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Whether you’re taking on a road race or hitting those trails, cycling is a great pastime with so much variety. The world of cycling is exciting, friendly and fun and we hope that this hub will inspire and inform you to get out cycling.


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Bike maintenance 

You know what it’s like, you have just been on an epic ride, you have had a great day out and once you are home that cuppa and a comfy chair are just to good to resist.  

Your bike however, may need a little bit of TLC. It is probably covered in mud, may have slightly flatter tyres than when you set off and the squeaky break isn’t going away anytime soon.

Looking after your bike is key to its longevity and performance. Just like your car, looking after your bike is vital. 

South Coast bikes have put together this really useful guide – no tools required. Check it out! 

 

Long distance rides

Our annual off-road mountain bike event, Hit the Downs MTB  is happening on 11 October and we know that it’s really important to get yourself ready to take on the 30k or 80k route! Preparation is key.

If you really want to smash it, there are some important things that you need to think about. Your bike, your body and your mind all need to be ready to get out there and have the best time.

Check out this video from Global Mountain Bike Network which has some really handy tips!

 

Take to the saddle

With bike sales increasing throughout lockdown and local councils across the country now investing in cycling infrastructure, it’s a fantastic time to be a cyclist. If you’ve been thinking about ditching the bus for a bicycle, but aren’t too sure about how to bring your family along for the ride, why not have a read of the Guardian’s new advice about how to start cycling with young children.

 

Supporting mental health

Being out on your bike, enjoying the freedom of riding and the wind in your hair is pure escapism from everyday life.

There are so many benefits to getting out and enjoying a ride. Did you know, as well as your physical health, cycling also has a big impact on your mental health? Cycling is all round good for you.

There’s also the positive impact of joining a cycling community of like-minded people with the same interests and hobbies as you.

Find out how to look after your mental health and how mountain biking could be the perfect remedy by reading this article from Mountain Bike Rider.

 

Riding solo

There will be those days when you just want to get out on two wheels and enjoy cycling solo. However, there are a few things that you will need to consider before heading off for the day to keep you safe and enjoy riding alone.

Simple things like planning your route, making sure your phone is charged and that you have your battery pack can all make a difference.

Read this article from Wiggle to ensure you’re safe to ride solo!

 

Virtual cycling

Should you go down the virtual cycling route? How does this even work and what does it mean? Surely you have to be out on your bike to get the benefits of cycling?

Since the UK went into lockdown, hundreds of people are taking to virtual training and cycling, and this technique will be just as useful when lockdown has lifted and we are all back to normal!

It’s perfect for those rainy, grey and stormy days when all you want to do is get out on your bike.

So, how do you create your own turbo training space? Have a look at this blog from Wiggle to find out more.

 

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