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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.
11 August 2016 - 4:31pm
Learn and Lead - free one-day Ride Leader workshop
A group ride
Cycling with others is lots of fun and you can lead the way by attending one of our free on-road Ride Leader workshops. We offer a comprehensive classroom-based workshop to teach you the theory of how to lead a ride, with additional provision to support you so you can lead your very own ride, in your own area, for your type of cycling.
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.
3 August 2016 - 7:18pm
Cycling comedian John is on to a real grinner with his life story!
Comedian and cyclist John Dowie
As a former professional stand-up comedian, John Dowie should have impeccable timing. So why did he quit comedy just when it was about to become the new rock ’n' roll and end up cycling around the country with a tent?
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.
7 July 2016 - 4:12pm
Nick rides to Iran in search of father he has never seen
Nick Shields who is cycling to Iran
Nick Shields is cycling more than 3,500 miles to Iran – hoping to find the father and family he has never met.
4 July 2016 - 12:03pm
Hundreds of cyclists take on the Tri-Vets century ride challenge
West Kent Tri-Vets blue group
The Tri-Vets cycle series, which started on 4 June and concludes this Sunday 10 July, has seen Cycling UK members aged 50+ from all over the country complete a 100-mile or 100-km road ride in under 12 hours. The series takes place every three years and is a sociable and fun activity which dates back to early in the last century.
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.
25 May 2016 - 5:39pm
Two grandads and an alien are on the write road from Hungary!
Paul Greenhalgh, Mike Newton and John Harrison
They cycled more than 1,450 miles, took in the sights and sounds of seven countries, slogged up and down the Alps, and had to cope with temperatures which soared to 38°C – a sizzling 100°F in ‘old money’. As bike rides go, it wasn’t a bad effort for two grandads and an alien!
25 May 2016 - 5:34pm
LEJOG ride helps Michael ‘reconstruct his world’
Michael Nelson and Nick Dennis at John O'Groats
Michael Nelson feels as though he has “reconstructed his world” after riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats following treatment for a rare form of cancer.
12 May 2016 - 10:46am
Winged Wheels restored to former glory on The Squirrel and The Wirral
Winged Wheel on Squirrel Inn, Wellington
Two magnificent Winged Wheel signs have been restored to their former glory and unveiled for public view – one on The Squirrel, the other on The Wirral. Cycling UK’s Communications and Media Officer Tony Upfold reveals how they were found, donated and lovingly renovated.
11 May 2016 - 11:00am
Sky’s the limit as pilot Vince swaps wings for wheels
Vince Bowshall is cycling from Brighton to Sicily
Airline pilot Vince Bowshall could fly to Sicily in three hours – but he’s decided to spend two weeks cycling there instead.
10 May 2016 - 12:16pm
‘Biking Bishop’ attends 90th Coxwold Memorial Service
Coxwold 90th Cyclists' Memorial Service
The ‘Biking Bishop’ appropriately gave the address at the 90th annual Cyclists’ Service of Remembrance in the North Yorkshire village of Coxwold on Sunday (8 May).
5 May 2016 - 5:28pm
Teenagers aim to be youngest to cycle 10,000km Silk Road
Charles Stevens and Will Hsu to ride Silk Road route
Teenaged Cycling UK members Charles Stevens and Will Hsu fly out to Beijing today – aiming to become the youngest people ever to complete the world’s longest, hardest, hottest and coldest cycling challenge.
8 January 2016 - 2:59pm
Essex anniversary is caught on camera
CTC South East Group members
They might not have swapped Hockley for Hollywood just yet, but members of CTC Essex’s South East Group have certainly given their 40th anniversary the film star treatment.
22 December 2015 - 4:52pm
CTC Fylde Bicycle Belles celebrate ten years of friendship and fun
Fylde Bicycle Belles
Nearly a decade ago, an item appeared in the CTC magazine asking for members to run special events to encourage women to cycle. 'Five Miles to Fabulous' was the name of the initiative and two women were inspired enough by it to organise a ride for their female friends.
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.
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