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…

Knowing when you need a rest…

Whether you are coming up to the end of the first week commuting by bike, or you are planning to tackle a 600km Audax, we all have our limits. The rush of endorphins from any form of exercise, combined with the feeling of liberation as you traverse your city under your own steam in a surprisingly short time, is very addictive. However, it is very easy to bite off a little more than you can chew, perhaps by taking on a long commute on too many days without building up to it, or by tackling a sportive with insufficient preparation. … Continue reading Knowing when you need a rest…

Strava: Protecting your privacy

Strava is a tremendous tool not just for motivating yourself to ride more, but also to meet like-minded cyclists in your area. However, as with most things on the internet, care should be taken. Heading out for a long ride & posting your results and your route onto Strava when you are done is rather addictive, particularly if you’ve been on a mammoth ride. However, if you start and end your route at home, you should really consider looking at your privacy settings. Not only are you potentially giving away where your pride and joy is kept, you’re also giving away a … Continue reading Strava: Protecting your privacy

Getting Fit…

There’s a saying you’ll hear quite a lot in cycling circles. It never gets easier, you just get faster. There’s a lot of truth to this. The fitter you get, the more you will be capable of riding further and faster without ending up a sweaty heap. When I look back to when I started commuting by bike, my 7Km commute seemed like quite an ordeal. However, it wasn’t long before the weight started to fall off and the aches in my thighs began to subside. One issue you will have, especially if you are commuting, is that you will … Continue reading Getting Fit…