Articles

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…
26 May 2016 - 12:02pm
A guide to blogs by cycle campaigners
Cyclist and a bus
Cycling UK member Sally Hinchcliffe reads as many cycling blogs as she can, here are her top cycle campaigning blogs from across the UK and the Netherlands.
25 May 2016 - 8:33am
Three reasons to get involved in Bike Week - save cash, burn calories and cut carbon!
Bike Week 2016
We all know that cycling is a great way to keep fit but what could it mean for you in terms of saving money and the planet? We've brought together some key facts about the benefits of cycling as part of Bike Week 2016, which runs from 11-19 June.
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.
 
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