How to guides

Renovating an old bike - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
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.

 
 
Only around 20% of Cycling UK's members are female and women are hugely underrepresented in cycling as a whole. But they are also the group that have the most to gain from taking part in a fun, healthy and sociable activity. So, as part of our current celebration of women's cycling, we have put together a guide to encourage more women to take up riding a bike, whether they've never ridden before, are returning after a break or are experienced cycli

 
 
A woman cycling with a boy
How can you prepare a child for the demands of cycling on a road? Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand share their advice to help parents to cycle alongside their children safely on a road.

 
 
Roland Add+bike
If your child too heavy for a bike seat or trailer, but cannot manage a longer ride yet, try a tag-a-long (often known as a trailer bike). It's is essentially a child’s bicycle with the front wheel, fork and headset replaced by a long towbar or boom. It fits to the back of an adult’s bike to form an articulated tandem. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael explain the options.

 
 
Thule trailer (photo with permission from Thule)
A guide to child trailers - 12 Jan 2017 - Article
Bike trailers for cycling with children can be one of the most useful cycling accessories available. Cycle trailers offer a huge amount of extra carrying capacity, both as a comfortable place to put children while you pedal them around and as a way to transport impressive amounts of less precious cargo, too. Cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains all.

 
 
A cyclist using the Fill That Hole app
A guide to smart-phone cycling apps - 15 Dec 2016 - Cycle Magazine
Long gone are the days when we had to buy a dedicated cycling computer to tell us how far and fast we were riding — now we can find out all that from our smart-phones. In fact, with new products appearing all the time, it’s incredible just how many different ways of your cycling life can be assisted with the right cycling app. Journalist and Cycling UK member Matt Lamy lists the best ones around.

 
 
A cyclist on a roundbout
How can you be more visible to other road users? Adjusting your position on the carriageway can help you see and be seen more easily. Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand explains how it can make riding your bike in traffic a much more enjoyable experience.

 
 
Cyclist riding away from parked cars
At this time of year, many websites and magazine articles are full of advice about how to be seen while cycling. They mostly discuss hi-viz, reflective clothing, and lights, but very rarely do they mention road positioning. Cycling UK's cycle instructor Julie Rand explains how where you cycle on the road helps drivers to see you.

 
 
Parents and children cycling at Palmer Park in Reading
All children like cycling. On a lighter-weight bike that fits properly, they'll love it. Cycle magazine editor and father of three Dan Joyce gives some guidelines to help you pick the right bike for your child.

 
 
Dan Joyce holding a bike, to check a rider's posture
What size bike do I need? - 6 Oct 2016 - Cycle Magazine
Getting the right size bike seldom requires a professional fitting session. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce gives some guidelines to help you pick the right size bike.

 
 
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