Top tips for getting cycling this summer in Lifestyle

Summer is a great time to start cycling. Here are three easy steps to getting back on your bike and rediscovering the pleasure of cycling!

 

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STEP 1: Bring your old bike back to life

You’ll be amazed that often all the bike needs is its tyres pumped up and some oil on the chain and you can get going.

The key is to check that the bike is safe.

  • The wheels, handlebars and saddle are secure and in the best position
  • The wheels go round without restriction
  • The frame has no cracks and the moving parts aren’t totally rusted up
  • The most important thing is to make sure the brakes are working

If you don't want to do this yourself then most bike shops will offer a health check service. The Bike Station run 'Fix your own bike' sessions at £6 per hour. 

STEP 2: Start easy

It’s true you never forget how to ride a bike, but take it gently and get used to riding in quiet and traffic-free areas first.

Start with shorter journeys so your muscles (and especially your posterior) can get used to the new activity.

If you feel like your confidence needs a boost on the bike Cycling Scotland run practical skills courses and covers bike handling, cycling with confidence on the road and roadside repairs.

STEP 3: Explore 

Discover all the great routes around where you live. Sustrans has an extensive map network of all cycle routes in Scotland. You can also get maps from your local council. 

Or, of course, just go out and explore. The beauty of a bike is that you can get just about anywhere on it. It’s always worth having a rain jacket, drink and snack, and a basic bike tool kit.

If you keep your bike somewhere easy to get to, you will get it out more often. 

Do you need new accessories to get bike ready this summer? Young Scot card holders can get 10% off both in store and online at Go Outdoors.

Remember to check out our Active page for more great information and opportunities! Your points code is I34LLL.