With the summer sun finally making an appearance over the past couple of weeks, now is a great time to dust off your bicycle and get back in the saddle.

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At TWC we're mad about cycling. Whatever the bike, whatever the weather, we'll be lapping up the miles with Cheshire cat grins on our faces. If you need any more encouragement to get back on your bike, here are 10 reasons to take to two wheels...

1. Cycling makes you feel good

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Yep, pedalling around on your bike triggers the release of endorphins, your body’s very own feel-good drug. Lee Craigie filmed her journey across the Caledonia Way whilst exploring the positive effects cycling has on mental health.

2. Feeling lonely?

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Cycle clubs welcome new members with open arms, and going along on a ‘club ride’ is a great way to make new friends in your area. Here are some top tips for your first club ride.

3. Cycling is free

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Ok, we know bikes aren’t, but once you’ve got one, it costs nothing to ride.

4. Cycling saves money

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Commuting by bike will save you serious amounts of cash, which we’re putting in our summer holiday kitty.

5. Cycling makes your smile

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Cycling allows your inner child to come out and play. Does going to the gym do that? We very much doubt it.

6. Feeling out of shape?

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Cycling is a fantastic way of burning fat. You can blast through around 500 calories an hour when riding at a brisk pace. We like to replace those calories with cake, but that’s just us.

7. See the world from a new perspective

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Cycling is the best way to get out and explore your area, or a new one for that matter!

8. Cycling is easy on your joints

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It’s far lower impact than running and provides a great cardio workout.

How to look after your knees when cycling

9. Cycling decreases the risk of breast cancer

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Well, ok, any moderate exercise for 30 minutes daily can have the same effect, but we’re all about the bike here, naturally!

10. Cycling is an efficient use of your time

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Don’t waste time travelling to the gym - from the minute you step out of your door, to the second you return, as long as you’re pedalling, you’re working out.

Hopefully, that’s convinced you. Now, adios, we’re going cycling.

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