25 May 2016 - 8:33am
Three reasons to get involved in Bike Week - save cash, burn calories and cut carbon!
Bike Week 2016
We all know that cycling is a great way to keep fit but what could it mean for you in terms of saving money and the planet? We've brought together some key facts about the benefits of cycling as part of Bike Week 2016, which runs from 11-19 June.
24 May 2016 - 3:10pm
Bike Week set to be biggest mass-participation cycling event
Bike Week 2016 Credit Joolze Dymond
The UK’s biggest mass-participation cycling event is set to kick-start a summer of cycling this June for over half a million people. Bike Week 2016 (11–19 June) aims to substantially boost the numbers of people cycling to work which currently stands at around 800,000.
23 May 2016 - 11:39am
Sign of The Times as MPs back Cycling UK's CWIS stance
#morethanmilk logo
As the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) holds its inquiry into England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) today, Cycling UK’s #morethanmilk action scores a result with over 50 MPs writing to The Times backing our five key milestones.
18 May 2016 - 10:02am
Driver training & testing reforms: small steps, but no strides towards cyclists' safety
Busy road
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) new plans for reforming the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) and DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) make a few promising commitments to protect cyclists better, but still fall far short of Cycling UK’s recommendations.
13 May 2016 - 2:59pm
Stevenage cyclists have a real spring in their step
Stevenage CTC cyclists
Spring is in the air for Stevenage and North Herts CTC – with at least one ride being held every day for the next ten days.
12 May 2016 - 10:46am
Winged Wheels restored to former glory on The Squirrel and The Wirral
Winged Wheel on Squirrel Inn, Wellington
Two magnificent Winged Wheel signs have been restored to their former glory and unveiled for public view – one on The Squirrel, the other on The Wirral. Cycling UK’s Communications and Media Officer Tony Upfold reveals how they were found, donated and lovingly renovated.
11 May 2016 - 11:34am
Scotland's biggest celebration of cycling culture
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is returning to Scotland's capital from 9 - 19 June. It will be the biggest celebration of cycling in Scotland and Cycling UK will be hosting events and activities to showcase just how cycling can and is changing people's lives.
11 May 2016 - 11:00am
Sky’s the limit as pilot Vince swaps wings for wheels
Vince Bowshall is cycling from Brighton to Sicily
Airline pilot Vince Bowshall could fly to Sicily in three hours – but he’s decided to spend two weeks cycling there instead.
10 May 2016 - 2:30pm
It is Bike Week 2016 - be part of it!
We want to get half-a-million more people cycling during Bike Week from 11-19 Ju
It’s Bike Week time again – and we want to make the nation’s annual celebration of cycling bigger and better than ever in 2016!
10 May 2016 - 12:16pm
‘Biking Bishop’ attends 90th Coxwold Memorial Service
Coxwold 90th Cyclists' Memorial Service
The ‘Biking Bishop’ appropriately gave the address at the 90th annual Cyclists’ Service of Remembrance in the North Yorkshire village of Coxwold on Sunday (8 May).
10 May 2016 - 12:01pm
Top Tube Rust
A cycle mechanic
My 15-year-old Dawes Galaxy has developed tiny blisters along the top of the top tube. When scraped away, and viewed with a hand lens, pinpoints of rust appear to be pushing up the lacquer. Is this terminal or dangerous? Can anything be done to arrest the process – Waxoil/WD40 etc?
10 May 2016 - 11:58am
Quality 8 or 9-speed
A cycle mechanic
I’m building up a Genesis Croix de Fer frameset. Is it still possible to buy decent quality transmission components that are 7/8 or 9-speed compatible, or is only the cheapest Shimano stuff available? I need straight bar pod-shifters, front and rear mechs and a triple chainset. Any ideas?
10 May 2016 - 11:32am
Shouldering the pain
A doctor with a stethoscope
I fell off my bicycle a couple of months ago and injured my shoulder; apparently the acromioclavicular ligaments got stretched. I am now able to cycle again but notice that my shoulder is very uncomfortable afterwards. I wondered if I am delaying the healing process by continuing to cycle, and I also wondered if there were any exercises that might assist with the healing process?
10 May 2016 - 11:29am
Grease is the word
A cycle mechanic
Does unused grease and oil deteriorate or degrade over the years, and is it advisable to renew ball bearings when servicing a wheel?
10 May 2016 - 11:27am
Alfine Oil
A cycle mechanic
I have just bought a Shimano Alfine SG S700 hub gear. The cost of the lubrication oil for routine maintenance is very high. Can you recommend a suitable alternative at a reasonable price?
10 May 2016 - 11:23am
Horse Sense
A Judge's gavel
Could you give me guidance on the following: a cyclist is cycling along a country lane. He/she approaches a horserider from behind, going in the same direction. The cyclist gives no audible warning of his/her approach; the horse shies; and the rider falls and is injured. What is the legal responsibility, if any, of the cyclist?
10 May 2016 - 11:02am
Drivetrain Longevity
A bike mechanic fixing a wheel
What’s the best replacement strategy to maximise the economic life of the chain and the front chainrings and rear cogs? How many miles should a reasonable quality chain last on a bike with derailleur gears, if cleaned and lubricated regularly? If I replace the chain but not the rear cogs, the new chain starts jumping off the most worn gears for a few weeks until it ‘wears in’.
5 May 2016 - 5:28pm
Teenagers aim to be youngest to cycle 10,000km Silk Road
Charles Stevens and Will Hsu to ride Silk Road route
Teenaged Cycling UK members Charles Stevens and Will Hsu fly out to Beijing today – aiming to become the youngest people ever to complete the world’s longest, hardest, hottest and coldest cycling challenge.
3 May 2016 - 10:03am
Road Crime is Real Crime - in Wales
Polling Station with bicycle outside
With less than two days to go before the polls open, it's the Welsh Police and Crime Commissioner candidates who are pledging to treat Road Crime as Real Crime and committing to increase road traffic police funding and numbers, and the English candidates who need to be pressed to commit
29 April 2016 - 10:35am
Lucy and her 75-year-old dad hail their C2C success
Lucy Armour and her dad David Greenwood hav e cycled C2C
Lucy Armour, who is partially sighted due to albinism, and her 75-year-old dad David Greenwood braved the late-April freeze to successfully complete their Coast to Coast cycling adventure.
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