Exploring by bike
Pop to the shops, explore your local lanes or head off on a freewheeling holiday.
Cycling is a great way to keep fit, save money and help cut traffic – just a few of the benefits of bikes. If you’re new or returning to cycling, there’s loads of help available to get you up and peddling from people like Sustrans, Cycling UK and Love to Ride.
Your local bike shop can help you find the right bike and keep it running smoothly. Freewheel also offer aftercare from local bike shop. Or you might find a local charity selling refurbished bikes, like this. If you use a bike for getting to work you could save at least 25% with Cyclescheme.
If you fancy trying out a folding bike without buying one, you could check out Brompton Subscription, a sort of long-term hire scheme.
A bike is the perfect way to get to local leisure and shops. It can be quicker than driving and without the hassle of parking. If you’re shopping then some paniers will come in handy and if you live somewhere hilly you might want to think about an electric bike.
You may be lucky enough to live on the National Cycle Network, but you can plan a route anywhere using Cyclestreets or Google maps (turn up the volume for on-bike SatNav). You can also find routes for local rides recommended by other cyclists on apps like: Bikemap, Mapmyride or Komoot.
Cycling day out
Cycling is a great way to reach local attractions and beauty spots within 10 miles or so, making the journey part of the experience. Many of the attractions on our website offer discounts when you arrive by bike. You can plan your door-to-door route using CycleStreets – choosing a slower ride and quieter lanes if you like.