Guest post by Nassrin Chamanian
This morning, an adventurous band of 70 OS employees, family and friends made good on their pledge to #GetOutside as they waved the comforts of the office goodbye to head out on a 100km cycle ride. They were joining the Countrywide Great Tour on day 42, cycling from Southampton to Poole. The OS team were raising money for our corporate charity Holding Little Hands. They have joined a core group of 40 riders who will be completing week 6 of a 9 week circumnavigation of our glorious British coastline which never loses the sight, sound and smell of the sea. On their journey, the group will hit every coastal town and village and experience Britain’s greatest scenic views.
In the first part of our bike maintenance series, how to make your bike go faster, we covered the things that every speed demon should know. This time, we’re going to look at what every bike owner should know, regardless of your cycling habits.
Your bike keeps you fit, gets you out amongst the elements, lets you travel, and provides you with entertainment; so don’t neglect it. Here are some tips to keep your bike going for longer.
Whether it’s for long distance travel or just making your way up some mountains, we’d all like our bicycles to be able to move that little bit faster.
While you might not want your pedal bike to get up to the dizzying speeds reached by professional motorcycle racer Guy Martin at the beginning of the year – an insane 112 miles per hour (albeit with the help of slipstreaming) – it would certainly be nice to feel a little lighter on our frames and get from A to B quicker. To help, here are a few quick tips on how you can make your bicycle pick up speed.
Today’s blog is by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes a monthly blog for OS to tell of his adventures and ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes a ride around the Isle of Wight…
I have lived in Manchester for over ten years, but my ‘family home’ is Gosport on England’s South Coast. As I have grown older, I can clearly see the benefits of growing up there – A beachside school, lots of open green spaces and one of the most nicest harbours in the country to watch the ships pass by. It is also a peninsula and has a proud Naval heritage with close links to Portsmouth. However, one place that always seemed strangely distant and very different to the ‘mainland’ was the Isle of Wight. Less than ten miles from Portsmouth by catamaran or hovercraft and clearly visible right across the Solent area, the island has always felt like another place altogether.
Perhaps you’ve been training for months, and you’ve cycled every cycle route near you; but now you want something a bit more challenging. Grab your helmet and ready the bike rack – it’s time to go the distance.
There are a number of great long-distance cycle routes in England, so if spending a few days riding along country roads, past babbling brooks and gorgeous seaside views sound like bliss, then read on. Here are three fantastic cycle routes to try:
Today’s guest blog is written by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes the challenge of visiting every League football ground in the country…
Every mode of transport we take when going on holiday has its advantages. We love our cars because they give us the freedom to climb in and easily go wherever we please. Our motorbikes get us out amongst the elements. Public transport allows us to reduce our carbon footprints.
Cycling offers all of the above, plus a few unique advantages of its own. It’s no surprise, then, that so many people are choosing to take holidays designed around riding their bikes. But cycle touring isn’t a new fad; for many it’s a deep-rooted passion.
For others, however, the concept of going on a British holiday where you leave your car keys at home, don’t book a train ticket, and only pack luggage that you can carry on your back (or on the back of your bicycle), is a relatively new one. So if you’re thinking of touring Britain on your pushbike for a weekend, a week, a month, or perhaps even longer, here’s a beginner’s guide to cycle touring to help you get started.
Looking for a way to enjoy cycling? Whether it’s family rides, extreme off-road or charity challenge rides, there are cycling festivals for beginners to hardcore enthusiasts this summer.
We’ve listed all the British cycling festivals we’ve found by month so you can easily find one, and included links to the organisers pages. Some are free events, while others are charged – please see the event organisers for details.
Cycling isn’t just loads of fun, it’s a really economical way to get around. Your own energy costs nothing, so with the right bike and a bit of extra equipment, you’ll be ready to save on costly bus tickets and mammoth motoring bills. In order to ride safely, though, you’ll need to get hold of a few accessories, and some are more important than others.
A decent helmet should be at the top of every new cyclist’s shopping list, but with so many on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult. Thankfully, there is a bit of a checklist you can go through to ensure the model you pick up meets all of your needs. Let’s take a closer look at the factors you should be considering.
For all kinds of reasons, cycling has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the last few years. People across the world are ditching their high-tech cars and trains in favour of this centuries-old method of transportation. In truth, though, there’s a lot more to it than just getting from one place to another. The reasons to love cycling go far beyond practicality – here are just a few of the best: