Cycling · Out and about

5 things I’ve learnt since starting to cycle to work…

Lego Cycling Star Wars
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In September I started cycling to work a few days a week having not cycled for about 10 years. Here are 5 things I’ve learnt since getting back on my bike:

1. Cyclists Dismount signs

Cyclists Dismount sign
Guidelines?
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On my commute, it seems that most cyclists view this sign more as ‘guidelines’.

2. Bike/Pedestrian lanes

Bicycle bell
Ring! Ring!
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Pedestrians will almost invariably walk in cycle lanes. Also bicycle bells always lose in the battle of loud noises v music through headphones.

3. Help!

Cycling help is available
Search for cycling help in your local area
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There are so many really cool cycling projects out there that can provide free kit for cyclists, free lessons and loads more.

Ridewise in Nottingham provide guided rides, training courses and more.

Sustrans are a national charity and provide excellent information on cycling, walking and public transport.

Google ‘cycling help’ or similar to see what’s available in your area.

Your local bike shop may also be able to help with advice and minor repairs.

4. Accessories

Bike bow helmet from Cycle Chic
Bike bow helmet from Cycle Chic

There are some really awesome cycling accessories available, but unfortunately you’d have to win the lottery to pimp your bicycle into the lean mean twee cycling machine you imagine.

5. It’s really fun!

Muppets on bikes!
The Muppets demonstrating how fun cycling can be
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Cycling through little alleys, speeding along cycle paths next to cars stuck in a traffic jam and through scenic parks. If you can find the right routes, your commute to work can be a real pleasure. Plus it’s a great way to get fit!

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