Polish up those bicycles and pedal along at parade in Croston

Keen cyclists are scrubbing up their vintage and unusual bikes for a parade through the picturesque village of Croston.

Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11:00 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:34 pm
Mark Sheffield with his 1979 steel framed racer that was his Dad's main form of transport for many years

Cycling-mad Damian Fearon and Jon Back of Twin Lakes Velo Cafe in Brickcroft Lane are launching a one-day CycleFest, the highlight of which will be the procession through the village.

The rally will include classic bicycles such as Pashleys, Penny Farthings and Choppers.

Jon said: “We’re celebrating the history of bikes and cycling.

“The mini festival is another way to get the message out there about how fantastic cycling is as a sport.

“It’s not all about Lycra and cycling 100 miles.

“Cycling is a sport that families and all ages can participate in for very little cost.”

During the May Bank Holiday weekend cyclists are invited to show off their bikes on a short route on Sunday, May 28 starting at the cafe at 2pm and ending back at the same venue to enjoy what the the pop-up bicycle village has to offer. Twin Lakes which has been open for a year, has become a popular stop off point for cyclists.

A BBQ with craft ales and a Pimms Bar will be available for visitors to the day.

And as well as independent traders setting up stalls to showcase their goods, there will be cycling club members on hand to talk about how to get into the sport.

Preston-based bike mechanic Paul Kenyon will be dishing out free bike maintenance tips.

He said: “Lots of people abandon their old bikes or stop riding because of something that can be easily fixed.

“I’m looking forward to showing local bike owners how easy it is to repair a puncture or adjust a brake so they can get out on two wheels this summer.”

Mark Sheffield, a cycle instructor for Chorley Sports Partnership, said: “Cycling is great for fitness, your social life and beating traffic jams.

“I own a number of bikes but the one I will ride for the parade is approaching 40 years old.

“My dad bought it new in 1979 and it was his primary mode of transport for years.”

The events goes on until 9pm. For more information search Bank Holiday CycleFest in Facebook or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bank-holiday-cyclefest-vintage-unusual-bike-rally-bbq-stalls-craft-ales-pimms-bar-tickets-34288995308