A Beginner’s Guide to Clip-In Pedals

Beginner's Guide to Clip In Pedals
If you’ve recently bought your first road bike you’re perhaps considering trying clip-in pedals. For many cyclists, making the switch from regular pedals to clip-in pedals is a move that’s laced with trepidation and fear. And because clip-in pedals require the shoe to be held in place with a spring ski binding-like mechanism, it’s no surprise that many can find it a difficult transition to go through. I know that it was for me. I was terrified of falling off and took some persuasion to give them a go, but after buying my first pedals a few weeks after getting my road bike, I can honestly say that once you’ve tried them, you won’t go back to riding without them.

If you’re wondering whether to go for it and make the switch, I’ve compiled the following beginner’s guide to clip-in pedals. Let’s start with a few good reasons to consider using clip-in pedals over ‘standard’ ones… (more…)

Cycle to work? Here’s Some Essential Kit Items For Your Daily Commute

 

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Cycling is now one of the UK’s most popular hobbies, but it’s also becoming the method of transport for the daily commute. It’s easy to understand why people are choosing to cycle to work – it keeps you fit and healthy, allows you to meander through rush hour grid lock and saves you precious pounds when it comes to fuel and parking. Plus, at this time of year you can enjoy some rare British sunshine – just don’t forget to wear sunglasses and apply sun cream! Whether you regularly cycle to work or are considering giving it a go, here are some essential items to improve your daily commute.

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A move to pastures new. And a little bit of honesty

women's cycling, club cycling, NottinghamshireMy goodness, what a hectic few months it’s been! Since I last posted a lot has happened at OCG HQ. We’ve had a house move, a new school and an operation! Thankfully, Little Man is fine after his op and is raring to go again. Miss OCG is enjoying her new school and the new OCG HQ is starting to feel like home.

Our new house is not too far from the old one, only 12 miles or so away but far enough away to mean new cycling territory and I think that was just what I needed! Some new places to explore! I’ll be honest, it’s a little more hilly than I had bargained for and with a couple of months out of the saddle my fitness could be better! But the sun has started shining and it has some heat in it (so no more Raynaud’s problems for the time being) and the local scenery in my new little spot in Nottinghamshire is glorious!

So, there’s been a few changes… (more…)

The Annie Movie DVD release & Dancing at Pineapple Studios

 

Annie DVD

Perfecting our moves.
Image: courtesy of DnA PR

You may recall a couple of weeks ago, my twitter was alive with excitement as Miss OCG and I were kindly invited along to London to visit Pineapple Dance Studios to dance to music from the Annie movie. I couldn’t resist getting my dancing shoes back on after having had such a blast as part of Team Honk at the Comic Relief Danceathon and Miss OCG was beyond excited to be taught some moves from Strictly Come Dancing choreographer, Richard Marcel! As a huge Strictly fan, I was rather chuffed too! (more…)

The Top Five Boroughs in England for Cycling

Image via Flickr: Phil Gradwell (Creative Commons Licence)

Image via Flickr: Phil Gradwell (Creative Commons Licence)

Cycling continues to take the UK by storm as people seek a healthier, more environmentally friendly way of getting around, which got me thinking as to which cities and areas in England are the best places for riders to get on their bikes?

Toothpick have put together the Healthy Access study which provides data focused on the percentage of people who cycle at least once a week for any amount of time. The findings are really interesting!

So, which are the top five boroughs in England for cycling? (more…)

Six Super Cool Cycling T-shirts Under £25

Cycling t-shirts Spring Summer 2015Yay! We have some warm sunshine! It’s so lovely to wake up and see the sun shining and then to feel some heat in it is even better! So this very welcome change in the weather has got me looking for clothes to wear. I’ve been hunting out some super cool cycling t-shirts to team up with my jeans this Spring and Summer.

Here are my six favourite cycling t-shirts out there in the shops at the moment, all priced under £25. Bargain! (more…)

Indoor Workouts for Cyclists for When You Can’t Get On Your Bike

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There’s nothing better than getting out and about on your bike and exploring the area around you. It’s the perfect opportunity to take in your surroundings and appreciate what we can often take for granted – even a daily commute can be an enjoyable adventure on two wheels! Unfortunately, living here in the UK can often mean having to cope with adverse weather conditions, even in the height of summer. Whilst we’ve had a lovely couple of weeks for April, it’s kind of inevitable that this time next week it will be a good few degrees cooler and pouring down! Such is life in the UK! As much as I adore getting outside into the fresh air, the unpredictable weather we have means that unless you fancy looking like a drowned rat post-cycle ride, creating an alternative way to keep fit is an absolute must. (more…)

Supporting Team GB with Lazer Cycling Helmets

Lazer Helmets Team GB
Getting new kit is always exciting but even more so when it is so obviously supporting Team GB. London 2012 was so inspiring for me and watching the track cycling shouting the team on from my sofa is one of the things I remember most. My kids and I were hoarse we were cheering so much! It’s hard to believe that is nearly three years ago already! Rio 2016 will be upon us in no time!

Lazer, the world’s leading helmet manufacturer, has released a new range of stunning cycling helmets making it super easy for riders to show their support for the British Cycling team in the run-up to next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games. (more…)

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