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30 June 2016 - 2:40pm
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 - 2:28pm
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 - 2:20pm
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 - 2:17pm
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 - 1:42pm
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 - 11:45am
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 - 8:20am
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 - 2:02pm
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 - 12:49pm
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 - 4:12pm
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 - 3:37pm
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 - 8:39am
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 - 8:38am
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 - 1:00pm
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.
15 June 2016 - 2:43pm
Seven-year-old Archie meets Wills and Harry as Cycling UK celebrates Queen’s 90th birthday
Archie Forse with Prince Harry at the Patron's Lunch
Seven-year-old cyclist Archie Forse had the thrill of his life when he met Princes William and Harry as a guest of Cycling UK at the Patron’s Lunch to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
14 June 2016 - 4:42pm
Overcoming the barriers to riding to work
A commuter cycles to work near Leeds station
Many people would like to cycle to work but talk themselves out of it. Cycling UK's Julie Rand takes a look at the reasons why many people don't go to work by bike and what they can do about it.
14 June 2016 - 3:09pm
Cycling to Glastonbury
Photo of a solar cyclonator at Glastonbury 2008
Heading to Glastonbury or another music festival this summer? You can avoid the inevitable gridlock by taking to two wheels, as Paul Maunder reveals.
14 June 2016 - 11:38am
Funding boost for Big Bike Revival in Scotland
Cycle instructor helping adult learn to ride
Cycling UK is delighted to have been awarded £450,000 by the Scottish Government, through Transport Scotland, to run Big Bike Revival in Scotland.
14 June 2016 - 9:19am
Cycling tips: 24 essential pieces of riding advice for beginners
Three road cyclists climbing up a hill
With help from our friends at BikeRadar, who are supporting Bike Week here's a guide to the basics of cycling kit, clothing, technique and more. These cycling tips are aimed at the beginners, those of you who’ve just started out on their great two-wheeled adventure. Think of us as your helpful riding buddy who wants to save you some time and some trouble.
10 June 2016 - 11:18pm
Six ways to get ready for Bike Week 2016
Bike Week 2016 Credit Joolze Dymond
Bike Week 2016 has now officially started (11-19 June) and so we've brought together some handy hints to help you to make the most of this kick start to your summer of cycling.
 
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