You don't need to spend a fortune on special equipment
for your bike, but it's worth getting some basic gear to make sure
you're safe and comfortable while you ride.
- Choose a type of bike that is best suited to the majority of
cycling you'll be doing.
- Try bikes out before you buy.
- Seek advice from your bike shop on the right size and position.
- Adjust the seat and handlebar positions to suit you.
Dealing with different conditions
- If you're cycling at night use lights and wear reflective clothing.
- If you're cycling in wet weather wear bright clothing and consider
using your lights. Use waterproof clothing and check your bike
(especially brakes, tyres and gears) more regularly.
- If you're cycling in very hot conditions wear cool cotton clothes
and use suntan lotion. Drink plenty of fluids.
is a legal requirement to use lights meeting a certain legal standard
while cycling at night. You must have a white front light, a red
rear light, four amber pedal reflectors and one red rear reflector.
You can get various types of bike lights ranging from halogen,
LED, dynamo compatible and standard bulb. Halogen lights tend to
wear the batteries out quickly and LED lights do not meet the legal
standard, so are best used in addition to your main lights.
In recent years there has been a huge drive to get people to wear
helmets to protect against head injury. However, increasingly people
are arguing that wearing a helmet actually has little effect on
the risk of head injury. If you do decide to wear a helmet, here
are some tips on getting the right one from the BBC
- Find a shop that has a good selection of helmets and try on
plenty of types and makes until you find one that fits perfectly.
- If you are able to move the helmet backwards and forwards when
the chin strap is fastened then it is too big. If the helmet is
too big it will be uncomfortable and it will also give you much
less protection and may even slip off.
- Tighten the chin strap until you can just barely open your mouth
all the way. If the fit is right, the helmet will sit quite low
on your brow but high enough not to obstruct your vision.
- Helmets for children tend to be relatively larger than adult
ones in order to be fully effective. This means that your helmet
may look as if it is perched on top of your head!
- The protective foam polystyrene becomes less effective as the
helmet becomes older. So it's wise to replace any helmet that
has been damaged in an accident, however slight.
- Spare batteries for your lights
- Tyre pump and puncture repair kit
- Waterproof rucksack or panniers
Whether you cycle to work, or you cycle for pleasure, there's a
cycle route for you!
Cycle Routes Map
A guide to getting about Cambridge on a bicycle.
Millennium Green Wheel Map
A map of the cycle network through and around Peterborough.
Water provide beautiful settings for a family bike ride. Take
your own bike, or hire
one from the cycle centre. Rutland has up to 23 miles of mostly
traffic-free cycling along the water's edge, riding through woodlands
and open countryside. Grafham Water has a slightly shorter route
of 10 miles - ideal for families.
villages of South Cambridgeshire
Feeling adventurous? Try this 30 mile cycle through the villages
south of Cambridge starting and finishing at King's College.
Fens Cycle Way
Feeling really adventurous? Explore the unique landscape of the
Fens by bike! The whole route takes 2-4 days, but you can always
just try a small section of it! Phone Wisbech Tourist Information
Centre on 01945 583263 for more details.
out the benefits
of cycling - from better health to a cleaner