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.
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.
30 June 2016 - 5:28pm
Cycling UK members won’t be cheesed off by Cheddar!
Cheddar Gorge  (Picture:
Nearly 80 Cycling UK members from the Bristol area will be putting months of tough training to the test when they pedal up Cheddar Gorge on the 50-mile Get Gorge-ous Cycle Challenge tomorrow (Saturday 2 July).
30 June 2016 - 4:06pm
Entry-level tandems
Dawes Galaxy Twin
Tandems costing less than £2,000 are a rare breed. Technical Editor Richard Hallett compares the Orbit Velocity Comp and Dawes Galaxy Twin
30 June 2016 - 3:55pm
Heart-rate spikes
stethoscope on a clipboard with doctors in the background
I have been alarmed by some readings on my heart-rate monitor. I am a fit, 63-year-old cyclist. My maximum heart rate used to be around 180, but I've had the odd spike above 200.
30 June 2016 - 3:43pm
Saddlebag support
mechanic adjusting the gears
I’ve bought an anatomical saddle after years riding on Brooks leather ones. It is comfortable but lacks eyes under the seat to support a saddlebag. I want these bag loops.
30 June 2016 - 3:40pm
I can't stand it!
mechanic adjusting the gears
I am looking for a strong, stable but lightweight double-leg cycle stand. Can you recommend one? I’m not online or computer savvy.
30 June 2016 - 3:28pm
Cyclists dismount
Transport for London temporarily closed part of CS7 with a sign saying ‘cyclists dismount'. Cyclists nipping through without dismounting were given £50 fixed penalties. Do temporary notices saying ‘Cyclists dismount’ have legal status? Can the police fine cyclists who ignore them?
30 June 2016 - 3:20pm
Switching to 650B
mechanic adjusting the gears
I am considering fitting a pair of 650B wheels to my 700C-wheeled Planet-X London Road hybrid to extend its capability on canal towpaths etc. Perhaps Mavic Crossrides with Grand Bois Cyprès (32mm), Lierre (38mm) or Hêtre (42mm) tyres. As a 650B expert, I'm wondering if you could advise if these are reasonable options.
30 June 2016 - 3:17pm
Drag-brake lever
mechanic adjusting the gears
I have a bike with a drag brake at the rear and a V-brake at the front. The rear brake lever needs to pull a longer section of cable to achieve a braking action. Can you recommend a brake lever for the rear drag brake? A V-brake lever is not very effective.
30 June 2016 - 2:42pm
Adjusting gears
mechanic adjusting the gears
Is there a technique for setting the Shimano derailleur gears found on mountain bikes? With constant use, these gears often start to miss a cog or will not go in at all. I'm struggling to adjust them as I do not know which screw is which. Could they not be different colours?
30 June 2016 - 12:45pm
Mayor promises autumn plan for safer lorries
Picture of a Mercedes direct vision lorry
As Mayor Sadiq Khan commits to quickly increase the number of direct vision lorries in London and promises a plan to do so by this Autumn, the momentum to move to safer lorries, protect pedestrians and save cyclists' lives is growing, but needs to be a national not London-centric initiative.
29 June 2016 - 9:20am
Big Bike Revival set to bring thousands of bikes back into use this summer
Big Bike Revival mechanic fixing a bike
A national campaign designed to bring bicycles back into use in their thousands, launches today in Stockport. The Big Bike Revival, an award winning programme developed by Cycling UK, formerly CTC the national cycling charity, helps people to bring their bikes back into use, by providing bike health checks, sharing maintenance knowhow, and giving people more confidence in the saddle.
28 June 2016 - 3:02pm
All aboard: a family cycling holiday by train
The Clines family get ready to board a train
Family cyclists face hurdles when travelling by train, but with preparation and patience it’s feasible to take young children, bikes, trailers, seats and luggage with you. Cycling UK members Jeremy and Louise Clines explain how their family travels with their bikes by train.
28 June 2016 - 1:49pm
Cycling 10 countries in 10 days
Bike leaning against a bridge over the Rhine
Cycling UK member David Dowling was determined to make his week off work count, embarking on a border-hopping cycle tour from the UK to Italy.
22 June 2016 - 5:12pm
Would you heifer believe it - Cycling Moo Kay's grazing on Box Hill!
Cycling Moo Kay painted cow on Box Hill
Have you herd? Doug Clare has come up with an udderly brilliant way to raise funds for Cycling UK – and it’s moosic to our ears!
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 - 9:39am
Review: Men's short sleeved cycling tops
Cyclists on the Great Tour 2015
It's the season for short sleeved cycle tops, and Cycling UK has been busy testing a range of men's versions throughout the spring months. We've explicitly sought out tops which sit largely in the mid-price range, looking for a combination of quality with hopefully affordable prices.
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.
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