Articles

30 May 2012 - 1:35pm
New Vision for Cycling: Doubling the Benefits
Over a third of Copenhageners cycle to work - can we achieve the same?
CTC's 'New Vision for Cycling' sets out the benefits which doubling cycling (and halving the risks of cycling) would have.
25 May 2012 - 3:47pm
Standards
British standards for cycles
Standards are specifications for products and services. Usually they are voluntary, but they can always be referred to in deciding whether something is or was safe.
25 May 2012 - 3:17pm
Electrically assisted pedal cycles regulations
Electric Bike by  Michael Button via Creative Commons
This is the law that lets you have a small electric motor on a pedal cycle, and still use it just like a normal bike.
25 May 2012 - 1:05pm
Cycling abroad
Cyclists in Bavaria on the Austrian border
When you cycle into another country, your 'temporarily imported' bike doesn't have to be exactly like the bikes of that country, provided it conforms with a very basic, internationally agreed specification.
24 May 2012 - 3:44pm
Safety Regulations
Pedal Bicycles Safety Regulations (PBSR) apply to the sale of new bicycles
The Pedal Bicycles Safety Regulations (PBSR) are intended to ensure that new bicycles are safe when sold.
22 May 2012 - 9:47am
Investigating the potential health benefits of the Cycling City and Towns
Promotional interventions need to be carefully targeted to have greatest effect
A new report concludes that health impacts can only be generated from the 19% of the population who might take up cycling and who are currently not getting enough exercise to benefit their health. The remaining 81% either are already physically active enough, or say they would never take up cycling.
21 May 2012 - 4:36pm
Construction & Use
Image of front disc brake
Have you ever seen some pedal-powered contraption and thought: surely that isn't allowed on the road! If it has two brakes, it probably is, but here's where to find out for sure.
8 May 2012 - 4:24pm
Promoting cycling in the health sector
Cyclists
Nowadays most people know how important it is to encourage active lifestyles rather than heap precious resources on treating disease caused by inactivity. The NHS has a vital role here - not just as a health provider, but as a huge employer.
30 April 2012 - 8:56pm
Early-season sun
Cyclist in Greece
Enjoy summer cycling conditions now! Benji Haworth and Ed Oxley went to Greece with mountain bikes, while Dave Barter heads to Majorca with his road bike. Read the full article from CTC's Cycle Magazine.
30 April 2012 - 1:15pm
How to survive riding in the rain
Cycling in the rain
Do you dread the weather forecast? Are you a fairweather cyclist, only venturing out if the sky is cloudfree with a gentle breeze blowing? Is the car or bus your preferred choice when rain threatens? Read CTC's guide to cycling in the rain and it might just change your mind.
27 April 2012 - 2:37pm
Cyclists Welcome - CTC's cycle friendly accommodation listings
Cyclist on Raithlin Island in Northern Ireland
Looking for cycle friendly accommodation, cafe or cycle hire operator? See the list we've compiled on our Cyclists Welcome pages.
27 April 2012 - 11:05am
The off-road End to End
Ralph Hughes's bike at sunset
Cycling from Lands' End to John o'Groats on road is a challenge, but riding it off-road, even more so! The longest off-road route in the UK's a tough ride, but perfectly doable given sufficient training/planning.
26 April 2012 - 12:38pm
Chilterns Cycleway
Chilterns Cycleway
This cycleway offers a 173 mile circuit of the Chilterns, signposted all the way for easy navigation; beautiful countryside; and the opportunity to spot one or two red kites!
25 April 2012 - 1:05pm
Touring/expedition cycles
Two well-equipped cyclists on tour
Exploring by cycle is on the up, and manufacturers now produce many machines suited to carrying you and all your kit in comfort. Here we list a number of manufacturers/suppliers that might be of interest when you're looking for a new touring/expedition cycle.
24 April 2012 - 1:42pm
Barriers on cycle paths
A chicane barrier on a path legally accessible to cyclists
On road and off-road, there are a number of ways that cyclists can be discouraged from using a particular route. There may be natural challenges on some routes, but far more frustrating are those that have been designed in, making access for all difficult or in some cases impossible.
19 April 2012 - 3:29pm
Off-road cycling code of conduct
With mountain biking now an extremely popular past time for many thousands of cyclists, it's important for us all to remember and respect all other users of the countryside whilst enjoying our vast network of trails. Here we highlight a few key points to remember when you are out and about.
18 April 2012 - 3:29pm
Where can I cycle off-road?
Public Bridleway Sign
Here in the UK we have a comprehensive network of routes and trails available to cyclists to get you out into the countryside. Here we clarrify where you can legally ride off-road.
16 April 2012 - 2:28pm
Paralympic cyclists
Every four years, cyclists join other sportspeople in the quest for Olympic and Paralympic glory. In cycling, team GB are poised to fulfil their medal winning dreams, both Paralympians and Olympians alike.
13 April 2012 - 9:32am
Roads to Ruin (Cycle magazine, CTC Dec/Jan 2011/12)
Reporting a road defect to CTC's www.fillthathole.org.uk
Unless our potholes are properly fixed, next summer’s Olympic road race could have echoes of Paris-Roubaix’s pavé. CTC Campaigns and Policy Coordinator Chris Peck explains why UK roads are so bad.
12 April 2012 - 3:20pm
A guide to rear shifting
Image of Shimano rear mech with cable re-routed Hubbub style
The rule is: don't mix one make of shifter with another make of mech. But sometimes you need to bend the rules, especially when you want really low gears on a drop-handlebar touring bike.
 
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