Do you ride a Bike?
You are never too old and almost never too young to learn how to ride a bike! According to Key Note’s Bicycle Report, bicycle ownership levels have more than doubled over the past decade to around 23 million.
Furthermore, British Cycling conducted an Active People Survey which indicated there are 161,000 more people cycling than six months ago. This increase is most likely due to the amazing London 2012 Olympics and the success of the GB cycling team. There are now over 1.9 million people that are cycling at least once a week.
- Only 1 in 4 people who cycle at least once a week are female, indicating that men are 3 times more likely to cycle to work or use cycling for fitness and recreation.
- According to the latest report by London School of Economic (LSE) who were commissioned by British cycling and Sky, cycling contributes to almost £3 billion towards the UK economy.
- Most cycles sold in the UK are imported, with the low to mid-range price of a road bike being from £300-£600. Prices can rise to several thousands of pounds for custom made bikes.
- Bicycle sales are likely to remain on the increase due to the high fuel prices, as well as Government backed Cycle2Work schemes which offer incentives on cycling to work.
- Participation of competitive cycling is set to continue to rise, with 20,000 people already competitively racing. There are 6 disciplines of the sport BMX, Cyclo-Cross, Cycle speedway, Mountain Bike, Road and Track.
- As with most cardiovascular exercise the benefits of cycling can include; reduced anxiety, stress and help reduce depression. By cycling at a speed of 10mph you will burn around 400 calories per hour.
Whether you are a complete beginner or already an experienced cyclist, cycle maintenance will ensure you maintain your cycle whilst also looking after your own health and safety. Here are a few basic points:
Check that the bike is suitably adjusted with the seat and handlebars adjusted to fit your frame. You should be able to touch the ground with your toes and comfortably reach the brakes.
Ensure you have the basic tools to maintain your bike such as puncture repair kits, spanners and Allen keys.
Regularly check tyre pressure, brakes and gears.
Make sure the chain and gears are lubricated regularly.
Check wheels for slight buckles before starting any journey.
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