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Archive for July 11th, 2009

Cycling in the UK

Posted by ukactivities on July 11, 2009

The UK is a great location for cycling, with thousands of cycling routes and clearly marked lanes for cyclists.

Why cycling is great

  • Cycling improves cardiovascular fitness and general health. Plus it’ll tone up the muscles in your legs.
  • Cycling is relaxing and enjoyable – especially with others.
  • Beat the rat race and get to work without worrying about train delays or traffic jams
  • You’ll get to see some great locations in the UK

There are plenty of other reasons too – so what are you waiting for?

Buying a bicycle

Follow our tips for buying a new bicycle:

  • Spend as much as you can afford
  • Read up before going to the shop and go well armed with information
  • Get a properly sized bike
  • Keep an inch clearance between the bike’s top tube and your nether regions
  • Get the right saddle for your shape
  • Check the gears are correct for you – if unsure ask the retailer
  • Steer clear of second hand unless you know what to look for or have a friend who can help you

Where to cycle

There are lots of cycling locations in the UK.  Try our cycling routes website for more details.

Other great sites include:

http://www.cycle-route.com/

http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf

http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/cycling

Cycling permit

Don’t forget – to cycle on some British canalways you may need a permit.

If you are unsure, go here for more information.

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