changeable or you wish to carry supplies and clothing, a small ruck sack or pannier bags attached to your bike could be very useful. We don't want you getting cold or wet.
- Sun cream - you just never know with the UK weather!
- Bike lock - Keep your bike safe if we go for a drink
Food & drink
Bring water and a snack if you're likely to get peckish. We'll find something to eat in Richmond/Kingston dependent on the weather.