Making the most of your time off the bike…

As much as we’d like to think we could, you can’t be on your bike all the time. Real life tends to get in the way, but sometimes the body just needs a rest. However, that time doesn’t necessarily need to be wasted. There’s a lot you can do with your downtime to make the time you have on the bike more enjoyable. Work on your core strength As your rides get longer it isn’t necessarily your legs that will give up first. Chances are it will be your core, particularly if you are on a road bike, that will be … Continue reading Making the most of your time off the bike…

More tips for a comfortable ride…

Following on from Brendon’s guest post, we thought it would be a good opportunity to offer up a few tips for tweaking your bike setup for optimum comfort. We’ve been there. Nobody likes to have their ride ruined by pain and discomfort caused by an ill-fitting bike, but sometimes a few subtle tweaks are all that are required to make all that pain go away. Whilst we do recommend a proper bike fit for anyone planning to spend a significant amount of time riding, there are some basic principles that you can employ to solve a few niggles you may be … Continue reading More tips for a comfortable ride…

Guest Post: Tips for staying injury free – by Brendon Samson

I can imagine everyone reading this post knows that cycling is one of the fastest growing sports or activities in the UK. Just the increasing popularity and presence of this blog and forums or groups like it are proof that there’s more and more interest out there from those involved with the sport or looking to get involved. It’s not hard to see why it’s growing like it is, cycling is a great form of cardiovascular exercise providing a huge variety of health benefits. Regular and consistent bouts of cardiovascular exercise have been associated with decreased risks of a wide variety of diseases … Continue reading Guest Post: Tips for staying injury free – by Brendon Samson

Hydration on the bike

Hydration at any time of year is vital for not just the enjoyment of your ride, but also your overall state of health. Many of us struggle to drink enough water during the day & often overlook just how vital adequate hydration is for everything else in your life. However, as the weather improves, the days get longer and the rides get longer, fluids start to play a far more critical role. Whilst out riding it is easy to get sidetracked and forget to take in fluids. If you spend a considerable time on busy or rough roads, rough trails … Continue reading Hydration on the bike

Recovering from a long ride…

A long ride can be tremendously satisfying, not least because you often get to see some wonderful things, but also because you know that your efforts will have taken you a step further along your path to a stronger, fitter version of you. However, your body needs to recover in order for you to experience the benefit of all that effort. How long it’ll take to recover depends on you. Nutrition A long ride will take it out of you. By “it” we mean any scrap of protein you had spare, a few days worth of calories and a few … Continue reading Recovering from a long ride…

Commuting by bike & weight loss…

In news that will surprise nobody, this week another study has found that people who don’t drive to work stay slimmer. Up there with such profound questions as “do bears defecate in the woods?” and “if a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?” the question of whether people who exercise on their way to and from work have lower levels of body fat, has once again been answered. People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by … Continue reading Commuting by bike & weight loss…

Climbing Hills

Hills are awesome. No, seriously, they are. They are bite-size challenges that provide instant feedback on how fit you are now and are a good measure of how far you have progressed. Let’s face it, not many of us have the time to put in 200km+ rides week-in, week-out, so it’s difficult to judge your progress against such an undertaking. However, a climb is largely self-contained, usually short and has variables that are easy to control –wind isn’t really an issue at slow speeds, so it’s just you, your bike, a hill and the Earth’s gravitational pull. No matter what level … Continue reading Climbing Hills

Planning your route…

Whether you are planning to take on a 100-mile adventure or just trying to get to work, knowing the best route to take can be a challenge. Local knowledge is invaluable and asking around your local bike shops is a good place to start for that. We may also be able to help or at the very least put you in touch with someone who can. However, there are a number of online and offline tools at your disposal that can steer you in the right direction. Ordinance Survey Maps The trusty old OS map is a mine of information, … Continue reading Planning your route…