Bicester Bike Day

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Bicester Bike Day tomorrow (8th July) on Pingle Field.  Please come and say hello.  Lots to see and do.  I'm there with my 'Breeze' hat on but please feel free to chat to my about anything cycling related.  Especially if you are a beginner, returner.  
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Busier than Ever!!!!

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I just felt the need to throw out a quick apology to those that have emailed me and not had an immediate reply. My days (all of them!) are pretty busy at the moment.  It's the time when schools want their children trained or tested and parents want to prepare children for the summer holidays - and themselves! I will get back to you but it may be a quicker process if you call me then at least I've got your number and I will call you back asap. In the meantime..............don't panic!!!
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Bikeability Level 3

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Had a fantastic opportunity to assist http://windrushbikeproject.uk with a Level 3 session from Henry Box school in Witney.  Windrush really know their stuff.  Get in touch if you have any questions ranging from bike maintenance to all sorts of cycling education.  
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New Job!

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Just thought I'd let you know that I'm now employed by Oxfordshire County Council to deliver Bikeability and assist with their own Cycle Training Scheme. It's great to be back in schools working with Years 5 & 6 children. Really looking forward to the rest of this year. I'm only part time, so there's still plenty of opportunity to book in private lessons for adults and children - just get in touch quickly as dates tend to disappear quickly at this time of year! Look forward to hearing from you.
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Buying Children’s Bikes for Christmas? Get it Right!

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I know many of you will be thinking of buying your child a bike for Christmas.  Without knowing what you're doing, you can walk into a minefield of heavy, poorly built cheap and nasty bikes that will deteriorate rapidly and end up in the skip.  Be prepared to spend a little bit more for a bike that will be safe and that you'll be able to pass on to siblings later, or sell on.  Or, some manufacturers run a 'buy back' scheme. So cheaper in the long run! Take a look at this excellent article written by Cycling UK.  Please drop me a line if you have any queries. http://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cycling-guide/right-size-bike-child
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Voicemail Failure!

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Hi to anyone checking in...... My most sincere apologies if you have called my mobile and left a message then not had any reply.  Not my fault - honest!!  As I am currently offering the cycling lessons on a part time basis, whilst juggling with my other job,  I had taken and saved a few voicemails with every intention of calling back and booking in.  However, my provider, on an upgrade, decided to delete everything I'd saved.  So please don't forget me - try again!!
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Size really does matter! (when you’re learning to cycle).

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Sam age 7.  Mum had managed to get hold of a 2nd hand Isla bike - gold dust!!  Pedals had been removed as instructed.  He could touch the ground both sides with flat feet and he could reach the brakes with ease.  Fantastic start!!  He was away so quickly and so stable I actually ended up going through Bikeability Level One with him!  Brilliant little rider, no stress or tears and I can honestly say the bike made all the difference.  Invest a little more please parents.  Don't go for the kit bikes from supermarkets or the little pink ones with baskets and rock hard slippery saddles that weigh an absolute tonne. And definitely don't go near stabilisers!!  Also,…
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Note to Self

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What a Banana I am.  I've only gone and booked next week to go and visit a friend in Suffolk.  So many enquiries this week for Ditch the Stabilisers, Learn to Ride and Bikeability.  Children and adults all dusting off the cobwebs and despairing at the rust and flat tyres. Nervously anticipating family bike rides on warm summery days.  Don't fret folks, I will fit you in.  Longer/lighter evenings and weekends!!  Note to Self......be available during school holidays in future!!!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful 2015 clients.  From little people off of stabilisers to old guys venturing onto two wheels for the first time and mums wanting to keep up with their kids!! May you all have a wonderful Christmas and much jolly cycling in 2016!!
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Bicester Bike Day

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I really enjoyed meeting lots of local people at last Sunday's (19th July) Bicester Bike Day. It was one of the first events I went to when we moved here last year so I was delighted to see it had moved venue, and was much better attended.  I think this event will grow year on year and hopefully become a real 'festival'. This year, in conjunction with the Leisure Centre, there were three Sportives running, each a different distance. There were bike displays, bike fixing, bike pimping, bike games, bike racing etc., etc., All sorts of great bike fun for all the family.  Well done A2Dominion for your organisation.  Looking forward to next year!
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