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Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Ru88ell » 17 Aug 2007, 6:11pm

This year I started a local cycling group, specifically because I, and others, didn't feel that other groups in the area catered for us.

It's been really successful, as we took a group of non-cyclists and turned them into cyclists in easy stages. Our membership has rocketed from 0 to over 60 in 7 months - and all from within a 3 mile radius of Stourbridge. We meet socially twice each month, and have a fairly informal ride diary that depends on the weather. The driver behind gaining so many many members so quickly was a challenge to train ladies to cycle the 40 miles to Stratford upon Avon. You may have read about it in Cycling Weekly in July.

Membership is mostly female; I would say about 85%. We have family groups and singles, and the upper ages are in the mid 60's.

Our CTC affiliation was quite difficult to sort out, as I don't think that there are many others that went through the process. Our members pay £8 to join, and then we like them to become affiliated CTC members for an additional £12. No-one has baulked at paying £20 so far.

It's not that hard to start an affiliated group, as it's quite informal and people are more likely to join this than, say, a DA. I'm more than happy to assist if other want to do similar.

www.stourbug.org.uk
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Postby 2Tubs » 22 Aug 2007, 12:21pm

Just thought your success deserves a "well done"

So well done!

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Postby Tandemist » 11 Oct 2008, 7:59am

Is Stourbug still going ?
From the website there don't appear to be many rides and non since the Macride ?
I live near Stourbridge and could be interested in joining...

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Postby Ru88ell » 11 Oct 2008, 8:12am

Yes, we're still going very well thanks. 130+ members last year, renewals running at around 70 since the process started on 1st Oct.

We don't tend to promote rides on the main website at www.stourbug.org.uk, as most planning is done on our member only forum. We have rides most weekends and through the week too. Last weekend about 20+ of us went on a 70 mile weekend tour to Wilderhope Manor.

We keep the forum as members only to keep it a small friendly community. Also, as around 80+% of the membership is female between the ages of 40 and 70 it gives them a sense of security that their whereabouts aren't in general circulation.

However, Tandemist (and we've got a few of those) if you want to join as a guest for a couple of weeks to see what's happening you can join via www.the-edens.org.uk/forum/index.php. We use a full names policy, and like to know who's joining.

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Postby Tandemist » 11 Oct 2008, 9:04am

Thanks Russell, I have registered on your forum but it needs your approval before activating... :)

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby JMercier » 27 Apr 2010, 1:59pm

I'm from London, do you guys know similar bicycle user groups here? Or maybe it's much easier to create one myself?

Ru88ell, do you have a plan of your group? I mean, what usually do you do guys? Long trips, short trips? or just cycling around?
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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Tandemist » 27 Apr 2010, 4:18pm

I would really like to ride with the Stourbridge Bicycle User Group as i live so close to Stourbridge and have a lot of time on my hands now as I am "resting" between jobs, but their activities are so ridiculously secret that it's not possible to look them up on the internet to see where & when their rides start from !
I'm surprised they get any riders at all.
Guess I'll just have to carry on riding with Pushbikes (www.pushbikes.org.uk) :D
Regarding rides in London try the London Cycling Campaign (www.lcc.org.uk) :wink:

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Si » 27 Apr 2010, 4:41pm

I've never had any trouble finding the ride details on the website in the past, although I've never managed to do one as they are on the other side of town. Perhaps you should let Russell know of your problems - he's a very helpful chap.

edit, just had a look on the website - the rides, start times and start locations are listed (well, for April anyway) but they do ask that you contact them rather than just turning up - probably for insurance purposes and other practiclities.

As I understand it they ride at a relaxed pace and have rides at various levels up to around 40miles, although I might be a little OOD here, plus pub nights.

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Ru88ell » 27 Apr 2010, 5:44pm

Here I am. What seems to be the problem?

Website is http://www.stourbug.org.uk and has monthly ride list and contact details. Loads of other rides happen on a random basis via our forum, but this is members only. This forum is the lifeblood of the club and has, on average, over 100 new topics per month, 1200 posts, and 60,000 to 100,000 page impressions. We're a busy group! Membership stands at just under 200 as of yesterday.

Go to the website, click forum in Links and register for a guest account, valid for a couple of weeks.

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Tandemist » 28 Apr 2010, 12:14am

Thanks Russell, Hope to see you soon..... :D

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Si » 28 Apr 2010, 1:30pm

Ru88ell wrote:.....

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Oo, oo, do I win the £5er for identifying that as the animal pound down Rudge? :D

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Ru88ell » 29 Apr 2010, 8:12pm

No, but free drinks on me if you can make one of our socials. :wink:

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Re: Stourbridge Bicycle User Group

Postby Si » 29 Apr 2010, 8:25pm

Ru88ell wrote:No, but free drinks on me if you can make one of our socials. :wink:


dunno about socials but I'm going to try to get to one of your rides - I have to admit that you do live on the superior side of the city for cycling, and I fancy a change! (and I see that you are doing a special offer on membership :D )