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Travel the world by bike: 7 of the best books for international cycle trips

Travelling by bike is arguably one of the best ways to see the world. You’re much more connected with your senses: smelling the bakery as you pass, feeling the breeze on your face and watching the waddle of some adorable dogs. It’s all the better when you’re somewhere new, but where on earth (literally) do […]

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Cycling routes around the UK and Ireland: 10 books to help you plan your next ride

All cyclists have their regular routes – the one to work, the one to your mate’s house, the one to the bike shop. But these can become tiresome day after day as you mentally move away from your surroundings and set your body to autopilot. An adventure on unfamiliar terrain will fix the problem, even […]

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Winter cycling: how do I find the right shoes for flat pedals?

If you do a web search, cycling enthusiasts will praise the virtues of cycling shoes. They keep your feet in place on the pedals, the stiff soles give you more support and put less strain on your muscles. But what if you’re riding a Santander Cycle and it’s not practical to have cycling shoes (not […]

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15 thoughts every London cyclist has

Every cyclist is different, from the bike they ride right down to their choice of socks. However, there are common experiences that bring us together – the kind that make you nod with an excitement that you get when you’re sharing stories with another cyclist. Here are some of our favourites. What’s that noise? Let’s […]

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Goodordering: a new cycling accessories shop for commuters

A new cycling accessories shop has opened in Hackney, specialising in bags for style-conscious commuters and families. The Goodordering range was created by Aussie expat Jacqui Ma, who has designed bags for Puma, Virgin Atlantic, Microsoft and Debenhams. But east London is already a haven for cyclists, with the likes of Look Mum No Hands!, Hackney […]

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faster cyclist

9 tips to help you cycle faster

One of the joys of cycling is freewheeling down a hill and feeling the wind on your face. Unfortunately, it’s a distant dream in London. Some things you just can’t control, like the heavy  traffic or that insect that’s flown straight into your eye. However, there are a few small tweaks that can help you […]

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Challenge yourself to cycle 4 of London’s toughest hills

When you think of cycling in London, you don’t tend to imagine killer hills. But if you’re training for an event or you just want to keep fit over the colder months, these short bursts are an easy way to score a high intensity workout. I’ve tried out four such inclines and, as you’d expect, […]

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What kind of cyclist indicator are you?

Cyclists are encouraged to indicate when they’re about to turn or change lanes so that other motorists know what they’re doing and to keep traffic flowing smoothly. However, we generally don’t have lights or blinkers so we have to go with a more rudimentary tool: the arm. Different cyclists have interpreted the indicator in different […]

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Bike service: should you take your cycle to an independent or chain shop?

Taking your bike for a service is something that many of us put off for a whole raft of reasons. You might not know where to take it, particularly if you’re newer to cycling. In this instance, the first question to ask yourself is what you prioritise: price, convenience, relationship with the shop, or something […]

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Why I went on a night cycle across London

Cycling at any time of the day is wonderful, but in London a serene night ride tops peak-hour pedalling for me. And as the days are getting shorter and our cycle shorts are getting longer, this seems like a fitting opportunity to write about it. I travelled from Putney Bridge to Turnpike Lane last week, […]

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