Over the past couple of months, the popularity of cycling has increased exponentially – with exercise becoming ever more important, and cycling an accessible sport. We have put together some top tips to help you get on your bike, whether you are new to cycling or an experienced rider.

The Right Bike
It can be very tempting to find a bike online due to the price point being lower than in a physical shop, however buying a bike that is suitable and comfortable is key – otherwise, you simply wont have the inclination to use it. Using a cycling shop will give you access to expertise which should help you in finding the right fit for you, and encourage you to use your new piece of equipment.

Don’t Be Deflated
One of the relatively few things that can go wrong with a bicycle is if one of your tyres has a puncture whilst you are out on the road, therefore we would recommend that you learn how to fix a puncture as soon as you have your bike. You can find puncture repair kits online or in store for less than £10, and here is a handy guide explaining the process

Plan Your Route
It will be useful to know where you are going on your route, so that you don’t get lost and end up on a much longer outing than originally planned or come across any terrain that you aren’t prepared for. Plan your route online using google maps or something similar, and you will be able to prepare the perfect distance with not too much elevation – bridle paths and old railways lines converted to pathways are perfect for a casual outing.

Practice Makes Perfect
Although we often say “it’s just like riding a bike” for things which come naturally to us, a little bit of practice in the saddle will help you to be safer on two wheels. For example, remember to feather your front brake lightly in order to come to a stop, rather than using your rear brake to stop immediately, and when cornering lift up your inside knee and apply your weight to the outside of the bike for balance.

Stay Safe
The most important aspect of cycling, if you are on the road or otherwise, is to stay safe and ensure the safety of those around you also. Ensure that you adhere to the rules of the road, just as if you were in a car, and that those around you know your next action through signalling using your arms if you are turning left or right. Wear brightly coloured clothes so that you can be seen at all times and carry some identification, a phone and some petty cash on you just in case.