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8 August 2016 - 11:30am
Welsh Minister to call for public to get involved in shaping their communities
Cycling UK at launch event
Rebecca Evans AM, the Welsh Government Minister with responsibility for Active Travel, will be using today's (Monday 8 August) launch of a new campaign by Wales’ leading walking and cycling organisations to urge people to have their say on how their communities could be better designed for getting around on foot and by bike.
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?
28 July 2016 - 11:32am
Training for a 100 mile cycle ride
Laura Laker on a Boardman bike
Cycling your first century is a milestone for anyone. So cycling your third should be easy, right? Cycling journalist Laura Laker gives her views on how best to prepare for a long distance ride
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.
21 July 2016 - 10:47am
A complete guide to car-mounted cycle carriers
Roof mounted bike rack (image from Thule)
Do you need to transport your bike by car? What is the best way to transport your bike with your car? Cycling journalist and Cycling UK member Matt Lamy explains all the options in this simple guide to car-mounted cycle carriers.
20 July 2016 - 12:15pm
A summer of cycling through the Big Bike Revival is here!
Big Bike Revival Summer of Cycling TV advert
This week Cycling UK has launched its first ever TV ad campaign, promoting the Big Bike Revival to millions of viewers on the box and online.
19 July 2016 - 3:21pm
£2000 Pedelecs: Cube Touring Hybrid Pro 400 EE vs Giant Prime E +3W
Electric-assist bike
Electric-assist bikes are better than ever. Cycle magazine's Technical Editor Richard Hallett reviews a Cube Touring Hybrid Pro 400 EE and a Giant Prime E +3 W
19 July 2016 - 10:27am
Better braking on an electric trike
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have a Batribike 20 tricycle but am struggling to apply the rear brake effectively due to tenosynovitis in my left hand. This rarely causes trouble, except that I now live halfway up a steep hill and need to brake my trike fairly forcibly. In the last month, I have ridden the trike a lot in Holland where I had no trouble at all. Have you any helpful ideas?
19 July 2016 - 10:23am
Dogs on shared paths
judge's gavel and documents
What is the law regarding dogs on shared-use cycle/footpaths in the UK?
19 July 2016 - 10:18am
Shaft drive
mechanic adjusting the gears
Are there any shaft-drive bicycles on the market today? I know several types were developed and sold in the 1890s and 1900s.
19 July 2016 - 10:13am
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 - 10:08am
Diabetes and energy drinks
Doctor's stetheoscope
I’ve just had my annual blood tests done. The result was a slight impairment of glucose regulation. This did not show diabetes but could increase the risk in the future. This got me thinking about the energy drink I use (SIS Go Energy). Is this okay or should I consider changing? I don’t go hard and fast on my rides, generally a steady 50 miles at around 12.5mph.
19 July 2016 - 9:28am
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 - 11:01am
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 - 3:10pm
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 - 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.
6 July 2016 - 8:46am
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 - 5:07pm
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 - 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.
 
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