The benefits of the humble bike
Celebs love it, the government is keen for us to try it and our Olympians excel in it; cycling is definitely on the up right now, and fast becoming a fashionable thing to do. But why? Well, to start with, it’s cost effective, especially if you live in or around a big city, and secondly, it’s beneficial to your health and to the environment. No more wasting your money on paying a membership to a gym that you never go to, no more cramming into an overcrowded tube, no more boring traffic jams… if you need some more reasons to get pedalling, then read on.
Tax-free bike for work
Besides saving money on public transport (and gym membership), the advantage of biking to work is that you don’t have to pay tax on a new bicycle. What?! Yes, the Cycle to Work (opens in a new window) scheme is a nation-wide government plan to financially encourage the UK workforce to cycle to work. What a bargain!
Just think, you could take in the city sights from Monday to Friday, and escape to the lush countryside with a picnic strapped to the rear rack of your new bike. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it? Well, to make this urban to rural scenario a reality, why not invest in a hybrid bike? Built with the robust strength of a mountain bike, while maintaining the sleekness of a city bicycle, a hybrid will give you the maximum of options.
In case you want to be a bit more adventurous on your days off, then you should definitely opt for a mountain bike. It’ll give you that extra bit of grip on the rugged terrain, and the different gears will to help you climb to the top of the hill, plus they’re easy enough to manoeuvre through congested streets.
Of course when it comes to cycling through the city, a folding bike is the ideal piece of kit to have. Like the non-collapsible models, a folding bike is economical, healthy, ecological and trendy, but also easy to transport and store. Another great feature of a folding bike is that you can easily adjust the saddle height, so the whole family can use it without having to get the toolbox out of the shed.
Finding the right bicycle is without a doubt the most important part of a good cycling experience, but having the right protective gear and key accessories, like a reliable pump will make it even better. Wearing a helmet while you ride may not be compulsory, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, even if it does result in dodgy hair. A strong lock and bright front and rear lights, on the other hand, are a definite must.