Life Drawing with Lady Pedal

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To celebrate international women’s day, we are running a life drawing session that will be directed by a professional artist, helping you perfect your skills! It will also be a chance to have a conversation about the barriers in women cycling and how it affects you.

Save the date: Tuesday 13th March 2018 at Sandbar, 120 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL

Due to the nature of the session, it will be women only and if you identify as one, then great come along!

This is also a fundraising event to help us raise money for our annual festival in September.

Get tickets on Eventbrite here!

Please do come along, we’re a friendly bunch who really want to get to know more female cyclists, and without you wonderful women, we couldn’t hold these events!

So, see you there!

Love,

The Lady Pedal Team

 

Lady Pedal first (of many) Monthly Ride!

After the success of our second annual festival, we’ve decided to get into organising Monthly Rides for everyone who expressed their interest at the events along the year and at the festival!

We will be meeting at the Coffee Cranks cafe in Alexandra Park at 11am on Saturday 28th of October, having a coffee and checking in with everyone with an aim to be riding off at 11:30!

We are planning to ride along the Mersey Valley and Stockport Way all the way to Tandem Coffee House in Stockport, SK1 1JQ. We’ll then take you back to Alex Park for about 3pm.

The ride will be about 7miles each way and the pace will be leisurely. We want to encourage women who don’t usually feel confident cycling long-ish distances to join in and we will make sure everyone feels included. If you want any information or feel a bit worried about any part of the ride please just get in touch so we can arrange something to accommodate you.

All genders and abilities welcomed!

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2017 CycleHack Manchester Weekend Event

Our friends at CycleHack Mcr are putting on a jam packed weekend of cycling related talks, activities and CycleHacking, getting the people of Manchester to take a DIY approach to help reduce the barriers to cycling!

On Friday, they have their launch night kicking off at 6pm with an evening of guest speakers and inspiring talks, and just £6 and Lady Pedal will be there too! Get tickets here!

For the weekend events, please register your FREE place on CycleHack’s Eventbrite page!

If you’re already going, GREAT! But do come down to Lady Pedal Festival to try out and test your ideas, we’d love to help!

For more info, please check out their Cycle Hack website!

Lady Pedal does a CYCLING-THEMED PUB QUIZ! 

 

With less than a month before Lady Pedal Festival, we’re back with another fundraising event that all can get involved with. Do you know your crankset from your casette ? Do you know your Peugeot from your Pinarello?

Come down to show your bike knowledge (or lack of) on the 12th of September from 7pm at the Old Abbey Taphouse.
£2 per person to enter the quiz- We will be selling delicious home baked cakes too (vegan option available).

All profits will go into making this Lady Pedal festival one to remember!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536849743028544/

 

Lady Pedal Pay as You Feel Meal!

 

This September, we’re heading back to Alexandra Park for the second ever Lady Pedal festival! And we want to make it bigger and better – which means we need some funding!

On the 1st of August at the Old Abbey Taphouse, the Lady Pedal team is getting together to cook you guys a THREE COURSE VEGETARIAN MEAL!

Arrive for 7ish and the first course will be served at 7.30pm in a buffet style. The Old Abbey bar will be open too for that cheeky Tuesday evening pint.

All profits will go into making this Lady Pedal festival one to remember!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/130999604171575/

 

Shakespeare on Bikes

All of us here love bikes, and a good number of us are into theatre. But I doubt there are many who would imagine how these two passions can be related.
Last night the all female troupe of the cycle touring theatre company, the Handlebards arrived in Salford after a two day trip across the Peak District for their 27th show of this year’s tour performing Shakespeare’s “As you like it” in a charmingly chaotic fashion.

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The Handlebards formed in 2012, originally as an all boys theatre troupe with a love of adventure and a “yes man” mentality and have spent the last summers since touring Shakesperian verse with props, set and character all piled onto their bicycles. As you can imagine, this will take its toll on their two wheeled steeds, so it was only natural that their bikes should get a little TLC on arrival! The BikeHive’s Jo and Lady Pedal’s Hannah got to work in the Manchester Bike Hire workshop to check over all the essentials and do the most thorough job possible in the time frame before the show. It was a rare treat to be servicing custom built bikes and investigating this intriguing combination of parts – The girls troupe is sponsored with new edition Pashley tourers, sporting disc brakes and an 8-speed hub gear painted in special edition maroon.

We had the privilege of cycling the final two bikes from the workshop up to Ordsall Hall where the troupe was preparing for their performance in the beautifully kept grounds of the manor under a warm evening sun. The lawn was scattered with camping chairs, blankets and picnics. The show itself began with a bang with the girls bursting into song to the tune of a ukulele. Audience participation and blurred lines between character and reality made for a feeling of authenticity and a fantastically hilarious show with cross-dressing, character swapping, and a hilarious use of props. The performance was high energy and fast paced, keeping everyone engaged throughout – had I not met them on arrival it would have been easy to forget just how far these talented girls had cycled to be there, they are truly a force of nature with seemingly endless reserves of energy!

We had a thoroughly pleasant evening and it was a real pleasure to meet these most talented and resilient actors who have done an excellent job of doing what they love, in a sustainable and productive way! Well done Handlebards!

If you missed the girls’ troupe this time, the boys’ troupe will be performing at Ordsall Hall on the 10th August.

See their full schedule for dates, venues and booking links here.