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Experience Days

About

This is a one to one handcycling experience in a high end German Handbike, a Schmicking.

Come and ride before you get yourself a bike.

Experience handcycling in a whole new way.

  • You will have a fully supervised experience at a time set aside for just you.
  • You will come for a half day or a full day, 3 hours or 5 1/2 hours.
  • You will learn key techniques for safe and efficient handcycling on or off road.
  • You will choose between an Everyday Touring bike and an Off Road MTB Bike. We can also set you up into the race measuring bike to give you the feel of riding in a made to measure bike.
  • You will be fitted into a handbike by a Schmicking trained fitter.
  • You will learn to ride on rollers before going out for your supervised road or off road ride.
  • You will learn core cycling skills such as cranking, shifting gears and braking.
  • You will ride the relatively quiet and flatish roads or trails around South Cambridgeshire.
  • You will have a supervised ride, one to one, concentrating on key techniques for safe and efficient road riding.
  • You will learn to corner, climb and descend.
  • Your experience will be centred on you, your ability, strength, stamina and desire. We will ride at the speed and distance that is suitable for you.
  • You can book a date to suit you. NB. Subject to availability.

What happens on the day?

On your arrival we’ll have tea or coffee as we run through the bikes.

We’ll practice transferring from wheelchair to handbike and back.

I’ll get you fitted into the bike. Adjusting backrest size, position, drop and angle. Setting up bottom bracket position and adjusting the footrests. This can take up to 30 minutes. I will loan you a helmet and gloves. Fitting can take between up to 30 minutes.

We’ll practice cranking, braking and shifting on rollers. We’ll head out on the road concentrating on your road position and staying safe. We start off slowly to give you time to get comfortable and start to develop a smooth action.

The road ride is based around what you are able and want to do. We will sort out a suitable route together.

What to bring

Wear tight clothes, you don’t want the hand cranks to get stuck in your clothes, bring waterproofs and change of clothes in the event of rain.

Bring cold drinks,lunch and snacks. There will be a bottle filled with water on the bike and I always carry fruit and nut mix on rides.

Cost

A half day £40 and a full day £75 (subject to terms and conditions).

There is a £10 supplement for Thetford Forest Country Park off road (MTB) experiences.

All prices include VAT.

How to book

Contact me and I’ll sent you a booking form and health questionnaire, please fill in the forms and check before returning it to me. Once the booking form is completed and payment received I will send you a booking/payment confirmation.

Availability

All bookings are subject to availability. Please contact me to discuss.

Contact

Email: mark@schmicking-uk.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7831550554

Text, call or mail and I’ll call back.

Where

9 Duxford Road

Whittlesford

Cambridge

CB224NQ

There is off road parking and access to toilet (in my home).

Need to know Participant guidelines

Minimum age: 16 years

Minimum height: 4ft 10in / 148 cm

Maximum weight: 16 Stone / 100 kg

You must be able to transfer from wheelchair to bike and back

You must to be able to push unaided more than 400 meters in your chair.

Important information on Tetraplegia

The bikes are not Tetra friendly. They are suitable for those who can use both arms and hands.

How long should I allow for this experience

3 ½ hours for half day. 5 hours for a full day.

When should I arrive

For a full day aim to arrive at 09.00. Half day: between 09.00 and 12.00.

Additional information

We will not ride after dark or if the weather makes riding dangerous. I reserve the right to cancel the experience at any point: including if I feel that you are putting either yourself, others or the bike at risk. Or due to any unforeseen circumstances such as mechanical failure.

Insurance / Liability

I hold public liability insurance. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence. I, Schmicking-UK have full Public Liability Insurance from Into-Sport for the purpose of Handcycling fitting, instruction/tuition.

Cancellation / rescheduling

You may reschedule your day up to 48 hours in advance.