It’s March! The first two long winter months of the year are already over, and to be fair, they’ve been pretty spectacular here in Cornwall! We’ve been out trialling new routes for you to explore and developing our Local’s Membership package to give people who live here the chance to ride more for less. It’s lovely and quiet in Cornwall this time of year, and usually the weather is pretty bleak but so far 2023 has been beautiful clear blue skies, glassy seas and quiet roads for riding.
It’s great weather for cycling, but we do recommend wearing warm gloves and some sunglasses to avoid being blinded by that low setting winter sun! Our collection of sustainable eyewear from Dick Moby Amsterdam is currently 30% off if you want a bargain in time for Spring!
One of our favourite rides last month was out to the Queen’s Arms in Botallack. It’s just shy of 9 miles from our shop in Penzance to the Queen’s Arms, and took us an hour on our Super73 S2s. We found a great route with minimal main roads, and took the winding country lanes less travelled.
Landlord and local boy, Gareth Spencer took over the pub last summer, after years working as head chef for Artists Residence. Gareth and his team are proudly serving up classic pub grub done well; freshly cooked and made with delicious local produce. We recommend taking a ride out there on a Sunday for a roast – we enjoyed ours in the sunny beer garden, in FEBRUARY!
After lunch the sun was still shining so we carried on to Lands End via the Lands End cycle track, then back home to Penzance past the Merry Maidens. A perfect day out for those with our Local’s Membership who are looking for longer rides – watch our video on TikTok.
Don’t forget you can find us in Newquay too! Find our shop on Crantock Street, close to the town centre. Exploring Newquay by e-bike allows you to see so much more than you would on foot, yet without the hassle of finding somewhere to park! If you have Local’s Membership or gift vouchers you can choose to ride from Penzance or Newquay, or we also offer a courier service to drop off our e-bikes to you. If you’re thinking about renting but have questions about cycling on roads or want route suggestions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and chat to a member of our helpful team.
Some new faces have joined our amazing team at RideOn in Penzance. Zac Harvey has jumped on board as our new Shop Manager and second mechanic, working with George on Beryl Bike maintenance as well as keeping our own e-bikes in tip top condition. When buying an e-bike from us, it’s George and Zac who will build it for you and provide your free six week service.
Then we also have Todd Barden who’s joined the team as our Business Development Manager. Todd will be building relationships with local businesses, particularly with those interested in e-cargo bikes for business – so hopefully you’ll be seeing more of the Urban Arrow out making sustainable deliveries this year.
It’s with this amazing team that we’re working towards our vision of a cycle-friendly future for Cornwall.
Speaking of cycle friendly futures, our partnership with Beryl is going brilliantly. George, Zac, Kit and Max have been the team on the ground, changing batteries, doing repairs and redistributing the e-bikes across Penzance and Falmouth. 50 Beryl e-bikes were launched in Falmouth in September 2022, with 20 bays covering the town all the way out to Penryn. Then just before Christmas, Beryl launched in Penzance, with multiple bays across town, and out to Heamoor, Newlyn, Mousehole and Marazion. It’s been fantastic to see how the e-bike sharing scheme connects to public transport links and offers a healthy and affordable commute for people to get to work or college.
Read Greg Martin’s article in Cornwall Live about how Beryl Bikes rekindled his love of cycling.
This Sunday is St Piran’s Day. Every year on 5th March, Cornwall celebrates the legend of Saint Piran, the patron saint of tin-miners. There are lots of events and celebrations happening across Cornwall, why not rent an e-bike and make a day of it?