What next Post-Festival?

Last night we held the closing party at Sandbar to finish off an amazing week of bike events. It was great to see some faces that have become familiar over the last week. We played a game to distribute prizes kindly donated by our ever-willing sponsors at Bicycle Boutique.

This was the first time The Spokes organised a week long festival and we’ve had such a brilliant time. Huge thanks to everyone who turned up to the events, you’re amazing!

So what’s next now the festival is over?


Come cheer us on doing what we do best!

Saturday 14th July, Hazel Grove Carnival

Saturday 21st July, Envirolution Festival at Platt Fields Park

Organised Rides

We’ve had many requests to organise more rides. Give us a change to recover from the festival and practice for the performances, then we shall get organising! Updates will follow on the blog and our facebook.

Your Rides

You don’t have to wait for us to organise one. If you are going for a bike ride, let us know and post the details on our facebook. We will then plug it for you. This will be a fantastic way for the community we’ve built up over this week to remain active whilst we find some time to organise something ourselves.

Fancy a good at Bicycle Dancing?

We’re always looking for new ladies to join our troupe. No experience of dancing or performance required. You do not need to be good at tricks or co-ordination. We can teach you and provide the little bikes. We rehearse each Thursday 7-9 at the Circus House in Central Retail Park, Ancoats.

For the gents, we would love to see a male bicycle dance troupe in Manchester! Get in touch if you’re interested. We will help you set one up and put you in touch with other interested guys!

Getting in Touch with us

Make sure you add us on Facebook, our name is “Spokes MCR”. We’re also going to attempt to revive our presence on Twitter, so keep an eye on that too if you’re that way inclined! Follow @TheSpokesMCR


Moonlight Ride

What a success! In the glorious weather TWENTY TWO of us took to the roads, canals and country lanes that lead us to Dunham Massey. We saw dears, cows, frogs and many birds. It was a joy for us to see so many new faces. With only 3 spokes and 4 of our friends in attendance, all the rest were new people taking part in the festival. Some in lycra, some in summer dresses, we had mountain bikes, road bikes and a lovely lady bike. Between us all we somehow succeeded in finding a comfortable pace for all, chatting and laughing all the way with new friends. The sprint along the newly tarmaced Sinderland Lane was enjoyed by the speedy legs amongst us.

 22 people meant we had 22 bikes which could go wrong. I set off imagining spending most the ride fixing punctures. But apart from one minor incident off a rubbing mudguard, we were blissfully free from mechanical issues! One rider fell off and cut her elbow, but lived to tell the tale.

 Here we all are at Dunham Massey National Trust Park before deer spotting and the pub break.

The ride was such a success we may have to consider making this a more regular event. Watch this space!

Tonight is the festival closing party. 6pm at Sandbar for bicycle bar games and prizes! If that isn’t enough to tempt you down, then we have a special surpise! The lovely staff at Sandbar are offering discounted beer exclusivly for people attending our event! See you there…


NWVF continues

So the winners of the NWVF Film night were “BMX Bandits” and “Belleville rendez-vous”, as decided by audience vote.

A film not many of us had seen before, BMX bandits is a classic kids crime caper. On Saturday at the alleycat we wondered how on earth we ever managed without mobile phones, well now we know! In true eighties fashion these kids had WALKIE TALKIES and and used them and some flour, to stop the meanies from robbing a bank all while doing sic BMX tricks. The second film we watched was the classic animation, Belleville Rendez-vous and though many of us had seen it before we thoroughly enjoyed watching it again!

Tonight is the moonlight ride to Dunham Massey and back (approx 30 miles). Bring lights and puncture repair kits. There will be a mid-way refreshment stop. See you from 5.30pm at the Sandbar for 6pm departure.


Film night tonight

It’s your choice which films we watch from The Spokes bikey film collection, includes:



The History of the Brompton

Beauty and the Bike

BMX Bandits

We will show 2 films, first showing at 6pm and second film at 8pm. Come along and bring your (loudest) mates to make sure the film you want to watch is screened! Oh and it’s for FREE!

 King’s Arms, Salford, Manchester, M3 6AN

Gabardine Ride!

Today a very dapper group took a genteel ride through Manchester, stopping for tea and the occassional light refreshment. Smart attire and smiles were aplenty. The ride was lead by Kieren, a gentleman friend of the Spokes.

Upon arriving at our sunny destination we met with the more serious cyclists who had been on a 45 mile ride across the cheshire countryside for a glorious picnic. This was kindly lead by The Spokes number one fan Lizzy.

Here’s a picture of the genteel ride on one of the tea stops, good work all!


Cyclotrash Bike Dash Allycat

Wowza! What a day! In the glorious sunshine and refreshing breeze, jolly teams raced round our city to compete in Eurovision themed challenges.

Contestants enjoyed pinning the Wig on the Wogan, making a flag and a song for their own country, Eurovision song charades, and much more.



First Back: Team Name (Kieran & Lewis)

Most Points: Team Smook (Pauline & Leni)

Best Fancy Dress: Terry & Graham (Lizzy & Jessie)

Best Performance: Brake Pads (Max & Sam)

Runners Up: Bjorn To Ride (Hannah & Mark) and Team Lugs (Matt & Andy)


Here’s Bjorn To Ride performing their tribute to this years host country:

Well done to everyone who took part who showed high spirits and determination at tackling anything thrown at them!

Huge thanks to our sponsors for providing prizes: Bicycle Boutique, Cycloc, Restrap, Boneshaker Mag, Pop up Bikes and the fabulous people at Keep Pedalling on Hilton Street!

And also big Spoke love to Emily for being a superb (and tough) chief of the allycat!

Hope to see some of you today at the two rides or after party, see the NWVF tab for details.

Kat x

Sun is shining for NWVF

Wowza!! What a glorious day for a bike festival to start! YES. North West Velo Fest is finally here. Get down to Sandbar tonight for the launch party. We have lots of fun games to play and some food to enjoy. Come and join us for a pint and we will tell you all about the Velo Fest events. We will be the ladies in green and black near the back entrance/exit to Sidney Street. See you from 6pm.


North West Velo Fest – amazing prizes to be won

Only 3 days to go to North West Velo Fest!! We are very excited. See here for info on all the events. We have lots of prizes to be won from some of our favourite bike businesses. I would personally LOVE the cycloc (which is green obv.) but unfortunately as an organiser, wont be in with a chance to win any of the prizes boo hiss. However, it does mean more for you guys, yeay! Anyway, B I G thanks to everyone who has kindly donated prizes.