As the evenings begin to get lighter, spring is a great time to think about spending more time on your bike than just your daily commute.
At Sustrans, we’ve got some great encouragement and tips for stepping into spring, including getting your bike ready and some inspiration for the best spring cycle rides.
It’s the time to banish the grit and dirt accumulated over winter and make sure your bike is ready for the coming spring. Once the grime’s gone, your bike might need a few tweaks to ensure it’s running smoothly.
With a pump and a set of allen keys at the ready, a few simple checks include:
- Is there enough air in your tyres?
- Is your chain clean and oiled?
- Do your brakes work efficiently?
Check out our guide to bicycle maintenance made easy.
Spring rides top picks
There are 14,000 miles of National Cycle Network routes spanning the length and breadth of the UK, featuring a variety of routes to suit all ages, ability and interests. We’ve put together a selection of our top picks below.
Traffic-free family rides Getting out with the family by bike is a great way to spend some time together. Traffic-free routes such as the Tarka Trail in Devon or the Peregrine Path in Monmouth offer a safe and pleasant environment for cycling with children.
Seeing a city by bike affords the luxuries of covering lots of ground whilst discovering hidden gems away from the hustle and bustle.
In Belfast, a trip along the Comber Greenway heads into the heart of East Belfast will furnish you with excellent views of Stormont and the Belfast Hills.
A ride along National Route 5 will take you to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, housing the Western world’s foremost collection of modern Chinese Art.
Just being on your bike in the fresh air can make you feel more connected with nature, but if you’re keen to see more of the spring awakening, we’ve picked two special routes.
The Lochwinnoch Loop Line in West Scotland heads straight to the RSPB reserve at Lochwinnoch. If you’re lucky, you may bear witness to the elaborate courtship display of the Great crested glebe!
Or how about an undulating 12 mile ride to Lake Windermere from Kendal, taking in some of Cumbria’s most beautiful scenery?
We’ve also got a searchable online map, so you can find a route local to you.
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