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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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Top tips for anyone looking to keep up the winter cycle training

This is a guest post by John Scripps, Head of Programming and Product Development at Lee Valley VeloPark. 1. Embrace the weather – Winter in the UK can feel like forever so don’t stay cooped up indoors. Our one mile road circuit is open all year round so it’s ideal for notching up your winter miles in […]

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How to deal with bike helmet hair if you have long locks

Helmet hair is the worst. This guide isn’t going to promise that you’ll look like a L’Oreal advert after a long ride (here comes the science: perfect hair isn’t going to happen after a cycle, ever). But it will give you some handy tips and tricks to help keep things in control for a day […]

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What I learnt from the TFL Urban cycle skills course

Even if you haven’t mounted a bike since you were young enough to non-ironically enjoy listening to Steps or Westlife, you’d probably find it easy enough to rent out a Boris bike and cycle around the local park. But what about when you take the bike from quiet country lanes, to the chaos of the […]

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How to be a mindful cyclist

To many, mindfulness sits in a murky world of levitating, meditative smuggery, #CleanEating and crystal hugging. However, the humble message of mindfulness is simple: it’s about paying more attention to the present; being aware of our thoughts, our bodies and our world. But why should you care? Because if a new book by cycling journalist Nick Moore is to […]

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Bicycle sizing: How to get the correct size bike and why it matters

There’s a little more to a bike fit than the right frame size. Here are some tips for making sure you buy the right size bike, and get it correctly setup. Side note: We’ve also covered professional bike fitting if that’s of interest. Before buying a bike Bike frame size There are two main ways bicycles are sized, […]

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Folding Electric Bikes: which bikes work for city commutes?

Electric bikes can be a little contentious. We are not talking helmet debate levels, but they still generate surprisingly strong feelings among the people on bikes population. I like the existence of electric bikes, but have no desire to have one myself – yet. If you wish to cycle further, or tackle that next hill a […]

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How to stop your bike lock from jamming

Of course, it’s important to have a good lock and know how to use it. However, if you’ve ever put your key in your lock and it hasn’t opened as easily as it once did, it’s time for a little TLC. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your bike lock… Clean and lubricate the mechanism […]

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Learning to ride a bike as an adult in London

With summer seemingly here (on and off at least) there have definitely been more people out on the roads on bikes, which is great! The idea of becoming a cyclist as an adult can be daunting at the best of times, and in London it can seem even worse. The problem with being an adult is […]

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What a bike thief can teach you about locking your bike

Stolen Ride recently interviewed a reformed bike thief about his old trade in Cycling Weekly. It makes for some scary but not unprecedented reading. We thought it would be useful to pull together some new and old tips for securing your bike that will give you the best chance of returning to it intact at the end […]

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Evidence based bike fit

I have always been intrigued by the idea of a bike fit, but wasn’t sure if I was enough  of a ‘Cyclist’ to warrant one. I was also terrified that someone would tell me a I brought the wrong sized bike! I have tinkered around with the fit of my bike myself. A lot of […]

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What to look for in a second hand bike

Some real bargains can be had by buying a second hand bike. You can get a much higher spec’ed bike used than new, or you can get an awesome vintage steed. However, you can end up having to do so much work to a second hand bike that you end up spending more than if […]

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