Find out how to get cycling.
Hills are harder if you are new to cycling or haven’t cycled for some time. It takes time to build up your strength and endurance. Here are a few tips:
Bicycles are like cars and need to be regularly serviced to stay safe and to work properly. Cycle shops in Sheffield and ReCycleBikes can service bicycles. Pedal Ready might be able to offer free maintenance training.
Buy a pump and make sure your tyres stay hard when you squeeze them. Keep the chain clean and oiled. Squeeze your brake levers and push the bicycle forward. If the brakes don’t stop it moving quickly they should be replaced.
Get the right seat height: where your heel touches the pedal at its lowest point and your leg is straight (when you ride you will pedal with the front of the foot). A lower seat may be more comfortable but might make your ride a little unsteady and put unnecessary pressure on your knees when you pedal.
We recommend you have insurance both for your bicycle and personal insurance. Every bicycle needs a good lock for securing it to a cycle stand or other sturdy object. For more information on security and insurance see Equipping yourself.