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21 May 2017 - 12:56pm
Great rides: The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is a classic mountain bike route. Matthew Wright rode it, plus an off-road coast-to-coast, with CTC Cycling Holidays
18 May 2017 - 10:39am
Super-fit seniors ride End to End to help Sunflower bloom
Cyclist in Oxford
New Cycling UK members Mark Mathews and Clive Lindley-Jones have always practised what they preach as keen advocates of a natural, healthy lifestyle.
15 May 2017 - 9:24am
Alaina chases the sun south on an amazing Arctic to Adriatic adventure
Alaina Beacall
Alaina Beacall sets off on a 4,000-mile bike ride from the Arctic to the Adriatic at the end of the month – not a bad challenge for someone who has only just discovered the delights of cycle touring!
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.
27 April 2017 - 4:46pm
The Bowland Populaire part of our Challenge Ride Series
Riders in Wray at the start of the Bowland Populaire
Cycling UK's Challenge Ride Series 2017 takes you to some of the loveliest parts of the country for a grand day out on the bike. Lancaster and South Lakes CTC's Bowland Populaire on Sunday 23 April proved to be exactly that, with 45 riders completing the 100km route, which included over 1,600m of climbing. Lancaster Secretary Mike Hutchinson describes the day.
24 April 2017 - 5:13pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling to catch the ferry to France
Felicity Frost and partner Steve took a hilly route to catch their ferry to France
18 April 2017 - 12:06pm
Why CTC Cycling Holidays are different
Diane descends red road to Sihanoukville in Cambodia
CTC Cycling Holidays are among the best kept secrets in cycling. Tour participant turned leader Gary Cummins explains why...
6 April 2017 - 11:16am
Cycling UK member retraces poet’s 1913 ride In Pursuit Of Spring
Jon Woodcock is riding In Pursuit Of Spring
Jon Woodcock set off In Pursuit Of Spring today – retracing a cycle ride completed over a century ago by one of Britain’s most revered First World War poets. Cycling UK member Jon is following in the footsteps – or tyre treads – of Edward Thomas, who pedalled from his home in Clapham, South London, to Kilve, on the Somerset coast, in 1913.
4 April 2017 - 1:15pm
School cycle leader Dylan knows his ABC when it comes to C2C
North Halifax Grammar School C2C ride
Dylan Jugroop is leading a school outing with a difference this summer – a 140-mile cycle ride for 40 students between the west and east coasts of northern England.
29 March 2017 - 5:53pm
Sunny Start of Summertime launches our Challenge Ride Series in style
Start of Summertime riders
The Start of Summertime lived up to its name as glorious sunshine greeted the 200 cyclists who launched Cycling UK’s new Challenge Ride Series in Stevenage on Sunday (26 March).
24 March 2017 - 9:02am
Great Rides: Battling the Birken in Norway
Norwegian wood
Each August in Norway, 20,000 mountain bikers ride up to 122km with a figurative royal baby on their backs. Journalist Pat Kinsella joined them. Henry Iddon took photos.
17 January 2017 - 1:34pm
Travellers' Tales: My African adventure
Ewan Wilkinson and his friends Bosco and Isaac
Cycling UK member Ewan Wilkinson cycled 400 miles across Uganda and into Rwanda
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 - 1:39pm
Josie Dew's family cycle tour on the Isle of Wight
Josie Dew and her daughter pushing their bikes up a hill on the Isle of Wight
Cycling UK Vice President Josie Dew and her three young children took a ferry across the Solent to go cycle-camping on the Isle of Wight. It was the first time Josie attempted cycle touring with her children alone.
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.
 
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