If you’ve bought a bike this summer – you’re far from alone. But how can you prevent your new two wheeled friend from becoming unused by Christmas?
Following a hugely successful year for GB’s cycling team, bike sales have been booming. Ribble Cycles recently told us they’d seen an 85 per cent increase in the sale of sportive bikes and a 45 per cent increase in bike sales overall.
Many of these bikes will have been eagerly rolled out of the garage (shed/house) with immediate effect and ridden for miles of smiles ever since. But not all of them.
Recent stats tell us that 43 per cent of people over the age of five in the UK own a bike, yet just 7 per cent cycle once a month. That’s an awful lot of bicycles gathering dust in the garage. We feel dreadfully sorry for those poor unused bikes.
If you (or a friend) have bought a bike but not ridden it nearly as much as you (or they) planned – here are a few tips to remedy the situation…
Get good kit
The autumn months are on the way. Once they’re gone, winter will arrive. Admittedly winter can bring with it difficult riding conditions, but autumn can actually be one of the best seasons to ride. You’re not likely to overheat, and once warmed up conditions are often ideal.
They key when it comes to autumn riding is to layer up. Arm warmers, leg warmers, overshoes and packable wind and rain resistant jackets are the October riders best friends. These layers make stepping out the door much easier and you can slip them off as your body temperature increases. And we all know stepping out the door is half the battle.