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20 February 2017 - 6:16pm
How and why to put on bike rides aimed at women
Only around 20% of Cycling UK's members are female and women are hugely underrepresented in cycling as a whole. But they are also the group that have the most to gain from taking part in a fun, healthy and sociable activity. So, as part of our current celebration of women's cycling, we have put together a guide to encourage more women to take up riding a bike, whether they've never ridden before, are returning after a break or are experienced cyclists.
10 February 2017 - 1:52pm
A guide to cycling on the road with children
A woman cycling with a boy
How can you prepare a child for the demands of cycling on a road? Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand share their advice to help parents to cycle alongside their children safely on a road.
12 January 2017 - 12:29pm
A guide to child trailers
Thule trailer (photo with permission from Thule)
Bike trailers for cycling with children can be one of the most useful cycling accessories available. Cycle trailers offer a huge amount of extra carrying capacity, both as a comfortable place to put children while you pedal them around and as a way to transport impressive amounts of less precious cargo, too. Cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains all.
5 January 2017 - 5:31pm
Women's Festival of Cycling
Women cyclists
Throughout July 2017 Cycling UK will be celebrating the women who cycle and helping those who need extra encouragement to take up cycling. Whether you cycle 5 miles or 500, on or off-road be part of the Women's Festival of Cycling by registering a ride.
20 October 2016 - 10:37am
How to choose the right size bike for a child
Parents and children cycling at Palmer Park in Reading
All children like cycling. On a lighter-weight bike that fits properly, they'll love it. Cycle magazine editor and father of three Dan Joyce gives some guidelines to help you pick the right bike for your child.
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.
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.
27 July 2016 - 2:51pm
Lyme disease - what you need to know
Mountain Biker in woodlands Flickr CC, Grant Doig
Lyme Disease, you may have heard of it, but what do you know of it? Is it relevant to cyclists? “Yes, most definitely.” as Cycling UK is told by Lyme Disease Action (LDA), the national charity set up to provide accurate information about ticks and Lyme disease.
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.
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.
26 April 2016 - 9:14am
Video: How to teach your child to ride a balance bike
2 year old girl on a balance bike
A balance bike is a great way to get a toddler cycling. Our video shows in simple steps how and why a pedal-less bike is an ideal introduction to cycling. Learning to cycle the Cycling UK way is easy and fun and teaches skills that will last a lifetime.
20 April 2016 - 5:05pm
How to prepare for a charity cycling challenge
Preparing for a charity ride
Charity cycling challenges are a fun way to fundraise in support of the causes that matter most to you. If you are planning to take part in a cycling challenge, but don't cycle regularly in a group, here's the advice Parkinson's UK give to the hundreds of people cycling in support of their work every year.
20 April 2016 - 10:26am
Video: How to teach an adult to ride a bike in simple steps
Julie Rand teaching Kay to ride a bike
With patience, persistence, encouragement – and the right technique – nearly every adult can learn to ride a bike, whatever their age. This video will show you how to get them started.
23 December 2015 - 11:41am
David's top 10 festive cycling tips
Santa loves a cycle at Christmas
We're all feeling a bit too full, sluggish, tired, and cosy indoors as Christmas Day is nearly upon us once more. But what if you want to find some motivation to get outdoors and into the saddle? Here are my top ten tips for cycling over the festive period.
11 August 2015 - 11:18am
Cycling in South Holland
The Bell family on their first cycle tour together
Cycling UK member Nigel Bell’s wife and son hadn’t been on a cycle tour before, so they went where the bicycle is king: the intensively cycle-networked Netherlands
14 July 2015 - 3:11pm
A guide to going on a bike ride with children
Cyclists in the New Forest
Family bike rides are the perfect way to spend time together. Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael and 'Cycle' magazine editor Dan Joyce share their advice on how to cycle with children.
1 June 2015 - 12:51pm
Buying the right bike for your child
Girl on a bike
Choosing the right children's bike is the first thing you need to do to help your child to learn to cycle and to love cycling. Cycle magazine Editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael give some impartial advice.
4 September 2014 - 1:40pm
Video: How to teach your child to ride a bike
Ida the star of Cycling UK's How to teach a child to ride a bike video
Learning to cycle the Cycling UK way is easy and fun - and teaches skills that will last a lifetime.
28 May 2014 - 11:48am
How to prepare for your first charity cycle ride
Guildford Challenge Ride
If you have signed up for a charity bike ride and are worried about what lies ahead, here's a handy guide to help you achieve your goal.
21 August 2013 - 9:54am
Family cycling at Ashridge Estate
Family cycling on Ashridge Estate
For a fun outing for all the family, explore the beautiful Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns.
 
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