London Cycle Network

More Reasons to Start Cycling Today

Bike Everywhere

The health benefits of riding a bicycle are amazing – going out three or four times a week for an hour-long bike ride can improve your physical health immensely. You may have noticed that track bikes are fixed-gear bicycles without any brakes. Riding stationary bikes allow you to lose unwanted weight, gain muscle, all of the while exerting less stress on your joints and knees. Finances are a big reason that many people ride their bicycle instead of driving.

Bikes completely eliminate the traffic problem; you can freely hop on a bike within the city. In those days of heavy traffic or dead public transportation zones, you can easily commute on your bike, since bikes are light and easy to travel upon option. Obviously, bikes do not produce any emissions; tourist visiting a new city won’t be contributing any pollution which they might have brought with their cars.

It is within reach of people of every earning group, because the cost of bi-cycles ranges between US $50 to several thousand US $, depending upon the quality, type, weight and materials used in making bicycles. I am positive you’ve looked at other exercise bikes online and also have considered a few available for sale. You can pick bike of all the top brands including Jamis, Fuji and Sun bikes after taking a test ride before purchasing.

Not looking to buy yet? You can rent any type of bike from kid’s bike, road bike to the classic cruisers and even tandems (racing bikes) to get you around the city. I am sure that you have looked at a few exercise bikes and have thought about getting one for your home. With all of the benefits of cycling, get out there, ride your bike and enjoy yourself!

Having a variety of clothing for cycling is recommended as what you need is based on how long your ride and wear. Many riders think that cycling is all about training. They tend to stay on the bike for long time during rides.

Cycling shorts are great for longer rides. If the bike has ever fallen on the ground, you must first check every part of the bike before you ride it. Now that these bikes are becoming more complex that is a need to have a certified technician be able to diagnose and repair issues.

As the weather warms, your cycling apparel should mirror what you would wear on long rides. Coupled with cycling pants or knee warmers, which keep your knees and legs warm and flexible, these items will help you have a pleasant ride, even when the weather is less than ideal. Choosing a sleeveless cycling jersey to help keep you cool on long-rides is also recommended.

You may want to carry a lightweight, compact cycling jacket with you in case your ride goes later in the evening than you anticipated or you start out your ride early in the morning. Mountain recumbent bikes generally use disk brakes. Note that some recumbent bikes have no brakes.

Do remember that cycling without eating right and maintaining your fluid intake can be dangerous to your health, so be sure to ‘fuel up’ before heading out on a ride. With a bike ride you get resistance training, endurance training and a cardiovascular work out all in one. Mountain bikers who ride through brush and trees should look for a long-sleeve cycling jersey to protect their arms from abrasions.