One of the unexpected side effects of the pandemic has been a bit of a cycling revolution in the UK. If you’re one of the thousands of people that took to the roads on two wheels this year, you might be wondering what happens now that winter’s arrived and there are signs we may be able to reclaim our old lives in the not-too-distant future. Where does that leave your new passion for cycling? And is it worth working two wheels into your increasingly busy schedule?
We think it’s a resounding ‘yes’ and here are five reasons why.
1. Cycling’s great for your health
We’ll start with arguably the most important reason: cycling is a great way of keeping fit, exercising your muscles and getting your heart pumping. Not only will you burn off a load of calories (and much more than you would on a run or a walk), but you’ll be working on your core and resistance without even noticing.
Cycling will also help you to improve your balance and coordination, as well as generating those happy little endorphins that will put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. All in all, we think cycling is sure-fire way to help keep yourself healthy both physically and mentally.
2. You can fit cycling around your schedule
One of the beauties of cycling is that you can choose when and where to do it. You’re not constrained by a particular time on a particular night, like you might be with a gym session or exercise class. This makes it the perfect form of exercise to fit in around everything else that’s going on in your life.
3. Fresh air is free
No gym fees, no class fees, no court fees… after that initial investment to get your bike from shed-worthy to road-worthy, cycling is a pretty inexpensive hobby. Just open your front door and you’re there, with all the free fresh air you could ever need and a pretty endless network of roads, cycling trails and winding mountain paths to enjoy.
But don’t just take our word for it – check them out on our Discovery Hub. You’ll find cycling routes for all abilities, info about days out and even scooter trails at tonnes of locations across the UK.
4. Cycling doesn’t have to be just a summer sport
We understand that it’s tempting to become a fair-weather cyclist when you’re faced with darker nights and colder weather. But you don’t need to be! There are loads of ways to keep yourself safe at night and protect yourself from the elements when you’re out and about.
Bike lights and reflectors will help to make you visible to those around you, while cycling clothing provides both warmth, comfort and added visibility. We’d also recommend mudguards to protect you from water, mud, grit and road spray. They’re inexpensive and easy to install, so what are you waiting for?
5. Cycling can be for the whole family
You’ve probably spent a lot more time than usual with your family this year, particularly if you’ve got kids. But the more our lives begin to return to some semblance of normality, the more that time may start to slip away.
Having a regular family cycling session will help you to carve out some ‘family time’ in your busy schedule. It’ll give your kids a burst of exercise and pry them away from those pesky screens. Best of all, it’ll give you a chance to catch up, have fun and explore new sights as a family.
Don’t let all of your hard work this year go to waste! Keep that pedal power going and we promise that you’ll see the benefits. And if you need any bikes or cycling kit to help you along the way then just check out Halfords.com.