Happy Handlebars is a project to encourage everyone in Essex to discover the pleasure of cycling. In partnership with en-form (Colchester’s environmental information centre) we host a vast selection of cycle rides, groups and activities for people of all ages.

Join one of our cycle rides in Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton or Colchester, or try our sister groups in Harlow, Maldon or Witham. We have much to offer and we hope you’ll take the jump to find out!

The Project

Happy Handlebars was founded to build on the great work done in the last ten years by organisations such as the national cycling charity, Cycling UK, new local groups, including the Braintree Easy Riders, Chelmsford Chainlinks, Cycling for Pleasure Colchester and Maldon Mudguards, as well as partners Inclusion Ventures in Clacton and Jaywick, all of whom offer easy rides and activities to get people into cycling.

With funding and support from Active Essex, Happy Handlebars is delivering more activities and working closely with local authorities and health agencies in each of these areas to reach many more people.

The emphasis is on making our rides so comfortable and enjoyable that people come again and again. We encourage people to progress and many of the people who join us have become new volunteers and advocates for cycling.

The People

The project is organised and operated by Richard MonkSimon LeachGifford Lewis and Mick Palmer, who each have a wide range of experience in instructing, leading rides and managing cycling projects.

The team have helped over 6,000 people in Essex to get cycling in the last eight years, and now they aim to help another 6,000 re-discover the pleasure of cycling.


If you want to find out more about us, or you have any questions about our cycle groups or rides, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (+44 (0)7474 147 584), by email ([email protected]) or through our contact us form, and we’ll be in touch as quickly as possible.