How-to

How to: Cycling in London

How to: Cycling in London

06.08.2018
By Cyclescheme

Whether you want to commute by bike or simply cycle around London for pleasure, this expert guide from Cyclescheme can help you get started.

How to: Cycling and weight loss

How to: Cycling and weight loss

02.08.2018
By Cyclescheme

Commuting by bike will help you lose weight but it's not a quick fix. You need to be patient or change your diet.

How to: Track your Cyclescheme certificate

How to: Track your Cyclescheme certificate

02.08.2018
By Cyclescheme

Keeping tabs on the status of your Cyclescheme certificate is easy using your MyCyclescheme account.

How to: Cycling training for beginners

How to: Cycling training for beginners

01.08.2018
By Cyclescheme

Thinking about getting into cycling but not sure how or whether it's for you? Odds are - it is! Start cycling the easy way with our super simple training guide.

How to: Learn to ride a bicycle

How to: Learn to ride a bicycle

26.07.2018
By Cyclescheme

It's not too late to learn to cycle if you never had the chance as a child. Here's how to go about it.

How to: Get back to biking to work

How to: Get back to biking to work

26.07.2018
By Cyclescheme

Holiday's over: back to school for the kids and back to work for you. Here's how to keep your mood sunny by rediscovering your cycling mojo.

How to: Get your gear on Cyclescheme

How to: Get your gear on Cyclescheme

23.07.2018
By Cyclescheme

Getting a bike and accessories with Cyclescheme isn't instantaneous but it's dead simple and doesn't take long. Here's how to go about it.

How to: Combat insects

How to: Combat insects

17.07.2018
By Cyclescheme

Summer is the best time to be on bike but it's the worst time for encountering insects. Invest in some antihistamine cream and read on…

How to: Get a test ride for a new bike

How to: Get a test ride for a new bike

08.06.2018
By Cyclescheme

Taking a test ride or two before investing in a new bike helps ensure you get one that’s right for you. Here’s how to go about it.

How to: Get an e-bike on Cyclescheme

How to: Get an e-bike on Cyclescheme

07.06.2018
By Cyclescheme

If you need some extra energy for your ride to work, an e-bike is the answer. Compared to a normal bike, however, there are additional considerations.

How to: Manage the heat when wearing a helmet

How to: Manage the heat when wearing a helmet

08.05.2018
By Cyclescheme

Despite being ventilated, any cycle helmet will make your head hotter. Here’s what can you do to avoid getting red faced and sweaty on a summer’s day.

How to: Split your journeys and cycle the last few miles

How to: Split your journeys and cycle the last few miles

08.05.2018
By Cyclescheme

Using a bike for the final leg of a commute by car or train saves time and money. Here’s how to make the most of that last mile.

How to: Plan your journey

How to: Plan your journey

08.05.2018
By Cyclescheme

You might ride the same route to work hundreds or thousands of times, so it’s well worth researching one you’ll like. It doesn’t take long.

How to: Test ride an eBike

How to: Test ride an eBike

12.04.2018
By Cyclescheme

Fancy an e-bike but aren’t sure which? Here’s how and where to take a test ride so you’re not making a leap in the dark.

How to: Know how much to spend

How to: Know how much to spend

10.04.2018
By Cyclescheme

Since you’re saving money and spreading the cost, even expensive bikes are affordable through Cyclescheme. But what’s the limit?

How to: Get a bike with Cyclescheme

How to: Get a bike with Cyclescheme

14.02.2018
By Cyclescheme

Cyclescheme lets you get a tax-free bike and cycling accessories through your employer, saving you money and spreading the cost.

How to: Decide later

How to: Decide later

02.01.2018
By Cyclescheme

Here's how and why you should choose your Cyclescheme retailer later, rather than sooner...

How to: Keep your hands warm

How to: Keep your hands warm

06.12.2017
By Cyclescheme

Whatever the weather throws at your on your ride to work you can ensure you mitigate cold hands.

How to: Beat cold feet

How to: Beat cold feet

04.12.2017
By Cyclescheme

Keep your feet warm and dry this winter with a mix of accessories, clothing, and inexpensive hacks.

How to: Beat the commuting blues

How to: Beat the commuting blues

01.12.2017
By Cyclescheme

Bad weather, traffic, and tiredness can grind you down when you ride to work every day. Here’s how to find the fun again.

How to: Get a free £25 Cycle Choice Gift Card

How to: Get a free £25 Cycle Choice Gift Card

23.11.2017
By Cyclescheme

Don’t let this offer get away – shop Cube and Trek bikes today. To help you start your search we’ve pulled together a selection of deals in one handy place.

How to: Protect your bike

How to: Protect your bike

23.11.2017
By Cyclescheme

A decent lock isn’t enough on its own. Here’s what else you can do to keep your bike safe.

How to: Dress for success for winter commuting

How to: Dress for success for winter commuting

22.11.2017
By Cyclescheme

With the wrong clothing, your body will boil while your head, hands, and feet freeze. Here’s how to get it right.

How to: Understand lighting regulations

How to: Understand lighting regulations

21.11.2017
By Cyclescheme

Many cyclists are in the dark when it comes to bicycle lighting regulations. Here’s what you need to know.

How to: Maintain an ebike

How to: Maintain an ebike

26.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

Maintenance is an essential part of bicycle ownership, and this is no different with electric bikes.

How to: Ride an ebike

How to: Ride an ebike

26.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

Most "ebike systems" can be simplified into three main components, the display , battery and motor.

How to: Commute in winter

How to: Commute in winter

16.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

Winter commuting doesn’t have to be as bad you might think, with the right kit and some preparation you can still enjoy your commute.

How to: Make your bike as a convenient as a car

How to: Make your bike as a convenient as a car

09.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Drivers don’t wear special clothes or have to fit accessories to stay dry or see in the dark. Cyclists don’t have to either – if the bike is practical enough.

How to: Avoid commuting mistakes

How to: Avoid commuting mistakes

25.07.2017
By Cyclescheme

There are plenty of beginner’s errors to avoid when riding to work. Here are ten of the most common.

How To: Commuterise your bike

How To: Commuterise your bike

19.06.2017
By Cyclescheme

Any bike can be a capable commuter, but if it wasn’t designed with transport in mind you will need to make some modifications…

How To: Summer cycling

How To: Summer cycling

23.05.2017
By Cyclescheme

This season’s sunshine is the cycle commuter’s reward for enduring winter. It’s great to be out on a bike. Here’s how to make it even better.

How to: Form a BUG, Bicycle User Group

How to: Form a BUG, Bicycle User Group

21.04.2017
By Cyclescheme

A Bicycle User Group can help make your workplace more cycle friendly. Here’s how and why to set one up if there isn’t one where you work.

How to be a female on two wheels – your guide to getting started

How to be a female on two wheels – your guide to getting started

29.03.2017
By Cyclescheme

Whether you want to be car-free, carefree, or simply in-control of your health; 2017 is the year to become a female on two wheels.

How to: Get cycle training

How to: Get cycle training

14.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

Lessons are a shortcut to becoming a capable, confident cycle commuter, however rusty your cycling skills.

How to: Plan your route to work

How to: Plan your route to work

13.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

Planning a route that best suits you and your bike will pay dividends every day. Here's how to go about it.

How to: Get your employer to sign up to Cyclescheme

How to: Get your employer to sign up to Cyclescheme

20.01.2017
By Cyclescheme

You get a bike and equipment. They save money and get a happier, healthier, more punctual workforce. Everybody wins. Nudge your employer now!

How to: Get fitter faster

How to: Get fitter faster

05.12.2016
By Cyclescheme

Just riding your bike to work regularly will make you reasonably fit. If you want to get fitter faster, here are some tips.

How to: 8 ways to Winterproof your bike

How to: 8 ways to Winterproof your bike

25.11.2016
By Cyclescheme

Bad weather, grime, and grit can grind down your bike and your patience – unless you're prepared. Here's how to get your bike ready.

How to: Thief-proof your bike

How to: Thief-proof your bike

18.10.2016
By Cyclescheme

A few hundred thousand of bikes are stolen every year in the UK. Don't let yours be among them. Here are some tips to keep it safe.

How To: Buy the right road bike

How To: Buy the right road bike

26.09.2016
By Cyclescheme

One calculation and a handful of in-store checks is all it takes to ensure your next road bike takes you smiling to work, not grimacing to the osteopath.

How-to: Find out about bikes on trains

How-to: Find out about bikes on trains

05.09.2016
By Cyclescheme

Despite what some critics may say journeys made by rail with a cycle is rapidly becoming the UK’s biggest cycle success stories. In 2015 there were more than 50 million rail journeys with a cycle – an increase of around 40% since 2010.

How to: Buy the right sized bike

How to: Buy the right sized bike

16.08.2016
By Cyclescheme

The most important quality in any bike is that it fits you. Here's how to avoid buying one that's too big or too small.

How to: Replace brake pads

How to: Replace brake pads

21.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Replacing brake pads is as easy as replacing an innertube. Here's how to do it.

How to: Understand hub gears

How to: Understand hub gears

21.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Simple to use and weatherproof, hub gears are great alternative to derailleurs for commuting. Here's what you need to know.

How to: Lighten your load

How to: Lighten your load

18.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Carrying less clobber on your commute means less effort and more chances of enjoying the ride.

How to: Get set for Cycle to Work Day

How to: Get set for Cycle to Work Day

23.06.2016
By Cyclescheme

In a couple of months, it's Cycle to Work Day. Here's how you can help a colleague start cycling to work. You'll benefit too!

How to: Silent Running

How to: Silent Running

01.06.2016
By Cyclescheme

If your bike is making creaking, clicking or rubbing noises, it's trying to tell you something: fix me! Here's what to look for.

How to: Replace a broken spoke

How to: Replace a broken spoke

23.05.2016
By Cyclescheme

A snapped spoke means a buckled wheel that will wobble and maybe rub the brakes. Fitting a replacement is easier than you think.

How to: Setting Off

How to: Setting Off

23.05.2016
By Cyclescheme

The right road position, gear selection, and technique can save you energy and keep you safer. Here's what to consider.

How to: Signal

How to: Signal

21.04.2016
By Cyclescheme

Cycle commuting is quicker and safer when drivers immediately understand where you're going next.

Traffic Light Tactics

Traffic Light Tactics

01.04.2016
By Cyclescheme

Stop at red, go on green: traffic lights are simple, aren't they? For cycle commuters, there's a few other things to consider.

How to fix a puncture with video tutorial

How to fix a puncture with video tutorial

14.03.2016
By Cyclescheme

Being able to change an inner tube and fix a puncture is a skill every cyclist should possess. Great Britain Cycling Team mechanic Marc Yates gives you a step by step demonstration.

How to: Clean your bike

How to: Clean your bike

22.02.2016
By Cyclescheme

A clean, lubricated bike is more reliable and more efficient. It's also easier and less messy to fix when it does go wrong.

How to: Cycle in low sunlight

How to: Cycle in low sunlight

20.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

Winter sunlight can dazzle drivers and cyclists alike. Here's what you can do to see and be seen.

How to: Steering Safety Checks

How to: Steering Safety Checks

20.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

A bike with steering problems has staying-upright problems. These simple safety checks should keep you rubber side down.

How to: Look behind

How to: Look behind

14.12.2015
By Cyclescheme

Looking over your shoulder effectively is crucial for monitoring traffic behind and making manoeuvres safe.

How to: Beat bike thieves

How to: Beat bike thieves

10.12.2015
By Cyclescheme

Not 'with a big stick', although that's tempting. To protect your commuter bike, you'll need locks and tactics.

How to ride safely on the road - Ridesmart

How to ride safely on the road - Ridesmart

24.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

Effective communication and consideration will help keep you safe while out riding on open roads.

British Cycling: How to fix a puncture

British Cycling: How to fix a puncture

27.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

A flat tyre does not be the end of your ride. Within minutes you can be out on your bike if you have a few spares to hand.

How to understand derailleur gears

How to understand derailleur gears

19.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

So your new bike has a 50-34 chainset and a 12-28 cassette. What does that mean?

How to pass side roads

How to pass side roads

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

Traffic leaving or entering a side road won't always give way to you as you ride along. Here's what you can do about it.

Commuting after dark

Commuting after dark

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

With good lights and sensible precautions, cycling at night is straightforward and only a little slower than doing so by day.

How to live with lorries

How to live with lorries

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

To share the road safely with trucks, it’s essential to understand their blindspots and turning dynamics – and to cycle accordingly.

How to split your commute

How to split your commute

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

When the journey to work is too far to cycle, take your bike by car or public transport and cycle part way instead.

How to: Stay upright on slippery roads

How to: Stay upright on slippery roads

23.09.2015
By Cyclescheme

More rainfall in the autumn means less grip on the roads. Here's what to look out for and how to deal with it.

How to: true a wheel

How to: true a wheel

26.08.2015
By Cyclescheme

Wheel buckled? With a spoke key and some patience, you can fix this without a trip to the bike shop.

Essential Summer Skin Care

Essential Summer Skin Care

21.07.2015
By Cyclescheme

Don't let sunburn, rashes or chafing spoil your cycling when the weather is at its best. Here's how to look after your skin.

How to lube your chain

How to lube your chain

20.07.2015
By Cyclescheme

Great Britain Cycling Team mechanic, Mark Ingham, guides you through the essential but often neglected skill of cleaning and lubricating your bike chain.

How to ride on multi-lane roads

How to ride on multi-lane roads

19.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Extra lanes can be daunting, whether they're at junctions, on busy urban streets, or dual carriageways. Here's how to take control.

How to adjust your brakes

How to adjust your brakes

19.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Effective brakes are essential for safe cycling. Checking and fine-tuning them requires few tools and takes only a few minutes.

How to: Get Comfortable

How to: Get Comfortable

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Don't put up with a sore backside, tingling hands, or other aches and pains. Fit the bike parts your body and riding position demands. Here's how.

How to: Ride Slower & Arrive Faster

How to: Ride Slower & Arrive Faster

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

In urban areas, bikes are faster than cars like tortoises are faster than hares. Going faster isn't about sweating more but stopping less.

How to: Negotiate roundabouts

How to: Negotiate roundabouts

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Impatient drivers, erratic signalling, and poor road layout can make roundabouts anything but magic. Here's how to take control

How to use your commute as training

How to use your commute as training

28.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

If your time for training is limited, maximising your gains from any time available for cycling is essential and, if you commute on your bike, these miles definitely should not be wasted.

How to: Get your Cyclescheme package

How to: Get your Cyclescheme package

26.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

There are two ways to get a bike and accessories through Cyclescheme: on the high street or online. Which is best for you?

How to eat well when you commute

How to eat well when you commute

17.04.2015
By Cyclescheme

Food is your fuel when you’re cycling to work. So what should you be putting in the tank - and when?

How to replace your bike chain

How to replace your bike chain

17.04.2015
By Cyclescheme

Chains wear out faster than you think. Here’s why you need to check your bike’s - and how. It’ll save you lots of money in the long term

How to be a Virtuous Cyclist

How to be a Virtuous Cyclist

27.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

Getting on well with other road users will make your journey to work safer and more pleasant, and help improve attitudes to cycling too.

How to: Do the weekly shop by bike

How to: Do the weekly shop by bike

06.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

If you can push it in a trolley, you can transport it by pedal power. You will need a bike with luggage capacity; that massive box of Cornflakes and multipack of toilet rolls will fill a backpack by themselves…

How to: Communicate

How to: Communicate

05.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

It's not a war, it's negotiation. Sometimes careless people – on four wheels, two wheels or on foot – will do something foolish. By and large, 'traffic' is a collection of reasonable people just trying to get where they're going. If you act like traffic, politely and assertively, you'll be treated like traffic.

How to: Adjust your gears

How to: Adjust your gears

04.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

Indexed gearing is great. Each click of the shift lever moves the chain smoothly from one sprocket to the next. When that doesn't happen, you need to adjust the gears.

How to: Crash course in accidents

How to: Crash course in accidents

05.02.2015
By Cyclescheme

You're cycling along minding your own business, then BANG! You're on the tarmac. Maybe you've hit a pothole; maybe a driver didn't see you. Either way, you're on the road, feeling shocked and disoriented. Here's a 10-point checklist to follow should you be involved in an accident.

How to: Flat tyre tactics

How to: Flat tyre tactics

05.02.2015
By Cyclescheme

If you get a puncture on the way to work, it's quicker to replace the innertube than to fix the hole. You can do the repair later – at home. These instructions assume your bike has derailleur gearing. If it doesn't, practise removing and refitting the rear wheel or see the Prevention, not cure box.

How to: Ride to work (the easy way)

How to: Ride to work (the easy way)

13.01.2015
By Cyclescheme

According to the Office of National Statistics (and it should know) 83% of the working population of England and Wales have a commute of under 20km (just over 12 miles). 68% have to travel less than half that distance (10km/6 miles). And 49% – which you don't need us to point out is almost half – have a commute of no more than 5km, which is less than three miles.

10 ways to cycle more in 2015

10 ways to cycle more in 2015

07.01.2015
By Cyclescheme

Even those of us who ride regularly often wish we rode more. Some of us want to get fitter. Some of us want to use the car less. Some of us just want to spend longer having fun in the fresh air. Yet it can be hard to break old habits. Here are some tips to get you pedalling more in 2015.

Commuting's 10 Commandments

Commuting's 10 Commandments

22.12.2014
By Cyclescheme

Busy roads can make cycling to work seem daunting, especially if it's been a while since you've been on a bike. These ten tips should help you cycle more capably and confidently. If you want to brush up your skills further, take lessons: cycle training isn't just for children.

How to: Right turns

How to: Right turns

19.12.2014
By Cyclescheme

Many cyclists find right turns daunting, which is understandable given that motor traffic can be coming from both directions at multiple times your speed. The thing to remember is that you cannot get in the way of traffic: you are the traffic. If your road position is conspicuous, your intention unambiguous, and your manoeuvre predictable, drivers will treat you as traffic – and right turns will be straightforward.

How to: Road positioning

How to: Road positioning

02.12.2014
By Cyclescheme

Never hug the kerb. That's rule one of road positioning on a bicycle. You need to be further out into the road, sometimes right in the middle of the traffic stream. Less assertive cyclists worry that being further out may put them in the way of the traffic. It won't: you are the traffic. Being in the traffic stream helps you to get treated like traffic.

How to: layering

How to: layering

02.12.2014
By Cyclescheme

Chilly weather is a challenge for cyclists: your head, hands and feet can end up freezing while the rest of your body is boiling. The key to keeping your core body temperature in the right range is using a few thin layers. Here's how.

How to choose your accessories (part 2)

How to choose your accessories (part 2)

05.11.2014
By Cyclescheme

Got mudguards and luggage for your commuter? To ride it any time and park it anywhere, you’ll still need lights and lock. You can include these in your Cyclescheme package, either with a bike or on their own. Exactly what you need, or want, will depend on where and how you ride.

How to choose your accessories

How to choose your accessories

02.10.2014
By Cyclescheme

Most bikes in the UK are sold without the accessories you'll want for commuting. The good news is that you can include accessories as part of your Cyclescheme package, and you can get just an accessories package if you already have a bike too.

How to commute in the dark

How to commute in the dark

09.09.2014
By Cyclescheme

Cycling in the dark is inevitable if you carry on commuting into autumn: dusk arrives ever earlier, and we lose an hour on 26 October. Here's how to tackle a commute in the dark.

How to wear a cycle helmet

How to wear a cycle helmet

31.07.2014
By Cyclescheme

Anyone who wears a cycle helmet tilted far enough back that they can slap the palm of one hand against their forehead should do just that – whilst saying 'd'oh!' Because they're doing it wrong. To work as intended in the event of a fall from your bike, a helmet needs to fit correctly. Here's how.

How to overtake

How to overtake

02.07.2014
By Cyclescheme

In many ways, it's easier to overtake while cycling than it is while driving.

How to corner

How to corner

05.06.2014
By Cyclescheme

On a bicycle, steering and balancing are pretty much the same thing. Cornering is harder than riding in a straight line, so how can you ensure you do it safely?

How to: Prevent punctures

How to: Prevent punctures

29.04.2014
By Cyclescheme

It's 8:45am, it's drizzling with rain, and you can feel your bike's rear tyre deflating. How unlucky is that?! Not as much as you'd think. Punctures don't strike randomly. Every cyclist will get one sooner or later, but there's plenty that you can do to make sure it does happen later. Take these preventative measures and you might never be let down by your tyres.

How to cycle down hills

How to cycle down hills

29.04.2014
By Cyclescheme

Descents are the cyclist's reward for climbing hills. You can travel effortlessly fast. You can relax your legs, heart, and lungs – but not your brain. It's never more important to be alert. Even a modest descent can see a cyclist's speed build to 25mph (40km/h) or beyond, and on a long steep road it can reach twice that.

How to cycle up hills

How to cycle up hills

31.03.2014
By Cyclescheme

There are two ways to climb hills easily by bike. One is to be a racing whippet. The other is to make sure your bike has low gears – really low gears.

How to carry a laptop by bike

How to carry a laptop by bike

07.03.2014
By Cyclescheme

Commuting by bike with an expensive, fragile laptop sounds daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Click to learn more with Cyclescheme.

How to reboot your commute

How to reboot your commute

10.02.2014
By Cyclescheme

You miss a commute or two and then before you know it, it's spring and you're half a stone heavier. There's only one way to get back into the habit of pedalling to work again, and that's to do it. But there are things you can do to make it easier.

How to ride on ice and snow

How to ride on ice and snow

10.01.2014
By Cyclescheme

The thought of riding in ice and snow can be enough to make even hardened cyclists think twice before biking to work, but is it really that dangerous?

How to stay visible to drivers

How to stay visible to drivers

10.12.2013
By Cyclescheme

December days are short, and drivers might be distracted by low sun, iced-up windscreens or busy social schedules. It's critical to stay conspicuous.

How to understand bike geometry

How to understand bike geometry

30.10.2013
By Cyclescheme

Bike geometry affects how a bike will fit and ride. Discover how bike geometry works, and how it can help you choose the right bike for you.

How to pedal

How to pedal

03.10.2013
By Cyclescheme

If you can ride a bike, then by definition you know how to pedal. But there's more to spinning your feet around than you might think.

Help a colleague cycle to work

Help a colleague cycle to work

06.09.2013
By Cyclescheme

Last month we looked at how to encourage colleagues to cycle to work. One or more workmates may well be willing to give it go. Don't just leave them to it: you can help them enjoy their first ride to work. You stand to benefit too – and not just from good karma.

Updated: 10 ways to encourage people to cycle to work

Updated: 10 ways to encourage people to cycle to work

02.08.2013
By Cyclescheme

Regular cycle commuting makes you happier, healthier and wealthier. Click to discover 10 more foolproof ways to convince your colleagues to cycle to work too.

Choose and use clip-in pedals

Choose and use clip-in pedals

02.07.2013
By Cyclescheme

Clip-in pedals are, confusingly, usually called clipless pedals. That's because they don't use toe-clips, the other way to keep feet on pedals. Instead, a cleat on the bottom of the shoe clips into spring-loaded jaws or bars on the pedal.

Look businesslike after biking

Look businesslike after biking

30.05.2013
By Cyclescheme

'I don't want to arrive all sweaty and dishevelled…' That's one of the reasons given by women and men for not cycling to work. Yet it's straightforward to ride to work and still get your desk looking (and smelling!) like you mean business.

Group riding

Group riding

01.05.2013
By Cyclescheme

Watch the helicopter shots of the Tour de France and you'll see the riders wheel as one, like a flock of birds. They ride in such a tight group for one reason: it saves energy.

Traffic-free cycling tips

Traffic-free cycling tips

02.04.2013
By Cyclescheme

Cyclists aren't restricted to congested commuter roads like car drivers. You can also use cycle tracks, towpaths, and bridleways – although not footpaths or pavements, unless you get off and push. The quality of these off-road routes varies widely: some are impractical, others fantastic. Most are shared with pedestrians. Don't behave towards them like some drivers do towards cyclists. No one likes to be surprised by a relatively fast moving vehicle than passes with inches to spare.

Braking

Braking

22.02.2013
By Cyclescheme

A bicycle needs two independent brakes to be safe on the road. In fact, in England, Scotland and Wales it's a legal requirement. These brakes are usually hand brakes, with the right-hand lever operating the front brake and the left the rear. You can set them up differently, and in countries where they drive on the right they do: so be careful if you hire a bike abroad!

Cycle Storage

Cycle Storage

24.01.2013
By Cyclescheme

Whether you live in a mansion or a caravan, you'll want to keep your bike safe and sound at home. Here's how...

Riding on potholed roads

Riding on potholed roads

28.11.2012
By Cyclescheme

Potholes and other road defects can damage your bike or make you fall off it. Here's how to cope with badly surfaced roads.

Filtering

Filtering

16.10.2012
By Cyclescheme

Filtering means moving past queues of stationary or slow-moving traffic. Go to any town or city and you'll see cyclists and motorcyclists doing this.

Road positioning

Road positioning

26.09.2012
By Cyclescheme

Where's the safest place to cycle on the road? The answer might surprise you. Learn all about road positioning in this expert guide from Cyclescheme.

Park and ride

Park and ride

23.08.2012
By Cyclescheme

Cycling is perfect for the last few miles of a long-distance commute. Bike-rail is one option, if you have a compact folding bike or the patience to put up with unhelpful carriage restrictions. Another option is the car: drive part way then park and ride.

Look smart? No sweat.

Look smart? No sweat.

19.07.2012
By Cyclescheme

You don't need showers at work to be smart and odour-free after you've cycled there. If there are showers, great: you can ride to work at any speed, on any bike, in any weather, and still look businesslike so long as you've got a towel and a change of clothes.

Keeping your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean

17.06.2012
By Cyclescheme

Fixing your bike can be dirty work. Road grime and brake block residue washes off easily enough with soap and water. Oil is a different matter, especially if your chain care regime has lapsed and the oil has turned into a tenacious black paste. It’s awkward enough at home, where your spouse may take a dim view of you smearing oil around the kitchen sink. If you have to fix your chain on the way to work, it’s even worse: you’ll have hands like a mechanic’s when you arrive. Unless you’ve taken precautions…

How to fix a chain

How to fix a chain

24.05.2012
By Cyclescheme

Chain wear is fact of cycling life. Most of the time it’s gradual. Our guide to chain care explains when you need to fit a new one. But occasionally the chain will snap while you’re out cycling. Fortunately it’s not difficult to fix. Here’s what you will need…

Bike-Rail Commuting

Bike-Rail Commuting

19.04.2012
By Cyclescheme

Trains and bicycles are an ideal transport mix, combining high-speed inter-urban travel with unbeatable short distance efficiency. National Rail recognises this and its website states: ‘National Rail encourages the integrated use of cycles and trains - two convenient and environmentally friendly forms of transport.’

How to Safely Navigate Roundabouts on a Bike

How to Safely Navigate Roundabouts on a Bike

21.03.2012
By Cyclescheme

Negotiating roundabouts by bike is straightforward if you ride assertively and stay away from the edge - learn more in this expert guide from Cyclescheme.

How to fix a puncture

How to fix a puncture

20.02.2012
By Cyclescheme

Before you start, this guide assumes that you already know how to change an innertube. Read our guide on it first if you don't. It also assumes that you've found – and if necessary removed from the tyre – whatever it was that caused the puncture. Never fix a puncture before thoroughly checking the tyre.

Changing an innertube

Changing an innertube

18.01.2012
By Cyclescheme

You get far fewer punctures if you keep your bike’s tyres firm. Invest in a floor pump (also known as a ‘track’ pump) with a pressure gauge and use it weekly. Even so, sooner or later you will get a flat tyre. If you practise changing a tube at home, you’ll be ready for it.

Cycling in winter

Cycling in winter

12.12.2011
By Cyclescheme

Compared to our Continental neighbours, it doesn’t actually get that cold in the UK: average minimum temperatures range from about minus one to plus two degrees. But it can get a lot colder, as last winter showed, and the wind-chill from cycling will make it feel colder yet.

Chain care

Chain care

25.11.2011
By Cyclescheme

Fail to take care of your bike chains and you'll work harder, ruin gear shifting, and damage the drivetrain. Discover the right way to look after bike chains.

Cycling at night

Cycling at night

17.10.2011
By Cyclescheme

When British Summer Time is switched off at the end of October, the daytime commute becomes dark. That’s no reason to stop cycling. Cycling at night is just as enjoyable and convenient as in the daylight. By continuing to be active in the outdoors while the rest of the country hibernates...

Check your bike in two minutes

Check your bike in two minutes

01.06.2011
By Cyclescheme

Give your bike a regular once-over to keep it running smoothly and make sure that everything is safe. Here's how...

Sweat free cycling

Sweat free cycling

12.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

For many people the worry when embarking on a new adventure in commuting is not traffic or fitness.....

Ensure the correct fit

Ensure the correct fit

04.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

Buying the right sized bike and setting it up correctly is vital if you’re going to be comfortable, cycle efficiently and avoid injury. Here’s how to make your choice...

How to fix a puncture

How to fix a puncture

03.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

If you learn just one bike-fixing skill, this is the one to go for...

How to keep your steed safe

How to keep your steed safe

03.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

Thieves want a shiny new bike as much as you do. Don't let them walk off with it. Here's our no-nonsense guide to keeping your wheels safe.

How to sort your gears

How to sort your gears

03.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

If your gears are indexed correctly the chain will move to the correct sprocket when you push the shift lever on your handlebar...