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Get on yer bike with Ideal World

Category Health & Fitness Published 2nd May 2017

Get on yer bike with Ideal World

Get on yer bike with Ideal World

Cycling can be a wonderful experience, to be enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of experience. We proudly present our Bike range: the pedal-assisted bikes, using the latest technology to add power when you need, make arduous hills a thing of the past. With a modern, trendy design: they look great!

The hi-tech, Lithium rechargeable battery is light, discrete and has the latest 36v power available to help you pedal, meaning that you have to put in substantially less effort on difficult parts or long journeys, or simply turn it off with the handy switch and use it like a normal bike.

To get the most from your bike we've put together a list of the best tips to help you get started, whether you're biking for fitness or fun.

Before you start

The main thing is getting out on the road and having fun, but make sure you do a safety check before setting off: checking that your tyres are inflated, your brakes and lights work and you have a helmet (and elbow- or knee-pads).

  • Your wheels should spin straight and not rub the brakes. Make sure they have plenty of tread and are properly inflated with no cuts or holes
  • Your bike chain shouldn't be too over-lubed or too dry. Test it by gently rubbing a finger over. It should leave a trace but not too much.
  • Practice in a safe environment
  • Be seen and heard
  • Stay alert
  • Plan your route

Starting off

If you're new to cycling or out of the habit, find yourself a traffic-free area to start off in, such as your local park. Practise riding single-handed so you can make hand signals, and get comfortable looking over both shoulders to improve your visual awareness.

Make sure you're familiar with the Highway Code before cycling in traffic.

Practice changing a flat tyre before it happens to you

Flat tyre kits are cheap and easy to use, but make sure you practice in the comfort of your own home before being stuck on the side of the road after a long day.

Cycling in Intervals

If you're looking to improve your fitness, try interval training. Try the following intervals and see if you notice a difference. (Consult with your doctor before attempting any excericse, be sure to follow the highway code at all times.)

  • 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy
  • 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy
  • 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy
  • 15-second flat-out sprint
  • 5 mins easy

Have fun exploring

Break out a new map once in a while, biking is a great way to explore a new area and see the sights, while still getting home before sunset or a storm blows in quicker than if you were on foot.

Try a steep climb

There's nothing more satisfying than conquering a big hill at a steady pace, but with an electric bike, if you get stuck halfway up, you can turn on the pedal-assisted technology and have it carry you the rest of the way.

How to find the time

Commuting to work by bike is an easy way to get your daily activity in and build a habit. Eventually, you want to have built your habit so it becomes part of your life

Padding and Saddles

It sounds backwards, but most people find padded shorts more comfortable than padded saddles, but make sure you get the right height, too.

Stay safe

If you're out cycling on your own, tell someone where you're going and when you're expected back. Be careful not to lock your gears and fall off, instead stay alert and brake earlier.

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