Everyone knows that cycling is good for so many reasons. Good for your health, good for your pocket and good for the environment.
But swinging a leg over the crossbar and pushing those first few pedal strokes can sometimes be difficult.
If you need an incentive to dust off your trusty steed and head out onto the roads and cycle paths, there’s almost no excuse at this time of year. Read on for some top cycling tips…
5-11 June was the 100th annual Bike Week and with the ‘better’ weather, why not bookmark a day in the week to tackle one of the Bike Week 100 challenges:
- Burn 100 calories by bike: a 12st woman pedalling at a moderate effort would burn 100 calories in 16 minutes
- Save £100 by bike: calculate your fuel costs and how much you could save
- Cover 100 miles by bike: cycling a century is a great target to have. But doing 100 miles over a couple of weekends is a fairly easy task.
Love to Ride
Love to Ride is an online community of people who ride bikes. Whether you’re a commuter, sportive rider or enjoy the occasional trip around the local cycle paths, Love to Ride offers encouragement, helps you learn new skills and gives you the chance to win prizes – just for riding your bike.
Hundreds of University staff are already part of the community, so you can see how much further than your colleagues you’re pedalling each week!
During May’s Love to Ride challenge, colleagues at Durham were asked to tackle their own distance challenge. The organisation with the highest percentage of riders topped the leaderboard with individuals earning chances to win prizes. At the time of publication, we had 199 riders with 11 new riders in May who had made 779 trips, travelling 14,833 miles.
Cycle to work
Yes, you might get a bit sweaty. Yes, you’ll be guzzling water all morning. Yes, you’ll have to carry your life in your backpack. But cycling to work means you’ll be investing in your own fitness, reducing the sedentary life and cutting your commuting bills.
A couple of bike commutes each week will soon increase your mileage and means that you can spend your time exercising rather than sitting in a car.
A ride in morning wakes up the body and brain, and a ride home helps reduce any stresses and strains built up over a busy workday.
There are lots of changing and bike storage facilities across the University and a ride of between 2 to 5 miles is easily do-able – it probably won’t take much longer than driving.
If you don’t have a bike, our Cycle To Work scheme could save you at least 32% from the cost of a new bike and equipment.
Share your experience
If you do any kind of cycling, we want to hear from you. Share your experiences in the comments box below to inspire other staff!