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9 May 2017 - 5:11pm
A guide to clipless pedals and cleats
One pair each of two-bolt and three-bolt-system SPD shoes, with the pedals they
If you’re using standard pedals, or traditional toeclips, then switching to clipless pedals could make it a lot less effort. Cycling journalists Rob Ainsley and Simon Howarth explain why you might want to choose clip-in pedals and cleats.
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.
6 January 2017 - 6:46pm
Continental Top Contact Winter Tyre review
Continental Top Contact Winter tyre
The Continental Top Contact Winter tyre is a foldable tyre with a micro-grip for when it gets cold and slippy. Cycling UK's Ian Taylor has been testing it for a few months to see how it performs as an alternative to studded tyres on a touring bike.
24 November 2016 - 3:07pm
How to help drivers see you while cycling at roundabouts, traffic lights, right turns and bends
A cyclist on a roundbout
How can you be more visible to other road users? Adjusting your position on the carriageway can help you see and be seen more easily. Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand explains how it can make riding your bike in traffic a much more enjoyable experience.
22 November 2016 - 2:25pm
What cycle clothing to wear when it's cold
Cyclists going over a bridge in winter
Don't get cold when you are riding this winter. Cycling journalist and Cycling UK member Matt Lamy explains how to layer up and how to choose the right winter cycle clothing.
16 November 2016 - 6:40pm
How to help drivers see you when you are cycling
Cyclist riding away from parked cars
At this time of year, many websites and magazine articles are full of advice about how to be seen while cycling. They mostly discuss hi-viz, reflective clothing, and lights, but very rarely do they mention road positioning. Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand explains how where you cycle on the road helps drivers to see you.
29 September 2016 - 11:43am
How to pack a bike ready for shipping in 10 steps
A bike ready for shipping
Sending a bike by courier means you don't have to travel with your bike, but how do you ship a bike safely without it getting damaged on the way? This simple guide from Parcel Hero details how to do it, including the materials you need and the best techniques for dismantling your bike.
27 September 2016 - 3:12pm
Review: women's cycling short sleeved jerseys
Womens cycling jerseys 2016
Over summer and into autumn, Cycling UK has been busy testing women's cycling jerseys. We've deliberately sought out jerseys in the mid-price range, with the ultimate goal of finding quality and affordable prices. Below are our three favourites from Cycling UK's Project Manager Cycling Development, Hannah Chivers.
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.
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.
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.
16 December 2015 - 4:58pm
How to cycle in a group
A group riding in the countryside
Do you ride with a group? Or would you like to? Cycling UK's guide to group etiquette will show you how to get the most out of the experience.
13 December 2015 - 7:22pm
Gift ideas for cyclists - touring luxuries
mkettle in action
One person’s luxury is another’s essential – it’s the beauty of humanity and touring. We asked members of the CTC forum to provide a little inspiration and had the office’s most distinguished tourers Julie Rand and Ian Taylor to pick their favourites.
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
27 March 2015 - 1:26pm
Cycling routes in Berwick
Berwick Cyclist's
Exploring England and Scotland by bicycle in a day couldn't be easier, as Tony Houghton Cycling UK member and founder of Cycling UK group Berwick Cyclists explains in his new booklet 'Five Cycle Rides from Berwick upon Tweed'.
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.
25 July 2013 - 3:33pm
How to take your bike on holiday to France by rail
Man with bike boarding French train
Ed Lancaster of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) looks at opportunities to take your own bike with you if you travel for a cycle holiday in France by rail.
19 June 2013 - 3:16pm
The Henley-on-Thames 'Short Cycle' Route
Ride start in Henley
A short scenic route from Henley-on-Thames, around some of the more famous scenes in the Chilterns, and back to the riverside town to indulge in one of their finest cafes.
22 April 2013 - 10:00am
Eileen Sheridan
Eileen Sheridan on a 12-hour time trial
Eileen Sheridan was one of the most celebrated cyclist (male or female) in the 1940s and 1950s. Many of the records she set then have not yet been broken, and she is now in her 90th year! She remains a positive force for cycling, and a member of CTC...
 
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