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24 March 2017 - 8:02am
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 - 12:34pm
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 - 11:29am
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 - 5:46pm
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 - 12:39pm
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 - 2:07pm
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 - 1:25pm
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 - 5:40pm
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 - 10:43am
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 - 2:12pm
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.
8 September 2016 - 11:02pm
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 - 3:31pm
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 - 9:49am
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 - 6:18pm
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 - 9:09pm
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 - 3:12pm
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 - 11:03am
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 - 3:37pm
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 - 4:39pm
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 - 4:34pm
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.
 
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