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Riding a bike is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages.

Riding a bike is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages.

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To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport. Cycling for health and fitness It only takes two…
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Bike Week UK kicks off today

Bike Week UK kicks off today

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Hundreds of events planned across the country The UK’s biggest mass-participation cycling event starts today, hoping to kick off a national summer of cycling for over half a million people. Bike Week 2017, which runs from 10–18 June, aims to add another 500,000 people to the five million who already cycle three times or more a week. From family friendly traffic-free rides, to bike breakfasts, and even naked bike rides, Bike Week brings together hundreds of events across the UK to help make cycling more accessible and attractive to the many people who might just need a gentle nudge back into the saddle this summer. Whether it’s for a leisurely ride with family and friends, a chance to escape the daily grind and explore the countryside, or simply to avoid…
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12 Tips for Better Cycling around Northern Ireland

12 Tips for Better Cycling around Northern Ireland

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Whether you're young or old, athletic or sedentary, bicycling is an enjoyable and healthy way to travel and experience the outdoors. Done vigorously, it gives the heart and circulatory system a workout and can burn more than 500 calories per hour. The development of new types of bicycles—notably the hybrid, which combines the speed of a road bike and the ruggedness of a mountain bike—has made riding easier and offers more options to suit your specific needs. What's more, cyclists now have more places to ride. Here, ways to improve your performance, safety and comfort when cycling. 1 - Wear a Helmet More than 6,000 cyclists seek emergency care for head injuries each year in the U.S., and head trauma accounts for 75 percent of cycling fatalities. Used properly, bike…
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Gran Fondo 2017 – Cyclists in pink as Gran Fondo hits Northern Ireland’s roads

Gran Fondo 2017 – Cyclists in pink as Gran Fondo hits Northern Ireland’s roads

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Thousands of cyclists pedal through some of the most scenic spots in Co Down on Sunday as the biggest Gran Fondo event to take place in Northern Ireland gets under way. Started and finished at the Stormont Estate in Belfast and plotted a course through some of Co Down’s most picturesque scenery. The race featured two routes - one through the Mourne Mountains and another that took in Strangford Lough. The 174km Mourne loop will pass over mountains and hills steeped in Irish history with the opportunity to view the beauty of the country from the highest mountain peaks to the loughs and sea. The 58km Strangford route will prove challenging and enjoyable for all levels of cycling enthusiasts. If you are new to cycling events or want to set…
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Urban cycling: Top 10 safety tips

Urban cycling: Top 10 safety tips

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[caption id="attachment_435" align="alignright" width="300"] Ensure your bike is roadworthy[/caption] Ensure your bike is roadworthy Regularly check your brakes and tyre pressure. Don't ignore any strange noises, vibrations, or jumping gears – they usually indicate a problem. Know how to control your bike Learn how to shift your body weight when making an emergency stop, be able to swerve safely, use your gears properly, control the bike while looking directly behind and confidently ride with one hand. On the road, ride with at least two of your fingers on your brake levers. Don't be afraid to use roads Cycling in parks and on cycle paths is great fun, but being able to use the road gives you the freedom cycling was intended to give you. Cycling on the pavement, even considerately,…
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Top 10 Bike Maintenance Tips

Top 10 Bike Maintenance Tips

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1. Keep it clean If there is one thing you can do to prolong the life of your bike, it is keeping it clean. Tedious, but true. No fancy cleaning kit required – a bucket of soapy water, a sponge and an old toothbrush is all you need, though a proper degreaser will help break down the oil and grit in the chain and gear sprockets. 2. Keep your tyres inflated properly Poorly inflated tyres are prone to punctures. Forget flimsy hand pumps – you need a standing track pump with a pressure gauge to do the job. Nice bike shops will let you borrow theirs. Look on the side of your tyre for a number followed by the letters PSI. That tells you how much air to put in.…
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