Sudbury on your bike day!
There’s something about the humble bicycle that sparks something in most. Be that fond childhood memories of adventures or a passion for competition, almost everyone has a story to tell. We're kick-starting our summer with some pedal power here at Sudbury.
Sunday 10th June 2018 we're hosting a family-friendly bike event celebrating the past, present and future of cycling. With crafts and activities for the little ones, a special Raleigh bike exhibition and even stunt riders, it promises to be a fun filled day for the whole family.
Did you have a Raleigh?
Raleigh bringing their collection of historic bikes, together with new e-bikes which people can try out on the day (you’ll need to provide a driving licence or form of ID to do this)
Raleigh is one of the world's oldest and best known bike brands. Established in 1887 in Nottingham England, in fact they're still based there today. Chances are that you rode a Raleigh when you were younger - and maybe you still do now.
You might remember some of their iconic bikes such as Burner, Grifter and Chopper, as well as cutting-edge bikes like TI-Raleigh Tour-de-France-winning 753 steel frames. With thanks to Heritage Lottery Funded project Exploring Childhoods we've been able to add some of these iconic bikes to our collection.
In 1970 the infamous Raleigh Chopper was introduced to the market and a whole new segment of the market was opened up, both in the UK and other developed markets; toy cycles. The Chopper sold an incredible 1.5 million units!
The 80’s saw the launch of the Burner series (of which we now have one in our collection thanks to our Exploring Childhoods project) which sold over a million units across the range and became the must-have bike. Alongside the launch of the Burner Raleigh invested heavily in a BMX team, with Craig Schofield and Andy Ruffell being the most famous team members.
How are your mountain bike tricks?
No worries if you're a bit rusty we've got Danny Butler's expert Extreme mountain bike display team to show us how it's done. Danny is 5 time British and European Champion so they're marked to put on quite a show! (more details at extrememountainbikeshow.co.uk)
Something a bit different...
We've all seen mountain bike, we've all seen road bikes, but have you ever seen a smoothie bike? In honesty neither have we! So just for the day we'll be bringing one along so you can have a go at making your very own pedal powered smoothie.
As cycling becomes ever popular as a sport more and more options are becoming available for those who need adaptive cycles or have a disability. We'll have a number of adaptive bikes on site for the day that anyone can have a go on.
Something for the little ones
Learning to ride a bike is no easy task but the increasingly popular balance bikes seem to be a great starting point for many. There'll be some onsite for little ones to try out along with crafts to do if cycling isn't their thing!
We look forward to seeing you all on the day!
Please note that we as a site have limited hardstanding suitable for cycling but we do have grassed areas. Although we will have bikes available to try we do advise bringing your own helmet and safety equipment.