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Top ten tips for looking after your bike

Taking care of your bike is important, if it doesn't work you won't ride it. That is why this month, CTC's Big Bike Revival is encouraging people to take their bikes out of their sheds and get them back in action. Follow our tips to see how to keep your bike in good working order.
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1. Little and often is good

Give your bike a little TLC. A regular check-over and a squirt of oil helps to keep problems at bay.

2. Just ride your bike

Riding your bike gets all the moving parts working and can delay and reduce problems.

3. Learn the simple check –  it’s as simple as A B C

A is for air – keep the tyres pumped up and check the wheels go round unimpeded. If they don’t, look for brakes or mudguards rubbing or a possible sideways wobble of the wheel.

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How the Tour made Essex cycling-mad

Forget Yorkshire, God's own country. Forget Boris Bikes - Essex is where it's happening when it comes to cycling says Richard Monk, CTC's local cycling officer.
Cycling transport in the wilds of Essex

It woz the Tour de France wot done it. That's my opinion. The iconic race flew through Essex that sunny day last July - and the public took cycling to their hearts. There was an amazing atmosphere with packed streets and every blade of verge-side grass filled. The picturesque Finchingfield village green was a sea of people. But that's not the end of the story.

Something changed.

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Gain bike maintenance confidence with CTC in Essex

The sessions aim to give you a friendly introduction to the basics of bike care, simple adjustments and fixing punctures.

Braintree

  • Wednesdays 6pm at Cycles UK in the High Street

Chelmsford

  • Thursdays 7pm at Cycles UK, Riverside Retail Park, Victoria Road

Colchester

Upshire

Ride to a morning coffee stop in Abridge and then on to lunch in Upshire before returning to Upminster. This is a new route for Havering CTC so the mileage is approximate.

Chelmsford Free Bike Checks at Riverside Leisure

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

Free bike checks at Riverside Ice and Leisure in Chelmsford with Cycles UK. Lots of information, maps and support to get people cycling. CTC helping people get their bikes out of the shed and re-discover the pleasure of cycling this summer.

Yorkshire Cycling Federation Points Competition 2015

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£2.50 prior to day £3.00 on the day

Welcome to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation
 Founded 1932

Competition open to all clubs within the old Yorkshire County Boundary.
Events to count all Open, and YCF Association Events.

Cottingham: 72 miles - Yorkshire Cycling Federation Points Competition 2015

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£2.50 prior to day £3.00 on the day

Welcome to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation
 Founded 1932

Competition open to all clubs within the old Yorkshire County Boundary.
Events to count all Open, and YCF Association Events.

Cottingham: Yorkshire Cycling Federation Points Competition 2015

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£2.50 prior to day £3.00 on the day

Welcome to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation
 Founded 1932

Competition open to all clubs within the old Yorkshire County Boundary.
Events to count all Open, and YCF Association Events.

Malton: Yorkshire Cycling Federation Points Competition 2015

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£2.50 prior to day £3.00 on the day

Welcome to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation
 Founded 1932

Competition open to all clubs within the old Yorkshire County Boundary.
Events to count all Open, and YCF Association Events.

Dewsbury: Yorkshire Cycling Federation Points Competition 2015

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
£2.50 prior to day £3.00 on the day

Welcome to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation
 Founded 1932

Competition open to all clubs within the old Yorkshire County Boundary.
Events to count all Open, and YCF Association Events.

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