Frequently Asked Questions

When and where does the club meet?
Where do you ride?
Do you actually ride 12 months of the year?
Do I need an expensive bike?
Is their a minimum level of fitness / ability required?
Do I need to be a member to ride?
What do I get for my membership fee?
How can I find out more?
Do I need to wear a helmet?
What will I need to bring on the rides?
I cant drive but I can get to the ride meetings?
What type of riding does the club do?
Do you do DH?
These social events, are they open to non members?

When and where does the club meet?
Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm - Shepherd Pub, Beamish Sundays at 9:00am for the main Rides, 10:00am Shepherd Pub, Beamish for "10 O'clocker"

Where do you ride?
Wednesday Evening rides and the 10 O'clocker are locally around Beamish woods and the surrounding areas. The 9am Away rides can be anywhere within an hour and a half's drive i.e. North York Moors, Dales, Northumberland Coast, Scotland etc.

Do you actually ride 12 months of the year?
Yes! But you will need suitable warm and water proof clothing over the winter. Also if you plan on riding on a Wednesday night, from early September to late March good lights are essential.

Do I need an expensive bike?
No. As long as your bike isn't going to fall apart on the first rough track its fine.

Is their a minimum level of fitness / ability required?
Unfortunately yes. Beamish is not really a club for total novice cyclists. While we do try to cater for most abilities some of the rides have technical riding and can be strenuous. We normally recommend new members come along on the Sunday 10 O'clock ride first.

Do I need to be a member to ride?
No. Just come along for a couple of rides and see if you like what we do. If you want to continue to ride all we ask is a small annual membership fee of £20 (this contributes to the many social events we organise).

What do I get for my membership fee?
The fee contributes to the many sports and social events the club organises's. Also being a member entitles you to discounts at a number of local bike shops.

How can I find out more?
Contact any of the Committee Members, who will be more than happy to answer any questions

Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes, its not only for your safety but also to stop us having to abandon the ride to take someone  to casualty.

What will I need to bring on the rides?
At least a tube, a pump and some basic tools (also the ability to use them) Money is needed for pub lunch stops on longer 9am rides. Snack bars and a waterproof would also be recommended.

I cant drive but I can get to the ride meetings?
No problem. There is normally enough space in other members cars to share a lift, just don't forget to offer some fuel money and bring a change of clothes.

What type of riding does the club do?
We're a XC club, mainly riding technical woodland trails around the local area. On away rides we use every type of terrain you could think of - from roads and converted railways to high moorland and Glentress freeride stuff.

Do you do DH?
We do have freeride type days but not pure DH. There are a number of members that race/ride DH,  they arrange DH days separately to the main club programme.

These social events, are they open to non members?
Yes, everyone is welcome. lots of the socials, BBQ's, beach parties and Bowling etc, are ideal for the whole  family.