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Spring checks for your bike

5 Apr 2019

The roads are getting busier and busier with cyclists now that spring has come out to play and the sun is shining more.
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Support your local bike shop

5 Apr 2019

This year's Local Bike Shop Day, celebrating independent bike shops all around the UK, falls on the 4th of May just as the peak cycling season begins.
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The Women's Festival of Cycling 2019

2 Apr 2019

Cycling UK, for the third year running, has organised the Women's Festival of Cycling
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Take part in Big Pedal 2019

13 Mar 2019

Take part in the UK's biggest cycling, walking and scooting school challenge
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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46

8 Feb 2019

Prevent Breast Cancer is named the first charity of the year for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46
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UK's biggest challenge

23 Jan 2019

Big Pedal 2019 invited people to take on the UK's largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge.
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Volunteering with Sustrans in the New Year

21 Jan 2019

Sustrans has 3,500 amazing volunteers across the UK making a real difference in the local areas.
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Veganuary

14 Jan 2019

Veganuary is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions and so Sustrans have complied a list of vegan-friendly restaurants on the National Cycle Network that are a guaranteed amazing meal... Read more…

13 million raised Prudential RideLondon 2018

19 Dec 2018

The 2018 Prudential RideLondon event has raised a record £13 million for charity.
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2019 launch to get more Londoners cycling

18 Dec 2018

The construction of a new cycle route in London is set to begin in 2019, as part of the Vision Zero ambition to tackle poor air quality and congestion.
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Spring checks for your bike

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News

cycle city The roads are getting busier and busier with cyclists now that spring has come out to play and the sun is shining more.

But how is your bike doing, having been in the shed over the winter?

Is your bike looking a little dirty perhaps, in some need of some TLC or even some maintenance or repairs?

Why not scrub your hub?

Step one and a quick helpful tip for a bike that has been in the shed all winter is to simply give it a wash.

Grab a bucket of warm soapy water and dry your bike off with a clean cloth removing as much of the water as possible.

Maintain your mechanisms

Step two: lube up your bike.

There is plenty of advice on how to limber up your ride properly but you can always just visit your local bike shop for any further advice.

Tend to your tyres

Step three: check your tyres.

Just pinch your tyre with your thumb and forefinger to assess whether it needs topping up. You tyre should be firm but with a little give as over-inflating tyres can be just as bad for your bike as not having enough pressure.

Shake, rattle and get ready to roll

Step four: give all the moving parts on your bike a once over to make sure they are secure before you jump back onto your bike and take it to the streets.

Brakes at the ready

Step five: test your brakes to make sure they’re not worn.

Check your headset

Finally, step six: check your headset (the part that your forks and stem slot into at the front of the bike) and your crank (the part your pedals are attached to).

These are just a few simple steps to make sure your ride is safe and ready for those summer days that are fast approaching.

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