Junior members are welcome to join at any time, but usually join the Club in fifth form. Junior cyclists in Willow Park School complete a safe cycling course in the school before going on their first group cycle.
New members need to apply for membership and at the start of each calendar year existing members need to renew membership, pay the annual subscription and complete the Willow Wheelers’ Application Form, the Cycling Ireland Membership Form and the Cycling Ireland Parental Consent Form., all of which are in the Documents section of this website. The 2017 subscription is €70 per adult, €70 for the first student member and €35 for each subsequent family student member. Membership of Cycling Ireland is included in these charges, which comprises the majority of the cost.
Once you purchase a suitable bicycle and cycling gear, the ongoing cost is modest compared with many other sporting activities. Willow Wheeler Sunday cycling and events are all included in the membership cost, but each trip is managed separately and costed accordingly.
More detail on the first few months after joining the Willow Wheelers is provided on our Students’ Joining page.
Safety: All cyclists must wear a helmet, and should wear cycling gloves to prevent cuts and bruises in case of a tumble. We also recommend cycling glasses to protect your eyes. When the weather is sunny, sun cream is also essential. Ideally, each cyclist should have a mobile telephone and all contact numbers with the group leaders. We recommend that all cyclists read the RSA cycle safety booklet.
Bike: Road bikes with drop handlebars are recommended, in preference to hybrids (which would be fine for initial years) or mountain bikes (which are much harder work over long distances). Bikes should be properly serviced, in a good state of repair, gears/chain oiled and with functioning brakes. Tyres should be pumped to proper pressure (usually >100psi) before each cycle to help avoid punctures. Carry a lock, two spare tubes, a pump, tyre levers, a multi-tool and water. Of course, a clean bike makes you look good and go faster, so give it a good wash from time to time!
Clothing: Proper cycling gear is recommended, including padded cycling shorts and a rain jacket. In addition to cycling tops and shorts available in shops, the Club sources cycling gear once a year.
You can also keep an eye on our page with secondhand bikes and gear.