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Keeping it in the family

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There are many great reasons to ride together as a family. Nicola Rutzou looks at ways to encourage parents and children to get on two wheels and active. Family life is often frantic and fraught, so it’s important to take time out to spend together. What better way than by getting on a bike and
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How to turn right

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Do you use a hook turn to turn right? It’s a great risk-reduction tool for riders, Simon Vincett explains. Moving to the middle of the road to turn right is a nerve-wracking situation for many bike riders but fortunately it can be mostly avoided. The answer is a hook turn. Hook turns are familiar to
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Top risks to riders

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  There are many confident riders who have the knack of identifying the risks on the roads, and who have developed good riding practices to manage the uncertainty that shadows every vulnerable road user. But are riders totally responsible for their welfare, or do other road users, and roads management authorities, also have an obligation
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Wet, wet, wet

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Margot McGovern has handy hints to get you and your bike rain ready. It’s rare to hear a fellow rider extol the joys of riding through a deluge. Indeed, most of us have woken up to the sound of rain rat-a-tat-tatting on the roof and been sorely tempted to leave the bike at home and
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How to ride a roundabout

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Are you confident of when to give way and when to take your turn in a roundabout? Simon Vincett explains. To ride a roundabout confidently you need to be assertive about taking your turn and you need to indicate clearly. Traffic can flow quickly, so you must be clear about what you’re doing. The rules
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Ride ready: the ‘M’ Check

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many parts of a bike—and easy to ignore the state of your bike altogether—but this simple and speedy bike check draws the eye through all the most important areas. While more useful as a diagnostic aid, the ‘M’ check helps you to become aware of many of the
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How to: clean your cassette and chain

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Iain Treloar demonstrates how to keep your drivetrain clean and crud free.  Prevention is better than a cure, and the best way to reduce the amount of wear on your drivetrain is by keeping it clean. There are a couple of tools required for this, so we’d suggest adding those pictured above to your arsenal if you haven’t already.
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Beyond the backpack

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There are many alternatives to a backpack for carrying your gear on the bike. Simon Vincett lays out the options. Soon after Dean Steinberg took up cycling for transport in January 2014 he realised he needed more than the bag on his back to carry his gear. “I use my messenger bag as one would
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Roll model

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Taking a less experienced rider for a pedal is a great way to encourage their riding—providing you don’t overdo it—finds Margot McGovern. Do you remember your early days of bike riding—legs burning, bum aching and appetite insatiable as your body adjusted to life on two wheels—when a spin down the local bike path was an
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First Peaks

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Team Bicycle Network’s Stefan Magat explores his firsts as he heads into this year’s Peaks Challenge. 2015 is a year filled with a number of firsts for me as an official “ elite roadie” – though I must admit, my career has been a very average one up until now. This weekend, I’ll be taking
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