ON YOUR BIKE!
- GET A FREE WORKOUT
Regular cycling gets you fitter without having to pay gym membership. Just 20 minutes of moderate cycling can burn up to 100 calories depending on your age and current fitness level. Cycling working your thighs, bottom and tricky lower abdominals. It will also help raise your metabolic rate, helping you to keep the weight off.
You don’t have to start by doing it everyday. You could cycle to work one day in the week or mix it with a long, gentle ride at the weekend.
- DO YOUR BIT FOR YOUR LOCAL AREA
Cycling can be your contribution to helping the environment. It is the least polluting way of travelling after walking and up to six bikes can be stored in the place of one car. It is perfect for travelling short distances in urban areas, often being quicker and considerably less irritating than being cooped up in a car on congested and polluted routes.
- BE A FASHION FANATIC
Lot’s of people avoid cycling for fear of looking silly. It’s important to cycle safe, so helmets, lights, bells and reflectors are all essential. But cyclists who get the right gear look professional and stylish – Tour de France riders fashion some of the top names in sport and you never see anyone laughing at their headgear.
Helmets, cycle shoes, tops, gloves, sunglasses, drinks bottles; you name it, there is a hugely competitive market for fashionable, durable, comfortable and most of all, affordable cycle wear, including gear specifically designed to suit ladies.
- IMPRESS YOUR COLLEAGUES
Cycling to work will make you organised and practical. If you’re cycling in your work outfit, cycle retailers provide toe clips, trouser clips, reflective bands, bag pannier-racks, and reflective bands for practical commuting. Even specialised bike-wear includes pouches and pockets in the tops and shorts designed for bottles, tools, and mobile phones so you’re never without your essentials.
- GET GADGET SAVVY
Stuck for birthday present ideas? Cycling isn’t just about pedalling along a path. If you love your gadgets, bikes can be as adventurous as you want to make them. Pumps and tool kits offer the basics but if you want to get technical, retailers supply bike-specific heart-rate monitors, digital route tracking, and computers gauging distance, time and even temperature.
- TRY A TURBO
Don’t like the rain? You don’t even have to step outdoors to cycle! If it’s the thought of pedalling through poor weather that’s putting you off, then a turbo trainer is the perfect solution. Turbo trainers turn your cycle into a regular exercise bike by attaching the back wheel to a roller, so you can simulate the motion of cycling indoors.
They range in price but most include resistance controls, allowing you alter the difficulty of your cycle. Some hook into DVD’s that simulate famous alpine rides, so you can actually cycle the tour de France from the comfort of your own living room!