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14 September 2016 - 10:26am
Who was Jeanie Welford?
Portrait of Jeanie Welford
Cycling UK welcomed Jeanie Welford, the first female member, in 1880. The club, then known as the Bicycle Touring Club, was one of the first cycling organisations to accept women as full members. Sheila Hanlon, Cycling UK's historian, has been looking through the archives to find out more about Jeanie and how cycling shaped her life.
9 September 2016 - 12:02am
11 essential things to pack when cycle touring
11 essential bits of kit for your cycle touring
What’s in your bag? Here are Cycling UK’s top 11 things you don't want to leave at home without.
1 September 2016 - 9:10pm
How to cycle to work — or school — with confidence
Commuter cyclist in Leeds
With another British win at the Tour de France and Team GB ruling the cycling roost at the Rio Olympics, many people will have been bitten by the cycling bug this summer. But how can we continue regularly riding our bike once we’ve returned to our normal school or work routine? The answer is: very easily. Here, cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains how to keep safe on the daily cycle commute.
30 August 2016 - 12:23pm
A guide to cargobikes
Christiania trike carrying four kids
Bikes aren’t famous for carrying bulky loads – but cargobikes can. Cycling UK member and founder of CarryMe Bikes Alix Stredwick looks at the options available in the UK.
25 August 2016 - 2:52pm
Space for Cycling is taking to the roads – hopefully they are cycle friendly!
Families demonstrating for Space for Cycling, photo: Jim Killock CC
Space for Cycling is taking to the road throughout this autumn and winter. Ten events will take place across the country to engage with local campaign groups and galvanise support. Whether a veteran campaigner or tentative cyclist, please check out our list of events, register your interest and come along!
10 August 2016 - 11:24am
Tax incentives
A cycle commuter on his way to work
Cycle commuting is a convenient way of fitting exercise into the daily routine. Also, work-related travel by cycle helps ease congestion and is good for the economy and the environment. To help, the Government has introduced a range of cycle-friendly tax incentives for employers and employees.
10 August 2016 - 11:23am
Becoming a cycle-friendly employer
Commuter
Becoming a cycle-friendly employer makes sense. Encouraging cycling helps tackle the business costs of congestion, reduces an organisation's impact on the local and wider environment and even attracts some tax incentives. What's more, it's likely that levels of absenteeism will drop.
10 August 2016 - 11:11am
Bicycle User Groups (BUGs)
Two cyclists in Richmond Park
If you want to encourage more people to commute by cycle to your workplace, or use cycles for business travel, setting up a Bicycle User Group is a step in the right direction. This guide tells you how to go about it, and what the BUG can do once it gets going.
10 August 2016 - 11:10am
How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies
Children cycling to school
Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, councils, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
5 August 2016 - 10:49am
Happy Birthday Cycling UK: Celebrating 138 years of cycling history
Cyclists' Touring Club in history books
On the anniversary of the first meeting in August 1878, Cycling UK's historian Sheila Hanlon looks back at the early history of 'The Bicycle Touring Club' and explains how it became Cycling UK.
24 July 2016 - 10:09pm
Josie Dew's guide to cycle touring with children
Josie Dew with two of her children
The summer holidays are here so Josie Dew is off on another cycling adventure with her three young children. In this guide to cycling holidays with kids Cycling UK's Vice President shares her advice, tips and the cycling equipment she chooses when she cycles with her children.
3 July 2016 - 3:19pm
A guide to routine cycle safety and service checks
Cycle mechanic
A well-maintained bicycle is not only a pleasure to ride but safer and more reliable than one that is neglected and allowed to deteriorate through use. Effective maintenance is an on-going process that keeps the machine in good working order at all times. Here's the technical editor of Cycle magazine Richard Hallett's guide to keeping your cycle working well.
21 June 2016 - 4:37pm
Bike review: the Pilgrim Northdown tourer
Pilgrim Cycles Northdown bicycle
A customisable touring bike at a reasonable price from touring specialist Pilgrim Cycles. Julie Rand used the bike to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats.
20 June 2016 - 9:38am
Review: Men's bib shorts
Cyclists in Rye
Cycling UK has been busy testing men's bib shorts throughout the spring months. We've explicitly sought out shorts largely in the mid-price range, looking for a combination of quality with hopefully affordable prices, and below are our three favourites.
19 June 2016 - 2:00pm
Video: How to fix a puncture on a road bike and mountain bike
Fixing a puncture
Everyone who cycles will at some point have to fix a flat tyre. With help from our friends at BikeRadar, who are supporting Bike Week, we've got a video and step-by-step guide to patching an inner tube on your bike. It's a quick and easy way to fix a puncture.
14 June 2016 - 5:42pm
Overcoming the barriers to riding to work
A commuter cycles to work near Leeds station
Many people would like to cycle to work but talk themselves out of it. Cycling UK's Julie Rand takes a look at the reasons why many people don't go to work by bike and what they can do about it.
14 June 2016 - 10:19am
Cycling tips: 24 essential pieces of riding advice for beginners
Three road cyclists climbing up a hill
With help from our friends at BikeRadar, who are supporting Bike Week here's a guide to the basics of cycling kit, clothing, technique and more. These cycling tips are aimed at the beginners, those of you who’ve just started out on their great two-wheeled adventure. Think of us as your helpful riding buddy who wants to save you some time and some trouble.
11 June 2016 - 12:18am
Six ways to get ready for Bike Week 2016
Bike Week 2016 Credit Joolze Dymond
Bike Week 2016 has now officially started (11-19 June) and so we've brought together some handy hints to help you to make the most of this kick start to your summer of cycling.
3 June 2016 - 5:24pm
Guide to adapted cycles for inclusive cycling
Side by side tandem
Adapted cycles make cycling accessible to all, whatever your personal challenges. There are a wide range of disability cycles that suit people with a variety of learning and physical disabilities, as well as health issues. Here is a brief overview of what bikes are available.
2 June 2016 - 2:13pm
10 cycling superfoods to give you energy for your ride
Chocolate Milk
In their quest for the ultimate performance nutrition, cyclists and sports scientists will turn their tastebuds to anything from a cousin of cannabis to the afterburn effects of a curry. With help from our friends at BikeRadar, who are supporting Bike Week, we take a look at the secret superfoods you should be eating – and why…
 
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