19 July 2016 - 11:13am
Narrow-wide chainring
mechanic adjusting the gears
What is mountain bike gearing with a narrow-wide chainring? I have not come across this phrase before. Can you explain it?
19 July 2016 - 10:28am
Five-speed turbo training
mechanic adjusting the gears
Can a five-speed hub be mounted in a turbo trainer? The attachment of the gear cable on this bike enters the hub parallel to the chainstay, not axially as in some three-speeds. Also, I want to repaint the frame of my Nigel Dean as some rust is now appearing after 30 years. Do you know of an affordable way of copying the Nigel Dean decals?
15 July 2016 - 12:01pm
MPs discover wheels can lead to wellbeing as Herne Hill hosts disabled cycling day
Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing
Politicians were given an insight to the world of disabled cycling as the heavens opened at Herne Hill Velodrome this week. Ruth Cadbury MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, was among those invited to a Tea, Tour, Talk and Track session organised by the inclusive cycling charity Wheels for Wellbeing, which is affiliated to Cycling UK.
14 July 2016 - 4:10pm
Withnail and us: cycling in the Lake District
Needing an escape from London, David Bradford and Steve Shrubsall headed to Penrith in the footsteps of their favourite film anti-heroes
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.
6 July 2016 - 9:46am
Greenford cyclist Frank Cubis dies following Ealing collision
Cyclists in Richmond Park
Cycling UK and Kingston Phoenix Road Club member Frank Cubis sadly passed away yesterday after sustaining fatal injuries in a collision with a vehicle while cycling in Ealing in May. A generous man who dedicated his life to cycling, he was riding to Richmond Park to mentor a novice cyclist on the day his lifetime passion ended in tragedy.
5 July 2016 - 6:07pm
Elated riders hit the heights as they Gorge themselves on Cheddar!
Get Gorge-ous Cycle Challenge, Cheddar Gorge
They came, they climbed, they conquered – and the elated look on their faces said it all. Nearly 50 Cycling UK members were left with a gorgeous feeling after pedalling up Cheddar Gorge on their way to completing the toughest bike ride of their lives on Saturday (2 July).
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.
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

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