Articles

23 May 2017 - 12:48pm
What’s legal - and what’s not - on your bike?
Road cyclists riding side by side
Riding two abreast, in the middle of the lane, with or without lights, reflectors and hi-viz - what does the law say, what does the Highway Code advise, and what are just urban myths? Cycling UK's Senior Road Safety and Legal Campaigner Duncan Dollimore explains what's legal on your bike.
18 May 2017 - 4:14pm
How to encourage your family and friends to start cycling
Cyclists on a cycle route
You love your family and friends but you also love cycling. Is there any way you can get them to share your passion so you can cycle together? Cycling UK's Julie Rand explains the ways you can encourage your nearest and dearest to start cycling with you.
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.
13 April 2017 - 4:39pm
Easter eggs, cycling and burning calories
Hot Cross Buns by Gerry Knight
Cycling is great exercise and an excellent way to burn off any extra calories you may consume over the Easter weekend. But how long will you have to cycle for? Take a look at our handy guide to cycling off your Easter treats.
10 March 2017 - 1:20pm
Greater Manchester needs a "world class transport system" says Conservative candidate
Sean Anstee, the Conservative candidate running for mayor of Greater Manchester, tells us his plans for cycling should he be elected on 4 May.
8 March 2017 - 4:27pm
Why don't more women cycle?
Ayrshire Ladies ride
Men do nearly three times as many cycling journeys as women, and travel more than four times as far. What makes the UK so hostile towards women on bikes? Why are we lagging so far behind our European neighbours in gender parity? Cycling UK member Alix Stredwick, who has worked on cycling issues since 2001, explains why – and what can be done about it.
3 March 2017 - 6:34pm
100 Women in Cycling
We will be celebrating female cycling by profiling the many women riders and supporters of cycling, both within and outside of Cycling UK. The 100 Women in Cycling will be women who inspire others to take up the activity but who may not be well-known by the world at large.
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.
5 February 2017 - 12:07pm
A guide to tag-a-longs or trailer bikes and tow bars
Roland Add+bike
If your child too heavy for a bike seat or trailer, but cannot manage a longer ride yet, try a tag-a-long (often known as a trailer bike). It's is essentially a child’s bicycle with the front wheel, fork and headset replaced by a long towbar or boom. It fits to the back of an adult’s bike to form an articulated tandem. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael explain the options.
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.
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.
5 January 2017 - 5:26pm
Challenge Ride Series 2017 - a grand day out is guaranteed!
Two riders in the countryside
Cycling UK is delighted to announce a new Challenge Ride series throughout the country for 2017. Start adding them to your ride calendar now.
16 December 2016 - 1:41am
How to make a Christmas tree out of bike parts
A Christmas tree cog
Take some old bike wheels, a rusty crank, some tinsel and Christmas baubles - and hey presto, you can make a lovely decoration for your home or office!
28 November 2016 - 2:47pm
Consultation to our members on our charity's governing documents
Cycling UK Club Run. Credit Joolze Dymond
Our Memorandum and Articles of Association have not been fundamentally reviewed for many years. With our Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this year discussing the need for plain English in our governing documents, we are running a consultation ahead of submitting proposed changes at our next AGM in 2017.
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.
21 November 2016 - 2:55pm
Fitbit Surge - a fitness tracker for cyclists
Road cyclist wearing a Fitbit Surge
What is it like using a fitness tracker for cycling? Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael has been testing the Fitbit Surge to see if it inspires her to cycle more.
17 November 2016 - 11:49pm
Motioning us forward - Cycling UK's AGM 2017
Motioning Us Forward
This year we would like our AGM to help guide us on our campaigning priorities, how we might best market ourselves to prospective members, and how we develop programmes to help people to make cycling a part of their everyday life.
 
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