Cycling is a great way to keep fit, to get
you out in the fresh air, it is one of Britains most successful
competitive sports and most of all it is fun.
Cycling competitions at an international
level come in many forms;
Road Racing; From Grand tours to local time
Off-Road; Mountain biking( cross country
and downhill), cyclocross
wear a crash hat, it might save the gravel rash on the face and
scalp, it might also help absorb the impact if you are involved in
Always wear gloves (even fingerless) the first
reaction when you come off the bike is to put your hand out. The
gloves will save you from gravel rash on the palm of your hand.
Cycle in single file on busy roads
Use Lights - preferably flashing LED to warn other
road users when light conditions are poor.
Always carry a pump, spare tube/tyre and tools so you
can repair simple mechanical problems.
A puncture outfit, pump and tyre levers are always
Stay 2 or 3 feet from the verge. Most punctures occur
near the verge as the rain water washes the debris from the crown of
the road and it collects near the verge.
Always carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies.
Do you know where you’re going, if not take a map.
On longer trips take water & food.
you set off
Check the tread/condition of your tyres.
Check your tyre pressure.
Make sure your brakes are working properly.
Check the weather
Most of all enjoy yourself