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24 March 2017 - 12:23pm
How cycling helps heart attack victims rebuild their lives
Alton Cardiac Rehab group
Cycling has helped Mike Hutchinson rebuild his life after he suffered a heart attack seven years ago. Mike is a member of the Alton Cardiac Rehab cycling group in Hampshire, which celebrates its first birthday next month. Tony Upfold, Cycling UK’s Communications and Media Officer, joined the group’s first ride of 2017 to find out more about the vital role it plays in the local community.
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 March 2017 - 3:07pm
Cycling UK's new Challenge Ride Series starts as clocks go forward
Please credit GridIron100 and Cycling UK
Cycling UK has announced a new Challenge Ride Series of sportives for 2017 – which gets underway with Cycling Stevenage’s ‘Start of Summertime’ on Sunday, 26 March.
15 March 2017 - 3:25pm
Cheshire East Council officially backs Space for Cycling
Cheshire East council passed a motion to support Space for Cycling
Cheshire East Council has become the first local authority to formally pass a motion supporting our Space for Cycling campaign.
10 March 2017 - 7:33pm
We've done it! Too Close For Comfort meets target in first 48hrs
TooCloseForComfort mat close-up
Cycling UK ‘Too Close For Comfort’ Kickstarter campaign smashes its fundraising target in less than 48 hours.
10 March 2017 - 1:20pm
Greater Manchester needs a "world class transport system" says Conservative candidate
Sean Anstee, the Conservative candidate running for mayor of Greater Manchester, tells us his plans for cycling should he be elected on 4 May.
9 March 2017 - 11:38am
Crowdsourced funding campaign will make "roads safer"
Paul Tuohy on a close pass mat
Cycling UK launches ‘Too Close For Comfort’ Kickstarter campaign to make great work by West Midlands Police go nationwide.
8 March 2017 - 4:48pm
Roland's grand day out at CTC South West London's Hilly 50
Steve Winder with Hilly 50 organiser Mike Morley
A total of 71 riders – most of them Cycling UK members – tackled 3,000 feet of climbing in CTC South West London’s popular Hilly 50 on Saturday (4 March).
8 March 2017 - 4:27pm
Why don't more women cycle?
Ayrshire Ladies ride
Men do nearly three times as many cycling journeys as women, and travel more than four times as far. What makes the UK so hostile towards women on bikes? Why are we lagging so far behind our European neighbours in gender parity? Cycling UK member Alix Stredwick, who has worked on cycling issues since 2001, explains why – and what can be done about it.
8 March 2017 - 12:14pm
Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling throughout July 2017
Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling takes place in July
To mark International Women’s Day today (8 March), Cycling UK is launching its Women’s Festival of Cycling. The festival will take place in July and will be a celebration of female-friendly leisure cycling, both on and off-road.
3 March 2017 - 6:34pm
100 Women in Cycling
We will be celebrating female cycling by profiling the many women riders and supporters of cycling, both within and outside of Cycling UK. The 100 Women in Cycling will be women who inspire others to take up the activity but who may not be well-known by the world at large.
3 March 2017 - 2:00pm
'Car dooring' as an offence must be taken more seriously
Justice
Today Friday 3 March, defendants Ms Mandy Chapple (56) and Mr Farook Yusuf Bhikhu (56) were both summoned to Leicester Magistrates Court for the offence of opening a car door, or causing or permitting it to be opened, so as to cause injury, an action which resulted in the death of Leicester schoolteacher Sam Boulton.
1 March 2017 - 5:15pm
Renovating an old bike
Renovating an old bike can be hugely rewarding, whether it’s a simple respray or a full rebuild. Technical editor of Cycle magazine Richard Hallett explains.
1 March 2017 - 12:21pm
Driver is claiming against me
Judge's gavel and documents
I’ve been in a traffic incident and would like to understand the potential consequences. It happened on an unregulated intersection. I was riding straight on and an oncoming driver was turning right. My bike is damaged, as is the car – his front bumper and left door. Luckily, a police car was passing by and stopped. I have a CAD number, the driver’s details, and a photo of his car showing the number plate. I don’t know what the police registered in their files.
1 March 2017 - 12:12pm
Escaping labyrinthitis
A doctor with a stethoscope
I had labyrinthitis recently, causing nausea and balance problems. Is it cycling related? How can I avoid it?
1 March 2017 - 12:09pm
Different width tyres
Mechanic adjusting the gears
My alloy/carbon road bike has 23mm tyres. I’d like to fit something wider, having switched from 23mm to 28mm on another bike, with noticeable improvements to comfort and rolling. But although I have room for 25mm on the front, there is very little clearance under the seat stay bridge. Would there be any advantage in having a 25mm on the front? I suspect it would be better the other way round but that won’t work. Would there be any disadvantage in having odd tyre sizes?
1 March 2017 - 12:07pm
Mounting & dismounting
Mechanic adjusting the gears
At the age of 84, I can cycle well enough but I’m having trouble getting on and off my bike easily. I’ve considered a step-through Dutch roadster but they generally have a limited range of gears. I’ve lowered my carrier and my saddle to get more clearance. Maybe there’s a simple solution that I’ve overlooked?
1 March 2017 - 10:31am
Heart-rate spikes
A doctor with a stethoscope
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. Normally, these spikes occur near the start of a ride. I discussed this with my GP who, after a 24-hour monitor, pronounced me fit and well. Last night, I did a 10-mile time trial without warming up properly. My HR quickly went up to about 220, and stayed high for a few minutes.
28 February 2017 - 4:36pm
200 years since the father of the bicycle Baron Karl von Drais invented the 'running machine'
Velocipedes, Jardin du Luxembourg, Gentry Publishers, 1818
200 years ago in Germany Baron Karl von Drais demonstrated his newest invention: the draisienne (which was also known as the laufmachine, running machine or Vélocipède), a two-wheeled horseless vehicle propelled by its rider. Cycling UK's Historian Sheila Hanlon explains why without Baron Karl von Drais we would not have the modern bicycle.
28 February 2017 - 3:28pm
Space for cycling will improve rush hour traffic flow
space for cycling reduces traffic
Cycling UK's parliamentary evidence to Transport Committee inquiry on urban congestion explains how better cycling provision will allow more people to travel safely and quickly.
 
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