Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions that cyclists ask members interested in the club’s activities. If you have any other questions then feel free to contact us.

I am not really fit, but I would like to cycle. Can I just turn up on Sunday morning?
Yes – but just check your bike is roadworthy, tyres and brakes in particular, make sure you have a pump, spare inner tube, tyre levers, a drink and that your clothes are suitable for the weather. We also strongly recommend wearing a cycling helmet. 

You should have a reasonable level of general fitness and the ability to take part in a ride that will last for a few hours – don’t worry we stop regularly for a drink/refuel/chat. If you’re not sure how fit you are we suggest you initially try our ride which covers about 18-25 miles at a steady pace, it’s a good stepping stone for the more challenging rides that tend to cover 50+ miles at a faster pace.

Start by checking out our rides keeping in mind for your first ride it’s best to get there a bit earlier and make yourself known.

I don’t have a “racing” bike, but I have an old mountain bike, will that be OK?
Mountain bikes are heavier & slower than road/racing bikes, but are quite acceptable. We would strongly advise, however, that the normal heavy tyres are replaced with “slicks” which are lighter and more suited for road use.

A growing number of our members are switching to e-bikes.

Do you need to have insurance to go out on the club runs?
We recommend it but it’s not mandatory, although most people who cycle regularly understand the benefits of having personal insurance. Take a look at Cycling UK membership

Does the club ever cycle outside Cornwall?
Yes and quite often – successful rides have been organised in Devon & Somerset, and every year the club visits Brittany for a weekend tour in the Spring & Autumn. Most years there are tours to Ireland, France, the Pyrenees or the Alps where we have been known to get caught up in Sir Bradley Wiggins’ training.

Why are the Wheelers trying to attract new inexperienced members?
We all had to start somewhere and we remember how daunting it seemed to us a few years ago. Cycling is a great fun way to keep fit and is very sociable – we want to help you realise that!

Do I have to wear tight lycra shorts?
No, but you may get a sore tail end without padded shorts!

What is the average speed?
We have a few very fit cyclists who can average 16mph+ but generally on a 50 mile run we average 11-14mph. Be aware that Cornwall has many hills – a 50 mile ride can involve 3-4000ft of climbing so be prepared for your average speed to drop by a few mph!

Can you cater for riders with disabilities?
If you’re reasonably fit and can ride a bike, whether solo, tandem or trike, but live with a health issue, don’t let that put you off from riding with us. If you are not sure then feel free to contact us.

Become a member of the Falmouth Wheelers
Our membership fee is £15 per family group. You’re welcome to come along for a couple of rides before making a decision to join us. Please read our information for new and potential members first.