If you’ve recently discovered the joy of cycling, you’re not alone. According to new research from analysts Mintel, just under a third of adults are making the most of life on two wheels and around a fifth of all Brits cycle at least once a week. Additionally, 25% of adults who bought a bike in the past year were first-time cyclists or were rediscovering the joy of cycling as a result of the pandemic.

With summer in full swing, there couldn’t be a better time to get in the saddle and make the most of this low impact sport ‘for all’ which is easy to embrace and good for your wellbeing. Especially with so many options out there and a bike for every budget.

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Here’s how to get a handle on your newfound freedom…

1. Consider the safety of your cycling apparel

 
 
 
 
 
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Right, so you’re on two wheels and are raring to go, but what about your kit? Ultimately, safety comes first and you need a helmet. Lightweight and comfortable, there’s a style for every type of cycling, whether it’s city, road riding or mountain terrain. But there are also different types of safety certifications and features (such as MIPS, multi-directional impact protection system) to help protect you from different types of impact. Head to the likes of Evans Cycles or Cycle Superstore to help you find the lid that’s right for you.

2. Brush up on your cycling skills and awareness

 
 
 
 
 
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Pedalling out for the first time in a while can be a little nervy, especially if you’re not used to the traffic environment or road conditions. We are cycling UK offer handy advice and video guides on road safety awareness, from basic road positioning and brake sense, to observation and anticipation. Elsewhere, Irishcycle.com has lots of top tips on navigating Irish streets for the first time.

3. Get the most out of your journey

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Cycling apps are a fast track to finding the bike ride that’s best for you, whether you just want to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a family cycle ride, or are keen to tackle an unfamiliar destination. Bike Hub Journey Planner is a go-to for spoken instructions, a choice of three routes (the quickest, quietest or scenic) as well as handy features such as finding the nearest bike service shop – just in case. Plus it’s free to download.

4. Basic bike maintenance is a must

 
 
 
 
 
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Checking the tyre pressure, brake lines and pads, and keeping your chain oiled are all basic to your bike’s performance. If you can’t do it yourself, your local bike service centre (or member of your bike-friendly community) should be on hand to help. To find a reputable dealer, look for the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) sign. It represents specialist cycle retailers who comply with their code of conduct. Cytec certificates are administered by ACT and are the industry’s recognised training and accreditation scheme for cycle mechanics and bike technicians.

Ireland’s equivalent is the IPBMA, and you can head to Cycle Superstore to pre-book your bike into one of their workshops for a service.

5. Join a cycling club

 
 
 
 
 
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Cyclists tend to be a sociable crowd, love to share their road skills and are passionate about the fantastic feeling of achieving their goals… like hitting the top of that hill on a timed trial. Joining a club is a brilliant way for beginners to get a feel for competitive cycling or becoming a competent rider. Check out British Cycling or Cycling Ireland to find your nearest club – and take pleasure in the power of the pedal.

Best-selling cycling helmets

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
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SaleBestseller No. 4
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  • VENTILATION 21 VENTS, LIGHT WEIGHT: Bike helmet special aerodynamic design and 21 breathable Vents, Effectively reduce air resistance and reduce sweating. The bike helmet only 310g (0.68 lb) will not...
  • SAFETY PROTECTION: High-density imported PC case with superior technology will surely improve safe performance. Bicycle helmet with durable hard shell, soft pad can absorb the pressure caused by...
SaleBestseller No. 5
Giro Unisex's Isode Cycling Helmet, Matt White, Unisize (54-61 cm)
  • Quick-dry padding
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