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Claire Lloyd Team GB Triathlete
What to eat when you are cycling - 3 Aug 2017 - Article
Cycling is a fickle thing, some days you can cycle for hours and feel that you could stay in the saddle forever. Other days you get to the 20 mile mark, have no energy left at all and 'bonk'! Ultimately, your body will never perform optimally if there’s nothing there to fuel whatever exercise you plan on doing. Triathlete Claire Lloyd gives her advice on what to eat and drink when you are cycling.

 
 
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Have you ever considered how you could convert your passion into a means of making money? If the answer's "yes" and your passion is cycling then Cycling UK's Tour Leader course could be just the one for you. We sent keen cyclist Patrick Trainor on one of our courses to find out more...

 
 
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How to clean your bike - 1 Jun 2017 - Cycle Magazine
We’d never claim that cleaning a bike is as much fun as actually riding it. However, there is something therapeutic about the process and something rewarding about seeing a gleaming machine at the end of it. More importantly from a practical standpoint, clean bikes work better and don’t wear out as fast, so you’re extending the life of your cycle and saving money, too. Cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains how to return your bike to tip-top condition.

 
 
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You love your family and friends but you also love cycling. Is there any way you can get them to share your passion so you can cycle together? Cycling UK's Julie Rand explains the ways you can encourage your nearest and dearest to start cycling with you.

 
 
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A guide to clipless pedals and cleats - 9 May 2017 - Article
If you’re using standard pedals, or traditional toeclips, then switching to clipless pedals could make it a lot less effort. Cycling journalists Rob Ainsley and Simon Howarth explain why you might want to choose clip-in pedals and cleats.

 
 
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 cyclists.

 
 
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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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