Travelling Through Europe? Take your Bike and Enjoy a Cycling Holiday!

cycling holiday

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August has seen a little blogging break on OCG…summer holidays, sunshine, family cycling and a couple of family trips away. It’s been a really lovely few weeks but with the children heading back to school very soon and temperatures in Europe staying warm for a little bit longer, it’s the perfect opportunity for those who are still hoping to squeeze in a cycling holiday.

A cycling holiday in Europe

For anyone who has the wanderlust bug, travelling across Europe offers so many opportunities. Spanning nearly 4 million square miles, the continent promises adventure and enriching cultural experiences. With amazing European rail links, it’s never been easier to access every corner of this incredible continent. But rather than simply train hopping, why not take your beloved bike with you? (more…)

Holiday Cycling in Europe

Holiday Cycling

Holiday cycling by the sea Image credit: Courtesy of Unsplash.com via Creative Commons

It’s nearly the school summer holidays, only two days to go and I’m already wondering how I’m going to work from home and entertain two young children for six whole weeks! I know lots of us are in the same boat! I love my two and I’m looking forward to a whole summer of fun with them, but juggling constant entertainment for two children whilst managing working from home, well, it can sometimes be challenging; especially when the weather’s less than cheerful and we can’t get out in the fresh air. So I’m looking at holidays! (more…)

Getting in Shape Without the Gym

Getting in Shape without the Gym

Leave your gym bag in the cupboard and do these few effective exercises from home instead. photo credit: Gym Bag via photopin (license)

Though a gym membership can help you reach your fitness goals, you can get results that are just as good without spending all that time and money. With just a few simple exercises you can get a full body workout to help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals, whether you’re in the comfort of your own living room or in a hotel room away on a business trip or holiday. You could even get an online nutrition plan from a company like Superbody to make sure your eating is on the same track as your exercising.

So leave your gym bag in the cupboard and try these few excellent exercises. Getting in shape without the gym is possible! (more…)

BMX Cycling: The Underrated Bike Sport

BMX Cycling

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It’s fair to say that when it comes to cycling, both the sporting world and the personal preferences of riders here in the UK tends to be dominated by road and mountain bikes. There’s certainly a lot more publicity for these types of cycling on social media and the television, but others, like BMX cycling for example, receive far less media attention. (more…)

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…)

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