Get on your bike this summer!

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This summer, Everyball is delighted to be partnering with OTECBikes to bring you our brand-new pop-up mountain bike camps!

Our mountain bike days, 9am-3pm, a morning developing those all-important skills, and then an afternoon adventure into the woods led by Lee's expert team (afternoon optional - book a full day).

There will be more details of our new mountain bike camps in the July edition of OPEN, where you will be able to book your chosen day ready for the summer holidays.

Lee Niven found a base for his company OtecBikes at the Halton Tennis Centre, home of Everyball, in 2015.  The jam-packed shop and workshop there offer "everything bike only better" to newbies and experienced riders alike.  

To get you ready for your mountain bike camp with Everyball, we managed to grab a few minutes with Lee -- and his lovely dog Barney -- to ask him for his top tips to enjoy a summer in the saddle.

Let's get you and your bike ready for summer!

1. Pump up your tyres

"It might sound a bit obvious, but lots of people don't bother to pump up their tyres unless it's really obvious that they're going a bit soft.  Pumping up your tyres before you set off means you're less likely to get punctures, which has to be a good thing. It also means your bike will feel nicer to ride -- and will roll faster.  And keep checking them -- and keep them pumped."

2. Stay hydrated

"When you're out on your bike, enjoying the ride, it's even more important to stay hydrated.  You'll feel better for it, and that's going to make your ride -- whether it's a quick one or a long day -- a whole lot more fun.  A reusable water bottle is a really crucial piece of kit when you're out on your bike."

3. Lubricate your chain

"Make sure you lubricate the chain -- but make sure you do it properly!   Be sure to use the right kind of lubricant and to put the right amount on.  Lots of people put way too much on, and that means it just flies off and can end up on your brake surfaces.  And after all, having oil on your brakes is not ideal."

4. Wear a helmet

"Wear a helmet.  I honestly can't stress this enough.  And make sure you check your helmet -- they have dates inside them, and a helmet that's more than 3 years old needs to be replaced.  Did you know that helmets degrade in the sunshine? And that each knock they take -- maybe getting dropped on the floor, even -- will reduce their ability to protect your head.  If there are any cracks or dents in your helmet, it's more likely to split on impact than absorb any force. Your head can' t be replaced, but your helmet might need to be."

5. Get your bike checked

"Before you do anything else -- and definitely before that first ride of the summer -- get your bike checked.  Bring it into OtecBikes and we'll have a look at your bike and offer you free and impartial advice about its condition.  A basic service could set you back as little as £45, but it will help spot any issues before they get worse -- and set you up for a trouble-free summer of cycling.!

Traffic-free family trails?  Look no further...

1. The Grand Union Canal, all the way from Wendover to Berkhamsted, is a great route -- and it's pretty much flat!  

2. The Family Cycling Trail at Wendover Woods is a fun way to explore a local forest on safe, surfaced tracks.

3. The Ashridge Estate has five cycling trails, all of which start from the National Trust's visitor centre -- and there's a lovely outdoor café for when you get back!

4. The Phoenix Trail, winding from Thame to Princes Risborough, is part of the National Cycle Network and offers stunning views over the Chiltern Hills.

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Get in touch with us

Everyball Tennis,,,
Halton Tennis Centre
Chestnut End, Halton
Aylesbury HP22 5PD, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1296 623453

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