On your bike! The good cycling guide

Published 18 November, 2015

Cycling is one of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to get fit. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

If you want to get fit and have fun doing it, you’re in the right place. Regular cycling can help you lose weight, reduce stress and boost your fitness. It can also save you money, is good for the environment, and you don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins to enjoy it! So, are you ready to get out there? Follow the golden rules of good cycling to get the most out of your rides.

Take extra care in the rain
Give yourself more room to manoeuvre around traffic, or make sure you can stop safely.

Stay in shape
Both you and your bike need to be in good working order, so get it regularly serviced at a bike shop.

Stay focused
Don’t be distracted and stay safe. Forget about your mobile phone, this week’s to-do list and that bill you forgot to pay – enjoy being in the moment and keep your eyes on the road.

Invest in a bike bag or basket
Find a safe storage solution for your stuff. Shopping dangling from your handlebars makes it much harder to steer safely, putting you – and others around you – at risk.

Be assertive
Communicate with other road users using hand signals or eye contact, anticipate hazards in advance, and take the space you need on the road to avoid them; riding in the gutter is not safe, as you are less visible to motorists.

Be visible
Wear bright or reflective clothing and equipment at night.