Cycling tips

Some tips on what to wear, cycling safely, bike security and storage

Eddie Leggett 2Wear the right stuff

  • It’s best to wear trainers or flat shoes with a rigid sole to give you a firm footing when you are on your cycle.
  • It is not a good Idea to wear flip flops, sandals or high heel shoes.
  • Clothing should always be comfortable and not too loose so it does not get caught in the moving parts of the cycles.
  • In the heat and sun, you should consider bringing a hat and sun cream.
  • In the cold and light rain it’s a good idea to wear a warm and waterproof coat as well as gloves and a hat.

Brake with confidence

  • Holding the brakes ‘on’ while you get onto a bike will stop it from moving and make it feel more stable.
  • Test the brakes before you start riding so you know how much you have to pull the lever/s to reach a complete stop in a calm and controlled manner.
  • When riding, always leave enough space between yourself and other riders so you have room to stop if you need to, and watch your speed.

Wearing a helmet

  • Helmets are available at all Cycling for All sessions and some session providers require you to wear one.
  • Wearing a helmet while cycling in your own time is down to personal choice.


  • Bike thieves are opportunists and can work very quickly. Locking your cycle with the appropriate lock, in the right place and in the right way, will not only be a deterrent but also make their work harder.
  • There are many types of bicycle lock, from a simple chain and padlock to the hardened steel shackle or D- Lock.
  • Chains and cable locks should only be used where your bike is in plain sight. It is best not to leave a cycle unattended for any length of time when using these types of lock as they can be easily removed with metal cutting tools
  • For greater security it is better to use a D – Lock and preferably through:
    • the rear wheel and frame
    • the rear wheel with a cable to secure the front wheel
    • the front wheel and the frame
  • Positioning your lock will be different depending on the type of cycle you are riding.
  • A good rule of thumb when it comes to buying a lock is to spend at least 10% the cost of the bike.


  • Considering how much money you can spend on a bicycle, storage and security are very important considerations.
  • Leaving a cycle outside can lead to the rusting of moving parts and the perishing of rubber and plastic parts such as tyres.
  • Temporarily covering a cycle with a tarpaulin or plastic sheet will keep the rain off but condensation will build up which will also cause rusting and damage in the long run.
  • There are a variety of bike sheds on the market if you cannot get your cycle into your house or garage.
  • You can use home insurance to cover your bike.